I'm stumped. Any ideas about what this is?

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I'm stumped. Any ideas about what this is?
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This is the (uninspiring) scene - shot out my open car window in a parking lot waiting for the wife, just checking focus, DOF, etc on a new camera - a Nikon P7800. It's just a pile of dirty snow and a mound of evergreens with parking lot area beyond that.

The scene, as it appeared

Now here's a SOOC JPEG from the P7800.  This only happened once - I couldn't duplicate it.  The lower 3/4 (+/-) of the image are strongly tinted green.  It's not a straight line and there's a blurred area where it transitions to the correct colors. I've never seen this before.

Nikon Coolpix P7800

Now that's very strange, but then it got really weird.  For no good reason, after I couldn't duplicate this, I got out my GX7 with 20mm1.7 and shot the same scene.  Different camera, obviously a different card, different everything.  And this is what I got.

Panasonic GX7

I'm baffled.  I called the wife and told her to get out now - either aliens have arrived or I was in the midst of an extreme acid flashback.  I can rule out the flashback if you're seeing what I'm seeing.

Seriously, I couldn't duplicate it again with the GX7.  Again there's a wide blurred area between the green tint and the natural colors. Click to see originals. The GX7 was set to raw + JPEG and the raw looks identical.  Any ideas?

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Different color rendering, probably different white balance too.
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Automatic white balance algorithms, found in all consumer digital cameras, are very likely going to be different for different cameras, and very slight changes in conditions might lead to different white balances between pictures with even the same camera.

The white balance will affect all the colors in an image, pushing them towards one direction or another. For this reason, I recommend doing a manual white balance or using one of the presets.

But different manufacturers' cameras — even different models from the same manufacturer — are going to have different color renderings, even if the cameras are all white-balanced in the exactly same way.

This is partly due to the fact that cameras don't have the same color sensitivity as does the typical human eye, which is due to a number of factors, and the color sensitivity is going to vary between manufacturers and models. This is also because there are differing opinions as to what makes for an acceptable, or pleasing color rendition. Finally, good color rendering might require lots of computing horsepower — and consumer cameras might make some shortcuts in the mathematics in order to save an image to the memory card quickly, but this will change the colors. (I use some accurate software on my Mac that might take a minute or so to process and save an image — not something that a camera could get away with),

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Thank you, but...
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Mark Scott Abeln wrote:

Automatic white balance algorithms, found in all consumer digital cameras, are very likely going to be different for different cameras, and very slight changes in conditions might lead to different white balances between pictures with even the same camera.

The white balance will affect all the colors in an image, pushing them towards one direction or another. For this reason, I recommend doing a manual white balance or using one of the presets.

But different manufacturers' cameras — even different models from the same manufacturer — are going to have different color renderings, even if the cameras are all white-balanced in the exactly same way.

This is partly due to the fact that cameras don't have the same color sensitivity as does the typical human eye, which is due to a number of factors, and the color sensitivity is going to vary between manufacturers and models. This is also because there are differing opinions as to what makes for an acceptable, or pleasing color rendition. Finally, good color rendering might require lots of computing horsepower — and consumer cameras might make some shortcuts in the mathematics in order to save an image to the memory card quickly, but this will change the colors. (I use some accurate software on my Mac that might take a minute or so to process and save an image — not something that a camera could get away with),

I appreciate the time you took with an explanation. But I'm wondering if you looked at image #2 and #3. Are you saying you think the white balance changed drastically in only part of an image - and caused a wide blurred swath where it made a change? Like you said, "The white balance will affect all the colors in an image"

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nevada5 wrote:

This is the (uninspiring) scene - shot out my open car window in a parking lot waiting for the wife, just checking focus, DOF, etc on a new camera - a Nikon P7800. It's just a pile of dirty snow and a mound of evergreens with parking lot area beyond that.

The scene, as it appeared

Now here's a SOOC JPEG from the P7800. This only happened once - I couldn't duplicate it. The lower 3/4 (+/-) of the image are strongly tinted green. It's not a straight line and there's a blurred area where it transitions to the correct colors. I've never seen this before.

Nikon Coolpix P7800

Now that's very strange, but then it got really weird. For no good reason, after I couldn't duplicate this, I got out my GX7 with 20mm1.7 and shot the same scene. Different camera, obviously a different card, different everything. And this is what I got.

Panasonic GX7

I'm baffled. I called the wife and told her to get out now - either aliens have arrived or I was in the midst of an extreme acid flashback. I can rule out the flashback if you're seeing what I'm seeing.

Seriously, I couldn't duplicate it again with the GX7. Again there's a wide blurred area between the green tint and the natural colors. Click to see originals. The GX7 was set to raw + JPEG and the raw looks identical. Any ideas?

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Could it be the sun shining from behind through your cars tinted windows? It's a bit hard to see where the sun is exactly.

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That's the kind of thing I was looking for to explain it - But - The first pic in my series was actually shot a few minutes after the second one posted (Time shot is in the exif).  That first shot is one I took trying to duplicate the issue.

You can see the shadows are identical.  And my position didn't change.  So I've ruled out my tinted windows but you might be on the right track  - an odd reflective surface somewhere that wasn't consistent???

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nevada5 wrote:

That's the kind of thing I was looking for to explain it - But - The first pic in my series was actually shot a few minutes after the second one posted (Time shot is in the exif). That first shot is one I took trying to duplicate the issue.

You can see the shadows are identical. And my position didn't change.

But your framing/effective focal length did. Overlay them both in Photoshop, and you'll see your framing with the Nikon fits quite comfortably within the area where color is consistent in the GX7 shot -- little wonder, when the Nikon photo was taken with the lens at an ~85mm equivalent, whereas the GX7 one was taken with only a ~40mm equivalent lens.

So I've ruled out my tinted windows but you might be on the right track - an odd reflective surface somewhere that wasn't consistent???

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The GX7 was set to raw + JPEG

Can You Post the GX7 RAW ?

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I'd say you were shooting through a partly open green tinted window–nearly fully open in the third shot; 1/5th open in the second shot–and getting the glass in the photo. Or is this too obvious?!

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This is odd but it doesn't help that the first two images don't show the questionable part of the scene that is in the third image. My only guess is that there is a shadow there and you had an auto feature like HDR turned on that took 2 or 3 exposures and blended them in a bad way. But since you said that it is the same in the Raw file that is probably unlikely. Is there any other settings that could apply different white balances to different parts of the scene or take some sort of multiple exposure? It's hard to guess but that as all I can think of. Hopefully it was just a one time anomaly.

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Simple reflection from a nearby skyscraper ?
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Quite a few of them have a tint on those mirrored panels.
Passing cloud would give you the edge effect, even though it's not "local"

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You shot the window glass. Next time wind it all the way down.

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I'll go with the aliens idea, much more fun.

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If I were a skeptic, I might say you didn't have your window rolled all the way down.

But, no doubt, space aliens.

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Comparing the first and the second picture, it seems that the second was shot from a lower position than the first, which could account for the top of the tinted window being visible in the second shot but not in the first.

Doesn't look as somewhere an alien would love to hang out, but aliens might be bored while the wife is shopping and play tricks with light and shadows just to pass time, who knows?

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That still doesnt explain the difference. A FL explanation is about as logical as saying overexposure nets less noise.

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Some people really need to get out more!

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That line is not a line. It's a smooth curve. You shot the window!

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