[Play Raw] Processing a very high-contrast raw


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I used a parametric mask in exposure to move the data to the right. Then some levels, shadows and highlights, dehaze, highpass…
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@David_LaCivita that is a wonderful, vibrant and realistic result. Could you explain what you did, in program-agnostic terms, so that users of other software can get the idea?

I made a quick video because I don’t know how to make some of the parametric masks in other software. Hopefully it helps.


@isagalaev I agree with @Morgan_Hardwood. It would do well as a [PlayRaw], if you are willing to consider that. See @patdavid’s post on licensing: PlayRaw stuff to keep in mind.

Welcome to the forum BTW!

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Finally logged in

+1 to that !!

I like the result in the foreground, but you introduced some “halos” at the transition to the blue sky. Visible for example around the big rock.

Thanks! Added a tag and a license. Do I need to do anything else?


Fixed your title to make it more obvious.

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Thank you! Personally, I would really like to also see RawTherapee edits of this photo.

Now that it is a play raw you can happily post your RT edits here.

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I’ll definitely submit my take :slight_smile:

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A truly nice image to work on (though it has its imperfections), I came up with this in DT. A few masks to operate on the darker and lighter parts, and then some color corrections. Not 100% happy with the final color, but it’s close :slight_smile:

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…and here it is, for what it’s worth :slight_smile:
RawTherapee (dev version) only.

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Very interesting image to work on. I actually really had a hard time getting something close to @David_LaCivita. After some fiddling around I actually used the unorthodox way to use a hugely feathered gradient. RT only.
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Everything and the kitchen sink from RawTherapee.

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thanks @isagalaev for making a playraw from a question and @Morgan_Hardwood for insisting , always fascinating such different approaches… Mine using RT it’s assumedly a bit heavy handed with the micro constrast, which creates (among other things) nasty spits of vertical dark lines… next life better =)

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An attempt with LightZone. (Next life better.)

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Edit: Ups, trigger-happy with the blue sky …


Nice version @McCap. Sometimes I use the gradient in such a way as well. The tools are there to be used in a creative way, aren’t they!