[Play Raw] Filmic Musings

Winter has been especially “precipitous” in Colorado; that is, a lot of precipitation, in the form of snow. Winter scenes are not (yet, working on it) my forte, so when we bring flowers into the house, it’s a real mood-lifter.

These roses aren’t especially “colorful”, at least in the gamut explosions we’ve discussed recently, but a light touch with pattern can be interesting. This exposure was from northeast light in the afternoon, heavy cloud cover, so the base-iso exposure is quite long. With the small dynamic range, I tried again my highlight-weighted matrix metering with +1EV; the green channel still is pushed up against saturation, but the others are well-below.

Instead of a rendition, I’m posting a rawproc screenshot, particularly to show the filmic tone operator. The curve pane shows the actual transform, according to the Duiker equation I use for filmic. The coefficients depart from the Duiker defaults (A=6.2, B=0.5, C=1.7, D=0.06) to do the following:

  • B and D are dialed down and up, respectively, to make the toe very pronounced. Normally, you can’t see the toe unless you zoom in on the tone curve pane. I did this to crush the few shadows in the scene.
  • A is dialed up to lift the upper tones. This is also in conjunction with de-selecting the norm checkbox; without normalization, the Duiker filmic equation doesn’t top out at 1.0

I posted this way to illustrate an alternate perspective to shaping filmic; it takes some playing around with the coefficients (in rawproc, I can dial them up and down with the mouse wheel) to see their behavior, and the mental imprint is reinforced by both the image change and the curve pane change. I think the work in dt to make filmic more intuitive is quite good, but i guess I’m still more a “manual transmission” sort… :smiley:

Hope the screenshot does the tonality some justice. I think the long exposure robbed the image of some texture, would be interested in hearing what others might have to say about that.

Here’s the raw: DSZ_4570.NEF (28.4 MB)

This file is licensed Creative Commons, By-Attribution, Share-Alike.


RT 5.8: I made an experiment and used only the “advanced” tab :slight_smile:

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Perceptual tone curves in RT because they work great for flowers photography and a slightly blue-ish white balance

DSZ_4570.NEF.pp3 (13.6 KB)


Thanks for the sweet floral greeting in winter :slight_smile: .

DSZ_4570.NEF.xmp (12.7 KB)


Roses are always nice aren’t they…

Based on filmic and I tried not to use too many different modules. I ended up with this edit:

roses.filmic.musings.nikon.z-6.nef.xmp (13.5 KB)
darktable 3.0.0

@ggbutcher: Thanks for sharing and your accompanying reasoning!


Enjoying the renditions… Noticing how dark is my rendition compared to others; I just re-opened it and it’s evident after regarding the others. I think I chose badly in configuring my last display calibration… :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

Minimalist different (RT+G’MIC). Zoom and enjoy!

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Just a little experiment: Using just the color balance module (ok, the 8 default once are also applied, but not altered by me in any way):

roses.filmic.musings.nikon.z-6_01.nef.xmp (10.5 KB)

Interesting what you can do with just this one module. I cannot get that little bit of vibrancy/clarity that I miss though.

A big thank you to @s7habo for the inspiration to try this!

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DSZ_4570.jpg.out.pp3 (11.6 KB)

RawTherapee 5.8

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darktable 3.0.0
DSZ_4570.NEF.xmp (12,1 Ko)

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DSZ_4570.pfi (36.0 KB)


Change 1 parameter and add 2 more curves → v2 ready to share. Zoom and enjoy!


DSZ_4570.NEF.xmp (10.5 KB) DSZ_4570_01.NEF.xmp (10.5 KB)


some interpretations

and a new obtainment, the electric blue “Ggbutcher”

DSZ_4570.NEF.arp (380.2 KB)

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DSZ_4570.png.out.pp3 (11.6 KB)

RT 5.8

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RT 5.8
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:slight_smile: Thank you for such great photos!

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Cooler - Darktable…


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