There was a wonderful mid-morning swathe of sunlit colour on the warm slopes of Slieve Foye — too good to miss. But when I turned my back to the sun and checked my shots on-screen I was disappointed that some of the colour had shifted noticeably in the JPEGs.
The unedited RAW Provia/standard original (see below) had coped reasonably well with the heather and grass, but made a mess of the Harebell petal’s subtle shade of mauve/blue. It’s an issue that reminded me of my early film days when I shot bluebells and struggled to get anything close to the actual colour. The delicate hue shifted to a sickly purple. Looking online and referencing a few of my books I see that off-colour results aren’t hard to find.
I loaded the RAW image of the above shot into the latest version of the free software I’d downloaded from Fujifilm. Eventually I got the result you see at the top of the page. But the next morning I was back at the computer with a fresh approach to Fujifilm’s film simulations and realised that the Classic Chrome colour rendition seemed close, though much too diluted. When I pumped up the saturation level and made a few other fine colour adjustments the result looked better on my Asus monitor than my first attempt. Maybe the heather needs dialled back a bit. How does it look for you? I feel it’s a step in the right direction.
Edit In ON1 Photo RAW
A couple of years later I brought this image into ON1 for editing. I used the eyedropper in the Colour Enhancer to select the colour I wanted to control. In a second Colour Enhancer I targeted the main colour of the heather only. An early effort can be seen below.