Tarpaulin light

Yesterday I went to the street market and took the camera just to test Osmand gps tracking and also the new geotagging PR in darktable.

This scene captured my eyes due to the soft light produced by the tarpaulin.

OOC jpg:

raw file:
DSC_7893.nef (17.4 MB)

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Nice! Thanks for sharing.
Keeping the structure of the tarpaulin was a bit tricky.

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Nice scene. :slight_smile: RT5.8

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Photoflow, using the log-logistic tonemapping
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tarpaulin.light.pp3 (15.7 KB) RawTherapee 5.8 (Development)

Thanks for sharing!


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Love the scene! Our local garden shops should be opening soon, so this is a nice preview. I couldn’t push the tone equalizer too hard, so I had to use a lot of selective exposure masks to bring everything in balance. I did this in the development ver. 3.5, so I don’t know if the XMP will transfer. If not, then I can explain what I did.

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Very nice edits!
Here’s mine.
@Dave22152 I’ve been following @s7habo’s approach to filmic and scene-referred edits and I found his method simple and at same time powerful. Have you tried? Maybe you can achieve the results you want with minimal local editing.

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@gadolf, yes I’m a big fan of Boris and others, possibly to the point of pestering at times… :grimacing: and I’ve tried to bring some of his techniques into my own toolset. I think the challenge is that there’s a lot going on with the bright tarp and tourist blue sky, the underexposed greenery along with the customers and highly intent shopkeepers. So try as I might, I had to use a lot of different masks to bring it together. I had fun with it.

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A really nice shot, thanks for posting

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I have a problem working with drawn masks. Local contrast 1 has two masks, the larger one was put on first, the ellipse second. I would like to re-position the ellipse, but it seems to be underneath the drawn mask, and attempts to move the ellipse only move the drawn mask. I tried moving the ellipse up in mask manager, but that made no difference. Is the only way to adjust the ellipse now to remove the drawn mask, move the ellipse, and add the drawn mask back in?

Edit: I’ve noticed that the red stripes have dark edges. Turning off defringe removed them.


Use the mask manager module to select the shape you want to move/change:


ART no local editing

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Nice scene, thanks for sharing. Tricky to make it look natural. My attempt using ART. Increased exposure, used dynamic range compression, tone equaliser and local contrast. No masking [Edit actually that’s not true when you look at people’s faces :stuck_out_tongue:] . Tarpaulin light.nef.arp (33.9 KB)

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