Phuiiii, This was difficult!
Here’s my best attempt, so far:
Claes fra Lund, Sverige
- Right gradient mask to equalize the luminosity
- Left gradient mask to equalize the saturation
- One dedicated mask for the pillar
- Lots of small color RGB adjustments
- Blown highlights: trade off
- Cropped to remove the purple lens flare
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Cheated a bit…
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Used sky from ON1 with watermark module… not sure I can share the sky but subst any sky you have in watermark and it should render …
My final version:
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Darktable with Sigmoid. Think I managed it pretty well.
Hi, this is my version using the new sigmoid display transform module. It works well with overexposed areas. Maybe because it desaturates the highlights more?
Tonecurve & color look up table are from the ClassicChrome style from Do you want a straight out of camera JPEG style in darktable? Here we help each other - #85 by herbert-50
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That looks fairly similar to my first attempt, where, without meaning to, I ended up with something very close to the camera jpeg.
The closer crop you have does improve the composition.
Had no idea you could do that, it does a good job of it.
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Per our conversation in matrix, this was not a little challenge.
I think the focus of the image should be the rowing, so I chose not to even try to recover the sky. The water closer to the camera is also not that interesting, therefore the cropping.
I like this approach! The challenge was quite an up hill one I simply gave up.
I just cheated and replaced the sky it was too far gone…
Haven’t tried drastic replacement like this but it is certainly an interesting approach utilizing the watermark. There maybe other good uses of it too.
Indeed when I first looked at it my reaction was wow - how did you do it?
Given the starting point this is very good indeed!
For the water it was some quick and dirty cloning and then just mask the sky and use the watermark. I have used it before… The mask can usually be pretty convincing…
Yeah, the image is a bit blown nice challenge, thank you
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This is a nice example for “sometimes inpaint opposed fails” due to the global chroma correction.
Use basic modules and disable filmic/sigmoid.
reduce exposure until the blown out parts are not completely white any more
Observe the wrong colors in the sky
Switch on segmentation based … voila, most casts gone and much easier to proceed developing.
I enjoyed this image - and I actually think that it’s not all that much over exposed! Mind you, I found @hannoschwalm 's tip very helpful. But I think the details in the people crossing the bridge are very nice, and the sky looks quite natural in my edit (IMO obviously!) Sigmoid by the way.
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PS I like the Christmas hat the lady in the stern of the boat is wearing