city streest/night shots

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by brushes, Mar 7, 2005.

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    brushes Guest

    I want to get some good shots of city streets at night using an
    OlympusC5000z.

    I've got the streets, regular nightimes and the camera however it seems that
    whatever settings I use the image is getting flooded with yellow from the
    sodium lighting. When I try to correct them afterwards (PS7) there is simply
    not enough blue channel content to get a balanced image

    any advice would be very welcome

    as you've probably guessed...newbie!

    thanks

    B
     
    brushes, Mar 7, 2005
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    Terence Guest

    Have you tried shooting with the Tungsten white balance mode? I've
    found this gives the most "natural" looking lighting off street lights.
    Failing that, maybe you could simply experiment manually set the
    custom white balance of your camera.

    hth,
    Terence
     
    Terence, Mar 7, 2005
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  3. I've got the streets, regular nightimes and the camera however it seems that
    Try setting a custom white balance. But no matter what you do, if
    there's no blue light shining on the scene, you'll have to add blue
    later if you don't want a yellow image.

    -Joel
     
    Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, Mar 20, 2005
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    The PhAnToM Guest

    Is it possible that "flooded with yellow" actually reflects reality?
     
    The PhAnToM, Mar 20, 2005
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  5. I've got the streets, regular nightimes and the camera however it
    It probably does reflect reality, but the that's the catch. The human
    mind is extraordinarily good at compensating for different lighting
    conditions, and, in this case, sees the yellow scene as though it's
    white. In order to look "real," though, the photograph has to be more
    balanced.

    This is just an extreme case of why WB is necessary to begin with.

    -Joel
     
    Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, Mar 20, 2005
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  6. There's no "white" to be balanced, if the source hasn't enough of the
    additive primary colors to achieve it.
    Low pressure sodium (I guess that's what you're referring to) are
    virtually monochromatic, and even the human eye/brain can't interpolate
    a color that's not there.
    OTOH high pressure sodium (the salmon colored ones) have sufficient
    chroma range to allow a passable WB, either in the camera, or post.
     
    Justín Käse, Mar 20, 2005
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