D800 and Auto White Balance

Started Dec 11, 2013 | Photos thread
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alan schenk Regular Member • Posts: 179
D800 and Auto White Balance

good morning all

I had occasion to visit the London Wetland Centre yesterday, dry but cloudy and used auto white balance, shooting in raw, aperture priority.

To date I have had no issue with auto white balance, but in yesterday's shots, I found that auto white balance was making the landscape much cooler than it was in actuality, around 4100K, as opposed to about 4850-5000 kelvin, which was more representative of true colour.

Attached below is one shot with auto WB, and then another taken with a manual adjustment at daylight (around 5000k). Having to go manual and dial in a WB setting to achieve the right colour, in what I would normally consider a non-challenging environment for the camera, surprised me.

However, given that I'm not a guru at this stuff, I thought I would ask the forum their thoughts and to educate me around my expectations. Going auto clearly isn't the be all and end all and one should be aware of when to go manual, I just didn't think on this occasion it would be necessary, thoughts?

with auto white balance, about 4100k...too cool to reflect reality

manually adjusted next shot to daylight, around 5000k...much more reflective of reality

 alan schenk's gear list:alan schenk's gear list
Nikon D800 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II +4 more
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Nikon D800
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