Raw Challenge #8 – Lorenzo Pit Lane

Posted on 29 Oct, 2015 by Scott Jones

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

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 #8.

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 technique section, the PhotoGP Raw Challenge invites you to process an image as you think best.

This time we’re working with an image that I expect you to find the most challenging yet. There is a lot going on in this uncropped image so it’s up to you to decide what you want to include and what you want to remove with the Crop tool.

There is a lot of contrast, from super bright sky to shadows that are nearly black. There are details that you might decide are distractions, while others may decide those details are part of the story they want to tell with this image via editing choices.

I’m really curious to see what you all come up with.

Note: Thanks to the new photo viewing feature here at PhotoGP, even user edits can be viewed at 1020 pixels wide instead of the former 728 pixel limit – yay!

I have posted the 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 15.2MB:


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 (2.3MB) can be be found here:


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, 1020 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 Raw Challenge regular Bill Nuttall:


#2 is from Mark Jeffries:


Always up for answering the Raw Challenge, Balazs Gémesi from Hungary sends us #3:


More Reader Edited Versions on the next page:

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