Capture One 12 - Three Boats Re-Edit

Capture One Pro 12 and Adobe Lightroom Comparisons

I have recently been looking at Phase One Capture One as an alternative to Adobe Lightroom.

I’ve spent some time re-visiting some of my favourite (five star) images from my portfolio and in the case of the ‘Three Boats’ Photograph taken on the Isle of Skye, Scotland in 2007 it is interesting to see the comparison of my edits over the years against the output from Capture One Pro 12

I was pleased with this photograph for a number of reasons, not least of which the coincidental alignment of the boats with the morning sun breaking through the clouds.

Adobe Lightroom

I have spent many hours re-visting this image over the years and the version below is the ‘top of stack’ version from Adobe Lightroom (representing my opinion of the best version of the Canon RAW file)

Three Boats
Edited in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

The version below is also from Lightroom. The tones of the grass on the hills are warmed up vs the original shot. On review - I feel this is over-processed and not reflective of the scene or natural color

Three Boats
Edited in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

The version below has more of an HDR feel. Again, I feel (now) that this is over-processed, the color feels un-natural and there is a halo at the edge of the mountain and sky.

Three Boats
Edited in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and processed with HDR software

I re-edited in Lightroom CC for a fair comparison. I like this LR version but still not sure whether I prefer it over Capture Ones output

Capture One Pro 12

I spent about 5 minutes editing the original Canon RAW file in Capture One Pro 12. I only compared the versions of the image after processing and I think that the Capture One output stands out well. It feels closer to the actual scene on the day and has a good level of punch and sharpness.

I like the way that Capture One edits images. The Vignette especially seems to work especially well.

Three Boats
Edited in Capture One Pro 12