A little while ago the Club released five unprocessed images (two jpegs and three RAWs, provided by club members) for download. Members were then invited to edit these files any way they wished. “Everything is up to you … be as creative or be as photo-realistic as you want to make the image amazing”.
In short, the challenge was an exercise in post-processing and an opportunity for everyone to explore their own skills and the technical capability of their processing software. And we were told that the winner of each of the five sections “will receive full bragging rights in perpetuity, with the overall winner receiving a bottle of wine (although you may have to wait until we can safely present it to you)”.
The challenge should have reached its conclusion on Wednesday 6 May when the resulting PDIs were displayed online (via the “new normal” Zoom conferencing) for judging and critiquing. Such was the overwhelming response, however, that the images displayed on the night were restricted to a single entry per author for each of the five sections. The remaining entries will therefore be shown and judged at a later date.
At the start of each section, the original image was displayed so that everyone could see the starting point for the transformations that followed. These originals were:
- “Ballachulish Sunrise” – a landscape jpeg (taken on a smartphone) donated by Val Bolam;
- “The Tower” – an architectural jpeg donated by John Booth;
- “Forever Thine” – a RAW double portrait donated by Lizzie Tingay:
- “Flower” – a RAW flower study donated by Patrick Linford; and
- “Playtime” – a RAW wildlife picture donated by Terry Godber.
Collectively these, therefore, covered a range of genres. And each one presented its own particular challenges.