(Processed from RAW with RawTherapee 3.0.0, Finepix F550EXR, f5.9,1/4secs, WB Cloudy)

Taken on the High Street in the Harrow-on-the-Hill (London, UK) village a few days before Christmas 2011. Normally I don’t process my images, but I looked at the RAW file for this one to learn a few things – the light was fading fast, but the RAW file had more of the evening’s purple light captured than the JPEG, so that’s why I decided to use the RAW this time.
Question for the viewer: the JPEG taken at the same time is 4.2Mb, the file obtained by processing a 24Mb RAW file ended up at 1.6Mb… why?! Answers much appreciated!


  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 3 years ago

    An interesting shot.
    Sorry, but I have no idea on the answer to your query … hope someone is able to help !

  • Thank you, Trish :-) I hope so too!

    – Themis

  • Caitlin Dickman
    Caitlin Dickmanabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture!! I love the soft glows! :D

  • Thank you very much for the kind feedback, much appreciated :-)

    – Themis

  • KParapantaki
    KParapantakiabout 3 years ago

    Ohhhh! A night owl! Nice!

  • :-) Thank you very much – it does look like that, doesn’t it? especially in thumbnail :-)

    – Themis

  • Marie Brown ©
    Marie Brown ©about 3 years ago


  • Thank you very much for the honour, much appreciated :-)

    – Themis

  • Rachel Williams
    Rachel Williamsabout 3 years ago

    Very cool and surreal!

  • :-) Thank you very much for the great feedback and for adding it to your favourites, much appreciated!

    – Themis

  • JimFilmer
    JimFilmerabout 3 years ago

    Interesting night time shot.
    There can be a few reasons for file size difference. It can relate to whether you reduced the image dimensions when processing the RAW into jpeg, it can also relate to what reslolution that you used when converting the final product into jpeg. Usually there is a question as to “file size” from 12 (highest) to 1 (lowest) that you want the resultant jpeg – in most cases you should chose 10 (the extra gained at 12 in not really noticable) and the file size will be slightly smaller, but your file size can be significantly smaller if you chose 6 or less.
    Congratulations on shooting RAW and finding that there is data (hence detail) there that you would never find if only shooting jpeg.

  • Many apologies for the delay in replying to your very informative message – I was convinced I replied! I will definitely do some more research on the subject of RAW and maybe one day I’ll understand all you said :-) (I’m using RawTherapee and GIMP, and most people use some Adobe product, so I’ll need to research the translation between them, too). Thanks again, really appreciated!

    – Themis

  • Turi Caggegi
    Turi Caggegiabout 3 years ago

    Very nice shot! In the thumbnail looks like the eyes of an owl in the night! :)

  • :-) I know, it wasn’t deliberate, but it turned out OK – I’m glad you like it :-)

    – Themis

  • linaji
    linajiabout 3 years ago
  • Many thanks for the honour and very nice surprise, much appreciated :-)

    – Themis

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