Alright so, after taking a break from development I realized that the shadow darkness I set for Ultra shaders is a little too extreme. I just reduced SHADOW_DARKNESS in composite.fsh to 1.5 and I think it looks much better.
If you want to try to eliminate the illusion that torches don't work you can do some editing in final.fsh. Lower GAMMA and increase BRIGHTMULT to help brighten shadows.
It's a difficult task trying to find a balanced setting that everyone will enjoy. Do your own editing to suit your needs
can someone PLEASE explane why i get such a low fps although my computer can easily handle games like battlefield3 and crysis?
it has to do more with how minecraft renders its world out. for instance, you and i can run games like bf3 and i can run crysis at max settings. however, these games had an absurd amoun of polish to make sure they ran at peak performance. minecraft, however, is still in development so it isnt quite as efficient as it should be. that is one of the reasons to get optifine, because it has alot of optimized code to help the game run faster
Exercising my organization skills, I'm trying to present files and configurations in a much less confusing way. I've included screenshots of what each configuration looks like within the archive that you download, as well as a very small readme giving a quick instruction on how to install the configuration. I added a few more variations for people who wanted certain features disabled.