Raw Challenge #7 – Petrucci Pre-Podium

Posted on 2 Sep, 2015 by Scott Jones
Danilo Petrucci Silverstone 2015 raw challenge 7

UPDATE: No more submissions, please, and a huge thank you to everyone who responded.

As promised, I have added my own version at the end. This is the version I created before I posted this article, and thus it has not been influenced by anything sent in by readers. I can’t say, however, that I would do it exactly the same way now, having seen some of the ideas below…

Welcome to Raw Challenge #7.

If you’re not sure what’s going on here, you might take a look at the previous PhotoGP Raw Challenges.

Intended to go along with the other articles in our photography tips section, the PhotoGP Raw Challenge invites you to process an image as you think best.

This time we’re working with an image from last weekend’s MotoGP race at Silverstone. About to claim his first MotoGP podium, Danilo Petrucci has just dismounted in pit lane. The unprocessed image is complicated by many distractions in the foreground and background. The fingers of his right hand are accidentally cut off – this happens sometimes when moving quickly in pit lane. So when editing the image we need to find some solution to the raw image’s flaws.

I have posted his original raw file for download by anyone who wants to play along. To download the raw file, click on the link below. WARNING: this zipped file is 17.5MB:

RC7-Danilo Petrucci Silverstone 2015 raw.NEF

You will need a raw image file editor, I use Adobe Lightroom. If you don’t have the ability to edit a raw file, you can still play along with any app that can edit a JPG file. The hi-res JPG file (1.1MB) can be be found here:

RC7-Danilo Petrucci Silverstone 2015.jpg

As before, download whichever file you desire and get to work. Crop, adjust contrast, brightness, saturation, shadows, highlights, white balance, add noise, remove noise, remove dust spots, do whatever you think the image needs to be as good as you can make it.


1. Download either the raw file or the jpg.

2. Make your edits and SAVE AS a jpg file, 728 pixels wide.

3. Include YOUR NAME in your processed file’s name. You are welcomed to include a text file with any remarks you’d like me to add when I post your edited file, or you can put them in the Comments section of this post.

4. Send your file to me via this link.

I will add contributed images to this post as quickly as I’m able. But please keep in mind that I am also doing other things, and there may be a delay between sending your email and your image showing up here.

As before, I have finished my own version and will post it as the final image.

Have fun!

Reader Edited Versions:

Reader version #1 is from Mike Evans:


Raw Challenge regular Balazs Gémesi from Hungary sends in #2:


#3 and 3a are from from another Raw Challenge veteran, Andreas Weinand, who added these comments with his color image: First of all I applied my standard color-setting – a kind of a Velvia-film setting, which pushes the colors a bit.
Then I cropped the shot a bit, not very much (and not really necessary, you pretty much „nailed“ the shot in my opinion).

The blurred person / face at the top left reminded me of a light-leak. So I did something I usually don’t do:
I added a kind of light-leak and lens flare, so that the face disappears and it looks like a shot with bright sunlight coming from the upper left.


About his B&W version, he writes: And to give a you a second version, I just made an black&white version of this too. Bit of color, saturation and brightness change to this one, just to get the look I wanted. Not a real highkey – but a bit brighter than a normal b&w, I think.


More Reader Edited Versions on the next page:

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