white balance question

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  1. swmocity

    swmocity TPF Noob!

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    which one of these would be correct...


    1.looks dulll
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    2. just looks weird..but for some reason i like it better wow and i just noticed i put a comma rather than a period after my first initial..ill fix it late
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    1 is correct, the issue is saturation, not WB.
     
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    ohhh...let me see if i can fix it
     
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    hey r,

    can you share your settings for both?

    lately i have been taking lots of outdoor night pictures and I switch back and forth between Auto, and Cloudy (foggy) .. once a while i go and measure a white meter on the scene.

    I have also the dilemma you have, one seems to be a True white balance, the other to be Correct white balance (something warmer, and our eyes like more)
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    i am not sure if there's any right or wrong :|
    everyone seems to have a meter for each take, i normally go for the one warmer and more natural looking, even if its kinda off from the real white you saw with your eyes
     
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    Actually, I think it's a bit of WB and saturation. Looking at #1, the whites are definitely too cold. I'd say a slight warming tweak of WB and a mild saturation boost to the first image will give you a good final product.
     
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    ok what about this one...im glad i save my raw files


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    I'm personally a fan of "true white" in my photos, but I think that if the saturation was boosted either one would be fine.
     
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    slightly improved

    if you asked me, i really would love to see the red bricks a little red and warmer .. these seems to be so reflective from the sun rays .. do you use any filter at all?

    johan

     
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    LOL at r. well here at the setting for the pic above
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rpriestley/2694325627/meta/

    most of the time i leave WB on auto..i can always change it with the raw file..thats one less thing i have to worry about while actually shooting...as far as mode i use M,TV, AND AV...ive been changing alot lately
     
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    take this picture and edit it so i can see what your talking about..if u dont mine...i have a polarizer and uv filter...i never use them though
     
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    I think you may have overdone the saturation a hair. I think it also needs some contrast and sharpening work. Maybe a touch of perspective, too... the building looks like it's leaning forward.

    EDIT: I took a crack at it (minus the perspective correction)

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    Saturation: +10ish, blue saturation: +5ish, contrast +5, Smart Sharpen: +75%, 1 pixel, gaussian

    You would likely have to change the settings on the sharpen for the original file.

    By the way, you have quite a bit of dust on your sensor... look at the space between the top of the tree and the building. Dark spots.
     
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    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    A circular polarizer would have helped here as it would have cut down the harsh glare and saturated the colors a bit more. Great to use in harsh light situations.
     

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