By this I mean the relative "flatness" of the raw file. This has its plus side of course, as the images have a certain "elasticity" when it comes to post-processing. Leica M8 images are an exception to this as they are seriously "punchy" right from the start.
When shooting film I used Fuji Velvia 50 "pushed" one stop, which gave great contrast & colour, but which required careful exposure and composition to avoid blocked shadows & blown highlights. Since I was working as a travel photographer at the time, this type of image proved very popular.
These images shot yesterday are a good example. The UK is experiencing some torrid weather at the moment, but when the sun appears the light is wonderful. Through a combination of road works & tailbacks I ended up in a place I never intended to go! Broadway Tower in a gale looked magnificent against a deep blue sky. Looking at the files when I returned home, I realised they needed something more to recapture the reality of what I saw. I even used my Tiffen software filter programme to add a fake polariser effect to some of the shots.
While digital capture is useful in so many ways, it does often struggle to portray the drama of the world in a convincing way. Fortunately there are the tools available to rectify this.