First and foremost the title is a question rather than a delaration as you will see if you carry on reading.
As some of you know I shoot my pictures in raw rather than JPEG. Whilst this means a little more work to get to the finished picture it does offer more flexibility in the down stream processing. I don’t normally spend more than a few minutes on each picture but every now and again I get a set of images where I just can’t seem to get the white balance correct i.e. whatever I do the colours just don’t seem right.
I shoot using the camera's auto white balance setting but because I shoot in raw I can (normally) adjust the outcome in Photoshop or, more normally, in Canon’s DPP. For those of you who just point and shoot you will either be using auto-white balance and taking whatever it delivers or you can tell the camera what the lighting conditions are – daylight, cloudy etc but again you take whatever it delivers. Being a poser I try to take control...........but as today showed not always successfully.
Today, whist at Restharrow scrape, I enjoyed the company of 3 juvenile yellow wagtails for most of the morning. Most of the time they were at the waters edge but just once one of them came really close - less than 10 yds - and I managed a few shots before it returned to the water’s edge.
The conditions were bright but cloudy (between the showers).
For this post I have taken one of the shots and have processed the image in DPP “as shot” ( from the auto-white balance), using the DPP “daylight” setting (which seems to equate to 5200k), using the “cloudy” setting, and at 4800k and 4500k.
The "as shot", "daylight" and "cloudy" shots look totally wrong on my monitor (though the wrongness seems less in this post) and 4500k looks a little green to me. Overall I think the 4800k processing is closest to reality but I'm not totally convinced I have it right.
When I take a shot that has a decent variety in the background - vegetation, trees a bit of sky perhaps then the auto white balance seems pretty good but when the back ground is more of a mono tone it seems to struggle.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to getting the colours right or is it a matter of suck it and see? Or am I too pedantic.