Care to have a guess?



This is a nutty experiment, which, I believe, turned out quite well.

I set out this morning to dig into some of darktable’s mysterious modules,
simply to learn more about them.

The image was shot using a 28mm semi-antique, manual Vivitar lens,
developed in darktable and framed in g’mic.

Would you care to guess what it is that I shot?
[Clue: No, it is not Laura Palmer from the opening scenes of Twin Peaks.]

Have fun!
Claes in Lund, Sweden

(Mica) #2

Looks like a frozen piece of plastic!

What have you learned about these mysterious modules?

(Andrew) #3

It’s a foetus from The Alien films at 2 days old I think.

(Thomas) #4

It is …
… interesting.


I recognized it immediately as the shed exoskeleton of this guy:

(Stefan Schmitz) #6

I always thought Covfefe would look like this.

(Thomas) #7

My son says “shed snake skin”.


Tell your son No, but that was a good guess!


You owe me a perfectly good laptop display, to replace the one where hypersonic coffee molecules have settled deep in the plastic.


Frozen (used) condom? Frozen snot? Peeling human skin? Moulting/Ecdysis of some insect (even I don’t win, I’ll have learned new words).


If I had to guess, it might be a plastic piece torn off a food package. Maybe defrosting, maybe not. It is hard to tell due to the processing. For I know, it could be @Claes’ dead skin. I also thought drugs, though that would be unlikely; just an unfiltered thought. Don’t take drugs kids.

(Stefan Schmitz) #12

there is that fabric-imprint in the middle, so I go for some plastic that was glued on fabric and isn’t anymore. Packaging-something-tape?

(Mica) #13

Will @Claes ever tell us? 24 hours in internet time is like decades!

(Craig) #14

It looks like an ice shaving made by stopping during ice skating.


Yes, he will… :slight_smile:


Quite a lot, actually.
I have never before dug down into every dt module, one by one, in order to find its limits.

(Thomas) #17

When ? :date:


We have a winner!
Congratulations, @afre!

Yesterday lunch, I had to open a piece of cheese, protected by an armoured piece of plastic, using my trusty Opinel #10 knife. Some bits of cheese fell off, and the welded plastic seam crumbled nicely onto the kitchen sink. Here is (more or less) the un-treated shot:

I am still impressed by how darktable could handle it :slight_smile:

Have fun!
Claes in Lund, Sweden


I thought it was from a cheese, but the processing made it look much smaller in scale like a scanned-electron micrograph.

(Ingo Weyrich) #20

These are really good knifes :+1:

Edit: at least the version without the t which can be made extremely sharp