The first one is a close up of the wildflowers covering Wildcat Canyon’s slopes after Spring rains subsided. The next is a view of the valley containing the Lafayette reservoir, you can just make out Mt. Diablo in the clouds.
These were taken using sweep panorama and macro modes of the X20. They are the first two images I’ve processed using Photoshop CS6, which has improved raw file conversion for the new X series sensors. It seems to work well – I am not seeing any significant sharpening or noise reduction artifacts in the uncompressed files, but these are at base ISO and didn’t need NR.
Exporting with JPEG compression degrades the quality a bit, but the results seem better than the OOC versions at equivalent file sizes. It will be interesting to see how higher ISO .RAF images will look after ACR/CS6 processing.