Snowline and sky... glacial meltwater

I have been around the house a few times with this one. I have a few slightly different exposures and compositions taken as I climbed up the hill and the light changed. The sky is very difficult to deal with especially the part in the distance. The edit below is just one of many versions that I have tried; certainly not very polished.

2009-04-04 at 12-30-44.CR2 (11.9 MB) 2009-04-04 at 12-30-44.CR2.xmp (53.9 KB)

Licensed - (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/)

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That’s a really nice image: composition, framing, and exposure. Just a little blowout in the sky, but not so much I had do do anything specific about it.

Really, nothing special, just a filmic curve and a slight crop to get rid of the little vignetted corners.

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This was my first time processing an image from an old CCD point-and-shoot. It’s actually better than I expected, once the CA was corrected.

In Filmulator I gave it:

  • Auto CA correction 3
  • Highlight recovery 2
  • Exposure compensation -1
  • Shadow Rolloff Point 0.00174
  • Drama 61
  • White Clipping Point 0.623
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2009-04-04 at 12-30-44.CR2.xmp (10.4 KB) 2009-04-04 at 12-30-44_01.CR2.xmp (10.9 KB)

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Very nice image, this is what I made out of it:


2009-04-04 at 12-30-44.CR2.xmp (13.4 KB, dt3.1)
And this is how it was done:

  • check for sensor clipping
  • Increase exposure below sky
  • Denoise and sharpen
  • Haze removal
  • Dithering for later export
  • Vibrance
  • Velvia
  • Color zones: intense green and yellow
  • Local contrast to increase details
  • filmic
  • White balance
  • Contrast increase in the green/brown field and in the hills
  • Vignette correction in a unusual method (did not found a preset in lens correction for that specific lens)

Usually I got a different workflow starting with presets for most of the modules. But since they only work for my camera/lenses and I wanted to show what I am doing I did not use a specific order here.

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There is no way to preserve the sky without some distortion or trickery. The static contrast of modern computer displays is usually limited to about 1000:1, so they are not capable to reproduce directly scenes with high dynamic range.


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RT 5.8


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Beautiful picture, thanks for sharing! Here’s my version:


2009-04-04 at 12-30-44.CR2.arp (11.1 KB)

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And mine:


RT 5.8

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Photoflow:

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A graduated exposure correction (about -0.8 stops at the top of the image and +1.7 stops at the bottom) takes care of the dynamic range adjustment.

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Very nice shot, thanks for sharing DT 3.0.1

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2009-04-04 at 12-30-44.CR2.xmp (31.3 KB)

Nice detail (without mountains):
2009-04-04 at 12-30-44_01

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I was thinking about the Soft Rendering thread, and then the effects sort of got turned up to 11…

2009-04-04 at 12-30-44_glow.pfi (43.9 KB)

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@pphoto Awesome thanks for that and for the excellent video. I learnt a lot. I like your final version, very natural.

The vignetting is due to a lens protector/filter holder used on that camera as it had a retractable lens and needed some help in harsh environments. Great little camera that G7, I later had a G9x too, for when it wasn’t practical to carry a DSLR or for use while working.

Can you tell me what the dithering does and why you used it please?

@Chris_Harris See https://www.darktable.org/usermanual/en/correction_group.html#dithering.

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RT. 5.8

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May I ask where this gorgeous and enormously large landscape is located?

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It is Tierra del Fuego, Bahia Ferrari in Seno Yendegaia, part of cordillera Darwin the background access only by boat or on foot or horseback.

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