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02-05-2014, 02:32 PM   #1
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WB Gone Bad
Lens: Sigma 50 mm Camera: K-x Photo Location: New Orleans Lakefront ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/30s Aperture: F1.8 

The camera got the auto white balance way off on this but I actually like the funky color cast that it chose.

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I like the way this looks on the original looks on screen but it looks weird and not contrasty enough when printed and was tempted to reprint it with the corrected WB to see if it looks better but I worry I will lose the look that I like.

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Wasn't this shot in sunset light? The corrected one looks over-corrected to me - is a compromise possible?
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QuoteOriginally posted by gazonk Quote
Wasn't this shot in sunset light? The corrected one looks over-corrected to me - is a compromise possible?
I was going to ask the same thing because it looks like sunset light.
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I'm doing this all the time on my K-3... I'm always pressing the buttons by accident, handling the camera.

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It was shot at sunset.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mikemike Quote
It was shot at sunset.

I am going to have to agree with you, I sort of like what the camera did. I would almost have preferred the camera leave me with something rather than taking over the WB entirely and screwing up what I was looking for.
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Leaving aside creativity, and not having a clue what it really looked like, I gave it a shot and just trusted my eye and PP for what I thought was realistic accuracy. But I agree the original is not without it's charms.

It was a tough one - had to use the channel mixer.

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Thats nice, makes her stand out more from the background. I will have to look into how to use the channel mixer.

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QuoteOriginally posted by mikemike Quote
I will have to look into how to use the channel mixer.
Be careful with it. Powerful but It's very easy to make things worse.
A good sound understanding of color space goes a long way when using it.
Not for the faint of heart.
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Hi guys

I am not so sure about the purple version, it has to be a highly individual thing.

If you are looking for a reasonably correct colour rendition, I stick my neck out with this version.
Only the OP can tell what the red and green toning of the attire looks like. Also to work on a small JPG is very limiting. Please let me know if I am anywhere near the real thing.

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QuoteOriginally posted by wildman Quote
Not for the faint of heart
Your not wrong, I've had some belters when using this at times.
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I bought a color checker passport - so all i need to do is take a picture (in RAW and never in JPEG mode) of it in the light to create a scene-specific profile. Then its one click in LR and I'm done. From that point I can manipulate the color temp to my liking. Having colors perfect and having them look pleasing aren't always the same thing.
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I bought a color checker passport - so all i need to do is take a picture (in RAW and never in JPEG mode) of it in the light to create a scene-specific profile. Then its one click in LR and I'm done. From that point I can manipulate the color temp to my liking. Having colors perfect and having them look pleasing aren't always the same thing.
That is an interesting product but unfortunately, when chasing kids around rarely do I think I would make time to use something like that. And when I took this shot, the sun was setting and the light was changing by the minute.
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its one click in LR and I'm done
In a small way that's what I did.
Instead I used, what I assumed was the white socks and shoes and used that as a white balance reference and clicked on that in ACR. It help me to get started in the right direction at least.
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Amazing what WB allows, eh? Though, I got to say, the purple-ness gives it some more character
Which is why I like to use CTE sometimes
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