Are you sure you want to permanently delete "foggy sunrise photo"?

There are photographs that from a technical point of view are bad or very bad, but I like to give them one, two…opportunities.
If you’re not one of mine, don’t try this one.
If you like to play, go ahead…

20221125_0010.CR2 (20.7 MB)

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First chance without heating…

20221125_0010.CR2.xmp (16.1 KB)

Second chance already hot…

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Hi @dqpcoxeas,

Thank you! This is quite a task :slight_smile:
Still, it is very interesting to play around with.
This is my first attempt:

Developed in RT 5.9-dev

Have fun!
Claes in Lund, Sweden


Thanks to you
You are brave :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
I know it’s not easy, it’s about making it fun. :tada:

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When I first saw your image, I thought
of old Dutch oil paintings — but I did not
want to add a yellow varnish & a gilt frame :-)))


20221125_0010.CR2.xmp (12.5 KB)


My fun in GIMP


That was fun, thanks for sharing this beast! :slight_smile:

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Yeah, thats what I thought also.


Definitely a challenge! My try in GIMP.


You are very brave artists :muscle: :joy:


This was such an impossible mission, but so fun!

2 versions from Darktable 4.0, finally merged in Gimp (with a Darken only layer).

20221125_0010.CR2.xmp (11.6 KB)
20221125_0010_01.CR2.xmp (17.2 KB)

@dqpcoxeas The framing was very beautiful, by the way, artistic and evocative.


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Here is my first attempt. DT4.3

20221125_0010.CR2.xmp (20.7 KB)


Here is my second attempt using the fusion option in base curve. I suspect many people are unaware of this option in base curve. It is worth exploring this option which is well explained in the user manual.

Personally I real like what fusion in base curve has done with this image. In case you would like to try the fusion option in the base curve module I have attached my editing recipe to follow.

  1. Open the image and deactivate the filmic and exposure modules.
  2. Activate the base curve module and set the fusion option to three.
  3. Move the exposure shift slider to about 2.224 (beyond this brings out too much noise in the underexposed shadows).
  4. Activate local contrast and move the detail slider to about 150%
  5. Activate shadow and highlights but put the shadow slider to zero.
  6. Activate denoise (profiled) module but change the strength to 1.5
  7. Activate the colour zones module and reduce the saturation of the magenta zone and raise the saturation in the blue green zone.
  8. The image is ready for exporting.

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This is a really beautiful shot, not despite but rather because of the technical issues! I like both your versions, they indeed look like old paintings.

Pretty late to the game but here is my version with darktable. Processed on a laptop with very not calibrated display (not my usual photo editing machine), so no idea how it will look for you :D):

20221125_0001.CR2.xmp (17.5 KB)

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Thanks for participating.
Of this particular photo, I like that though, that it could have gone to the trash can, but if we were able to squeeze our raw files. sometimes we will get images that are worth it.
Your edition, like all previous editions, shows that sometimes it is necessary to give the photos we download from our cameras another chance.
All editions have a different and almost unique atmosphere.

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