Photo of the Month – September

MagnaCarta800Leica M8.2
Leica Elmar-M 24mm f/3.8 ASPH
24mm, 1/750 Sec at f/5.7, ISO160
Post Processed in Adobe Lightroom CC2015.1.1
On a MacBook Pro, OS-X 10.11.0

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Rolling Back to Lightroom v2015.1.1

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Tonight I got fed up of waiting for Adobe to fix Lightroom so downgraded my Laptop to Adobe Lightroom v2015.1.1.  You can download it from here:


Its a simple task, uninstall the old version, download the main Lightroom v2015 then the update you want.  I then went though my Orkney images and completed my Panoramic’s light this one below:

StornowayI’ll be leaving this version on my Laptop now until Adobe issue a fix and I have tested it on my main machine, at least now I can finish up editing my Orkney photographs.


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Adobe Issues – Lightroom v2015.2.1

Orkney Sea ScapeThe shot above was take with my Leica while on board ship, as I came back to Scotland from the Orkney Islands.

Its a stitch from several images which I put together with Adobe Lightroom v2015.1, quite a nice photograph I hope you agree and a very good stitch done automatically via Lightroom.

I still have a number of photographs still to process from my Orkney trip including a number of panorama’s that still need stitching together and some HDR’s that need putting together.

These personal photographs have been on hold for the last few weeks while I finish up my final Wedding Photographs for customers.

But now its back to my own work.  Now I blogged early that Lightroom 2015.2 had been released and it had some issues.  Every time I tried to exit the program it would hang.  The fix I posted early was a work round that stopped that at least.  Well I also found another issue, you cannot create Pano’s from Leica DNG files, I do not if all RAW files are affected or if its just a DNG issue.

Well last night Adobe issued a fix, Lightroom 2015.2.1.  So I tested and the crashing is still there, in fact it crashed the first time I loaded it and the Pano function is still broken.

Now I had to produce some prints this week for a commercial shoot I had done earlier in the year, now I wanted to test printing from Lightroom on Apple’s latest OS, so as I have already upgraded my laptop, I created a new Lightroom catalogue containing these shots and fired up my laptop to print off the images.  Now it all worked fine, in fact not one crash, but I had not done the Adobe workaround on my laptop.

So I checked out a few forums and a number of people mentioned that if they created a new library referencing all there old photographs the new Library did not crash, so last night I gave it a try.  I created a whole new library referencing my existing photographs and guess what, no crash.

So Adobe; please, please , Please, just now fix the pano issue so I can finish up my Orkney Photographs.


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Adobe Lightroom 2015.2 Known issues

I have only upgraded my Laptop to Apple’s latest OS but have upgraded both my laptop and desktop to the latest Adobe Lightroom 2015.2, usually point releases have few issues.

I had a few prints to run off for a client yesterday and it gave me the perfect opportunity to test Lightroom 2015.2, the new Mac OS and my Epson Printer, a 3880.  No issues at all.

One issue I do have is on my main machine since upgrading Lightroom but running the old Mac OS.

I cannot seem to close Lightroom, it hangs.

A quick search on the web found the following article from Adobe Support.  Unticking the “Show Add Photos’ seems to have fixed it for me.

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  • Tethering with Nikon & Leica cameras

Tethering Nikon & Leica cameras using Lightroom CC 2015/Lightroom 6 is not currently supported on El Capitan.

We recommend customers who rely on Lightroom for tethering Nikon and Leica cameras not upgrade to El Capitan at this time.

Our engineering team is working with our partners to correct this issue and provide compatibility in the future.

 Some customers are reporting crashes with Lightroom CC 2015.2/Lightroom 6.2

  • If you are experiencing crashing, please try the following:
  • Go to Lightroom > Preferences.
  • Click on the General tab
  • Uncheck “Show ‘Add Photos’ Screen”Restart Lightroom

Our engineering team is actively investigating this issue

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RedIn the uphill area of Lincoln is a gallery called ‘The Little Red Gallery'; I have a number of ideas for photographs based on people walking past this gallery but have yet to pull any of them off.  I may have to bite the bullet and book a model as the arrangement I want is yet to happen.


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OS X 10.11.0 El Capitan

OS X 10.11This weekend I updated my seven year old MacBook Pro to OS X 10.11.0 El Capitan.

The issue found initially was that Dropbox would not work, I visited their website and downloaded the latest client and after that things were fine.

So far apart from the usual built in apps, like Safari and Mail I have only tested Adobe Lightroom 2015.1.1.  So far no issues.  I still have lots of things to test but once I have proved all my key apps and also the screen calibrater, Wacom tablet and Epson printer and scanner work, i’ll risk updating my main work machine the MacPro once OS X 10.11.1 is released.


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Barrons on Parade

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Barrons on ParadeThis week the Lincoln Barron’s were collected together and were all on show in Lincoln Castle.  They have been a terrific success this summer bringing people into the city and getting them to explorer.  This week the Barron’s are all being auctioned off for charity and this will be the last time they are seen together.


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Apple Releases OS X 10.11

Apple released the latest version of OS X its called El Capitan an odd name but there are making some bold claims for this minor OS update. 

The big thing for graphic users is Metal a new API layer to access the graphics card. Apple claim 40-60% speed improvement and Adobe after testing an optimised version of Photoshop are backing that claim. 

I will not be risking my work machine until OS 10.11.1 is released but I may upgrade my laptop this weekend and test all my apps. 

I cannot risk breaking printing, screen calibrating software and my Wacom tablet. So testing on another machine or cloning your hard drive and testing on a spare is always a good idea. 

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Solar Panels

I get a few people tell me there is no point in having Solar Panels in this country, too wet, cold and cloudy. 

It’s true in the winter I’ll not be generating much but in the Summer I consistently top 0.5 mega watt hours a month. 

So this Monday morning at dawn, I was quite supposed to see in the low light and thick Autumn fog the system was producing 60 watt hours which was more then enough to power our lights if not the kettle for morning coffee. 

As the light levels climbed we nearly got to a kilowatt hour in the morning fog which I was very impressed with. 

Every little helps. 

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Apple Release iOS9.0.1

imagesApple released iOS 9.0.1 yesterday and I see it should have fixed the issue that prevented me from upgrading my iPhone 5.  I’ll be waiting until the weekend before trying and i’ll be having a good read on the forums to see what issues people are having.

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