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Biennial Lament

ISO 1600, 1/30 sec @ f/2.8, 105mm 
Nikon D800  |  Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8
‘Lamento’ (2007) by Gonzalo Lebrija
13th Istanbul Biennial – Istanbul, Turkey
October 5, 2013  5:08 PM
© DRS 2013, (cc) by-nc-nd

Limonata

ISO 1000, 1/60 sec @ f/2.8, 105mm 
Nikon D800  |  Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8
French Bistro in Karaköy – Istanbul, Turkey
October 4, 2013  12:31 PM 
© DRS 2013, (cc) by-nc-nd

Photo Software Comparison

When I first started contemplating using open-source photo development software, I was not convinced that I would be able to get the same functionality as I have come to enjoy with Adobe’s Lightroom.  After using the FOSS application Darktable for all of my post vacation processing, I have to say that not only are there DT features that match what I can do with LR, but in some cases I actually prefer DT’s approach. 

For simple photo cataloging, ranking, sorting and all-around management, Lightroom is unparalleled.  But I like the modular editing approach that Darktable employs.  Where LR’s history stack can quickly become a little convoluted, the modification history in DT is simple, and individual modules can be switched on and off without affecting the other tweaks I may have made after the fact. 

So the real question becomes – what results in a better final product?  I was most concerned about being able to duplicate the soft portrait looks I’d been quite happy with in LR.  With more landscape and architecture –type pieces, I was less worried… since mostly those tweaks involved simple contrast, sharpening, and maybe color-correction adjustments (which DT handles very well).  Over the long Thanksgiving weekend, then, I decided to take two photos and process them in both applications.  I found the results surprising.  I actually prefer the way the outdoor portrait turned out using DT.  However, with the somewhat dark church interior shot, LR was able to enhance the details in a way DT could not match. 

Now, I have to stress, I am not an expert at using either of these products, okay?  This is not an endorsement of one over the other.  This is more of an evaluation of what I have been able to achieve with them so far.  For now, I am dual-booting Arch Linux and Windows 8 on my big photography machine.  Lightroom is the only program holding me back from making a full switch to open source.  I’m not there yet, but I would like to be. 

The results of my testing:

Leslie at the Blue Mosque (Darktable)

Leslie at the Blue Mosque (Lightroom)

ISO 100, 1/1600 sec @ f/2.8, 105mm
Nikon D800  |  Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8
Blue Mosque, Inner Courtyard – Istanbul, Turkey
October 5, 2013  1:52 PM
© DRS 2013, (cc) by-nc-nd

Hagia Sofia Interior (Darktable)

Hagia Sofia Interior (Lightroom)

ISO 1000, 1/60 sec @ f/2.8, 105mm
Nikon D800  |  Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8
Hagia Sofia – Istanbul, Turkey
October 5, 2013  1:12 PM
© DRS 2013, (cc) by-nc-nd

Poles

ISO 100, 1/320 sec @ f/8.0, 105mm 
Nikon D800  |  Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8
Galata Bridge – Istanbul, Turkey
October 5, 2013  11:24 AM 
© DRS 2013, (cc) by-nc-nd

Under The Dome

ISO 1600, 1/60 sec @ f/2.8, 105mm 
Nikon D800  |  Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8
Hagia Sofia – Istanbul, Turkey
October 5, 2013  1:00 PM
© DRS 2013, (cc) by-nc-nd

Fishing The Golden Horn

ISO 100, 1/200 sec @ f/8.0, 105mm 
Nikon D800  |  Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8
Galata Bridge – Istanbul, Turkey
October 5, 2013  11:18 AM
© DRS 2013, (cc) by-nc-nd