Doors – The affect of white balance

White balance is one of the elements that with digital cameras can be a very critical element.  Since I’m not a techy or engineering type, I’ll avoid any discussion about color temperature and just move on to some of the ways it affects results artistically.  In studio work, and in the past when I was doing catalog work, it was a very critical element.  The white balance had to be exact so that the resulting image accurately reflected the color of the garments that I was shooting.  In art photography, well we get to have some fun with it as a means of altering reality to make a image express something different that the straight ahead view.  As I continue to distill down this series of old doors, I’m wanting the final results to thematically express a range of hues and toning that are complimentary but also reflect a emotive movement from one to the other.  That’s what I found fascinating at the time of capture, and I want to retain that feeling.  One where in the same space the blues, greens, yellows and red’s came together.  Most of the images simply convey the toning with little to no adjustment to the white balance beyond a very small tweak.  But I’m looking at this image and few others and playing with the white balance to see if they can fill out the series.  Here’s 3 samples of the same image that shows how just changing the white balance affects the feeling.  I’m going to stick to the one that most accurately reflects the scene, the middle one, as it will tie the greens, browns and blues together in the series.  But, it’s great to work digitally and have these opportunities to create by manipulating different elements, including the white balance.  Yes, there’s a “correct” one, but no, you don’t have to always stick to the rules!

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