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By SalmanLV
Canon 5D IV, EF 16~35/2.8 III @ 26mm, f5, 25 seconds, ISO 100, 7-shot panorama stitched in LR.
Yosemite valley, at dusk.
How would you judge the correct color balance? Would one use the auto WB (as I did) or empirically go up on the color temperature or use the snow (even tough to the eye it appears bluish at the time)?

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chataignier Plus
9 228 12 France
15 Jun 2019 7:03AM
Lovely image.
For the WB, I'd shoot in auto for simplicity, but photograph a grey card just before taking the shot, then use that in post prod to correct the WB.
15 Jun 2019 7:59AM
The correct colour balance is either-

1- That which most closely replicates how it looked to your eye


2- The one you personally find most pleasing, whether that agrees with the facts or not.


Robert51 14 11 132 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2019 8:44AM
I think when shooting a 7-shot panorama is to set the WB and that way you have the same setting across all 7 shots. This allows you far more control in post processing.

This is just my thoughts and how I go about it, but I'm sure some people will have other ideas...
capto Plus
10 7.1k 33 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2019 10:26AM
A gorgeous scene. I have done a mod just to my taste and guessing what the scene may have looked like on the day. I altered the WB to the blue a little and retouched the warm areas at the edges.
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dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1965 England
15 Jun 2019 11:45AM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery, Salman - though you've been a member of Ephotozine for a while, I see this is yoru first post. It's a good one!

The answer to your question is as Alan (whatriveristhis) says - it depends. I will add a couple of other suggestions, though my own desire is almost always to make it look the way that I saw it at the time - so if the snow looked slightly blue, you need to adjust things to get that in the image. As you have the technical ability to stitch seven frames together, this won't be much of a challenge.

If you sell pictures or enter them in competitions, the client's taste, or the judges' taste, may be more important than your own.

And there's a strictly technical approach in which you aim to get pure white in the snow: the ultimate solution is to carry a grey card and shoot an image of it in each situation, and then find the correction it needs to be pure grey so that you can apply the same processing to your images. Unfortunately, this is likely to be the approach taken by the majority of web tutorials!
banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4332 Canada
15 Jun 2019 3:31PM
I would rotate this clockwise a little, and crop some of the sky.

WB here looks good to me, its mixed light, but with the good exposure, as it is, there was a lot of white for the camera to work with.

If you ask what I would do, its accurate WB, and if you want something else, that fine if it pleases you. BUT for critique, you should note that the WB was adjusted to taste, or it will be questioned.

Mod3 is my offering. Its a very nice shot.


paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2019 7:49PM
A good image. I almost always use Auto Wb and adjust later if need be. short of an 185 grey card, how do you know what the actual colour of the light is. My background is technical photography and, as such we had to get colours right.

So, we had a colour temperature meter and a set of Kodak correction gels - the days of film - remember!
what a clart! Much easier these days - just use the colour wheel to make the image look right. Can be done on a JPG just as easily as RAW.

16 Jun 2019 6:00PM
Thank you for the useful comments. I have tried using gray cards as well as the Expodisc. The results are not always consistent, the Vello plastic gray card I think is poor, to the naked eye it looks bluish. I have the Kodak Gray/White card which looks neutral bur at 8"x10" is a bit cumbersome to carry and use.
Paul, is there a good relatively compact gray card that you can recommend?
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1965 England
16 Jun 2019 8:14PM
So you're going for technically accurate, rather than aesthetically pleasing?

The best use for a grey card is to provide something ofr spot readings of exposure, I'm rather inclined to suggest.

But if you want to use that as a jumping-off point for adjusting to suit yoru taste, that's fine.

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