The West Australian sky is too blue, advice needed

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MarkDavo Senior Member • Posts: 1,318
The West Australian sky is too blue, advice needed

No, this is not a cynical wind up for those labouring under dreary skies in the northern hemisphere. When photographing water birds under blue skies, which is quite often, the water always appears more rich, or saturated, in the image than in reality.

The first image of the young Aust Grebes 1/2500s, f/8, ISO800 is a good example. Using E-M1.2 and 300 f/4 with 1.4TC the White Balance is Auto.

Australasian Grebe young waiting for adults to surface. Water very blue.

1/2500s, f/7, ISO400

1/400s, f/7, ISO400

The duck images demonstrate the difference in blue richness between fast (1/2500s) and slower (1/400s) shutter speeds but I prefer to underexpose for bright/white plumage so as not to blow out the detail.

I use Lightroom and my question is should I select a WB setting other than Auto for these water bird situations?

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Cheers, Mark
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