Flat images from recently acquired camera & lens - hot to enhance?

Last year an older Lumix DMC-G1 (with 20 actuations !) came my way. I found the included kit lens (Panasonic 14-45) to be a little soft. I purchased a used ‘Leica’ badged, Panasonic manufactured, f/1.7 15 mm wide-ish angled prime which seems to deliver much sharper images. However, they seem significantly ‘flat’ as imported into dt compared to raw images from my Canon Powershot and Fuji X-T30. Here are a couple of examples, with my initial attempts to ‘improve’ them (not really good enough). Suggestions?

20240329_SWGC_0511.RW2 (12.5 MB)
20240329_SWGC_0511.RW2.xmp (9.7 KB)

20240329_SWGC_0515.RW2 (12.4 MB)
20240329_SWGC_0515.RW2.xmp (10.5 KB)

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I found the green’s pretty natural out of the gate… Adding the rgb CB vibrant preset was a nice bump but might even go too far… I am biased toward greens that don’t go lime green ballistic :slight_smile:

Try legacy wb vs CC… I found the greens a bit deeper with it … I will add a couple examples later when I get a chance…

Looks fine to me with the saturation bumped up a bit, no other color edits except for pulling down the highlights. I’m also using Adobe’s DCP with this export.

20240329_SWGC_0511.jpg.out.pp3 (14.8 KB)

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20240329_SWGC_0511.RW2.xmp (9.1 KB)

Pretty much all defaults/standard modules and then standard basic CB preset , plus DorS and local contrast …WB could be tweaked to suit the light of the day

In RawTherapee, one good first move is to use DeHaze even when there is no mist. Then to use Highlight Compression and Shadows so as to render the histogram to be ‘filled out’ levels-wise.

After that, the world is your oyster. I personally like Contrast By Detail Levels and and a touch of Deconvolution Sharpening.

[edit] just noticed the dt mention in this RawTherapee category, so maybe I am wasting your time :frowning: [/edit]
I too have a DMC-G1 but I had it modified for full spectrum work.

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I tackled both images. The first one is pretty straightforward.

20240329_SWGC_0511.RW2.xmp (8.0 KB)

The second one is strongly backlit, so more difficult for me.

20240329_SWGC_0515.RW2.xmp (7.0 KB)

The G1 was the very first Micro Four Thirds camera I think? Bit of history right there!

The files remind me a little of my Olympus E-P1 files (the second MFT body!) - quite nice but the noise isn’t that far below the surface, so as to speak.

Edit: forgot to add the .xmp files.
20240329_SWGC_0511_01.RW2.xmp (9.7 KB)
20240329_SWGC_0515_01.RW2.xmp (13.9 KB)

I used a variation of my favorite custom DorS preset on the first one. Kind of combined sharpening and fine contrast boost.

20240329_SWGC_0511.RW2.xmp (11.5 KB)
Process DT V4.7. I have created a preset in the new color equalizer module to bring out the blues in skies.

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A challenging shot. I set the exposure for the sky and threw lots at the image to recover the shadows. I used the tone equalizer, the color balance rgb module and two instances of shadows and highlights to recover the foreground.
20240329_SWGC_0515.RW2.xmp (16.6 KB)

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20240329_SWGC_0515.RW2.xmp (19.4 KB)


Here are my versions…

20240329_SWGC_0511.RW2.arp (13.2 KB)

20240329_SWGC_0515.RW2.arp (13.6 KB)

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NO problem - I use both rt and dt, so there is value to me in your comments.

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I found it so too, but I thought it was only challenging for me - I didn’t get as interesting results as the community have created here. Lots of things to learn.

My version…

20240329_SWGC_0511.RW2.xmp (20.8 KB)

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Sorry, I don’t have dt but had to play anyway:

G’MIC Colour Balance
GIMP Auto WB, Levels, Sharpen, Hue/Chroma.

Left the blown-out clouds as-is.

20240329_SWGC_0515.RW2.xmp (20.8 KB)


20240329_SWGC_0511.RW2.xmp (16.7 KB)


Fantastic edit Popanz! I am going to study it very carefully.

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There were no blown out clouds. If you were using GIMP I presume there was an intermediary program to decoded the raw file that sacrificed the cloud details. Which program was GIMP using?

Anthony, the pictures themselves are quite good.
In the first one, nothing much needed to be done, except fiddle a bit with the default settings. In the first one, however, as the grass is all over the picture, I worked on the S&D module to bring out the variations in the texture, and the Color Balance RGB to enhance the brilliance. Also lowered the exposure of the sky to bring out the clouds in a pleasing way.

For the second one, it was more of a play with exposure. Beyond that not much. Of course, used the retouch model to mask the flare in the bottom part -left of the image. As in the first one, brought out the clouds to bring out the nice landscape

Here’s my interpretation of the two

20240329_SWGC_0515.RW2.xmp (18.8 KB)
20240329_SWGC_0511.RW2.xmp (14.2 KB)