Process my RAW!

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hellocrowley
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Process my RAW!
8 months ago

I recently got this pic of a very close lightning bolt in front of my apartment. Thinking of printing it big, but I can't seem to get a quality file out of Lightroom, which is the only RAW developer I have.

Can anyone with a superior RAW developer take a shot at this? Thanks, it would also help me decide which program to buy.

Link to RAW: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5JGrbRCHp5KY25WcjY4dnpidlU/edit?usp=sharing

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In reply to hellocrowley, 8 months ago

What are you looking for in terms of "quality" exactly?

Also, how do we get hold of the RAW file?

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In reply to hellocrowley, 8 months ago

Fantastic capture. Of course the sharpness starts with the quality of the capture but I would give a Photo Ninja a try. The two week trial lets you save results, no watermark. Here's a secret, if you have the trial code it will expire in 2 weeks but if you do not close the program (or your computer) it will keep letting you save your work thus extending the trial.  But without a trial license you can still play with the program but you cannot save your work. I did that few two weeks before getting a trial license giving me more time to understand the nuances.

PN also plays well with adobe and lightroom as they have free plugins to play nicely with both to make the work flow remain smooth.

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Re: Process my RAW!
In reply to DaveHutch, 8 months ago

DaveHutch wrote:

What are you looking for in terms of "quality" exactly?

Also, how do we get hold of the RAW file?

Sorry I knew I missed something, edited the post with the link. I'm trying to get more sharpness without the usual sharpening artifacts and less smearing. Also Lightroom renders posterisation in the gradient of the sky.

Thanks Al Valentino, I'll give PN a try. I'm quite clueless at post processing so I'd like see someone skillful show me what could be done to this file.

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Below is the shot with Photo Ninja, close to the default. Note that it does not have spot removal or built-in lens corrections. I could have fixed both, adjusting distortion in PN and spots in Photoshop, but wanted to show the conversion. I did not obsess over getting it perfect. Sharpening was the default settings

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Re: Process my RAW! - i tried Aperture
In reply to hellocrowley, 8 months ago

I think the original  file is good enough for quite big prints !

This is my way to use your nice file - just 50%

Just some highlight saving , some contrast, modest edge sharpening ... etc

It can look great in a 1mx1,5m size

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In reply to KariP, 8 months ago

Just a quick but important note about distortion correction. The adobe versions above have it applied, the Photo Ninja version does not (I could have done it manually).

Applying the lens profile essentially stretches the image back to compensate for the distortion, in this case barrel distortion at 18mm. Once the image is stretched it is then cropped to be rectangular.

So the difference above is that my PN version has a curved horizon, a result of the lens, but is not stretched (always bad for corner sharpness) and cropped. The result is my conversion includes the large vertical lightening bolt on the right!!! Adobe crops it out

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LR5.4, made a hash of one of the spots :/

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In reply to hellocrowley, 8 months ago

Trying to respect most of the color tone from your own version:

- dcraw 9.20 to convert the RAF file to 16-bit TIFF

- Photivo to process the Tiff file (sligthly tuning for color tone, brightness, chromatic aberration, lens distorsion, local contrast, sharpening)

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best viewed full screen

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Re: Process my RAW! Apple Aperture
In reply to hellocrowley, 8 months ago

Processed in Aperture, removed distorsion in PS, removed spots in aperture and applied colors good to my eye, but really it is subjective to me

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Re: Process my RAW! Apple Aperture
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Printed A3+ and it looks good to me

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In reply to hellocrowley, 8 months ago

The camera JPG is pretty good. If you want to sharpen for a print, you can apply enough just to start making halos on the monitor; the print will come out great.

This shot will benefit from sharpening by area -- more on the buildings, very little needed on the lightning.

For the raw, I would begin with Fuji Raw File Converter. Start from "Super Neutral," reduce exposure while watching the histogram at the highlight end. Export a TIFF file. My post processing program is Picture Window Pro. It has excellent sharpening tools, and you can get the sky color you want with its Color Correction tool.

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In reply to Tack007, 8 months ago

Tried to remove the chromatic aberation at the corners and sharpened the file a lot, but with the sky masked and noise reduction in the sky. Trying to darken the sky produces lots of banding so I found it difficult to remove the flare caused by bright lightning flash. I will try Capture 1 later to see if it is any better.

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In reply to hellocrowley, 8 months ago

Done in Capture One Pro 7

PS. there is some serious dust on the left side of your sensor. Two large spots, which needs to be wet cleaned.  I'll cleaned it of on the picture, but it was pretty visible.

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Two Caveats: One, I really have no idea how to process raw. I'm totally new at it. Two, I'm limited with the Silkypix EX that came with the camera.

Here's my attempt anyway

Astia film mode gave it the cyan blue accent around the main flash.

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ACR 8.4, PS CC, NIK Suite

I did correct for perspective distortion, and nuke most of the dust bunnies

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In reply to hellocrowley, 8 months ago

This is a great thread! I'm enjoying seeing all the different versions.

Here's a quick attempt using Oloneo PhotoEngine. Exported as jpeg then some spots removed in Picasa.

Regards,  Joe.

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In reply to hellocrowley, 8 months ago

I seem to be struggling with LR5 as well.  Here's what I came up with... I feel like something's off but I can't quite put my finger on it?  Is it that watercolor effect that everyone else is bitching about maybe?  Hm...

Alex

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you shall not snap!

alextardif wrote:

I seem to be struggling with LR5 as well. Here's what I came up with... I feel like something's off but I can't quite put my finger on it? Is it that watercolor effect that everyone else is bitching about maybe? Hm...

Alex

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