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New Version Of Darktable!
As you may or may not know, one of the apps I use in my HDR workflow is Darktable: a free, open-source RAW manager and editor comparable to the likes of Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw. Recently, the team behind Darktable announced the availability of version 1.4 RC1, bringing with it a long-awaited feature: masks.
Here’s how Darktable’s Masks can help level up your processing skills.
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Before heading to an awesome gig in Lancaster to see Lau live, Lisabet and I decided to make a day of it and had a hike around the Trough of Bowland. It’s part of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Beauty in Lancashire; a high pass and valley reaching 968ft with lots of tributary valleys. We sauntered around one of the more popular ones, known as Langden Brook, the water from which eventually reaches the thirsty mouths in Preston.
You know you’re not in Cumbria when valleys and fells take on a distinctly less rocky and craggy look. Langden was resplendent in fern and heather on its grassy, boggy fells, providing a rich scene of colours against the brook and boulders. Shooting near sunset time helps as well. =)
Nikon D7000, Tokina 11–16mm ƒ/2.8 ultra-wide angle lens, ISO100, 11mm at ƒ/14, a bracket of three exposures of ½, 1.6 and 6secs. Using Darktable’s new awesome-rad Masking feature, I produced two versions of the photo to be blended together: one from Luminance HDR and another from Darktable by editing a single RAW with Making Adjustments. I then took both into GIMP and blended the best bits from each photo together. Luminance HDR had the best rock textures whereas the Darktable RAW had the best sky and water. =)