It's interesting to see what others are making of this picture/processing differences.* This was about the first time I tried the soft light layer, so I have no idea how to control its effects (or what it is supposed to be doing), other than changing the layer opacity - I'll have to figure out fill options for it.* At the moment I'm still using PhotoLab for my conversions and PS6 for graphics.* Maybe this weekend (keeping my fingers crossed) my computer will be back and I'll have CS2 and Lightroom to play with.
The biggest surprise I had was with the sharpening methods, and how often you can push it to (what I would have thought extreme) limits and still have it look good.*
It really is best to output a large print to see the effect. Often, on the screen renditions have nothing to do with what comes off of the printer. I have found that prints that come of the K10D look much better than they do on screen.