Nikon D1X darktable challenge

With talk of the new filmic, RGB instead of LAB and new cameras having rather extreme dynamic range I thought it might be fun to see what you can squeeze out of a RAW file from a nearly 20 year old DSLR.

The D1X probably barely qualifies as a legitimate camera these days and its RAW file has the dynamic range of a baked potato compared to even entry level sensors on the market now. However it’s still quite remarkable what you can pull out of it with fimic rgb, tone equalizer and color balance.

This is just a snapshot from the last time I had it out for a walk last summer. I fired straight at the sun so you’ve got bright highlights and a rather large range to play with. I’m interested to see how other people decide to handle this.

If this is a big hit I can get some more shots with this clunker. The files are small enough that even those with older PCs can give it a shot. Maybe even some other older cameras too. Sometimes I have access to some real pieces of junk!

This file is licensed Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0

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Re D1x:


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I think I like more contrast than the regular HDR type look but I did some more fiddling and got some more detail in the sky. I usually like just a little solid black and solid whites in a shot.

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Here’s mine.

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Nice shot with this dinosaur! Thanks for sharing
RT 5.7 newlocallab, Fuji X Astia LUT

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Uncorrected white balance:

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Obligatory mention:


I really like this picture, thanks for sharing! Here’s my take (sorry, not darktable, I hope it’s ok…):

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I agree. It has a lot of interesting features. @lhutton Thanks for sharing this sweet potato. :sweet_potato:

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Starting from Log Encoding with ART

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version 2
darktable 3.0.0

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DT 3.0

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