Dark faces and overcast background recovery

Thanks guys, its late. I will check tomorrow what you did in your processing.
@gadolf thanks for the explanation. I appreciate that.

@All: In all your images the rear window of the truck gets magentaish. Also one of the problems I wasnt able to solve.

Here is one more done with darktable:

playraw.NEF.xmp (16,5 KB)

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Btw (off topic, sorry), my workflow above followed some of your usual steps in your videos, that is, darken with tone curve and lighten with lowpass, thanks for sharing them.

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Actually it is reddish and not so easy to target specifically.
I think it is faster to take care of it in a pixel editor like GIMP:

You can of course fine tune the result.

dcraw + G’MIC, didn’t try to do anything with colour (mainly tone)


Can’t resist a second try.

playraw.NEF.xmp (9.5 KB)
Same approach as before, in the same order (history doesn’t show it), but with a stronger noise reduction, haze removal and channel mixer to tweak with colors.

Here is his version, the one with proprietary software

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playraw.NEF.xmp (9.1 KB)
This is the closest I can get. I think there is also a bit more happening than just a single filter in that mysterious proprietary software (added vignetting, masking, etc.).


I have already posted my edit with RT , have no a clue what prog that mysterious edit was done with , so did an attempt with Lightroom. Besides from global adjust , I did add a luminosity mask to play down the overexposed part of the image.

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Pretty much the same as my last edit, though yours has less noise than mine, and mine is a bit more contrasty and saturated.
(I know, I know, there’s no point in comparing both programs, each one has its own path…:innocent:)

Jepp , didn’t mind contrast and saturation too much with my edit.
Noise reduction is still a difficult part of darktable , i guess …:thinking:

Yes, it is.

The bit that throws me off are the lower left and right corners in the proprietary result which are a lot darker than they should be. But I guess most it does it some color grading desaturating the blues.

But shadow lifting has become much better. Some years ago both dartable and RT was really lacking behind in that.

Maybe he added a vignette …

Dave_playraw.NEF.pp3 (11.7 KB)

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playraw.NEF.xmp (23.8 KB)

I can confirm he did

hi @age, what is the pfi file for?