Please compare this picture with the past Friday's posting. The easy way, is to toggle between "previous" and "latest". to the right above the picture. It should be clear that the foreground (leaves and bird) are much sharper in today's pic, than that of Friday. I also noticed that the background mountains are more green.
As I was pondering the reason for the slip of quality, I started to remember a few things. First of all, I shoot in AdobeRGB, that provides a wider range of colours in the workspace. The next thing is that I got a new computer running a more recent operating system. Photoshop Elements 10, that I normally used for editing, was getting long in the teeth and is not compatible with ON1 - which I wish to purchase in the future. So I didn't install Elements 10 on the new computer. I opted for a Corel Paintshop package. So, I started editing with Paintshop. Paintshop has a number of nifty tricks and tools, not available in Elements.
During ponderation I remembered an important thingy. When I open a pic for editing in Paintshop, I get a message that the workspace is converted to RGB. I tried to stop it from doing that, but to no avail. As far as I am concerned, it means that Paintshop has problems working with AdobeRGB. So I installed Elements - it being an Adobe product, must be able to work with AdobeRGB. I took my original picture and converted it from RAW to jpeg and the result is a much sharper picture than the one on Friday - with the added bonus of truer colour for the background mountain.
Those of you who are used to tonemapping will understand what is happening. A wider colour range provides for sharper (better defined) edges of objects. When Paintshop converts the picture to the RGB workspace, they convert to a workspace with less colours. The result is a less sharp look.
Yes, I wasted money on the Corel product.