Been having trouble with Darktable 3.4 and the new scene-referred workflow with the “modern” chromatic adaptations and reconstructing bokeh in the backgrounds of my images.
Here’s an example raw file: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1l5UZpQdzznWFZQxAAmDorRpNjPP4zM-k/view?usp=sharing (hereby CC BY-NC licensed)
When I open this in dt the bokeh in the background has all sorts of weird artifacts
For reference, here is how Lightroom exports it with Vivid Preset applied:
Notice the bokeh balls highlights are perfectly reconstructed:
After much experimentation I realized it was the Highlights Reconstruction module defaulting to “clip” instead of “reconstruct in Lch” or “reconstruct in color”
That led to slightly better results. However, still not as nice as LR.
But next comes the Color Calibration module and Filmic.
No matter what I tried, I could not get a result even remotely close to LR here. I could get the bokeh properly exposed by jacking up the “white relative exposure” in Filmic, but Color Calibration is adding these nasty white balls of clipping still.
Lightroom somehow exposes the people and the background bokeh balls perfectly. What wizardry is this?? I could not achieve a similar result with dt even with a second exposure module and drawn mask around the people to equalize the exposure.
Here’s my xmp: A7C02846.ARW.xmp (6.3 KB)
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.