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…
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)
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