First of all: This is not my (RAW) image, all credit goes to @Wocket!
I came across it back when and it seemed a good choice for my color balance experiment. It was posted here at pixls.us in the Play Raw section in September 2017 by @Wocket with a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license. This topic:
If anyone wants to download the RAW file please do so by using the above mentioned link.
I purposely decided to not add it to that thread because that one was a Film Emulation challenge, which this experiment is not and it is rather an old thread.
Ok, with that out of the way:
This is the result of an edit I did using only the color balance module. After I was finished I realized that I auto apply the lens correction module, left that one activated… Especially after my first ok-ish attempt editing another image (This on) I am rather pleased with the result of this edit:
dornbush.lighthouse.fujifilm.x.e2.raf.xmp (49.7 KB)
After watching Boris Hajdukovic’s color balance module only video and reading Aurélien Pierre’s*Darktable 3:RGB or Lab? Which Modules? Help! article and the many references to using the color balance module instead of module X I kept wondering how powerful and useful this module could be and how hard it would be to do a 1 module only edit of my own.
It turns out that it is not as hard as I expected it to be although I did have to learn along the way and had to redo certain part a few times to get certain effects done right. For me the hardest thing to accomplish turned out to be increasing the sharpness (the tree trunks being an example).
This, of course, is an experiment meant to learn about this specific module and not something you will ever do in a normal workflow. I did pick up a lot of things along the way though that I will be using in my normal workflow. Doing something like this yourself will greatly improve your understanding and is highly recommended.
I’m curious about:
- any opinions concerning this edit,
- color balance related tips to possibly further improve this edit,
- and I would also like to hear (read) about people that tried something similar and what their experience were.
Would love to see the results that other people get with just the color balance module and this specific RAW file!
PS: Although I’ve been a lurker for some time I did only recently sign-up and this will be my first topic posted. I do think I abide by all the rules, but if not: Please let me know so I can take the appropriate action(s).