@grsnovi Thanks! No not yet- I just finished this version yesterday, but I’m certainly planning to test it out on a wider variety of shots. It’s a little aggressive at bringing up the shadows, so I do want to make sure it looks good on darker, lower-contrast scenes in general.
@paulmatth Camera. I’ve found that the camera almost always does a better job of picking the white balance than RT’s Auto setting.
Sure, I’m happy to elaborate. Most of the time I spent was simply experimenting with different adjustments, both in order to learn how they affected the image, and also to learn what I wanted to achieve. I did not start the process knowing what I wanted the final result to look like. So it was very much feeling around in the dark for quite a while. I wound up creating over 400 versions. I wouldn’t say there was a specific set of criteria I used when deciding to save a version, but over time I improved my technique of naming & grouping similar versions together. I wish I’d implemented a more formal semantic versioning system at the beginning, but it’s fine. I think this profile shown above is version 438. And like I said, there were MANY times I found myself going down a particular road of experimentation and realized I was “off course” and had to find my way back to the most recent previous version that seemed “right”.
It’s also worth mentioning that I went through about 6 different cameras during the process.
Regarding the profile itself- like I said, there are a lot of adjustments that I experimented with during the development process and ultimately decided NOT to use in the final product. Dynamic Range Compression and Retinex are both very cool and very powerful, but they do impose a sort of artificiality that I decided wasn’t appropriate for this project. (That said… I would totally use DRC and Retinex again in the future.)
I was really, really impressed by the Tone Mapping adjustments and the Chromaticity Equalizer. The Color Toning module is also great, but it is definitely easy to overdo it. Also, Capture Sharpening is excellent, even though there’s a bug in the preview where adjustments won’t render until you change a history step. (I’m not even using regular Sharpening. Just Capture Sharpening and Microcontrast.)
Oh yeah- and even though the JPGs posted above are in sRGB (just because most people on the internet don’t have color calibrated wide gamut displays), I can tell you that the shots DO look AMAZING on a wide gamut screen. The vibrant tones really do extend quite a ways outside sRGB. Unfortunately, RT only supports sRGB on MacOS (due to limitations that apparently the devs have no control over and will likely never get fixed). So I wound up switching to a Linux-based workstation (because did you know? NEC SpectraView runs on Linux!!!). Linux is clearly the best platform to use RT on, especially if you want that wide-gamut goodness.
The next step for me here is to get some more ink for my printer so I can start making prints