I like to think of myself as an amateur wildlife photographer. I shoot in RAW and generally only use darktable, exporting 2048px wide images for my blog. Occasionally I might edit the JPEG in GIMP. A couple of times recently, using dt 3.1, I had not been pleased with the results and had extracted the embedded JPEG to see what the camera could do, and in some instances I preferred the JPEG. This prompted me to revisit my processing to improve on it.
I am now on 3.2.1 and imported a fresh copy of a photo where the JPEG had made me put more effort in. I found that with Filmic RGB and exposure being applied automatically I had very little tweaking to do for me to prefer it over the embedded JPEG.
With it being wildlife there is less scope for artistic interpretation but I would be interested to see what others would do with this image.
This is the first time I have created a topic so apologies if I have done it incorrectly.
I have tried to upload the recent CR2 RAW file, the xmp file produced by dt 3.2.1 and the exported 2048 wide JPEG from dt.
7D2_5983.CR2 (21.5 MB) 7D2_5983.CR2.xmp (10.2 KB)
The files metadata should show they are licensed under Creative Commons, By-Attribution, Share-Alike.