Lr rendering of NEF – Example

As a fellow poster on Adobe’s Lightroom forum saw color effects very similar to those I observe in Lr’s rendition of NEF files and as requested by another poster, I decided to make available an example NEF and its in-camera-generated companion JPG (these come from a lightning-hunting series). To download right-clik on link and “Save link as …” (note that the NEF file has a jpeg extension which should be changed back to NEF – the jpeg extension is required by the upload procedure on WordPress).

Once you upload the NEF in Lr, you will note the brown-red hues on the clouds and around the lower-right roof which are hardly visible on the JPEG. The “Camera Neutral” camera profile makes it worse. The “Camera Standard” camera profile hardly changes it. Other profiles produce one of these two effects i.e. they also don’t remove the brown-red hue. At night one cannot use a color-checker card, so creating my own profile is out. Tweaking the NEF for about 20 minutes did not help, short of making it black-and-white. So, what do you guys say ?

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