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Offline SimonW

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Photography by moonlight
« on: December 10, 2017, 09:55:52 AM »
There I was, stumbling about in a field in the cold and almost pitch dark. Could see almost nothing in the viewfinder (optical or live view) even with a torch shone on the subject. (Weak batteries I later found). Camera on tripod, snap, check composition, exposure and focus on review, adjust slightly and try again. Ended up with this shot.



The odd thing is that it looks almost monochrome (grey/brown) on both my monitors, but a print shows quite beautiful shades of green and blue in the sky. I can only guess that the printer's colour gamut is much wider than either monitor.

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Re: Photography by moonlight
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2017, 02:23:09 PM »
That's a possibility Simon, although it's also possible that the printer is simply badly calibrated and prints non existent colours. I had an Epson like that once  :(  >:(
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Re: Photography by moonlight
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2017, 04:30:15 PM »
I did wonder. It's Epson and I've always been very pleased by how well it reflects the monitor and I've never noticed discoloured blacks in more 'normal' images or monochrome ones. I've made two prints now, the 6x4 and now an A4 and they do closely match. The main thing is I like the result but it seems I can't share it here.

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Re: Photography by moonlight
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2017, 05:59:01 PM »
Hi again H,

Having tried every software trick I know (including duplicating layers with various blend modes) in an attempt to bring out any colour in that file and failing, I then very carefully examined my prints with a magnifying glass. I'm now convinced you are correct. It seems that like yours my Epson printer isn't too good at rendering those very dark browns. (They probably would really have been black anyway if I'd correctly set the white balance).

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Re: Photography by moonlight
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2017, 07:46:22 AM »
Glad you've got to the bottom of it. With mine it was dark reds that were way off, but that's not too far off browns. I sold it to a friend who only used it for text and bought a Canon.

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Re: Photography by moonlight
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2017, 11:20:51 AM »
Just to add that camera sensors can produce false colours due to quantum effects produced with the energy in the sensor.  :o

 

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