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04/30/2009 10:42:55 PM · #1
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I know you guys are itching to get to this... :)

Any topaz software is fine: Adjust, Simplify, or Vivacity. Here is a link to the software page and I think there are free 30 day trial downloads: Topaz Labs

This is open for the month of May, try and post at least 15 photos, and photos can be new or old. Just use Adjust to see what you can do with them.

To see what those outside of DPC have done with the software, you can see this Flickr group.

Here's the participants so far but anyone is welcome to join any time.

The Topaz Players

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Kelli
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Bear_Music
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Brat
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Melethia
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Balko
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Yo_Spiff
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' sfmorris
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' bmartuch
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' cosprenks
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' karenk
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' MAK
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' bspurgeon
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Doyle
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Simms
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Strikeslip
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' keriboi
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/12253.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/user_id/12253.gif', '/') + 1) . ' nshapiro
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' SaraR
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' turnofthesue
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' boyd2000
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' sfalice
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' AP
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' BAMartin
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' fldave
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' JuliBoc
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' ErikV
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Penny_weaver

Message edited by author 2009-06-01 11:27:58.
04/30/2009 10:43:32 PM · #2
Here we go - to kick it off...

' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/65000-69999/67697/120/786552.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/65000-69999/67697/120/786552.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

The unedited version is in the photog notes.
04/30/2009 10:58:16 PM · #3
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/90000-94999/90414/120/780739.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/90000-94999/90414/120/780739.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' Didn't save the editing details for this one.
04/30/2009 11:02:46 PM · #4
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R.
04/30/2009 11:08:35 PM · #5
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04/30/2009 11:09:47 PM · #6
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/10000-14999/11854/120/786846.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/10000-14999/11854/120/786846.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
05/01/2009 12:09:30 AM · #7
Here are a few I've been working on ... maybe a bit gaudy.

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05/01/2009 01:23:25 AM · #8
one of mine ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/65000-69999/65083/120/774442.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/65000-69999/65083/120/774442.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
05/01/2009 08:08:25 AM · #9
Here's my latest.

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05/01/2009 08:19:03 AM · #10
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/0-4999/1024/120/787041.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/0-4999/1024/120/787041.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
05/01/2009 09:44:09 AM · #11
Another one of the same sand fence, way different processing:

' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30861/120/787048.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30861/120/787048.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

R.
05/01/2009 09:46:43 AM · #12
For what it's worth: you all should be aware that any time you make a custom adjustment using Topaz Adjust, you can *save* it as a preset. This allows you to use it as a starting point for similar images...

R.
05/01/2009 09:57:52 AM · #13
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

For what it's worth: you all should be aware that any time you make a custom adjustment using Topaz Adjust, you can *save* it as a preset. This allows you to use it as a starting point for similar images...
R.

It also allows you to remember what the settings were! I saved my Mig adjsutemnts as a preset called "Cartoony". I also beleive you can import and export presets. I doubt they take up more than a couple of K each. We could easily share them.

Let me check...
05/01/2009 09:59:41 AM · #14
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/70000-74999/70661/120/787051.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/70000-74999/70661/120/787051.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' I did this one awhile ago and I don't remember what adjustments I made.
05/01/2009 10:34:00 AM · #15
Hope you don't mind me posting, ok, a bit abstract, but my first attempt with TPAZ ( and yes, flood )

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05/01/2009 10:34:10 AM · #16
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05/01/2009 11:05:16 AM · #17
I would enjoy coments on this one. I want to enter it in the state fair this year, it is one of my favorites and think it might do well.
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/65000-69999/65083/120/784528.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/65000-69999/65083/120/784528.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
05/01/2009 11:28:23 AM · #18
Presets take up under half a Kilobyte in size. I only have 20 Meg of free webspace at charter, but at this size, I could still host a ton of these if anyone wants to share them in one place during the challenge.

Preset for this pic
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/80000-84999/83313/120/787075.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/80000-84999/83313/120/787075.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

05/01/2009 02:00:14 PM · #19
FWIW, here's my "Nightmares" entry, which is, obviously, majorly, even catastrophically overprocessed: gawd, I love it! :-) Processing steps, as best I can remember them, are in comments field. I was just winging it, and not really keeping track, sorry.

' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1022/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_783869.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1022/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_783869.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

Here's the original:

' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30861/120/787126.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30861/120/787126.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

R.
05/01/2009 02:45:45 PM · #20
Originally posted by bmartuch:

Here's my latest.

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Made a comment re: flatness. Here's a quick attempt at addressing that issue, with street and sky selections, additional contrast in building, gradient burns street and sky:

' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30861/120/787137.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30861/120/787137.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

R.
05/01/2009 04:06:57 PM · #21
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by bmartuch:

Here's my latest.

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Made a comment re: flatness. Here's a quick attempt at addressing that issue, with street and sky selections, additional contrast in building, gradient burns street and sky:

' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30861/120/787137.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30861/120/787137.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

R.


I guess I do notice the flatness. I could also have masked out the sky to make the building stand out more but that would have removed the drama. If you or anyone else wants to play with the original, you can find it Here

Message edited by author 2009-05-01 16:21:32.
05/01/2009 05:43:14 PM · #22
I'll slow down pretty soon - actually I started playing rather intensely as soon as I got the program.
So far, most of mine have turned in to what probably would be called 'illustrations'
rather than photographs at this point. Gee whiz, though, this is fun.

Here are three more, steps are on the images:

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05/01/2009 05:50:03 PM · #23
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

[quote=bmartuch]

Made a comment re: flatness. Here's a quick attempt at addressing that issue, with street and sky selections, additional contrast in building, gradient burns street and sky:

' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30861/120/787137.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/30000-34999/30861/120/787137.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

R.


Thanks so very much for telling how you made the very effective changes seen here.
05/01/2009 06:11:52 PM · #24
This was taken in a back alley here in Saginaw. A graffiti lovers dream.

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05/01/2009 06:51:34 PM · #25
Originally posted by sfalice:

...most of mine have turned in to what probably would be called 'illustrations'
rather than photographs at this point.
I know the feeling!' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/90000-94999/90414/120/780733.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/90000-94999/90414/120/780733.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
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