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Re: When black and white is blue

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That's rubbish!
I wouldn't use that word but I do agree that the light looks too warm here. The face of the building is only lit by the blue sky as the sun is behind the building so you need a cooler white balance here.

The white balance of the original is clearly off to the blue/cool side and has a very distinctive blue cast. Just my two cents.
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Re: When black and white is blue

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Incidentally, most of the gorgeous sunrise and sunset pictures you see taken on transparency film such as Velvia are showing false colours, far warmer than they actually were. The reason is that the film was balanced for about 5600K but the light around sunrise or sunset is typically only 3000K or even lower. For strict colour accuracy it would be more appropriate to use a tungsten balanced film in those situations, or a blue correction filter with daylight balanced film. So why don't landscape photographers make the neccessary corrections for sunrise/sunset pictures? Because the effect on daylight film looks more spectacular, that's why! Strictly speaking it's cheating, but it's accepted by convention.

Digital white balance control is a wonderful thing, but you still need an "eye" for what is happening with the natural light.

Great stuff Pete, getting a debate going on this subject!
First point - I don't actually like the image that started the debate - sorry Pete but it does nothing for me emotionally and neither the subject nor technique really holds my interest. Sorry - but that's my subjective opinion.

Second point - I agree totally with Zuiko Johns comments.

Any picture is an interpretation of reality, we interpret with our composition, with our choice of DOF, with any post processing we do. That interpretation is based on what we see/feel/want to show of any particular scene. There is no obligation on the photographer to produce absolute fidelity in any scene (other than for shots limited to factual/documentation), the only obligation is to produce a picture the photographer is pleased with and one that represents what the photographer wants to show.

There are things we want the automatics of our camera to do right - such as focus, exposure, white balance. And if a camera cannot consistently do these things correctly we, rightly, feel it is wrong/flawed. But these are dumb automatic functions - not a photographer. A Photographer is not a servant of the recommendations of the camera, but, I would contend, an interpreter of a scene.

If the chosen interpretation of the scene requires choosing a different wb/exposure/shutter speed then that is fine. Provided the photographer knowingly makes that choice to produce the image the photographer 'sees/desires' at the time shooting.

I'll confess - some of my highest rated/viewed shots here have, what my camera would say, are the wrong wb/exposure. That's not because the camera is wrong, but because I wanted to emphasise/tone certain aspects of the scene. WB is a tool to do this, just as choice of film, filters or shutter speed are choices.

So the question should be not did you get the wb right, but that there is an emphasis towards the blue is that what you wanted/intended/saw when you envisioned that shot.

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Re: When black and white is blue

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Hi Pete - you're getting UV and Polariser mixed up. UV filters are relatively cheap and are mainly used as front element protectors because of this. They don't have any detrimental effect on the image, and I'd rather get the UV (or skylight filter as they are sometimes known) scratched than the front element.

Polarisers are way more expensive and do exactly as you thought UV filters do. They make blue skies bluer, and allow you to remove reflections from windows, and to see through water etc...
Thanks, I'm learning all the time! I shall get a UV immediately.
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I have still to find out how to set the camera to receive firmware downloads, I get so far - and the camera has beeped the PC so I know the connection is fine - but when I click on firmware upgrade it says it can't find a camera. So must be something I'm doing wrong with the camera menu. Back to the manual and read it all again
hi if you goto the menu /spanner1/ pc mode and set to control the computer should find it and be able to update it
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Re: When black and white is blue

I just like spooky feeling shots! I hadn't a clue about white balance previously, but I read in the manual that if I press a certain button while pointing the camera at a piece of white card, it will adjust to white in any particular light at that time, which seems like the ideal solution [and I would probably not know what to set it myself for prevailing light]. I don't want to have to spend minutes adjusting a camera before I can shoot, I need to feel confident that it will reflect what I'm seeing without having to worry about it. This is all very helpful, not that I suspected I was launching an important debate
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Re: When black and white is blue

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First point - I don't actually like the image that started the debate - sorry Pete but it does nothing for me emotionally and neither the subject nor technique really holds my interest. Sorry - but that's my subjective opinion.

Second point - I agree totally with Zuiko Johns comments.

Any picture is an interpretation of reality, we interpret with our composition, with our choice of DOF, with any post processing we do. That interpretation is based on what we see/feel/want to show of any particular scene. There is no obligation on the photographer to produce absolute fidelity in any scene (other than for shots limited to factual/documentation), the only obligation is to produce a picture the photographer is pleased with and one that represents what the photographer wants to show.

There are things we want the automatics of our camera to do right - such as focus, exposure, white balance. And if a camera cannot consistently do these things correctly we, rightly, feel it is wrong/flawed. But these are dumb automatic functions - not a photographer. A Photographer is not a servant of the recommendations of the camera, but, I would contend, an interpreter of a scene.

If the chosen interpretation of the scene requires choosing a different wb/exposure/shutter speed then that is fine. Provided the photographer knowingly makes that choice to produce the image the photographer 'sees/desires' at the time shooting.

I'll confess - some of my highest rated/viewed shots here have, what my camera would say, are the wrong wb/exposure. That's not because the camera is wrong, but because I wanted to emphasise/tone certain aspects of the scene. WB is a tool to do this, just as choice of film, filters or shutter speed are choices.

So the question should be not did you get the wb right, but that there is an emphasis towards the blue is that what you wanted/intended/saw when you envisioned that shot.

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Thanks Nick, I don't mind at all that you aren't moved by the subject, we're all different in our tastes, and agree with what you say about interpretation. I have learned that I need to drop the automatic assumption that the camera will just capture what I'm seeing without me having to engage brain.
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hi if you goto the menu /spanner1/ pc mode and set to control the computer should find it and be able to update it
Sorry, I can't find anything remotely like /spanner1/, is that an icon or the word? The menu is so confusing; I have: Card setup, Saturation, Contrast, Sharpness, Color Space, WB BKT, Raw.JPG, Noise Filter, Noise reduction, Shading comp, AF Illuminator, Anti Shock, Pixel mapping and a downward wavy arrow with =/-. That's it. Is it any of those, or via any of those? The manual seems very limited on this issue.
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Re: When black and white is blue

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Sorry, I can't find anything remotely like /spanner1/, is that an icon or the word? The menu is so confusing; I have: Card setup, Saturation, Contrast, Sharpness, Color Space, WB BKT, Raw.JPG, Noise Filter, Noise reduction, Shading comp, AF Illuminator, Anti Shock, Pixel mapping and a downward wavy arrow with =/-. That's it. Is it any of those, or via any of those? The manual seems very limited on this issue.
Sorry i was a bit lacking in detail
goto menu
down 2 to to spanner 1 icon it shows ev step
right to highlight ev step
then up 4 to pc mode
right to storage/control then select control

hope that is easier to follow and it works for you
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Re: When black and white is blue

That was clear enough, and I found PC mode, and control [already selected], and still it fails to detect a camera. Should the menu disappear when the USB is plugged in? And the window at the top go blank? I'm demoralised now, I just don't have a clue what's wrong. Time to head butt a wall.
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Re: When black and white is blue

Hi Pete
Plug in the camera then switch it on But i have just checked mine and i have a problem with Olympus master it wont find the camera But i use Olympus Studio and it works fine You can download a trial version of Olympus Studio to try to update your kit that way
and the displays do go blank when usb pluged in
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Re: When black and white is blue

I was using Viewer 1.51. Not heard of Master, but I have Studio 30 day trial version.
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Re: When black and white is blue

you can download the full version of Olympus Master 2 from here
http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/20...S_Master_2.htm
if you want to try it you will need to be in storage mode (not control mode) to get your pictures
the studio trial version should update your kit in control mode then click camera update from the top bar menu
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Re: When black and white is blue

Latest update Studio is 2.21
on E-1 body 1.5 and
lens 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 is 1.3
it will tell you what firmware it is at when you connect the camera
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Re: When black and white is blue

Still no progress. Using all three; Viewer, Master and Studio, all fail to find the camera. So I got to thinking about batteries, as it says to ensure battery is fully charged before downloading firmware. Of the five batteries I got with the camera two were clearly defunct, the charger kept flashing, three appeared to charge. The one in the camera has now gone flat and I'm recharging it, the other two that I charged are dead again. So perhaps all the batteries are dodgy and I need to replace them. Odd that it can go through the menu and then just not find the camera, but it might be the reason I've had no joy despite doing it exactly as instructed. Anyone know if battery power is likely to do this?
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Re: When black and white is blue

Hi Pete ah you have me stumped there, In Studio with the camera set to storage can you download the pictures? try that if you can then unplug your camera and reset to control and reconnect the camera to see if it finds the camera other than that I cannot think of what to do
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