Lavender in Provence
 
 
Lavender in Provence

Colour temperature of lavender

Lavender in Provence RAW

Lavender in Provence RAW

 

It’s interesting how the colour of lavender appears to change depending on the time of day. After my recent photo workshop in Provence, where we spend most of our time shooting the lavender fields, I decided to look at how the Auto White Balance had coped with the colour.

I found that my Canon cameras tend to shoot at a high colour temperature and render the purple colour rather yellow. This warms the image but isn’t always appropriate or desirable. The featured image was shot just before sunset when the colour temperature is high but the RAW file exaggerates this and I had to reduce the Kelvin from 5300K to 4400K, which is much nearer to reality.

Many people like to do this in camera but I prefer to look at the image on a big screen and modify the colour temperature in Camera Raw. This also means that there can be more consistency in the tone of purple in the various images. It’s also worth checking what effect the tint can have. This is situated just below the colour temperature function at the top of the opening page of Camera Raw.