[PlayRaw] Extreme telephoto landscape

Shot in Warmsprings, Oregon in the 90+ degree heat at the Kahneeta resort. Gear used is the Tokina 150-500 f5.6 vintage manual focus supertelephoto zoom lens, shot at 500mm, probably at f/8, adapted on a Sony A7 mk II, ISO 100, 1/125 second SS.

My take was trying to preserve the desaturated, washed out, and bright glaring tonality, whilst adding just a touch of local contrast with wavelets,
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My try - darktable only.

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A quick try using DT current release (my first with it)

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UPDATE: Now I realized I forgot to tweak the WB, which would remove the blue cast and make it more realistic (I guess). But I’ll keep this unrealistic one.


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Let there be fire!



Elected to post a screenshot of what I did, so I could put the histogram up for regard:

I modified the contrast and whitebalance first, to get a ‘regular’ image. Note the histogram, the white balance is simply the adjustment of the red and blue multipliers to make those right-hand points all align with green.

The curve is my attempt at “poor man’s layers”, desaturating the background and punching up the foreground, which already have some separation by tone. The saturation tool is just a feeble-minded attempt to take that further.

By way of explanation, the displayed image is the product of all the tools, indicated by the checkbox at the end of the tool chain. The tool displayed in the parameters pane is the one selected in the tool list, which in this case is not the end of the chain. Tools are applied to the raw image in order, top-to-bottom.


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Nice B+W version. So far, your b+w is my favorite take of the others’ edits for an “edit I’d consider making a print of.”

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This is kind of fascinating, having been there, I experienced a sense of bleakness of the desert landscape, which was reflected in a somewhat washed out desaturated edit. However, most everyone else seemed to want to pump up the saturation a bit.

Using RawTherapee dev 5.4-409-g99caa76f7

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And a BW version
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You’re too kind. There are many people here that are WAY better than me! I realized I didn’t even use denoise on the edit. I will attach a new sidecar file with the denoise method I like to use.

Thanks again!

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Why denoise? There is almost no noise in this ISO100 shot. I also didn’t use denoise in my version.

You’re correct. The new sidecar file I added only cleaned up the sky.

I guess I just don’t agree with heavy saturation as much that the other people used, and as to denoise, the only denoise that would be necessary would be chrominance noise reduction, in the case of making a very saturated edit. My edit did produce some luminance noise, but that was due to me wanting a filmic look, using RL deconvolution sharpening with no thresholding or dampening (my default preset).

RawTherapee 5.4-dev Dehaze tool… and Kodak TMax 100 sim, edged down to let some color bleed thru.

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One with the Retinex tool on top of Dehaze, slightly chromatified and brightened in the CIECAM02 module:


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