Thank you for everyone’s patience. The time has come to announce the winner of the Jumping Joe retouching contest and who will receive the Nik Color Efex Pro 4 software! I had a lot of really hilarious and awesome entries. As you may recall, folks had an opportunity to download an unedited file shot by my Phase One IQ160 and edit it however they see fit. You can read about the original contest details here. This contest is meant to be fun and humorous, so I chose ones that were lighthearted and showed some fun creativity. Thank you to everyone that entered! It’s great seeing everyone’s different interpretations.
The next contest will be bigger and better!
Here are some of the honorable mentions that I really enjoyed. The winner is on the bottom of the post.
Click the image to visit the respective retoucher’s website/portfolio:
“Get the Best of Both Worlds Used together, the two pieces of software give you the tools to bring out the best in your raw files and style your images for the perfect creative look. Use Capture One Pro 6’s raw processing engine to get the ultimate image quality and use the many photographic filters in Color Efex Pro 4 to get the creative look you want. Save $149 on your purchase, and buy this great software bundle for $350. The offer is valid until September 2nd.
Buy the software bundle“
Check out the 2 videos below. Part 1 is the actual shoot itself and part 2 is where I discuss my lighting and show part of my post production process.
I shot these with a 1.2k hot light par and a few strobes (as you will see in the video). I used fog machines to create a dramatic environment and to allow the beams of light to carry in the shot. I used mix light sources with different light temperatures to create a warm/cool effect in the photos.
If you already have Color Efex Pro 4, I’m sure I could convince my friends at Nik to offer you another one of their great programs instead.
This is a really awesome prize and a product that I personally use just about every day.
Quickly solve imaging challenges and extend your creativity in never-imagined directions with unmatched quality. Versatile features like filter combinations, visual presets, history browser, natural borders, and a host of incredible filters make this an essential part of your photographic toolkit. - Nik Software
Here is the contest fine print:
You have 1 week. Deadline is 11:59PM (East Coast US Time) August 30, 2012 to submit your images. You can either email me (douglas[at]sondersphotography[dot]com) directly or post a link to your edits as a comment on this post. May sure to include a link to your webpage (if you have one) so I can include it in the post if you make the finals or win.
Go nuts. Create the coolest, wildest, most creative retouching job on these photo…but keep it clean please! Put Joe C in any serious or wacky scenario that your mind can create.
This is an international contest, so anyone on this planet can enter.
On September 4, 2012, my friends over at Nik Software and myself will select and announce the winner. Of course I will also the various top entries with links to the submitter’s webpage. Runner-ups? You get to have your work and website up in front of 10′s of thousands of eyes.
The fine print: I still own the copyright of this image so no going and using this in advertisements you crazy kids, but you are welcome to post your entry in your online and print portfolios and such of course.
Download the above high res image of Joe C shot by my Phase One IQ160, 60 megapixel medium format. I would include the RAW file, but there are logistical issues with sharing a large 60 megapixel raw file with countless people, so here is a high res jpg that opens up to 140 megabytes. CLICK HERE