Irises forum: Trying for accurate color........

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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
May 10, 2017 8:42 AM CST
A gorgeous bloom is open on Serena Louisa this morning so I took several pictures from different angles. Look at the color differences.......
Thumb of 2017-05-10/Paul2032/d99cefIn sunlight....


Thumb of 2017-05-10/Paul2032/0355adShade


Thumb of 2017-05-10/Paul2032/9df70d


Thumb of 2017-05-10/Paul2032/b5970d

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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
May 10, 2017 8:49 AM CST
I get that too with purples Paul. It is even worse with magentas such as Gypsy Romance. They come out far more blue than they are in life.
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iciris
May 10, 2017 8:52 AM CST
You wouldn't even know it's the same iris. It would be nice to know if a picture was taken in the sun or shade when looking at database pictures.
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IrisLilli
May 10, 2017 9:02 AM CST
Some people put a note about sun or shade with their images, you just need to enlarge to read it.

I try to remember to do that and I think it would be a good idea to add whether the colours are showing correctly.
E.g. a comment to Paul's last image could be "Photo in shade. Colour is less blue than shown' or something to that effect?
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
May 10, 2017 9:23 AM CST
The second picture...the one in the shade.......,is the most accurate.
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William
May 10, 2017 1:54 PM CST
Paul, you need to adjust your white balance. Either in camera or when you post process your pics. Cameras are getting pretty clever to adjust white balance in many situations, but for flowers and especially close ups it often can't figure out what kind of color cast is present. In the age of film this had to be adjusted as well, so this is nothing new. The human eye is much more sophisticated in this regard and adapts easily to changing light.

Traditionally a gray card is used to adjust the white balance, but there are lots of other options available today. Even taking a reference pic of a white sheet of paper in the same light as your subject can help you when you post process.

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