After a long time of shooting JPGs only I have started to discover what (magic) can be done with RAW files. And while some pictures look just plain better even with my limited experience I have troubles with other pictures, mostly with getting correct colors.
I have recently captured a photo of the Victoria Memorial in London. I think that the JPG produced by the camera looks fine and represents the colors of the scene really well in this case. If anything, it is a bit darker then it really was out there, but the clouds are vibrant, the memorial itself is almost white as it should and the red tarmac is well saturated.
But when I tried to develop the RAW file I was not able to produce as good result as the camera (not to mention surpassing it). Out of the three prominent things in the picture (the memorial itself, the clouds and the red tarmac) I always got at most two of them right (considering the color).
I would highly appreciate tips for developing the photo and would love to see examples of what can be achieved. if possible, I would like to avoid using any cherry-picked masks for this (the camera is capable of producing a good result automatically without a process tailored specifically to this image). I am mostly (but not only) interested in attempts made in Darktable as this is what I use. Please keep in mind that the colors in the JPG are (IMHO) quite realistic representation of the scene and I would like to adhere to it.
Thanks in advance for any fantastic creations.
IMG_4311.CR2 (27.6 MB)
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