That is an OUTSTANDING lunar pic!
There is a tremendous amount of detail in there, but it doesn't stand out very well because there is very little dynamic range, it's kind of washed out, too bright. (in my humble opinion)
Hope you don't mind but I tweaked your image.
Increase saturation (a bunch)
Sharp mid range detail
Sharp small detail
I don't mind. Farther than I PERSONALLY would have gone, but again, as you say...it's all subjective.
I was, in fact, working on a different "look" to it myself...I think, honestly, I'll find happiness somewhere in between my original and your "tweak".
Here's where I am so far:
Full Res Here
Not quite there yet, but closer I think. Part of what I'm running into, of course, is that with an image this large, there's a LOT of processing that looks pretty spectacular at, say, 800x800 by reveals a BUNCH of garbage at 6000x6000.
I suppose I could have waited until I had my own personal "final version" before I posted...but then we'd miss all this discussion!
In any event, I appreciate the kind words and the insight on processing.
This project was a LOT more difficult to bring to fruition than I'd expected. Technically, it wasn't that demanding, but I just didn't realize how many things needed to 'go just right" to make it happen...so I'm really pleased that it's found an appreciative audience.
Great job on both the original and tweaked pics. Isn't amazing how far the rays from Tyco extend?
I too am always amazed at that...I wonder just how MASSIVE that impact must have been!
Speaking of Tyco, I've done up a quick annotated version
of the large first image as we, if anyone's interested.