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Shropshire Winter

By salopian
Kept indoors by the wintry weather I dusted off the old tripod and tried some shots from indoors.This meant shooting through the double glazing so I made sure to focus beyond, in this case on the tree. Manually adjusting levels proved very difficult so, in desperation, tried auto levels which worked well ! The mixed lighting caused some problems and now I have uploaded the pic I see it has a magenta cast - I'll try and correct that and upload it as a mod, but the general effect came out much as I saw it at the time. Advice would be much appreciated.


Tags: General Night photography

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12 Dec 2017 3:03PM
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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
12 Dec 2017 3:12PM
Theres a lot of magenta in it alright.

Its still a nice scene. If you shoot RAW. you can also try Auto WB in the raw converter, - that often does a great job.

The mod had a lot less magenta and a little less yellow, as a comparison. Its also exposed a little more. The warmer tone of yours may well look better to some viewers.


dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
12 Dec 2017 4:10PM
There's magenta and yellow. Not surprising given those sodium lamps. They are difficult to properly correct for as they don't have a continuous emission spectrum.

Using AWB in a RAW converter such as Lightroom, us the pipett tool to sample the white snow and you'll get a reasonable appoximation. But, given the mix of light sources and the above issue I mentioned you'll get numerous results so just choose the one you like best.

However, the multitude of different colour temperature light souces is all part of this type of photography, so emrace it and don't be over concerned. If there's something in the foregrpound that you wnt to appear 'correct' you can always shoot one shot with a grey card in frame as a reference, or illuminate it with flash with the risk of spoiling the atmosphere.

If you can open the window wide enopugh so you aren't shooting through glass the few minutes of cold air are worth it.

Auto Levels is always worth a try (or to give you a more workable starting point) though you should be able to adjust it manually using a combination of the Black, White, Shadows and Highlight sliders for example in Lightroom.
dudler Plus
16 947 1520 England
13 Dec 2017 10:52AM
There's a much whiter light on the right - not, I think, matched to the sodium lights on the left.

There is no right answer with mixed lighting - and, to an extent, fewer wrong ones. You simply choose what looks right, unless you are doing soemthing technical, and there's a particular definition of 'correct' colour.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2080 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2017 8:04AM
Street lighting produces odd effects to the human eye, no wonder the camera gets confused! But to my way of thinking, when colour issues become the first thing that you see and think about, colour isn't justifying its presence in an image.

There is a way round it. Straight b&w. Concentrate on the lines, structure, composition, the atmosphere created by light and shadow.

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salopian Plus
7 3 28 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2017 2:38PM
Many thanks as usual for the advice and mods - I think Moira has nailed it (why am I not surprised ?!) - the black and white mods look great.


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