Haze and glare in the mountains


We went on a walk in the mountains (a short, flat path, but the views were beautiful). The weather was hazy, the Sun often behind clouds. Let’s see what you can make from this one. Heavily underexposed but still with clipped highlights, with an ancient, 12-bit, low resolution LX7 camera.

Edit: if someone is interested, I can upload the two other, brighter files from the bracketed set. This one is with -2.66 EV; there’s also -1.33 EV and 0 EV. The LX7 has a built-in ND filter, which can confuse merging tools that only use ISO + exposure time + aperture to determine exposure.


Raw, sidecar and my result:
2023-10-08-14-02-25_P1010723.RW2 (10.5 MB)
2023-10-08-14-02-25_P1010723.RW2.xmp (17.6 KB)

With a bit bolder colours (stack in the JPG):

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2023-10-08-14-02-25_P1010723.RW2.xmp (13.0 KB)


2023-10-08-14-02-25_P1010723.RW2.xmp (16.6 KB)

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Tried to improve the contrasts between sky and ground:

2023-10-08-14-02-25_P1010723.RW2.xmp (67.2 KB)

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My version…

2023-10-08-14-02-25_P1010723.RW2.xmp (24.1 KB)


An attempt with Filmulator (does not support sidecars):

Rt. 5.8

2023-10-08-14-02-25_P1010723.jpg.out.pp3 (11.6 KB)


This one was real challenging. I am not convinced I succeeded.
2023-10-08-14-02-25_P1010723.RW2.xmp (16.6 KB)


I think it might be the best one so far.

I thought the uploaded image looked too dark so I brightened it a bit more.

2023-10-08-14-02-25_P1010723.RW2.xmp (18.6 KB)

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I broke a few rules on this attempt. I used base curve fusion, filmic V5 and two instances of exposure applied before filmic but after base curve.

2023-10-08-14-02-25_P1010723_01.RW2.xmp (19.4 KB)

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My version:

2023-10-08-14-02-25_P1010723.RW2.xmp (30.7 KB)


I really hate having to deal with these semi-blownout skies, so here I’ll use it to my advantage, a wide crop, ignoring most of the sky, blowing the rest of it and focusing on a the hiker alone in a desolate landscape. (DT 4.4.2)

2023-10-08-14-02-25_P1010723.RW2.xmp (9.8 KB)


This is my second attempt. The first time I thought the distant hills were not clear. A blend of -1 to +2 EV - four exposures derived from Filmulator, blended with Enfuse. Into GIMP. Adjustments using luminosity mask plug-in and saturation mask plug-in.


2023-10-08-14-02-25_P1010723.jpg.out.pp3 (18.2 KB)

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Nice one, and quite challenging! Thank you for sharing.

My attempt using RT 5.9 dev

2023-10-08-14-02-25_P1010723_RT.jpg.out.pp3 (17.1 KB)

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I often will resort to using the watermark module and blend in a replacement sky. You can actually keep most of the original one if you use low enough opacity but it still is a good fix for something like that blown patch

Creative use of spot removal :slight_smile: I was sort of amazed how RT could recover that extended area where all 3 channels are blown.

@priort : no need for watermark; @ThomasM used spot healing to clone some of the sky from the same image. That can also be done in darktable. I’ll post an attempt later.

@Flech : certainly a different mood. Blowing out the sky was inevitable, as the sun was directly behind those thin clouds.

Thanks for the credit, but that was not me. Probably @ThomasM deserves the honor.

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I used it as well in my version. Even so I left the blown out area quite bright.

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