Sunday, January 21, 2018

White Balance

While the powers that be were shutting down our government I was powering up my old camera and dealing with another kind of white balance. My Canon T3i was taking weird blue photos and I'd given up until I found a discussion on White Balance (which was the first thing I checked but turned out to be the problem).
I was half hoping it was broken (again, see Government Shutdown) so I could justify a new camera which FedEx tried to deliver this morning. The sound of the apartment buzzer woke me from a crazy dream about phone etiquette and I barely noticed the cat groggy and glaring at me before I fell back to sleep. So no new camera today.



My first test subject was Dexter,  Demon Ginger God of Mischief and hater of buzzers.

My sole purpose in life is to help you test your little toys

It's been so cold I've taken the poster art off the walls to cover cold spots, so 50˚ weather got me out and shooting more pics today.


Creative Auto, one of my fav features for black and whites, seems fine.


A little dull but no weird blue. Back to playing with Exposure Compensation.


Eh, too bright and yet too dull but no blue. 


You can see part of the cool cinematic clouds I was driving through in the upper corner looking like part of a tree.

22 comments:

  1. Hello Joanne, I am so happy you're back!! I began to think you had stopped blogging, or something serious had happened to you. The black and white looks great:) You would not believe what you can see in the cloud shapes. Thank you for linking to All Seasons:)

    You know what I have done several times? Went back to the place where I bought the camera, to ask them, and how to change it! They were always happy to help me (practice that "lost" look on your face, haha). Still a very belated happy New Year to you! Hope the winter is not too severe up North:)

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  2. Joanne? LOL. Well Joanne is not completely back but thank you.

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  3. It was 50 degrees yesterday but pretty brutal for a week or two, how's by you, Jeanette?

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  4. Attractive photos, even if they're not quite what you want. I'm glad you got that white balance sorted. Great shapes in your black and white - and not a trace of blue ;)

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    1. I was drawn to those silos which screamed monochrome, DS. Yeah, I checked the white balance right away but must have missed the actual setting, doh.

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    1. I couldn't find the right place to pull over but it was stunning to drive through, Tamar.

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  6. Liked your narrative, Dexter the Demon cat, the b/w silos and the whatever blue sky. The clouds at the top corner of the sunset shot are intrigueing. Wish you had a better shot of it- it really does look treeish.

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  7. I did get some shots of that textured sky but they weren't quite right, more of a you had to be there thing, Carol.

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  8. Love your black and white shot.

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    1. Thanks, there's just something about farm equipment that lends itself to black and white.

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  9. It's always interesting to find answers to camera problems. These are some great images.

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    1. I don't know why it took me so long to do a simple fix, Betty, but it was a matter of asking the right question I think.

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  10. Cool photos! I wonder if you did auto color correct in a photo edit program if the blue in the sky would show. Of course that wouldn't fix your camera, but maybe it would give you an idea of what could be off in the camera.

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    1. I used the editing program in Photos and Elements with no luck. As much as I like photo editing it's always my goal to take a photo that needs little or no editing at all. It turned out to be a simple fix in the White Balance menu which is right on the camera, didn't even have to arrow through the Menu. Tungsten lighting was selected for some reason, I don't know how I missed it.

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    2. Cool. Nothing satisfying like easy fixes.

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    3. It was easy but took me long enough to find it. I put the camera down for awhile then viola. I just got a new camera and man it's so frustrating to sit down with it and wonder, "Hey, how do I turn this thing on." I usually don't go to the booklet unless I have to.

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  11. Well, whatever you did - it works for me! And now I know why my cats look at me with contempt - too many modeling shots!!!

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    1. My cat has been looking at me with contempt since I washed his blankie yesterday. And here I am thinking how to dress him up like Cupid.

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  12. Hi Jeanna, don't you love it when a dream and reality mix?.. No, not if it means having to wait for another delivery! I bet kicked yourself. Glad you seem to have sorted your camera, but you should still keep the other 'just in case'... I'm with Dexter with the buzzer. I hate them too... And phones... And notifications... Luckily I wake up before the alarm or that would be another thing to grumble about!

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.

    XX

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    1. It turned into a whole, thing, Debbie but I would have had to drag my arse out of bed, get dressed, schlepp downstairs and I know they would have been gone by the time I got there. Apparently Monday means Tuesday in FedEx parlance so I had to wait a few more days. Oh for sure I'll keep it, that old thing has been a great camera and I haven't used this enough to commit.

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