Jakarta From 37th Floor and RawTherapee


From Wikipedia

Jakarta /əˈkɑrtə/,[note 1] officially known as the Special Capital Region of Jakarta (Indonesian: Daerah Khusus Ibu Kota Jakarta), is the capital and largest city of Indonesia.

Located on the northwest coast of Java, Jakarta is the country’s economic, cultural and political centre, and with a

population of 10,187,595 as of November 2011,[5] it is the most populous city in Indonesia and in Southeast Asia, and is the thirteenth most populated city in the world. The official metropolitan area, known as Jabodetabek (a name formed by combining the initial syllables of Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi), is the second largest in the world, yet the metropolis’s suburbs still continue beyond it. Jakarta is listed as a global city in the 2008 Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network (GaWC) research.[6] and has an area of 661 square kilometres (255 sq mi). This area has a population of well over 28 million,[7] making it one of the world’s largest conurbations in terms of number of inhabitants.

In 2011, Jakarta ranked 17th among the world’s 200 largest cities, a jump from its 2007 ranking of 171. Jakarta has grown more rapidly than Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Bangkok.[8]

Established in the fourth century, the city became an important trading port for the Kingdom of Sunda. It was the de facto capital of the Dutch East Indies (known as Batavia at that time) and has continued as the capital of Indonesia since the country’s independence was declared in 1945.

The city is the seat of the ASEAN Secretariat. Jakarta is served by the Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport, and Tanjung Priok Harbour; it is connected by several intercity and commuter railways, and served by several bus lines running on reserved busways.

On a comment on my post about The Humboldt Penguins, casagan mentioned about RawTherapee. I remember few months ago when trying RawTherapee I was simply discouraged just by looking at it’s interface and lost my interest to explore further. And I keep using Darktable until now. But yesterday, when I was browsing the youtube to find some tutorial (since there are small amount of tutorial about Darktable, I try to find tutorial about Lightroom and try to implement the steps on Darktable), I found one missing features on Darktable (or maybe I just didn’t found it on it’s modules, or how the trick to do it on Darktable), which is RGB Curves. With RGB Curves, we could control the curves on three primary colors so the final tones of the image is altered.

Screenshot from 2014-02-01 14:50:13

So I give RawTherapee a second chance … And there it is, RGB Curves is right there on the toolbar of RawTherapee. The images of Jakarta up there is processed with RawTherapee using slight modification on RGB Curves and some exposure and contrast modifications.

Overall, RawTherapee is looks promising. My favorite is that RawTherapee didn’t force us to import images to an album like Darktable did. And after few hours playing with RawTherapee, I found that RawTherapee is more straightforward in it’s  modules, where the modules is just what the user needs to process an image. Little bit different with Darktable, where the user have to dig to the modules list to find the proper module. Overall … I started to like it (haha, thanks Casagan for reminds me of this software).

But … there are a big buts …

  • RawTherapee doesn’t have the Split Toning features. I (bold-italic-underline) need that features. But I think it could be played with the RGB Curves.
  • Sharpening is only visible when we zoom the image to 100%.
  • There are no option to add multiple instance for a process (or I haven’t found it yet)
  • The history list is gone everytime I re-opened the image (or I haven’t found the way to re-show the last processing history of an image yet)
  • There is a feature which act like storing a presets (or styles on Darktable), but it has to be saved on an external file (again … or I haven’t found the proper way)

Now the questions … will I replace Darktable? Naah … not now, but RawTherapee will be my prefered choice for some type of works ^^

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