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Old 01-16-2013, 01:40 PM   #1
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I was wondering if someone can give me some insight into what I might be doing wrong with my night photographs. I keep getting the rejection notice Bad Color: Not enough color depth or too much color saturation., however, I am not sure if it is due to not enough color or there is too much color saturation. I get this same rejection notice on a lot of the night photographs I submit. I try different setting adjustments, but still the same rejection, so I have no idea if my adjustments are even correcting the photographs in the right direction. Thanks in advance for any advice - suggestions. John Doughty
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:13 PM   #2
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The first photo has a severe color cast from the sodium lamps, you will have to remove this and white balance the photo, possibly selectively. RP does not like sodium lamps as lighting unless it is white balanced. Despite the idea "that is what I saw", RP does not let the argument fly.

The second one, it seems underexposed, and the crop is unappealing, it is not balanced. I don't really see bad color, maybe someone else can chime in on that one, it might be the number boards and truck lights, they are not white balanced, but I am not sure.

Also, make sure you are shooting in RAW at night, you have a lot more liberty in editing than you would with a JPEG.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:18 AM   #3
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You need to white balance both of them

The second is not as far off as the first, but it needs a tighter crop on the unit and the space to the left side.
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Can you explain the red lights in the second one, specifically the red glowing number board? I don't think I've seen that before.
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Can you explain the red lights in the second one, specifically the red glowing number board? I don't think I've seen that before.
Or the blue base paint, unless this is another special scheme we are not aware of.
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Can you explain the red lights in the second one, specifically the red glowing number board? I don't think I've seen that before.
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Or the blue base paint, unless this is another special scheme we are not aware of.
Partially educated guess: he used a dropper to do a color correction, using the numberboards as the white. Having yellow light sources, the correction dropped the yellow, bringing out any blue that might have been around for any reason. The red is left over from an orange glow around the numberboards from which the yellow has been removed. What do you think, plausible?
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B&W it.

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