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El Don Motel, Albuquerque - ProPhoto Color Space version | by dv over dt
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El Don Motel, Albuquerque - ProPhoto Color Space version

This was a tough one to work from because my darkest exposure was not dark enough, and I had left the image stabilizer on even though I was using a tripod. That meant that each exposure moved just a tiny bit relative to the last. And besides; it was too late at night; this beauty needs to be shot at the blue hour!

 

Lame excuses aside, here it is: this version was converted from the 16 bit ProPhoto editing space I work in to an 8 bit JPEG. The twist is that I kept the 8 bit file in the ProPhoto space.

 

If you have a color managed browser (Firefox and Safari are the only two which get it right by default) and a wide gamut monitor then you will see that the reds and blues fairly fly off the screen in this version. I'll upload the sRGB version after this one so you can compare.

 

I see the difference easily; and since the gamut of my printer actually exceeds the gamut of my monitor one can understand why I archive my final edits as 16 bit ProPhoto color space TIFFs: Anything less would be throwing away image quality. sRGB is a lowest common denominator color space invented to complement the capabilities of a low priced CRT monitor circa 1996. Meaning, you could get a decent color reproduction even without calibrating and without a color managed workflow. That was a step forward for 1996. But the world has moved on!

 

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Taken on December 25, 2011