The idea here was to try and capture that end-of-day feel. I wasn’t looking for a punchy or colourful look.
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I’d like to ask a couple of questions, but first I need to say how I processed this. I’ve recently started using darktable and filmic RGB, and this was used here, with little else in dt. However I wanted a bit more contrast in the sky only, and the only way I know to do this is to go into Gimp and make the sky a second layer. So I exported a 32 bit tiff in linear rec2020, imported into Gimp keeping that profile, and selected the sky using the Free Select Tool, i.e. hand-drawn segments. Feathered, copied to new layer, hand-deleted as much non-sky as reasonably possible, then used Levels to adjust contrast. Found I couldn’t finally convert the profile to sRGB for export without first changing Precision to Perceptual gamma, so did that, converted, and hence a jpeg. I need to learn more tools and processes, and also want to follow the linear path, at least for the time being. So -
Question 1 - For an example like this, altering the sky, can I / should I do it all in dt, or is there merit in using Gimp also?
Question 2 - Whether Gimp is involved or not, which tools do you suggest I familliarise with for an example like this? (I’m aware there are masks but have never used them. I’ve got into the habit of putting feathered selections into new layers in Gimp)
Any other comments or suggestions welcome too.
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