Raw Challenge #9 – Dani in Austria

Posted on 15 Aug, 2016 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…

Also, something new for this Raw Challenge: this image is the subject of the next Photo Reconstruction video coming soon to my YouTube channel.

Welcome to Raw Challenge #9.

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 from the Red Bull Ring in Austria, Dani Pedrosa has dismounted his Repsol Honda and is walking back into the box. The image is a bit dark, its subject is toward the bottom of the rectangle, there’s a large section of blurred track upper right, a mechanic in Repsol colors on the left side.

What will you keep, what will you crop out? What else will you do to this image to make it something worth showing around?

One further note for this Raw Challenge – I am posting it while on the road, currently in Vienna and waiting to head to Brno on Wednesday. Please go ahead and submit your versions as usual, but also keeping mind that I’m on European time and not always with the Internet at my disposal. So if there is an unusual delay updating this page with user edits, please be patient. Thanks in advance.

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 (2.7MB) 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 Mike Evans, who says:
Went for a tighter crop, decreased the highlights , increased shadows, clarity, vibrance and saturation.
Processed in Lightroom.



Version #2 is from Melanie R:


Version #3 is from Kurt Friedrich:


Dee Ashray sends us #4:


Version #5 is from C. Smith, who comments:
There seem to be endless crop options, but I don’t know if any of them are ‘right’.
I went with CinemaScope (2.4:1) out of frustration.


More Reader Edited Versions on the next page:

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