It was raw and processed by me. The bright background meant I had to expose for highlights and pull up the shadows. That also meant I needed to do noise reduction which is better in raw. I fiddled with the clarity and saturation to pull the colors back out. Finally, I sacrificed a chicken to A’Q’Tance, the Sumerian god of microcontrast.I really like this photo, Steve.
And I love the processing - the contrast, the subdued shadows, the intense (but not overly intense) nature of the coloration.
I also have what may be an ignorant question, but I'm curious --- did you shoot this RAW originally and then process it? Or did it begin life as one of the X100v's different in-camera 'modes' or looks?
Regardless of which, it's seriously cool.