Darkroom Challenge Digital Darkroom Derby #149 - Winner announced

My toe into FF continues, and I felt that this image could be a good challenge to see how much can be recovered from the highlights and shadows whilst still looking natural. My task in coming up with a top three was a challenge in itself as I could make arguments for any of them. All your entries have managed to recover detail from black, back-lit traction engines and then produce a different skies.

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Whilst I am a big fan of B&W on this occasion I felt that colour suited the picture better and I preferred that natural looking images. Choosing between my top three wasn't easy but I've decided :-

Joint runners up - @WhidbeyLVR and @griffljg #1 - I like the crop, colours and the detail on the traction engines and couldn't decide between the muted sky or the saturated one.
Winner - @theoldsmithy - I like the crop, the detail on the traction engines and the colours to produce a nice looking image.

Congratulations Martin, and over to you for the next challenge.

My attempt :-

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My toe into FF continues, and I felt that this image could be a good challenge to see how much can be recovered from the highlights and shadows whilst still looking natural. My task in coming up with a top three was a challenge in itself as I could make arguments for any of them. All your entries have managed to recover detail from black, back-lit traction engines and then produce a different skies.

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Whilst I am a big fan of B&W on this occasion I felt that colour suited the picture better and I preferred that natural looking images. Choosing between my top three wasn't easy but I've decided :-

Joint runners up - @WhidbeyLVR and @griffljg #1 - I like the crop, colours and the detail on the traction engines and couldn't decide between the muted sky or the saturated one.
Winner - @theoldsmithy - I like the crop, the detail on the traction engines and the colours to produce a nice looking image.

Congratulations Martin, and over to you for the next challenge.

My attempt :-

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Thanks for the 2nd/3rd place. - It looks like I should continue playing with Affinity Photo.
 
My toe into FF continues, and I felt that this image could be a good challenge to see how much can be recovered from the highlights and shadows whilst still looking natural. My task in coming up with a top three was a challenge in itself as I could make arguments for any of them. All your entries have managed to recover detail from black, back-lit traction engines and then produce a different skies.

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Whilst I am a big fan of B&W on this occasion I felt that colour suited the picture better and I preferred that natural looking images. Choosing between my top three wasn't easy but I've decided :-

Joint runners up - @WhidbeyLVR and @griffljg #1 - I like the crop, colours and the detail on the traction engines and couldn't decide between the muted sky or the saturated one.
Winner - @theoldsmithy - I like the crop, the detail on the traction engines and the colours to produce a nice looking image.

Congratulations Martin, and over to you for the next challenge.

My attempt :-

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Well, I wasn't expecting that! It's rare that I have a go at these so I'm chuffed. I'd like to thank my agent, my family....😁
I shall trawl my photos to come up with a decent challenge.
Thanks again.
 
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