I didn’t want to hijack @black_daveth’s thread “The Quiraing, Isle of Skye”, so I open another one here with a shot I took in May 2015 from a similar perspective. The weather was worse then than on black_daveth’s photo, though on my photo you don’t see yet that an hour later a storm began that would last the rest of the day and would drown my Pentax K-r on my way to the Storr.
At that time I had Lightroom 5 and used it mostly to retouch the dirt on the lens and to slightly increase contrast in the rocks and in the sky with the aim to keep the look as natural as possible (according to my memory)
and to create a black-and-white version that I like most so far:
Now trying to learn darktable and inspired by aforementioned thread I gave it another try in dt. I thought I could not only manage contrast but also overall brightness in the filmic module but somehow I didn’t manage, I had to use levels additionally.
I’m not sure whether I exaggerated saturation a bit, particularly in the sky. When the greens seem right, the clouds seem to blue. I have to learn how to tune this separately.
2015-05-23 - 7865_01.DNG.xmp (13.3 KB)
(Unfortunately I also don’t yet master darktable’s spot removal tool suficciently, so in the sky there are a few traces of the tool.)
Any suggestion for improvement?
2015-05-23 - 7865.DNG (10.8 MB)
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Edit: Yes, seeing the uploaded image in the browser I find saturation exaggerated.