Here’s the photo I took yesterday evening, in three versions:
One is straight out of camera, but with a correct white balance set in camera using a grey reference card. The other is converted from raw with my usual way how I do them, and for the third I tried to optimize it for printing by using an icc profile for Fuji paper, and a ProPhoto colour gamut during the conversion (output is still sRGB to show it here).
If you wonder why the straight out of camera version looks a bit dull, that’s because I reduce both contrast (-2) and saturation (-1) in camera to get an on screen (or in viewfinder) approximation of how far I can go with the exposure without blowing or drowning anything. Standard settings would be better if you never save raw files.
A matter of taste of course. But I’d love to hear / read your thoughts (or if you really want to see prints, go ahead and download the full-res images from Flickr).
Update from Wednesday, September 25th, 2013:
Thanks so far for all of your comments, either here on the blog or via email. Due to a question asked quite often, I simulated a zeroed-out camera (settings of both saturation and contrast at zero, but noise still off and also brightened half a stop by pulling up the exposure) in the Olympus Viewer 3. I saved it as a .jpg from there which means out of camera it would have looked the same with these same settings. Here it is for your comparison (and also on Flickr in full size of course):
Same image as #1, but camera settings at “0″.