I was recently at a local airshow and am looking for some processing advice. The weather was cloudy and rainy, and so I am having difficultly making the aircraft pop out from the overcast sky, especially gray aircraft. Here’s an processed example with an F-18F and a F4U-4 Corsair.
My strategy so far in darktable has been to first set exposure to brighten the aircraft as much as possible and then using a second exposure model with the aircraft masked to darken the sky with a lot of feathering so I don’t get a halo around the subject. I haven’t had much luck using the tone equalizer to darken the sky because it will also affect the tones of the planes.
I’d still like to bring out the planes more from the background without losing all of the cloud details or making it look like a solid gray background. If anyone has any suggestions that’d be great. Thanks!