I’m totally desperate. I’ve tried many possibilities, but I simply can’t reconstruct the JPG image of the camera even close to it.
This is the JPG from the camera:
The conventional reconstruction uses base curve, which gives me following result:
The steel framework from the candle is way to thin and washed out. Tweaking the base curve in any direction combined with highlight reconstruction and clipping and so on gave me a better result in the overall image but the framework still is very thin and I get gibbs ringing / dark pixel rims artifacts.
I wonder if the way with the base curve has anything useful at all, so I found a thread here, where the base curve is skipped out.
This gives me better result with the resolution of the high contrast candle wires, but now I cannot reconstruct the overall image brightness.
I desperately need you help, I love DarkTable, but it took me weeks to process a few images and I’m still stuck. I also have years of experience in signal and data processing, so I’m no complete noob