Bumblebee in heavy sunlight

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I am trying to get some understanding of dt 3.6… coming from Lightroom. There are so many modules so it is hard for a newcomer to pick the right ones.

There are heavy contrast and highlight clipping in this photo and I try to handle them. I would very much appreciate your edits to learn from, so please write a few lines explaining what modules and how your workflow was. Thank you for your time!

This file is licensed Creative Commons, By-Attribution, Share-Alike.

This is my first effort here in Play Raw so please bare with me… ;o)


Hi, and welcome to Play Raw!

You can also upload a JPG, and then it’ll be used as a preview image.


Thank you, Kofa!

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my attempt i’m just a hobbyist so won’t go into my process. I increased the contrast more than i normally would (for me) to get closer to the style of your picture


My try. Thanks for posting.

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bumblebee.sunlight.pp3 (14.3 KB) RawTherapee 5.8 Development.

You use darktable, so here’s one edited with that one as well.

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Hope you can get some pointers and workflow ideas from all the darktable sidecars that are being posted!

Thanks for sharing.


My attempt with dt 3.6

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My take. Thanks for sharing!
Besides my default style, I used a masked instance of exposure and another of color balance rgb in an attempt to draw the eye to the bumblebee and the in-focus flower. Darktable 3.7 (master branch), but I don’t think I used any non-3.6 feature.
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@bengtfalke Thanks for sharing. Bees among our flowers too but I don’t photograph them.

My try using the Agfa Ultra Color 100 LUT, which I consider cheating…

I think I downloaded this LUT from Film Simulation - RawPedia

@bengtfalke - note in the processing pipeline I’ve had to move the lut 3d module above filmic for the lut to work properly. I own this lens too and think it’s great for insects and flowers, especially when used with an extension tube.

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darktable 3.6, sharpening using the contrast equalizer with the details slider:

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My slightly different play, developing freeware SNS-HDR Lite, then GIMP Lab.


Nice shot, thanks for sharing!
Sometimes RT’s haze removal does a nice job on non-hazy photos too

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  • base curve
  • contrast brightness saturation
  • haze removal
  • levels
  • shadows and highlights
  • tone curve
  • velvia
  • vignetting
  • white balance

(not necessarily in order) :sweat_smile:

i like to use local contrast & haze removal to darken the image a bit. also, GIMP is useful to finish things up.

i found some of Stefano Ferro’s tutorials helpful (ex. Darktable Quick Tutorial [All you need to know to get started] [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtCRqVDQxJw&t=3s])

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my attemp… still figuring out how to use darktable
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Using darktable 3.6.0. Nice image for a challenge :slight_smile:

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On Darktable 3.6.

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