Digital Lith 4.5.3 ...

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I found that after updating the Java version on my Computer, the Digital Lith color dialog was no longer functioning. That had to do with my weird handling of mouse events - let's praise lazyness! Now that issue is addressed in the new version of digital lith.

If you see the same issue on your computer you might want install the latest version of Digital Lith which you can find as always here: Click!

Posted: May 29, 2017

Landau

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We visited friends the other day and went to the former Gartenschau area in Landau. A very nice place. But when we went to an italian restaurant from there we crossed an even nicer area - kind off. At least for me it was a much more interesting place than the place we came from.

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Posted: Apr 27, 2017

Early Morning Heidelberg

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Last weekend I was out with a friend in Heidelberg in the early morning hours - at least if you count 7 in the morning as early. We had a nice time and weekends at seven or eight the town is very different without all the tourists flooding the city.

I had my small Fuji camera with me and though - after so many people raved about the Acros film simulation - I should give it a try and see how far I can get with in-camera black and white jpg images. That means going away from the usual workflow.

In the end I had to be a bit more careful with the exposure since the jpg has not as much headroom as the raw file and that means that you need to adjust your highlight and shadow settings of the in-camera converter here and there. But one gets used to it and I ended up with images that were easy to deal with. Have a look yourself.

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Posted: Apr 25, 2017

Museum Unter Linden - Colmar

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Here we are again, four months later. Busy times, nearly no time to pick up the camera. And if you pick it up, then it is while travelling - ok, not the worst reason to pick up a camera.

We had a short trip to Colmar, a nice little town in France near the border. It is in Alsace and that means we had very good food and wine. OK, I agree that is true in every part of France.

We took the chance to visit Museum Unter Linden. They did a very good job in extending the old building with a newer one. Besides the modern arts department I was attracted by the staircases. I could get some kind of abstract images of those. When photographing I knew exactly how I want the images to come out of my lith program and: It worked out nicely. But have a look yourself.

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Posted: Apr 24, 2017

Digital Lith 4.5 - Codename Merry

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A Merry Christmas or in the sake of political correctness a Happy Holiday Season to all of you again.

It has been exactly a year ago that I announced version 4.0 of Digital Lith Processing. There have been quite a few changes to the program during that year. And now it is time again for giving and to announce a new version. Version 4.5 which I think comes along with a few very nice additions which make the program more usable.

Besides all the improvements which you can read about in the changelog section (Click!) I want to point out the one that is most important to me and which might get overlooked easily as it is just a new parameter to the process. Maybe I need to mention that the former Extended Standard Process is now included as Standard Process. You do not have to worry, presets are migrated automatically for you and the Extended Standard Process is gone.

But now back to that little parameter: Grain Gradient which besides the highlight contrast parameter is a kind of the holy grail of digital lith printing for me.

This parameter gives you a lot of control about when in the process grain forms up. With the previous version grain formed strictly by the tone level of the negative. That is still the case, but now you can bend the curve of how much grain gets applied. A value of one is the default and it is exactly what it was before. If you increase that parameter, the highlights get a bit less of grain, but then all of a sudden the grain builds up quicker in the shadows (you may have to increase the grain parameter too). Lower the grain gradient and grain builds up faster in the highlights and does not increase much towards the shadows.

Especially with higher numbers I can get effects that I have been long after, but could never achieve.

You want to give it a try? Here you go: Click!

A special thanks to my dear friend Craig who not only came up with the idea of showing in-image-crop development, but also uncovered a bug in pattern handling which got fixed ... today. Looking back all the talks we had about the program, then I think at least half of the programs features go back to these meetings. All those "What if ..." ideas. Those meetings have been a continuous inspiration to me. Thanks for that my friend.

Posted: Dec 24, 2016

Going out with a new pinhole camera

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What a surprise, a post without an announcement of a new digital lith version. I am back in pinhole photography. It took quite some time to come back, but now it happened. Zernike from ZeroImage sent a mail announcing his new Zero 8x10" camera. Well, I do no longer have a darkroom and so 8x10 is a bit big to handle. But in the end it got me picking up my little Zero2000 camera and running a film through it - just to find out if my developer is still active. And it was.

But the Zero2000 is sometimes a bit on the wide side. Too wide for my needs which made me think about one of the bigger format ZeroImage cameras like the 6x12 which is a 40mm "focal length". So I ordered one of those and last week I could pick it up from customs.

I went out having it set to 6x12 to see if I can handle these negatives in a practical way - you can also set the camera to 6x9, 6x7, 6x6 and 6x4.5. After having the film developed I tried to find out how to make the negatives into digital files. After some testing I ended up using the standard 120 film holders for my Epson 4990 scanner. That worked out best and a pinhole image anyway comes without crisp sharpness and high resolution.

Here are some more images of that first outing with the camera.

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Posted: Dec 13, 2016

Monastery Neuburg - Digital Lith 4.4.1

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We met with friends to visit Monastery Neuburg near Heidelberg. We had some sun and so it happens that I found a nice play of light and shadows in the church of the monastery. So this is the gift I brought back from that day out.

While working on some Digital Lith version 4.5 stuff I realized two issues which I think you should not wait until version 4.5 is ready (maybe early next year). One was a wrong image size been put into the filename if you did not set the scaling but a border. The other issue has been introduced in version 4.4 too. When using the Java file dialog the filename in the image save dialog is not set. Both issues are fixed in Digital Lith version 4.4.1 which you can download as always from here: Click!

Posted: Nov 5, 2016