|Alberta Sunset - Fuji XE-1, 14mm, f/22, ISO 200|
I've also been testing out and experimenting with Irident Developer, a RAW image converter made by what appears to be a one man shop in Pacific Grove, California. I've been comparing it to Capture One, Lightroom and even Aperture (even though I'm not at all a fan), looking at both image detail and color reproduction across a variety of cameras. Its near impossible to find a single RAW converter that can excel at everything and there's reasons to choose any of these. For this image, I used Irident, which seems to do a better job with XE-1 demosiac and the sharpening tools are impressive; but its hard to get away from the organization abilities of Lightroom. After Irident put out TIFFs, I used Nik HDR Efex Pro to combine and do the tone mapping, trying to find the most natural settings. A sprinkle of Color Efex Pro to touch up the contrast (I find that I prefer to keep the image a little flat in HDR Efex Pro, and then correct contrast using Pro Contrast in CEP) and finish with a little bit of Smart Sharpen in Photoshop CC.