Egret over the estuary

2020-02-07_12-13-22.35_DSC9547.NEF (20.1 MB)
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Hello all,
I really like this capture from yesterday, but I am struggling to come up with a helpful way to present it without the result seeming horribly (or at least partially) cliched.
Below is my current attempt in darktable. Without color correction, it looks bland, but I find there isn’t enough tonality to make a nice monochrome.


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Nice capture! Here’s my attempt with current GIt 3.1.0+578~g1a7019ebc.

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Mostly exposure bump, filmic rgb, and color balance on the midtones to adjust the water color (with a mask to avoid the subject).

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Playing a bit with a noisy b&w look:

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And then Gimp to add noise.

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Wow @sls141, your colour rendition is exactly the sort of thing I was looking for. I can’t wait (but will have to!) to download your .xmp sidecar and check out how you did it.

RT+G’MIC. As usual, trying something new. Toggle between the two and enjoy! :parachute:

Fly

Away

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I like the noise added, because it gives texture; my problem with B&W had been paucity of distinct tones, but this treatment of yours answers that very nicely. Thanks!

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Sort of a simulated mini time-lapse series?

It’s fun and I couldn’t decide on a single close up framing.

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Hi @age, thanks for sharing. I like this from the heart, but my head has an issue with the intensity of vignetting drop-off. In a counter-intuitive way, it’s because my eye keeps beings drawn into the brightness, I find myself deliberately going the other way and inspecting the darker areas closer. Bizarre! However if I obscure the rightmost portion leaving approx a square crop I find the vignetting helpful.

The vignette looks egg shaped directing the eye toward the right. If @age rounded or flattened it more, you might not have the problem. Example: if you placed the plane in this SVG on the other side of the cone, it wouldn’t look right.