The Raw Challenge – Edwards at CotA

Posted on 23 Aug, 2014 by Scott Jones
Colin-Edwards-at-CotA-2014-raw-file

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Tom O’Hanlon sends this one in:
OHalnon

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Richard Glover (see some of his work here) sent this one in, which he edited in Lightroom, saying “The image has a ‘getting ready for action’ feel to it so It was important to me that I included as much of the arms and hands as possible. I originally tried a landscape crop, but when keeping to the original aspect ratio I couldn’t get a look that I was happy with. So for this reason I went for a portrait crop keeping the original aspect ratio. I added a slight vignette to help the face/eyes stand out – the emphasis on darkening the background slightly rather than bringing out the face.”

RG

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Bogdan Matei send this in from Romania, saying: “I first cropped and rotated. Used levels to adjust the luminosity. Sharpened Colin a little and added a small noise reduction to the background.”
BM

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  • v4honda 2014-08-23

    What email address do we send the edit to?

  • Scott Jones 2014-08-23

    Please use scott at photo.gp And if you’d size your finished version at 728 pixels wide that would be great.
    Thanks!

  • Scott Jones 2014-08-23

    After ten people have sent in edits of this image, I have to say my expectations have been exceeded by quite a bit.

    I thought we would have a variety of approaches to cropping and adjustments of various settings, but I’m really impressed with how much variety we see these first 11 shots.

    And one guy did his on his phone, which is fantastic.

    Doug Durham said this in an email awhile ago: “The good thing about posting the images as they’re submitted is guys will probably try hard not to mimic what’s already been submitted.” I think he’s probably right, and I hope you are looking at what others have done to decide if what YOU want to communicate with this image via your editing of it is as accurate as possible.

    My compliments to all of you!

  • James 2014-08-23

    Mine was also done on my phone Scott that’s why I couldn’t resize it

  • Scott Jones 2014-08-23

    Kudos to you then, James (Moore), for editing on a phone. What phone/app did you use?

    Dimitris said: “Just for the record my phone is a Samsung galaxy nexus with a REALLY cracked screen…. Haha!”

  • James 2014-08-23

    Samsung galaxy s4 app snapseed

  • Sham681 2014-08-23

    I’ve sent you my version via Hotmail. Hope that’s right?

  • Scott Jones 2014-08-23

    Working on it now, Suzanne. Thanks for sending one in.

  • Sham681 2014-08-23

    No problem. Thank you for letting us play with one of your photo’s. Hadn’t thought of Facebook, but now that you mention it….hehe.

  • Dimitris 2014-08-23

    Great stuff… I really enjoyed

    In my photo I tried to isolate the eyes, and just used the classic rule of phi for the crop and added some vignette and thats it if I can recall what I did.

    I like Scott’s very much because the general expresion is all about the yeys, but in the same time the whole picture is alive and balanced, I mean I get the expresion without a huge crop of picture, like in mine….

    For a larger crop, focused on racing, dramatic times, I ‘d choose the one from Gémesi Balázs, because it shows intense, movement, racing times…

    Also the one from Denver Aquino, I like very much because its like fine art, like a painting…

    So, hello, thats a greek land surveyor’s point of view. Ha!

  • Dimitris 2014-08-24

    I ve been thinking of it. In Scott’s pic, I think the huge difference is made from the skin tone

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