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Old September 23rd, 2008, 09:44 PM   #1
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Sunrise/Sunset K Value

From what I can tell, most people do not white balance when shooting a sunrise/sunset to hold the warm orange/red richness of the scene. Has anyone found a temperature setting that works, or do most people use the AWB or the Sun setting? I used 5500K tonight and it looked fairly good on the view finder and on my LCD monitor. Not sure what to expect on a calibrated monitor.

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Old September 24th, 2008, 02:59 AM   #2
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Don't use auto white balance as it'll try to get rid of the orange cast that you're wanting!
Just use a regular white setting (ie 5600-6300), then you can also change it in post - these days white balances are so easy to alter that in very many cases people don't WB at all, just leave it on preset and shot match/colour balance in post. Also means that in a programme with several camera people working on it, if you all just shoot preset you're all getting a similar look to start with in the edit.
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Old September 24th, 2008, 04:13 AM   #3
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Hi there

Yes I do what Steve suggests and nearly always shoot in Preset.. unless it obviously looks wrong or there is mixed light (when I try for the best manual balance I can get. Head shots in the evening light can often give the subject a very orange complexion.. so a manual balance often works better.
A nice feature on the Z1 is the way you can tweak the preset colour balance with the Assign buttons.. I often cheat in a sunset situation and crank up the orange dominant.. It can give really nice deep colours to you sky, without looking false. A bit like the old Cokin sunset filters..

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Old September 25th, 2008, 09:12 AM   #4
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Thanks guys. I've got some more footage using 5500 to 6300 that I'll play around with in post. Now I need to get my monitor calibrated as good as I can to play with the white balance.

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Old September 25th, 2008, 03:31 PM   #5
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I use the SUN preset all the time for this kind of stuff. I actually use the SUN preset all the time outside. It gives me always some nice red/orange/purple coloured shots, just as intended.
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