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Abandoning Adobe Camera Raw Enhance Details—Crosshatching Pattern Noise

The sharp eye of reader Jason W caught the crosshatching pattern in the sky caused by Adobe Camera Raw Enhance Details. This has nothing to do with file quality of the Hasselblad X1D II as proven by seeing the issue with Sony, Fujifilm, Nikon raw files also.

See my past posts on Enhance Details such as Sony A7R IV Image Quality: Crosshatching Pattern Noise with Adobe Camera Raw Enhance Details.

I now have to abandon Enhance Details for the Hasselblad X1D II as I have for other cameras. I am quite pissed off, as I have no time to go back and unfuck my published images, especially the labor intensive focus stacking ones which each require hours of work.

I delivered raw files of various cameras to Adobe the better part of a year ago, and still no fix.

At this point, I declare Adobe Camera Raw Enhance Details a no-go garbage feature until Adobe fixes it. OK, that’s too harsh—but that’s sure what it feels like when I get 'burned' this way.

View over Alabama Hills Granite Formations to Last Orange Light on Mt Whitney
f11 @ 1.3 sec electronic shutter, ISO 100; 2020-06-10 20:17:17
Hasselblad X1D II 50C + Hasselblad XCD 35-75mm f/3.5-4.5 @ 61.7mm equiv (75mm) + polarizer Breakthrough Photography
ENV: Alabama Hills, altitude 4850 ft / 1478 m, 68°F / 20°C
RAW: Enhance Details, vignetting corrected, Color Luminance {Blues -36, Greens +40, Oranges +28, Purples -18, Yellows +66}, diffraction mitigating sharpening

[low-res image for bot]

Jason W writes:

For your work, I can understand why Enhance Details has to be a no-go. You're testing gear and it's a time consuming confound. It's not garbage though, it's still valuable for someone wanting to apply to individual images and who is in a position to carefully evaluate on a case-by-case basis if the tool helped or hurt.

The GFX/X1D sensor really needs it to deal with color aliasing on some shots.

Like on this X1D image I would fully expect it to help deal with the color aliasing on the rocks on the far shore. Additionally, your post choices on sharpening amount may reveal crosshatch more than a photog that uses less sharpening.

DIGLLOYD: agreed, and yes it has helped avoid color aliasing on some X1D II images. But it comes with risk, the evidence of that being my failure to observe the problem in the image above. It takes extra effort to see the issue and scanning the whole image. So maybe I will selectively apply but if and only if there is a significant aliasing issue.

Sharpening is not really the issue most of the time—it can exacerbate it slightly but I never oversharpen where it is a factor at work.


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