Sure this photo is blurry due to camera shake, a wide-open aperture, and high ISO, but considering I was standing in a crowded bar whose patrons were in constant motion, I'm surprised I got anything decent at all. It does make me want to go back and order a martini for myself though.
Back in April of this year I wrote a blog post titled "More Can Be Too Much." It described the possible challenges and catastrophes that strike those so foolhardy as to upgrade some aspect of their digital photographic workflow. It turns out I was prophesizing my own destiny.
You see, when I oh-so-innocently decided to upgrade from Lightroom 2 to Lightroom 3 for better raw conversions and compatibility with the newer cameras I was testing, I discovered that it would install on my iMac only if I first upgraded from Mac OS X 10.4 to OS X 10.6 or higher. OS X 10.6.3 (aka "Snow Leopard") was available only as part of the Mac Box Set, which includes Apple's iLife and iWork suites. Fine they may be, but I have no immediate need or desire for them.
With great hope and optimism I installed Snow Leopard on my Mac. That took roughly 45 minutes and happened without incident--that is, unless you count having to reinstall my printer, mouse, and colorimeter drivers. Not only had they had been written for the older OS, they had been discontinued by their respective manufacturers. I was lucky they still worked at all.
After all that I could at least I could finally install Lightroom 3 and start converting raw files from my Nikon D7000, right? Well, not quite. The version I had purchased still had no converter for the D7000's NEF files. The only way I could import them into Lightroom 3 was to first convert them to DNG files. This was no different from my workflow for Lightroom 2. I had spent several hundred dollars and half a day or my time and was right back where I started.
Fortunately there's a happy ending to this saga. Two days after I installed Lightroom 3, Adobe announced the release of version 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3, which can read the D7000's NEF files without translation.
And was the upgrade worh it? In a word, yes. Files that looked overly smooth and lacking in micro-detail in Lightroom 2 now have subtle grit and texture in Lightroom 3. I haven't felt this pleased with how my photos look onscreen in days. Forgive me if I bask in this feeling a few more days before I decide to try printing any of them. That could lead to a whole new chain of events, many of which are hideous and depressing. Keep me in your prayers, my friends. I'll need 'em.