Lightroom/Camera Raw: Color blotching in colored light

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since the latest Update Lightroom and Camera Raw have very strange and strong color blotching in colored light. I have not experienced that ever before and now need to go back to Nikon View NX for my RAW conversion !

Attached screen prints from an example D800 file.
first from Nikon View
second from LR / Camera Raw
But it seems to happen also for my Nikon D4 and Sony A7r

Get the same result when opening file in LR or directly in PS

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Bernhard Sperling

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Bernhard Sperling

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AS a follow on question: is there any way how I can install earleir versions of LR and Camera Raw when using the Creative Cloud?
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This looks like a camera-profile issue. Have you tried all the various profiles and do they all exhibit this issue? Is this an old photo that you've tried in the older LR or have you only viewed this photo in the newest LR? If this is a new photo untried in the older versions, then they may have had the same issue in this lighting scenario that includes severe blue lighting--which Adobe profiles cannot handle well.

I don't know how to install previous LR version via the Cloud; however, if this is a camera-profile issue and older profiles did actually work, then you can install an older version of the DNG Converter -- that matches whatever version of the CR plug-in for PS you had that worked, and that'll overwrite the profiles PS/CR uses, but won't affect LR's profiles; however, you can easily copy the profiles that the DNG Converter installs from the PS/CR location to the LR location. I know exactly where these locations on my Windows. I'm less sure about where they are on a Mac but maybe that can be determined from online resources.
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Bernhard Sperling

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Dear Steve, thanks for the answer.

I will try to play with the profiles. The picture was taken with D800 and the 24-70 2.8 so it should be "bog-standard" for a Nikon shooter.

I know that that is a difficult lightig situation, but I always saw LR/PS as pro tools that can handle whatever you throw at them.
That other software that I consider to be antiquated seems to be able to handle it well is the source of my disappointment.
I would be utterly devastated if LR/PS have become geared towards the earlier Canon Kodak automated tools for Sunshine/Holiday snaps and have lost the ability to deal with difficult stuff.
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Bernhard Sperling

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Dear Steve,

The Camera Calibration was indeed the way to go. I guess extreme lighting situations have to be adjusted on a pic by pic basis.

My immediate problem is solved. I can process the pic in LR/PS.

I would nevertheless be suggesting that Developers might have a look at the engine and why extreme cases like this one can be easily mastered by the JPEG engine in the Camera and View NX, while the Camera Raw engine needs calibration adjustment, when working at the next process.