Base-e-ball has been very very good to me!
I continue to test RAW development software. This image was cooked with the latest version of Darktable. I tried Darktable (click here) a year ago but wasn't impressed. The current version (2.6.2) has significantly improved for Win64 users. Its directory scanning and import facilities are now faster than RawTherapee (click here) and competitive with Lightroom. And unlike Lightroom, it processes RAW files from later digital cameras. To get my Nikon D7500 images directly processed with Lightroom I would have to upgrade to the "pay for-fucking-ever" version which is something I will never do. I've been working around this by converting D7500 images to DNGs but this violates the sanctity of the RAW file. Once a RAW file is created it should never be altered. It's one of the photographer's commandments: look it up.
Darktable's support for writing long bloviating captions, (like this diatribe), is limited. Sadly Lightroom is still my most convenient option for writing long captions. Long captions can also be inserted by EXIFTOOL (click here) which is simply the most powerful and versatile EXIF manipulator on the planet.