Cherry Blossoms

I can’t make it down to the Tidal Basin in Washington DC, but there are plenty of cherry blossoms in my neighborhood to photograph. Here’s one attempt… I had to work to strike the right balance of detail against the soft paper of the petals. I’d like to see what you can do with it!
IMG_0973.CR2 (27.4 MB) IMG_0973.CR2.xmp (8.3 KB)

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ART 1.2

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I always seem to make them too dark. Here’s another version, brightened a bit with the RGB Curves tool:IMG_0973.CR2.xmp (8.3 KB)



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revisiting this on my calibrated monitor, tells me that this version might look somewhat better:

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Yeah, spring is in the air. I don’t mind having a break from all the rain, wind and general bad weather :sunny: (9.5 KB) darktable 3.0.1

Keeping all that white natural makes it harder than it looks…

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My try with RawTherapee 5.8

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Indeed. And to make matters worse, in subdued light the petals actually have a pinkish overtone…

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Lovely image. The workflow in [PlayRaw] Speed processing challenge - Dreamy landscape was successful. Will try the same thing here. Added a contrast step, tweaked the brightness-contrast and chroma. Done in 14 min. Zoom and enjoy!

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Went back and replaced the contrast step with my usual sharpening command. Seems to make the edges weaker, but lighter or a little more colourful. (See filaments to see what I mean.) Which do you prefer?



Here is one take with little less contrast in high key mode. RT 5.8
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I wanted the foreground flowers to stand out, so this processing has a bit more contrast with the background than usual:

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RT5.8dev (commit 60c341c23)

edit: it took me a little more than 14min to develop it :wink:

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