this is my first “serious” effort at developing a raw file with darktable. (I should have stopped down the lens when taking this shot to make it sharper, but for on-screen viewing the quality seems OK to me.)
The result is already better than what I could have achieved with Olympus Viewer, but I’m interested to learn further.
In particular, I’ve been asking myself the following questions:
- Is the image too dark?
- To denoise or not to denoise? I chose not to, IMHO the fake detail makes the landscape more interesting.
- What white balance? I could make the mist in the valley perfectly white, but then the sky looses too much of its blue for my taste. It seems to me that removing all sky-reflected blue from snow is not the way to go.
- Would this image profit from darktable’s masks?
- From memory, the sunlit snow should be even more reddish, but I guess we’re approaching the limits of what can be displayed on a SDR screen. Are there ways to make the image more dramatic while avoiding the “HDR look”?
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