I gotta couple emails and comments from yesterday saying that I didn’t say explicitly enough that it is WAY BETTER TO PROCESS in Raw. Well, first of all, I did. But secondly, I disagree it is way better. But don’t take my word for it—look at the results below for yourself.
I took yesterday’s JPG panorama and yesterday’s RAW panorama and put them to the test. I used lightroom to convert both of them to Black and White Infrared photos.
The results? The RAW one definitely holds up cleaner. The two biggest places this can be seen is zooming in and looking at how they handle the two biggest problem areas: the sun and the skyline transition around the trees. But overall, looking at the other areas, the JPG handles the processing just fine. There is no real discernable difference in quality and cleanliness really anywhere else in the picture.
And you know what, even with the minor flaws, I still prefer the JPG. The image just looks better to me. There is more contrast, and the dark sky looks very apocalyptic. I think the jpg is the more powerful and epic picture. However, I do admit the RAW looks good as well.
So…the final verdict? I’ll let the public decide. I will print them both and hang them in my gallery.
BTW: my thoughts on the photo itself? I set up and took shots of this hiker starting all the way on the far right side of the image and kept taking them as she walked across the image and into the distance. I knew one of them would be amazing. And with the steam going every which direction, I knew I needed to treat it like a sports shoot (take a lot of them) and wait until I was back home to figure out which one was the best.
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