4 portraits * Andenes 2008

Adobe Lightroom 2.2

The release includes new camera support for the following models:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon PowerShot G10
  • Panasonic DMC-G1**
  • Panasonic DMC-FX150**
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ28**
  • Panasonic DMC-LX3**
  • Leica D-LUX 4**

We’ve also fixed a few bugs that were introduced with the Lightroom 2.0 release:

Lightroom 2 Bugs – Fixed

  • Images rendered from the Slideshow export process produced a jagged effect on hard edges relative to the quality of normal JPEG export
  • Increased the number of characters allowed in Web gallery labels beyond 150 characters
  • Catalogs with hundreds of root (top level) folders caused very slow launch times
  • Drag and drop to move a subfolder to a different folder showed the incorrect photos in the grid
  • Print Sharpening produced edge artifacts in certain conditions
  • Density defaulted to 100 percent for initial stroke regardless of position of slider
  • The Adjustment brush created blocky, straight edges to brush strokes under certain conditions
  • Lightroom could become unresponsive when using the graduated filter under certain conditions
  • It was possible to lose the ability to edit an adjustment brush setting after applying a graduated filter with hidden pins
  • Turning auto-mask on produced a lag in Lightroom performance in when applying the adjustment brush
  • Print to JPEG functionality produced a low resolution image when printing photos with panorama aspect ratios
  • Extended characters in a folder name caused Edit in Photoshop functionality to fail
  • Smart collection did not respond to changes in custom metadata

Lightroom 2 Enhancements

  • Camera profiles are now available in the Calibration panel in the Develop module. These profiles are designed to provide different interpretations of raw capture.

**With the release of Camera Raw 5.2 (and upcoming Lightroom 2.2 release) there is an important exception in our DNG file handling for the Panasonic DMC LX3, Panasonic DMC FX150, Panasonic DMC FZ28, Panasonic DMC-G1 and Leica D-LUX 4. In this release the native, proprietary files from these cameras can only be converted to linear DNG files. A linear DNG file has gone through a demosaic process that converts a single mosaic layer of red, green and blue channel information into three distinct layers , one for each channel. The resulting linear DNG file is approximately three times the size of a mosaic DNG file or the original proprietary file format.

This exception is a temporary solution to ensure that Panasonic and Leica’s intended image rendering from their proprietary raw file format is applied to an image when converted DNG files are viewed in third party software titles. The same image rendering process is applied automatically in Camera Raw 5.2 and in Lightroom 2.2 when viewing the original proprietary raw file format.

In a future release Adobe plans to update the DNG specification to include an option to embed metadata-based representations of the lens compensations in the DNG file, allowing a mosaic DNG conversion. In the interim Adobe recommends only converting these files to DNG to allow compatibility with third party raw converters, previous versions of the Camera Raw plug-in or previous versions of Lightroom.

text by Tom Hogarty.

EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR

Canon USA Service Notice to Owners of the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera

Thank you for using Canon products.

We have learned that some users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera have identified two types of image quality phenomena that appear under certain shooting conditions.

  1. “Black dot” phenomenon (the right side of point light sources becomes black)
  2. Vertical banding noise

We are currently investigating and analysing the causes, and examining measures to reduce or eliminate these phenomena by providing correction firmware. An announcement will be made on www.canon-europe.com as soon as measures have been determined.

Details of the phenomena and shooting conditions under which they are likely to occur are as follows.

1. “Black dot” phenomenon (the right side of point light sources becomes black)
When shooting night scenes, the right side of point light sources (such as lights from building windows) may become black. The phenomenon may become visible if the images are enlarged to 100% or above on a monitor or if extremely large prints of the images are made.

2. Vertical banding noise
If the recording format is set to sRAW1, vertical banding noise may become visible depending on the camera settings, subject, and background.
▪ Vertical banding noise is not noticeable if the recording format is set to sRAW2.
▪ Vertical banding noise does not occur if the recording format is set to RAW or JPEG.
▪ Noise can be reduced if C.Fn II-3: Highlight tone priority is set to 0: Disable.

Canon apologizes for any inconvenience caused and thanks photographers for their patience.

This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

Contact Information for Inquiries
Call Center
1-800-828-4040 (toll free)
8:00 a.m. – Midnight, EST (M-F)
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., EST (Sat.)
Email: carecenter@cits.canon.com

Pictures from Prague 08

Autumn Tour to Prague

After all the city was grey and dull in the end of november. In spite of a great number of colorful posters, bright illumination and ever-living masses of tourists. Been there for a second time since 2002 I felt again its heavy breath.

Perhaps influenced by Kafka couldn’t get rid of a strange feeling that something dark was still going on in the “Heart of Europe”.

Bjørn Solberg (on the left) and I walked more than 100 km over the 5 days we were in Prague. I believe there’s no better way for a tourist to soak up the smell of society in such a short term.

Pale, tired faces on the streets a little bit far from the city center reminded me of finance crisis.

Incredible levitation effect

“Levitation (from Latin levitas “lightness”)[1] is the process by which an object is suspended against gravity, in a stable position, without physical contact.

It is also a conjuring trick, appearingly raising a human being (or other object) without any physical aid. The illusion can be produced by clever mechanics, lighting arrangements and other means…”

For levitation on Earth, first, a force is required directed vertically upwards and equal to the gravitational force, second, for any small displacement of the levitating object, a returning force should appear to stabilize it. The stable levitation can be naturally achieved by, for example magnetic or aerodynamic forces. With the former, it is essential that diamagnetic elements are used. In this case the returning force appears from the interaction with the screening currents. For example, a superconducting sample, which can be considered either as a perfect diamagnet or an ideally hard superconductor, easily levitates an ambient external magnetic field. In very strong magnetic field, by means of diamagnetic levitation even small live animals have been levitated.
(taken from Wikipedia)

Pictures from Tenerife 08