I have to learn to stop trying to be a perfectionist. The boat and car are clipped in the raw, so there’s not really much I can do about it. But, they aren’t the subject. Unless you’re going to pixel peep, that “flaw” isn’t noticeable.
I’ve known a degree of shadow clipping can be acceptable; sometimes, things really are dark, and if there’s no detail in the shadow, it’s no harm, no foul. I’ve been treating highlight clipping as much more of a sin. Indeed, sometimes it is. Clipping the blue of a sky can cause a very unnatural color that can be hard or impossible to fix, depending on how bad it is. Clipping a tiny rock in a gravel road? Not so much.
As I’ve been teaching myself darktable, I’ve come to realize that I’ve been using my camera to hide my lack of skill, and then blaming the camera for it. It’s time to up my game and manage light properly.