[Play Raw] Kensington Market, Toronto - High Contrast Evening


(Stefan Chirila) #1

Hey guys, here’s another [Play Raw]. Once again there’s a hidden agenda on my part, evil laugh, which is that I would like a good starting point in nicely editing evening/night shots. I’d like to have your takes on it :smiley:

RAW FILE (LG V20 phone - not well supported in RawTherapee, sadly)
1230181640.dng (22.1 MB) - licensed as Creative Commons, By-Attribution

(below) - And here’s a sample of what I did in Lightroom for Android :stuck_out_tongue:

Another RAW I’d like to make available from the same shoot is this:
1230181401a.dng (22.1 MB) - licensed as Creative Commons, By-Attribution - Preview below.
1230181401a.jpg.out.pp3 (11.6 KB)

I think I caused a bunch of confusion among you good people, with my confused descriptions and such. What I guess I meant to say from the start is that I’m trying to figure out the ins and outs of what it is that makes dark edits look good; from creamy orange highlights to subtle blue shadows. I think I’m a few steps closer in the sample below, and I really appreciate all the collaboration I get from you all!

Also here’s a few other ones I did in RawTherapee last night, but I feel there’s something missing about them…

I’d hope for something like this :stuck_out_tongue: but don’t think that’s necessarily possible.

(Mica) #2

Please attach the raw file and give it a license! A jpeg preview would be nice too!

EDIT: Please explicitly license your files, @stefan.chirila :slight_smile:

(Thomas) #3

My version

1230181640.dng.xmp (6,1 KB)

(Shreedhar Inamdar) #4

Since you processed the image on the phone, I too tried Snapseed on it. Here is the result.

(JegMeg) #5

RT 5.5

(dumb) #6

Without faux-QAM:

With faux-QAM:


Two edits here, both using darktable.


I don’t get where you want to go with the images…you posted one evening shot and a couple of daytime shots and then said you wanted those to be like the rainy night time image at the end??


Here’s a version.
In RT:

  • Dynamic range compression
  • Exposure
  • RGB curves
  • Perspective correction

In Gimp:

  • contrast curves for lights and shadows separately
  • saturated the sky, the blue less
  • added a color toning to the darker parts:
    – shadows = cyan/blue,
    – midtones = magenta

(Shreedhar Inamdar) #10

Here is a serious version using RT 5.5. I wanted to see how much detail can one bring out from the dark areas in the top right corner. Once again, it is amazing how much this raw file from a tiny sensor can be pushed without artifacts.
1230181640-1.jpg.out.pp3 (12.1 KB)

Here is a shot from a 70’s film in which the three dudes are about to abduct the lady trying to enter the Mafia owned shop :laughing:
1230181640.jpg.out.pp3 (11.8 KB)


1230181640.dng.pp3 (12.9 KB)


Here is my tryout.

@stefan.chirila what are the problems with that phone and Raw Therapee?

Btw, seems to me the dng is already heavily processed by the phone itself.

1230181640.jpg.out.pp3 (12.4 KB)


1230181640.dng.pp3 (11.4 KB)
RawTherapee 5.5-dev

(Stefan Chirila) #14

I was just cringing at the extreme distortion of the wide angle lens raw files. But I suppose it’s meant to be considerably cropped anyway.


Maybe you want something like this https://pixls.us/articles/a-masashi-wakui-look-with-gimp/

(Stefan Chirila) #16



If lensfun had calibration data for your mobile you would be

\LARGE😿\ ➡️😺

The only LG mobile in Lensfun now is the G4


A loose try to match the wished style…

(senpai) #19

My contribution with darktable 2.601230181401a.dng.xmp (6,6 Ko)


The streetcar photo is more appealing to me, so I will start there. This is my workflow:

1. PhotoFlow → HL mode (blend) → AMaZE → linear Rec2020 (no clipping) → reduce oog (curve 0→1) → linear sRGB 32f

2. gmic → filter pixels → crop (1.5:1) → sharpen (high freq contrast) → HLG (curve) → blend (Retinex) → adjust brightness, contrast (curves) → recover sky → adjust brightness, contrast (curves) → local contrast, sharpen (guided) → reduce chroma (curve) → sharpen (LoG) → resize (1800)

3. darktable → perspective correction (auto, rotation) → JPG

Zoom 100% and enjoy!