Check out this image of Wilkinson Bay, Louisiana, by the USGS. Clockwise from top left:
- Geotiff from USGS opened in Photoshop
- JPG from USGS opened in Photoshop
- Geotiff from USGS opened in Preview -- notice it's apparently reading one of the bands as the alpha channel; cool!
- TMS tiles served through TileStream, generated with raster2mb from the USGS geotiff
I suspected something funny with the upper right image; notice there's some checkerboard patterning due to antialiasing (a moire pattern) in the lower left of that image. I wanted to go back to the source to confirm that it wasn't just from the JPG compression, or from a resize - I'd read that this image was originally 70cm imagery resized to 1m. The original Geotiff has much better color, and while I do see some moire, it may actually be from the waves on the ocean surface interfering with the pixel resolution! I dunno, but I'm glad I went back to the source.