The night I was enjoying an ice cream at the Sweet Inspirations Drive-In near Fulton, New York, was the night I got a little smarter. During my exposures of the popular ice cream stand and restaurant, the light would look greenish-yellow. I know I could fix it in post though it can make the other colors muddy.
Instead, I went and looked at the light fixtures and noticed they were florescent with some incandescent lights mixed in. The reason for the green and yellow mix. I switched my camera from Auto White Balance to Florescent. I liked the results much better.
The exposure was the same for both photos. Only the White Balance setting was changed.
Switching the White Balance to Fluorescent gave much truer colors and added a punch of blue to the sky. Normally, Nikon’s Auto White Balance is all I need. Tricky lighting like this had me looking for a better setting. Something I will be more aware of in the future.
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