30 Judging Colour Temperature 2

Part II of the colour temperature experiment. This exercise asked us to take three photographs of the same subject but this time with auto, daylight and shade white balance settings. One in full midday sun, one in midday shade and the last in last evening sun. Equipment used Nikon DSLR and 28-300mm lens. Image processing in NX2 and DXO (all colour change options switched off)

Full Sun Light

Full midday Sun – auto white balance


Full midday Sun – daylight white balance


It is interesting to note that the auto image is cooler than the daylight white balanced one,  even though taken before 2pm it is clear that either; this is a nature of the cameras software or even in mid spring the colour temperature of the light in Melbourne near 2pm is on the warm side. This slightly warmer image is my preference, as the auto white balance is too cool and the shade white balance too warm..

Full midday Sun – shade white balance


In midday light the shade setting has by its nature has of course created an image that is too warm. So much so that it looks like the shot was taken later in the evening.


Midday shade – auto white balance


Midday shade – daylight white balance


Again this is my preference for exactly the same reasons stated for the sunlit shots above.

Midday shade – shade white balance


The shade white balance has again created a very warm image, too warm fo my liking, for a picture obviously taken in shade this looks wrong.

Late Evening Sunlight

Late evening sun – auto white balance


Here the auto white balance has produced a pleasing warm late in the day looking image and is my preference. The daylight and shade white balances are just too warm.

Late evening sun – daylight white balance


Late evening sun – shade white balance


The shade white balance has created a very orange image here as you would expect and is unusable.

Not quite the results I was expected but I have double checked the white balance settings for each shot. Clearly and effect of camera software or local colour temperature.


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