[PlayRAW] Autumn Island

I haven’t participated in any of the past play raw rounds myself – mostly because I don’t think I am terribly good at processing pictures – but as there wasn’t any new material for you to play with recently you may have one of mine. :slight_smile:

The shot was taken last October on the banks of the Rhine river. It was a misty day, some rain, some sun. Finding a moment where neither a ship nor a train was in the frame was challenging, waiting for more movement in the water for a more visible long-exposure effect would have taken too long. So this is the best I got.

My sample was entirely processed in a development build of darktable (stable releases won’t open the XMP). I didn’t go to GIMP to stamp away the power lines in the background due to lazy. If I were to print this and hang it on the wall I would do so, maybe even get rid of the blue jetty. But this is about editing raw files, isn’t it?

Raw file: 6Q1B7618.CR2 (24.9 MB)
XMP: 6Q1B7618.CR2.xmp (8.1 KB)

These files are licensed (Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike).

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Reminds me of a softer Van Diemen’s Land landscape… or maybe not. So first thing first, thank you @houz for the island, for the raaewwoe and the jumping stones.

Started camly, with good intentions in digikama; but depsite enabling the write to sodacar file, the tif was alone… on a dark corner, crying and hungry. Probably I set up only for non writable files only, need new glases and more wine. So just a tweak and a twat and was this

Then carried on to gimp and gmic. Gmic was a good lad with the fuji color and the grain and all, but gimp crashed me twice just 'cos some stupid rotation; I totally lost my nerve, killed him and end up in the whore house (adobe’s) just to do this shit

thanks god I’m not Adams’ son, hih ihii


Here’s my quick and dirty attempt using RawTherapee

6Q1B7618-1.jpg.out.pp3 (10.7 KB)

I like how you moved the focus over to the water body and away from the island. It looks like a small river now. :smiley:

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2 posts were split to a new topic: CIE color not working in RT 5.1?

6Q1B7618.CR2.pp3 (10.9 KB)

RawTherapee 5.1 with some wavelet contrast / local contrast, and Lab* curves. Two items from water removed in GIMP with the healing tool.

6Q1B7618.CR2.xmp (12.6 KB)

My take in this was to move a little cooler and darker in general tone while pushing up the saturation. There is beautiful color in those rocks! Cropping out the distracting stick … it was just too much of a distraction. The image as shot had a really nice feeling.


Nice photo! I had a little play with it as well:

6Q1B7618.CR2.xmp (25.9 KB)

I’m not sure what’s up with the white balance in the image. When I use the shade/cloudy presets in darktable I get a quite extreme yellow/orange hue. While I’ve seen the heavens in a strange glow like that 14:30 in the afternoon is a strange time for that. Any idea @houz?

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My take – RT and a bit of gimp to boost the contrast in the rocks and water.
Thanks for sharing!

6Q1B7618.CR2.pp3 (10.6 KB)

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A picture postcard kind of look using RT and then GIMP.
6Q1B7618.jpg.out.pp3 (10.9 KB)


Definitely one of the best PlayRaws so far, IMHO. The results are very different which was not the case with some earlier PlayRaws.

Cheap ND filter. :slight_smile:

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Not meant to be realistic… Quite close to Agriggio’s version it seems.

6Q1B7618_Hombre_RawTherapee.pp3 (10.8 KB)

My attempt using Filmulator.

I used the pre-film histogram to correct the WB (using the precise input dials), 100 drama, and unusually for me I turned up vibrance to 38 and saturation to 64.


I like the image and @houz edit, hence I stole the crop. For my personal taste I would like the colours to look a little more natural, whilst still trying to maximize the saturation.

A couple of attempts in RawTherapee shamefully still on 4.2 :blush: .

First with the usual tools, I was fairly happy, except I didn’t like the whiteness of the water.

AutumnIsland-Houz.jpg.out.pp3 (10.5 KB)

And second I continued my dip into retinex, in an attempt to address the issues with attempt 1.

AutumnIsland-Houz-Retinex.jpg.out.pp3 (10.7 KB)

EDIT: Best of both merged with a simple layer mask in Gimp


Very nice image to work on, thanks.
I wanted to -
o Have a square crop with the left tree-line diagonal going into the top corner.
o Increase the contrast in the sky and recover those highlights.
o Increase the saturation, especially in those beautiful red rocks
o Bring out the detail in the rocks
o Hang it in a frame

As this is play_raw, it is all done in darktable, no GIMP.
6Q1B7618.CR2.xmp (17.4 KB)


Raw imported with Photoflow (no correction), then Gimp

Becomes a bit reddish with my Firefox… Holy Web, pray for us!!!

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Nice image to play with, @houz. There’s sure a wide variety of interpretations.

I took a crack at it with RT…

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