moderated Re: Case Study: Colosseum at Night
I would say that any use of the Unsharp Mask filter or anything that emulates it (as the Sharpen actions in PPW do) should be off limits. I assume that anything with “Sharpen” in its name is included.
Of course, we do several other things to our images that the MIT retouchers didn’t, but sharpening can make such a difference in quality at such a low cost in time that we ought to exclude it.
I will say that in the Veiled Bride and Cinque Terre images, the MIT retouchers by and large did a terrible job. That’s not the case with Colosseum, a couple of their efforts are likely competitive with ours.