[Play Raw] Watermelon


(Gustavo Adolfo) #1

I tried to bring out a bit of detail from the shadows and to that I relied mainly on filmic.

As usual, extreme noise from a very old and cheap camera. (Please, be patient…)

CRW_4166.DNG (17.8 MB)

CRW_4166.DNG.xmp (9.1 KB)
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@aurelienpierre I must say that the new filmic presets (still on dev) are more than welcome and save a lot of time tweaking the filmic settings. I’ve done a couple of edits in different images and most of the time they nail it. Thanks for the effort in trying to improve this tool.
In this photo, I used 16EV:

(Ingo Weyrich) #2

Hmm, where is the link to the raw (dng)?

(Gustavo Adolfo) #3

Fixed, thanks!

(JegMeg) #4

RT 5.5

CRW_4166RT7.jpg.out.pp3 (19.2 KB)

Edit did more adjustment

(Shreedhar Inamdar) #5

A crop that focuses more on the watermelon.
CRW_4166.jpg.out.pp3 (12.3 KB)


Morning, @gadolf

Tricky task!
It is very easy to bring out much more from the shadows.
But those blown watermelon highlights are more problematic.

Hm, I wonder what’ll happen if I … … …

I’ll be back!

Have fun,
Claes in Lund, Sweden

(JegMeg) #7

Oh , my watermelon was overexposed. Did some adjustment…

(Thomas) #8

CRW_4166.DNG.xmp (6,0 KB)

(Gustavo Adolfo) #9

Just in case you don’t know how to do that, I would do the following:

1 - Uncheck Clip out-of-gamut colors box
2 - Check Highlight reconstruction box
3 - Move the Highlight compression slider to your taste.

I’m a Darktable user, but when it comes to highlights recovery, I get better results with Rawtherapee: after recovering in RT, I just export a 32-bit REC 2020 tif, then I do all the rest on DT.

You’ve got some pretty nasty artifacts on that region, but the overall edit that you did is pretty close to what the scene was, in terms of lighting and colors.

My edit was purposely dark to represent my vision of that scene: the watermelon and specially the light reflection beneath pop up in front of me.

[PlayRaw] Autumn dawn
(Thomas) #10

There is something wrong with your highlight reconstruction.


(JegMeg) #11

Another try

CRW_4166RT6.jpg.out.pp3 (16.7 KB)

Better ?

(Gustavo Adolfo) #12

@DxO-user Could you please upload the pp3 file of this last edit?

(Gustavo Adolfo) #13

Strange… I opened the raw file and applied your last pp3 and got this:

Still blown out but not bad, and totally different from your jpg.

And if I check Highlight reconstruction I get this:

Are you editing the raw file (.DNG)?


CRW_4166.DNG.pp3 (11.8 KB)

(Gustavo Adolfo) #15

@DxO-user also open my pp3 (below), go to the Advanced Tab and look for the Wavelets section.
There you have much more control on noise reduction.
My settings in there are just an example of a very quick tweak to reduce noise, but FAR from good, just a starting point. I couldn’t reduce almost any luminance noise, but, at least, some chrominance noise has gone.
CRW_4166.DNG.pp3 (11.1 KB)

(JegMeg) #16

Yes , I’m editing the RAW file - But I have to use local adjustment to get control over the blown out highlights in the melon.
As a newbie to RT , I have to use to this kind of adjustment.

If not using RAW , I have to save as a tiff and do the rest in Affinity ( have never used Affinity in this forum)

(Carmelo Dr Raw) #17

My first take with PhotoFlow.
I have been testing some experimental tone mapping code on your image, and this is the best I could achieve so far… I will add the photoflow .pfi file once the new code is committed on github.

P.S: I made no attempt to reduce the noise for the moment…

(Gustavo Adolfo) #18

@Carmelo_DrRaw Looks promising.

Glad to see that my watermelon can be useful to your development process :watermelon:

(JegMeg) #19

Screenshot from “Local Lab”


(Gustavo Adolfo) #20

Sorry, what is this screen about?

I really don’t know Rawtherapee…