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10-29-2012, 02:12 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by vzbx Quote
Yes... and no I think. Maybe someone with a better knowledge of how WB works can correct me if I'm wrong, but AWB still allows you to see the colors changing, it's just that the camera proprely balances them so that you picture doesn't appear yellowish, or blueish etc.
Well, the WB setting is a single parameter, it doesn't treat different parts of the image independently. Auto white balance just sets that number for you. With a time lapse that included a sunrise or sunset, I'd *want* that blue or orange cast over those parts of the resulting video as contrast to the "neutral" daytime stuff, whereas with a single image maybe I would and maybe I wouldn't depending on what effect I was trying to achieve.

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I think in this case what happened is that with little ambient light, such as in the pictures above, the camera had trouble finding the right WB and was applying a different one with almost every shot. Sunlight reflection on the clouds could also have played a part as someone mentioned before. So far that's the only logical explanation that I can come up with.
Yes, that's right -- if you check the WB parameter on those shots, you'll find they are all different, which doesn't work when you put the images together in a video. It is fixable if you shoot RAW -- you can set them all to the same thing later. But best just to put it on a neutral daytime setting that you expect will be right for most of the video and then let the sunrise and setset go ahead and have a cast which will look fine in a time-lapse -- it actually looks weird without it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by vzbx Quote
Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anyone could provide an explanation as to why I get such big differences in luminosity
- Jpeg, 2M,
My 2¢ worth.... I have been less than thrilled with the inconsistency in Pentax's in-camera jpeg rendering with my K-r. Unless I really really want/need those functions that are only available when I shoot only jpeg, I shoot RAW+ (stores both RAW and jpeg). I use the jpegs for quick sorts or shots where the outcome isn't fussy. Everything else is built from RAW.
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My 2¢ worth.... I have been less than thrilled with the inconsistency in Pentax's in-camera jpeg rendering with my K-r. Unless I really really want/need those functions that are only available when I shoot only jpeg, I shoot RAW+ (stores both RAW and jpeg). I use the jpegs for quick sorts or shots where the outcome isn't fussy. Everything else is built from RAW.
Huh. I only shoot RAW so if there is any weirdness with that (different rendering from shot to shot) using jpg that could also be a possible explanation. But AWB should be off for a time-lapse in any case as that will definitely create inconsistencies...
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I always shoot in RAW but for a time-lapse that's simply impossible. I took 2300 photos on that morning, in RAW that would be way too heavy for my computer to handle. With 50 photos in RAW, Pentax' Digital Camera Utility software already hogs all my computer ressources

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I always shoot in RAW but for a time-lapse that's simply impossible. I took 2300 photos on that morning, in RAW that would be way too heavy for my computer to handle. With 50 photos in RAW, Pentax' Digital Camera Utility software already hogs all my computer ressources
I would try a few shots in raw anyway top see if the inconsistency shows up there as well. My guess is that there could be some looseness in the aperture mechanism, either on the lens or the camera. However tat wouldn't explain why it happens only in low light.

Try shooting at full open aperture and confirm visually that the aperture blades are indeed fully open - they could be sticking a bit and not opening all the way - I've had that happen on some old manual lenses.
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I asked Pentax if they could tell the color temperature applied on jpeg images and they just confirmed to me that it's impossible. Their suggestion was the same as the one given by vonBaloney: choose a fixed setting for the white balance. Wise suggestion.

I've managed to put together a fairly decent time-lapse video with some of the images taken that day. The result is on YouTube. Don't forget to choose HD quality, or else it's blurry (the video is in 1080x720):

Thanks again for your help and suggestions
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QuoteOriginally posted by vzbx Quote
I always shoot in RAW but for a time-lapse that's simply impossible. I took 2300 photos on that morning, in RAW that would be way too heavy for my computer to handle. With 50 photos in RAW, Pentax' Digital Camera Utility software already hogs all my computer ressources
What are your computer specs?

What version of the Pentax utility are you running?
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What are your computer specs?
Windows Vista Family Premium - Intel Core 2 CPU 6600@2.40 GHz - RAM 2 Gb - NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT

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What version of the Pentax utility are you running?
The latest I think (v4.35). I know this is not the place to complain, but it's the worst piece of software on my computer. It's slow and not really user friendly. Pentax really need to work on that imho. I tried Photoshop Camera Raw but I couldn't get the same colors as with Pentax Digital Camera Utility.

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I found great performance increase going to Win7. An increase in Ram to 8 gb would help for sure. I don't do any thing so large as this, but adding RAM and updating O/S made vast improvement in my 6 year old PC.
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Getting more RAM would certainly improve performances, no doubt about that. But that won't hide the fact that Digital Camera Utility is a clumsy piece of software. Correcting chromatic aberrations is a nightmare for example. With my current computer configuration I have no problem working with Photohop, Camera Raw, or editing music with Soundforge, or editing a 5Gb video (the sunrise time-lapse I did). Why can't Pentax DCU deal with 50 RAW images without using all the computer's ressources? Beats me.
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Windows Vista Family Premium - Intel Core 2 CPU 6600@2.40 GHz - RAM 2 Gb - NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT


The latest I think (v4.35). I know this is not the place to complain, but it's the worst piece of software on my computer. It's slow and not really user friendly. Pentax really need to work on that imho. I tried Photoshop Camera Raw but I couldn't get the same colors as with Pentax Digital Camera Utility.
2GB RAM with Vista is just asking for trouble. The CPU should be fine for the Pentax DCU.

I would upgrade to at least 4GB of RAM.
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QuoteOriginally posted by vzbx Quote
I took 2300 photos on that morning, . . . . . .
2300 shots in one morning!?!?!

Holy cow! And I thought I took lots of pictures.



In 1986 I burned through 28 36 exposure rolls of Kodachrome 64 at the Champ Car/Trans Am race weekend in Portland, Oregon. It cost a small fortune for processing, but I wound up with lots of great images.

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