This week was quite hectic. I was testing out a beta version of the new PureRAW 2 software from DxO. Not only that, but I was also trying to piece together a video for YouTube to coincide with the launch on Wednesday. Fortunately, everything went to plan, and the video was released on time. If you haven’t watched it already, here’s the link (https://youtu.be/-l90Qah3YFs).
Now one of the big improvements, at least from my perspective, is that PureRAW 2 now supports Fuji XTrans RAW files. Support for Fuji XTrans had already been released in DxO PhotoLab 5 last year, so it’s no surprise to find it in PureRAW 2. What’s interesting is that I’m preferring the colours in the PureRAW 2 processing, and I can’t explain why. They should be identical in both applications but there is a subtle difference that becomes more obvious as you process the resulting DNG file. The colours appear somehow more natural when they have been processed with PureRAW 2.
Here’s an example of a recent sunset landscape that I processed using PureRAW 2. I then processed the resulting DNG file using Lightroom Room followed by some tweaks using Nik Color Efex Pro. I haven’t had time to make a sufficient comparison, but I love the look of the result.
I shot this image at Carhead Rocks in the Peak District. I was using a Fuji XT3 with Fuji 10-24 lens at 11mm. I also used a Kase 3-stop Reverse ND Grad filter on the sky to balance the exposure. It’s a tripod mounted exposure of 1/15” at f/13.0 and ISO160.
I hope you like the image and have a great weekend.
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