Day 4 : Balancing Act

Day 4 of the Missing Pages at photo.net challenge was all about white balance. They did suggest doing a sunrise and sunset shoot, But after a misspent youth 🙂 I prefer the comforts of a bed or my favourite bar enjoying all the varieties of rum they have.

So I adapted slightly by using some plastic containers against a white background. The day is very overcast with heavy rain clouds – the UK April Showers living up to their name! They were shot at f3.5 with a shutter speed of 1/12 to 1/80
AWB – Auto White Balance:

This has done a reasonable job given the conditions.It does need some work in Lightroom 5 but a good effort.

Day Light White Balance :

Horace Daylight white Balance

Horace Daylight white Balance

I think this is very dull. I tried it later in the garden and it did a much better job. So I will give it some more practice when I am out and about.

Cloudy White Balance :

Horace Cloudy White Balance

Horace Cloudy White Balance

I can see where the algorythms have tried to warm the picture but it still looks “muddy” to me

Tungsten White Balance :

Horace Tungsten White Balance

Horace Tungsten White Balance

The famous “blue reef” effect as I shot in daylight 🙂

Fluorescent White Balance :

Horace Fluorescent White Balance

Horace Fluorescent White Balance

Here I can clearly see the green tinge around the rims.

Fluorescent H White Balance :

 

Horace Fluorescent White Balance

Horace Fluorescent White Balance

I cannot see the difference with the above 😦

Flash White Balance :

Horace Flash White Balance

Horace Flash White Balance

A definite warming effect taking place here. I can guess that this is to counter the bleaching effect of flash.

Underwater White Balance :

Horace Underwater White Balance

Horace Underwater White Balance

A reddish tinge has appeared which I guess is to counteract the blue waves from the sea?

So what have I learned today? Shoot RAW so I can adjust the white balance as I see fit! And leave the white balance for the jpg previews to AWB.