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A few record shots in Yorkshire museum.
The white balance was set on auto,most of them with yellow cast, the last one was(is) uneven...plese tell me if you think that the colour is not right. The last one is the whole object of V3,4,5. Thanks for looking, critiques are welcome.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:24 Jul 2013 - 11:27 AM
Focal Length:65mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Ancient craftsman's work
Username:xwang xwang
Uploaded:27 Jul 2013 - 10:17 PM
Tags:Architecture, Column, Roman, Statue
Voters:User_Removed · lonely_oryx · RonnieAG · nonur · paskinmj · Ayoob · Hermanus · ColleenA · Derek_Fearn · andylea · Philip_H · barbarahirst · HarrietH · Maiwand · Alan_Baseley · cbrundage ·
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RonnieAG Plus Member 5152 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland116 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 10:40 PM

All these images of sculptural stonework look just fine to me, interesting subjects , well illuminated (not always so easy to get in museums) and captured in fine detail.
If there is a yellow cast it seems minimal to me and of little concern.
You will know if what we are seeing is not quite how you saw the originals, Jasmine.
When I am taking interior shots in our Burrell Collection museum I leave the WB on Auto for stained glass mounted in exterior Walls, but with all internal glass and other artefacts I have to keep changing the WB depending on the prevailing light in different parts of the building ( and as light levels are often very low, I have to up the ISO too, often to as much as 2000 ).
Possibly a good idea to take the same image a number of times with the WB changed to various settings and seeing which gives an image with the colours as seen by the eye.

nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 10:44 PM

Great set of wonderful details.

paskinmj  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2013 - 12:37 AM

Amazing set. V4 for me.

Ayoob Plus Member 4Ayoob vcard Australia
28 Jul 2013 - 2:25 AM

Wonderful set of images- like them all .........Wink

Hermanus  3 South Africa
28 Jul 2013 - 4:42 AM

Great photos of this ancient sculptures Jasmine !! It is good that you have included V6 for background info.

Philip_H  3 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2013 - 8:19 AM

What a coincidence! I was looking back at some old York photos of mine yesterday, including the statue featured in V1. Not easy to capture in the low light conditions. Yours is more successful than mine, Jasmine Grin


Nigeve1 Plus Member 21232 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2013 - 8:23 AM

Well executed, detailed record images. I do not see any significant colour casts associated with incorrect white balance, I assume this is York stone which is a light coloured stone; where there is yellowing it appears to be surface patination from years of people touching the stone rather than a white balance issue.

xwang  632 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2013 - 10:04 AM

Thank you Ronnie. Yes, it is very difficult in museums. The white balance were all difference in this museum, the objects were affected by both natural light from the windows and the spot lights that museum fitted in. Most of them, the white balance were over 3000K on default, since they were shot as RAW, so I dragged them down at about 2500K and tint plus a little. I rarely adjust white balance,so I have no idea if I got it right or not, it is very helpful to have your sayings from your monitors. The old museum ones that I took many years ago, I didn't know the white balance was so wrong...I just took them as it was.
Thank you Nigel. Ah,ha.. we are getting more scientific approach rather than simple white balance on photography. I'm really glad to learn a little about York stone. Thank you for your information.
Thank you Philip. Glad that we share the same interests of visiting low light areas...Grin. Yes, Church and Museum's lights are very difficult to take photos. I have constant 'battles' against blurred images and noises. These days,if it is too dark, I settle on the maximum shutter speed that I can handle, regardless it is underexposed or not.. the consequence is that I might get noise. If the noise is too high to get rid of.. that would be just bad luck. I can't do anything about it....
Thank you all very much.

Maiwand Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2013 - 4:29 PM

A super shot and you have done well with the exposure. GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

cbrundage Plus Member 2cbrundage vcard United States
12 Aug 2013 - 9:47 PM

Wonderful series, esp. like V1 with the strong shadows.

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