Creative toning challenge: Are you the next Monet?

  1. Fleming F.
    Community Trainee Jul 15, 2020

    Fleming F. , Jul 15, 2020 :
    Hey friends!

    Shot on OnePlus July is ongoing, and we have so many awesome photos with impressive colour. You guys are not only brilliant in photography, but also in photo toning! :hearteyes: Therefore... why not have a Creative Toning Challenge?

    The criterion for this challenge is only creativity, release your imagination and have fun!

    Do you like the Japanese manga style?


    Or dark Black & Gold style?


    Or Film style?

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    Any tone you like is the best choice! You can use any tools to adjust the hues, such as Photoshop / Lightroom / Snapseed ... Don't know how to use these? Don't worry, you can use our built-in photo editor, and filters are allowed if you have no idea.

    (The built-in photo editor)​

    We are going to provide you with 5 benchmark photos (one RAW picture), you can download full-size photos from Google Drive. Please notice that only these 5 photos are available for this challenge.
    Shot by @Fleming F. :tearsofjoy:

    • Download 5 benchmark photos here (You can choose any pic from them)
    • Edit in any photo editor you like (State your idea and the tools used)
    • 5 winners will be selected by the OnePlus team, and their picture will be stickied, each winner will win an OnePlus S'well bottle
    • You can vote (click like) for the 5 stickied posts, 1 winner who has the most likes will win a Bullets Wireless Z (black) in addition
    • The winners are invited to share their skills in tone editing :hearteyes:
    This challenge will last for a week (before 23th, July), looking forward to your creative works! If you like this Creative Challenge, we'll create a series of it. (just like Shot on OnePlus ;))

    Let's create:yum:!

    July 23th update:

    Wow, your guys are so amazing!!! Your creativity beyond our imagination, it's really hard to choose only 5 sets from 200+ awesome works.:openmouth: Through deep consideration, we select the following winners:

    @TheGadgetGirl, who created star sky for us, dreamlike! :hearteyes:
    @Pooja Bhoge, I really like the idea of the rainbow in the spiral stairs!
    @Advonik, are you dream maker? The sunlight match the village and London bridge perfectly! :laughing:
    @buntycubal, that's awesome! How do you make the video by OnePlus 5? Share with us!
    @ARC0300, cool idea of Tokyo from the future! And I love the cyan&orang tone. :smiley:

    As we said before, you can vote likes to these stickied posts beneath, the winners with top 1 like amounts will win a Bullets Wireless Z (black) in addition.

    July 24th update

    Congratulations to @Advonik, who have the most likes (124, at 15:00 HKT) and will win a Bullets Wireless Z (black) in addition.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2020

  2. TheGadgetGirl
    The Lab - OnePlus 8T Reviewer Jul 15, 2020

    Stickied Post
    TheGadgetGirl , via OnePlus Community App , Jul 15, 2020 :
    Compiling all my entries to this challenge in this comment

    📸 1. Chinese Village
    Title: "In a quest to find The True Nord"



    📸 2. London Bridge
    Title: "Beneath the sky full of stars..lies the London Bridge that'd never fall down"



    📸 3. Shehzhen
    Title: "The Andromeda Town"



    📸 4. Spiral Stairs
    Title: "The Golden Spiral of Time"



    📸 5. Tokyo Tower at Night
    Title: "Skies Above! Stars Below!"


    Loved this challenge. Looking forward for more stuff!

    Attached Files:

  3. Pooja Bhoge
    Donut Jul 15, 2020

    Stickied Post
    Pooja Bhoge , Jul 15, 2020 :
    My entry for Creative Toning challenge:

    1) Chinese village
    Looking at the picture reminds me of the mystic hills with fog all around so I tried creating that look, giving it a more dramatic monsoon feel.
    Edited in: Lightroom & Photoshop
    Just added the clouds/fog effect in Photoshop!
    2) London bridge
    Serene evening with the sun about to set and London bridge in foreground. I just wanted to pour out some beautiful colors in the sky!
    Edited in: Lightroom
    3) Shenzhen
    A modern high-tech city with lights. I wanted a high contrast bnw look which brings out the patterns on the facade of buildings. Also gave a bit of a faded look!
    Edited in: Lightroom
    4) Spiral stairs
    Just experimenting with colors and created a swirl rainbow along the spiral staircase. This one is more of a creative edit I guess. I wanted to a raw concrete look of stairs, so just did a minimal edit.
    Edited in: Lightroom
    5) Tokyo tower
    Why black & gold if you can get black & red!
    Usually in long exposure (nightscape) pictures, we bring out the city lights which are yellow, but Tokyo having its own identity is it's tower. So red it is. The Tokyo tower is the main focal point, shining bright like a diamond.
    Also, it gives out an alienation vibes ha-ha. 😛
    Edited in: Lightroom

    Most of my editing is done in Lightroom only.
    Used: Basic tools, Tone curve, HSL, Split toning, Effects, Radial filter & Adjustment brush.
    Do hit like if you like my work, and also let me know your thoughts! [e]263a[/e]️

    Thank you so much, to each one of you. It means a lot to me. [e]2764[/e]️
    I still can't believe that I made it to top 5! 🙈
    Also, thanks to @Fleming F. for this competition. Cheers!

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Jul 23, 2020

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  4. Advonik
    Eclair Jul 16, 2020

    Stickied Post
    Advonik , Jul 16, 2020 :
    I did some editing to provided photos in one of my favourite tool. This editing does-not have a professional outlook but more of creative and fun zeal to it. Hope you like it.

    I like all the shots personally.

    Software used: Photoshop

    1. I lit up the city bit more and provided some starts to gaze upon for city people.


    2. I added a dramatic cloud for a rainy feel to this open field. Feel the weather.


    3. Nothing is more beautiful than sunset and birds in the sky. i siezed the moment between those two.


    4. Beautiful perspective shot. no added replacement was done. only color grading or else it will be dis-respect to protographers shot.


    5. I did a sky replacement with wonderful big moon. isnt it beautiful.


    Difference shots: you can see easy difference from these shots I took.





    Drive link for quality shot:

    Last edited: Jul 16, 2020

  5. buntycubal
    User of the Year 2017 Jul 19, 2020

    Stickied Post
    buntycubal , Jul 19, 2020 :
    1) Tower Bridge London


    bunty's edit...

    it has been cleared, sharpen & horizon has been aligned...


    Blue flames on tower bridge:)

    Cinemagraph's Of Tower Bridge London :)
    Let me know which one you like the most...

    2) Tokyo Tower

    Tokyo tower at night-01_001.jpg

    bunty's edit...


    Cinemagraph Of Tokyo Tower:)

    3) Chinese Village

    Chinese village-01_copy_2400x1600.jpeg


    bunty's edit...

    Paper Sky...

    Old painting on wall:)

    4) Shenzhen

    Shenzhen-01_001.jpg Original...

    bunty's edit...


    Cinemagraph Of Shenzhen:)

    5) Staircase



    bunty's edit...




    Scary Staircase Cinemagraph :)

    Everything has been done by using oneplus 5.

    ( Not participating in competition)

  6. Stickied Post
    ARC0300 , via OnePlus 5T Midnight Black , Jul 20, 2020 :
    So I tried toning then really quick using Adobe Lightroom Mobile .
    Went with monochrome on this one (golden) to give a radiating effect .

    Tokyo from the future .. a cool tron like dual tone effect on this one and a mirrored it cause why not 🤷🏻‍♂️
    Went for a moody autumn look in this one and muted colours
    Want to go with rustic look and bring out that Beautiful blue in this one

    Went full out cyberpunk in this one 🤭
    Let me know what you guys think [e]1f601[/e]
    drive link of the photos for better resolution

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Jul 20, 2020

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  7. Teekar.2023
    Gingerbread Jul 15, 2020

    Teekar.2023 , via OnePlus 5T , Jul 15, 2020 :
    All I did was do some basic corrections in Adobe Lightroom mobile.
    I gave the spiral stairs more of a dramatic look with increased saturation, highlights, etc. 1594819839719.jpg
    London bridge I gave it more of a cinematic/dramatic look bye changing a bunch of light/detail settings.

    For this one, I gave it a more brighter and cinematic look by changing basic settings. 1594819840615.jpg
    For this one, I gave it more of a cinematic look again by adding using a preset filter and customizing some aspects of color.
    And finally, for the Chinese village. I gave this one a more brighter and vivid look.
    1594819839124.jpg I might do some more later but that's it for now.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2020

  8. SRD.
    Lollipop Jul 15, 2020

    SRD. , Jul 15, 2020 :
    1. Shenzhen:
    Edited by Adobe Lightroom.
    The original is such a beautiful photo by @Fleming F. , I didn't want to spoil it. Just improved the tones and a little adjustments. Result is -



    2. London Bridge

    Edited in Adobe Lightroom. Little straightening, slight crop, tone adjustments to give a realistic Sky and worked on improving clarity. Just kept it as simple as possible.
    All thanks to @hennes for preserving the details by YAIMCO app. 12 MB photo is now 1.6 MB without loosing details.


    3. Tokyo Tower at Night

    Ummm. How about Aurora Borealis at Japan ??? Tokyo surrounded by mountain range ??? [e]1f60a[/e]

    Created by Adobe Photoshop Mix.

    The lights could have been made greenish but I didn't do it, I wanted to have a great contrast not a realistic photo.


    Actual edited image :



    Thank you @TibiTibi I am learning a lot from your skills.

    4. Chinese Villege

    This is a Very special photograph taken very wisely. Dark shades'll indicate it's actually raining out there.
    The Photograph was edited by Both Snapsead & Adobe Lightroom. around 35 steps it took to reach the final result. The clouds are made using Heal option [e]1f60a[/e].



    5. Spiral Staircase :

    I have tried to make it more dreamy than realistic.

    There are lots of options to play with this Photo. B&W & High contrast golden were tried and looks ordinary.

    This Photo is edited with Snapsead,
    I did sone Curve adjustments, Drama mode & slight brushing to get the Dreamy Spiral Staircase which may lead you to Heaven. Used the color combination to have a flowery feel.


    Thank you @Fleming F. for this beautiful thread and allow us to play with our toning skills. I am really happy being a part of it.

    I hope you have enjoyed looking at these works.

    Disclaimer: Before After photos are for reference only, not for Contest [e]1f60a[/e].
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2020

  9. thecursedchild
    Honeycomb Jul 15, 2020

    thecursedchild , via OnePlus 7T Pro , Jul 15, 2020 :
    Tokyo Tower at night.

    I tried to bring a cinematic vibe to the image.
    2020-07-15 08.28.34 1_001.jpg

    Chinese Village.

    This is my favorite image among the set. It is beautifully shot by @Fleming F.
    I just did the basic corrections and gave it a more filmy, faded look.
    2020-07-15 08.38.33 1 (1)-01_004.jpg
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2020

  10. SaiVinodK
    Gingerbread Jul 15, 2020

    SaiVinodK , via OnePlus 7T Glacier Blue , Jul 15, 2020 :
    Here is my entry, I choose London bridge
    1. London Bridge
    Here I tried to get a rustic look
    Edited Snapseed

    2. Chinese Village
    I tried to look more dramatic, Added some clouds
    Edited in Snapseed & Adobe Photoshop Camera

    3. Spiral Stairs
    Here I highlighted on lights so that they will make some pattern

    4. Shenzhen
    I've added some more creativity and added fireworks as it's a video I'm attaching the link of it
    Edited with Snapseed and Photoshop Camera
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2020

  11. Batman360
    OnePlus Accessory Tester Jul 15, 2020

    Batman360 , Jul 15, 2020 :
    This is a great concept for a contest @Fleming F. .

    In the first picture, I really wanted the blacks to be black, I tried to make the skies really back, so that it seems like the city is just floating in some dark space.


    In the second picture, as the original was really plain simple, I wanted to make it more fun, so added some tints of purple and golden to make it feel like a fun place everyone would visit


    In the third picture, I first thought of giving it a bit of a vintage look or kind of nostalgic look, but changed my mind to making it's color pop a bit, giving it a calm evening look, still added a hint of a vintage look.


    In the fourth image, ummm, I just did it for fun, liked how the texture just showed up


    This one was my favourite, thought of making stars twinkle below instead of above, made it as dark as needed to highlight more dotted lights.

    All the photos are edited using Adobe Lightroom.

    Google Drive link to original edits with zero compression:

    Last edited: Jul 15, 2020

  12. SaiVinodK
    Gingerbread Jul 15, 2020

  13. Optimus_Prime_07
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jul 15, 2020

  14. ufmqureshi
    Donut Jul 15, 2020

  15. NiyasAhamed
    Honeycomb Jul 15, 2020

  16. ufmqureshi
    Donut Jul 15, 2020

  17. ufmqureshi
    Donut Jul 15, 2020

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  19. NiyasAhamed
    Honeycomb Jul 15, 2020

  20. Girish.Pranav
    Jelly Bean Jul 15, 2020

    Girish.Pranav , Jul 15, 2020 :
    Thanks a lot for these pictures and opportuny you are giving to us, @Fleming F. ! it's exciting and interesting to show my amateur skills in editing

    I used PicsArt for all the pictures, and used basic tools like adjusting the picture and layer/brush tool. I added a few stock images from Google and Pinterest.

    Picture 1:
    caption: Peace we have now, won't be there tomorrow.

    Picture 2:

    Night sky.

    Picture 3:
    It's all an illusion.

    Picture 4:
    Nature is the only thing colourful thing in the world.
    Picture 5:


    I'll also provide a drive for the pictures: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1en5SuluVD9lT7uW5VIcDtLrAlguTG5jH

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Jul 19, 2020

  21. Fleming F.
    Community Trainee Jul 15, 2020

    Fleming F. , Jul 15, 2020 :
    You can post it/them in this thread directly. ;)

  22. Dresa91
    User of the Year 2016; Most Active User 2020 Jul 15, 2020

    Dresa91 , Jul 15, 2020 :
    wow @Fleming F. :)
    Great fun:)
    But I don’t think I am the next Monet :D
    Maybe I am going to try this:)
    But I have some winners in my mind: @TibiTibi and @buntycubal:)

    Number 1:
    I have tried to highlight the scene to Africa into the African savannah.
    So I tried to put the focus on the "animal" and show the meadow as dried up:)
    Edited with Snapseed :)

    Number 2:
    The picture looked too grey, gloomy:)
    A sunrise in the background is the perfect embellishment :)
    Edited with Snapseed :)

    Number 3:
    Some bright colors:) The perfect mix:)
    Edited with Snapseed:)

    Number 4:
    Some kind of negative image:)
    Edited with Snapseed:)

    Number 5:
    I hope you can see a painterly effect, as if a person painted the picture :) Maybe with watercolours :)
    Edited with Snapseed:)
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2020

  23. Cakepips
    User of the Year 2020 Jul 15, 2020

  24. buntycubal
    User of the Year 2017 Jul 15, 2020

  25. Dresa91
    User of the Year 2016; Most Active User 2020 Jul 15, 2020

    Dresa91 , Jul 15, 2020 :