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White Balance in Antarctica (Really)
Old 10-07-2004, 03:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Help me out here.

I'm going to Anarctica in December. That is summertime there, and the sun rises at 10 am and sets at 8am the following day. With 22 hours of sunlight, I'm sure I'm going to get all kinds of color temperatures. I'd like to be able to set my camera on one setting and do one batch process of correction when I get home. Am I being unrealistic?

I think most of my shots will have both ice and water, or ice and penguins.

I plan on using incident meter readings for my shots.

I'll be taking two 10D's and a D30 for my second backup.

Any thoughts?
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Re: White Balance in Antarctica (Really)
Old 10-07-2004, 03:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Scott

Never having been to Antarctica before, I can't say from experience. However, general experience in snow and ice and water tell me that you're going to have a shifting color spectrum all the time. If you tilt your camera too far toward the snow, it will change from a shot two seconds later that is flatter across the snow with more sea and sky.

As far as batch editing .... YIKES! Of course, you could just shoot everything in B&W!

Bob

My idea of location shooting....

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Re: White Balance in Antarctica (Really)
Old 10-07-2004, 04:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Shoot Raw format and decide later under better warmer conditions.


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Re: White Balance in Antarctica (Really)
Old 10-07-2004, 05:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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raw raw raw!

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Re: White Balance in Antarctica (Really)
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Scott,

Since you are already planing on using incident meter perhaps a color temperature meter wouldn't add to much weight to your kit.

My guess is that you would have the most problems with the color temperatures when the sun is the lowest on the horizon. Otherwise, that the color temperature should stay consistent. Maybe, you could even make adjustments to the RAW files based on the time of day.

Anway, these are just a guesses.... I've never been that far south (or north) to worry about those kinds of conditions. I'd be more worried about keeping my "equipment" warm enough to work.

Good luck and stay warm.

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Old 10-08-2004, 12:08 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Do you realize that a lot can be read into that statement, Mike?
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Scott,

Of course, hence the "quotes"... and although, I care dearly for my camera equipment it can always be replaced.

So as I said before, be sure to keep all of your "equipment" warm. Even the camera equipment!!!

Keep warm :P
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First, thanks for the responses. All good information.

I sent an email to Eddie Tapp, who I feel is one of the best digital gurus on the planet, asking the same question. This is part of his response:

"Hey Scott... okay... white balancing the antarctica should be a real cinch... as a matter of fact... if you take a digital gray card you'll be able to use that 90% of the daylight... just sun rise and sun set, don't white balance or you'll miss the warm glows... instead use a preset or previous custom setting for WB... your equipment looks great... and there's nothing wrong with using a polarizing filter... so I'd take it too... and would certainly shoot RAW format... keep your eye on your historgram and I'll look forward to seeing the postcard... thank you and have a blast... Eddie"

There's that equipment comment again. I sent him a list of the bodies and lenses I was planning to take, not a JPG of my "equipment."

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