Overall it’s going great but I can use some advise now.
Aperture + Paint.NET:
Truth to be said. The Aperture one probably loses without Paint.NET correction. The action take in Paint.NET was Auto-Level, which rarely works, except today. It gave the image a less blue, warmer/browner look. And the RawTherapee version does have a few things better than Aperture.
Anyways, let me describe why I don’t like the RawTherapee output.
- It has a nice blue sky like the Aperture version, but with RawTherapee the blue is projected onto the non-sky elements too. The shiny glass building in the middle is unrealistically blue. Even the clouds them self are too blue.
- The sky in the Aperture version seems to have more contrast or something. It’s less flat, more 3D, more aggressive.
- The Aperture version is much sharper. Look at the window with all the cut out window views. (Above train, slightly to the right.)
- In the right bottom of the image I made a 100% zoom cut out. RawTherapee has so much noise.
All this sums up to the Aperture photo being a city that pops up from the landscape with an explosion of light and clouds behind it. It’s almost like you can move the clouds around with your mind. With the RawTherapee photo everything feels more static.
What did I do to try to fix the problem?
- I don’t know what to do. Making the building/clouds less blue means the sky won’t be as blue as it is now.
- Contrast, contrast by detail levels, local contrast.
- Sharpening. Seems to work a bit at 100% zoom, but zoomed out no difference.
- Turn off sharpening. Not much difference. Turn on Nosie Reduction; that made it better but not enough. Tried several settings but default seems to give the best output.
Note: As I am still pretty new, I might not have used the optimal settings with the methods mentioned above, so it doesn’t mean that those methods won’t work at all.