I noticed that this thread has been tagged #play_raw. If this is something that you want @Chymera, could you also supply a license for your images? (Unsure, since you weren’t the one who added the tag…) See: PlayRaw stuff to keep in mind.
I meant the bright colour has gone, just wondered if you’d used a healing brush or clone tool etc. in gimp.
Ah no, I didn’t do that. I guess they were just clipped out as Glenn suggested.
Tough one. I did use a Nikon camera for a while. A number of people use Nikon’s raw converter and export as tif for further work. Nikon use an unusual method of converting raw files. So having been there before and not being able to get a conversion I liked from RT I used Ufraw as it has the same facility Nikon use and exported a 16bit tif. Light into the lens has fogged the shot so used Fotoxx for further editing. Lastly add a bit of chroma via RT.
Sorry it’s not an RT solution but without the facility the first curve from the left in Ufraw offers I don’t think this sort of result is easily possible.
PhotoFlow → HL mode (blend) → AMaZE → linear Rec2020 (no clipping) → tone mapping → linear sRGB 32f
gmic → filter pixels → crop (1.5:1) → wavelet split (residual [A], detail [B])
pnmclahe → enhance (A)
gmic → wavelet merge (A B) → adjust brightness, contrast (curves) → local contrast, sharpen (guided) → increase chroma (curve) → sharpen (LoG) → resize
GIMP → clone out flare above sun
Zoom 100% and enjoy!
Edit: correct version