Too Much Blue

Last weekend I attempted to get the Moon set the morning after I took the Gibbous Moon.  Clouds came in which totally obscured the moon.  As long as I was up, I waited for the morning light near an old abandoned farm house.  The camera kept recording blue no matter what white balance setting I tried.

Blue light on an old farm house near Baldwinsville, New York.

Blue light on an old farm house near Baldwinsville, New York. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 10s, f/16, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 85mm focal length, tripod

Times like this I wish I had remembered to bring the Expodisc with me.  Since I did not, I spent some time in Aperture 3.  Below I emphasized the lone green shutter above the door.  As long as I was going green, I tinted everything else green as well. Happy Earth Day!

Green light on an old farm house near Baldwinsville, New York.

Green light on an old farm house near Baldwinsville, New York. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 13s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 85mm focal length, tripod

The next one is a roof line of a building behind the farm house.  Using Aperture 3’s White Balance dropper, I changed the white balance to what I would say is the correct color.  You can see how overcast the morning was.

Color correct roof line of an abandoned farm building near Baldwinsville, New York.

Color correct roof line of an abandoned farm building near Baldwinsville, New York. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 2s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 300mm focal length, tripod.

About ten minutes before sunrise, there was some color to the sky.  I used a set of bracketed photos to really pull it out. Processed and tone mapped in Photomatix.  Otherwise, it would have looked like the first photo in this article, very blue.

HDR image of an old farm house near Baldwinsville, New York.

HDR image of an old farm house near Baldwinsville, New York. Nikon D700/28-300VR, f/8, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 38mm focal length, tripod

Look at all that light pollution!  The farm house may be abandoned but it has very bright neighbors.  You can see the back bulding in the photo.

Lesson learned, I will be bringing the Expodisc and/or a gray card with me in the future.

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13 Responses to Too Much Blue

  1. Karma says:

    These are some pretty interesting effects here. The lights in the last shot look like they are on fire! You are a dedicated student to be up so early to learn more about your craft!

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  2. Kathy says:

    I like Too Much Blue. I think your photos are exquisite. The blues, the lone green shutter…be still my heart.

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  3. The last one looks like there are wildfires burning

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  4. Robin says:

    Your HDR shot is amazing. Really well done.

    Actually, I like them all. That’s a great old farm house.

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  5. Gerry says:

    I’m pretty taken with the farmhouse, no matter how you shade it. Probably belonged to — wait for it — Civil War veterans! The HDR produced an effect strikingly like the intensely colored linen postcards that were in vogue before whatever they call the stuff that’s on the spinning wire racks now. I think it looks like the spacecraft have landed. Which would explain a lot.

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    • Hey, you are right about those old postcards. They did look like HDR type images. I have tried to find out more about this house. The style does date back into the late 1800’s. I would not be surprised if the Civil War was connected to its history in some way.

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  6. Mike Criss says:

    Scott, love the house. What a great subject.

    I love the dropper in Lightroom, I have used it many times to change a whole batch of photos before. That is why I always shoot in raw now.

    Mike

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  7. milkayphoto says:

    Not too much blue at all. Gives the photo such a different and interesting quality.

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