Even when a capture is very good in terms of exposure, things may still look a bit drab. Here is one of those cases.
A dark rainy (~ 4”) fall day in a Maine forest (my kind of day). Me and my gear were ready and dressed for it. Here is one of my captures. I was pleased with the result. With a few color & tonal contrast tweaks, it was a keeper.
Now, it’s ten years later, and I’m looking for images to try with Affinity Photo. I pulled out this Nikon RAW file and did nothing more, for a start, but convert it to a JPEG – no adjustments made during the conversion. That JPEG is what you see in the Before image. (RAW converted with Photoshop Elements 11, Old Reliable. Affinity Photo Develop Persona is unsatisfactory IMO.)