On friday we had the lantern festival in the local kindergarten and I took some photographs. And as it happens, I failed big time:
- They asked me on site if I could take some photographs because the kindergarten’s camera’s battery was low and I did not say “NO”.
- I failed to take some pictures without children for testing purposes (e.g. for a play raw).
Now I’m working through the images and I have a particular issue. While I am able to improve the pictures a lot over the sooc jpeg (using basically filmic, basic adjustments and standards such as exposure, white balance and denoise (profiled), darktable 3.2.1), there’s one characteristic that I would like to take over from the camera processing: The rendering of the bonfire highlights. I tried all highlight reconstruction settings in the module and in filmic, but I cannot get a similar rendering.
Here’s a screenshot:
While the floor is much more reddish in the sooc result, the bonfire shows a lot of red/purple artifacts in the darktable result.
Any idea how I could get rid of these? Maybe this was also discussed earlier and you have a pointer? I was not able to find something.
And maybe, somebody wasn’t as stupid as me and also has an example image to work on …
Edit: I tried with the “preserve chrominance” setting, and setting it to “no” solves the issue, but introduces weird color shifts on the people. Unfortunately, I still do not see the correct way out … I added the tag “filmic” for this reason.