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Chapter 7: Natural Light Exposures > White Balance and the Color of Daylight

White Balance and the Color of Daylight

Although you often think of daylight as “white” or even colorless, in fact, the color of daylight changes continually from dawn until dark, and often in some pretty dramatic ways. Look at the two shots of the lighthouse (7-2 and 7-3) that I shot less than an hour apart. In the first shot the scene is lit by the warm rays of the setting sun and everything has a pinkish hue; just a short time later I shot the same lighthouse from a different angle in the cool light of twilight. By shooting the same scenes at different times of day you can capture radically different moods.

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ABOUT THIS PHOTO This image was photographed in the pink light of sunset. Taken at ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/250 sec. on a tripod with a 70-300mm Nikkor zoom lens.


  

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