A photo that I took back in 2012 when I was still traveling a bit around the world. Taken with my old Nikon D7000(*) and a Tokina 12-24 f/4. Not particularly sharp if you pixel-peep; no tripods were harmed when taking this photo.
Always interesting to work on old raw files and see what you can get out of it using new/updated applications (for photos taken at that time I was still using Lightroom; now it’s darktable 3.6.1).
I thought it could be a good example for highlight reconstruction; I know we’ve had countless discussion on this topic but I still find this a tricky thing to do and I’m still not settled on a particular workflow. In this case I’m uncertain about the result so maybe other people can test their ideas here.
First, my final processing:
My main problem was a pinkish halo around the sunset which is minimized in this particular processing. What I did was to deactivate highlight reconstruction and only use filmic. This is a screenshot of the reconstruct tab in filmic rgb:
Other settings of note in filmic:
- preserve chrominance: RGB Euclidean Norm
- iterations of high-quality reconstruction: 10 (not sure this has any significant effect)
This is the raw file with the xmp settings (darktable 3.6.1):
20120116_D7K0879.nef (18.3 MB)
20120116_D7K0879.nef.xmp (8.4 KB)
This file is licensed Creative Commons, By-Attribution, Share-Alike.
(*) one of the few cameras I’ve not regretted selling. I think it had a somewhat faulty AF mechanism, so when I switched to the D600 I was more than happy even though I had to sell a few good aps-c lenses (like the Tokina 12-24 used for this one). Since then my only wide angle lenses have been old manual focus Nikkors (28mm f2.8 and a 18mm f3.5).