Iris Close-up – the effect of white balance

Decided to do some close-up work this morning with an iris (indoors).  The flower was lit with two simple reflector based workman’s lamps each with a 60 W incandescent bulb.  The first setup was created with auto white balance fooling the camera a bit to consider a cloudy situation thereby enhancing the warm tones.

Iris 1 - Canon 7D 100mm f2.8 Macro at f4 - image stack (AWB)

This next image is with a slightly different composition and crop created after doing a custom white balance to have color accuracy despite the mixed light.   Both images were photographed using the identical background.

Iris 2 - Canon 7D 100mm f2.8 Macro at f2.8 - Image Stack (Custom WB)

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  1. Linda BRinckerhoff March 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Beauticul image. The difference with the custom white balance is amazing.

    • sverma March 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

      Thanks Linda, And so much can be done creatively with WB alone.

  2. Rowland Scherman March 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    I instinctively went for Image 1 because of the warmth, and then I realized that Image 2 crop was better, and then, and then…and then I couldn’t decide!

    Darned interesting lesson, though. Thanks!

    • sverma March 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

      Personally I like both – each has its own character an appeal. Thanks for looking and commenting Rowland.

  3. Paul Smith March 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    LOVE the second image!!

  4. sverma March 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Thanks Paul – Glad you like it. Loved yesterday’s images. Gateway was good this evening.

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