Today, Lisa and I went on a roadtrip to verious places in southren Wisconsin, including the Lincoln-Tallman House
in Janesville, The Market
in Watertown, Funkys
in Fort Atkinson. At the end of the day, we retired to the Allyn Mansion
in Delavan. It was the perfact crown to a good day.
I took a total of 248 shots through out the day, with 74 proofs resulting. That\'s quite high for a day of shooting. My shots at the Lincoln-Tallman House I had concern about. I had to refrain from using the flash (which I prefer to shoot without anyway) and the house was quite dim with all the shutters pulled. I used ISO 800, and was still getting shutter times of around 1/30 to 1/4 of a second. Usually such low shutter speeds is death for hand-held photography, but most of my shots were good enough to work with. There was blur, but in places without sharp lines, you didn\'t really notice. I used a sharpen mask on those that were noticable and they cleaned up fairly well.
The Allyn Mansion was my favorite part of the day. I had plenty of time to set shots up, and the use of a tripod. The house was already perfect. Attention had been given to every corner of the rooms and hallways, so everywhere I look, there was a shot. The lighting in the evening was quite low, giving the place a very relaxing and warm feeling. I wanted to capture the images just as I saw them.
Since the lighting was so low, shutter times at ISO 100 were around one second and upward of 5 seconds. I was concerned with the white balance in such low light. The incandescent light setting didn\'t seem to be matching the color correctly when sampling from the back of the camera. So I tried a custom white balance using a white sheet of paper. Unfortunately, it was too much correction and turned the orange fireplace flames white. So I made a guess at the color temperature and set it at 2,300 K. That seemed to be what I was looking for. In the end, however, I think that was too much correction. With the color temperature so low, the yellow-orange glow from the lights was being turned white, and I would have preferred to keep the warmer color.
Despite my white balance not being perfect, the pictures from Allyn Mansion were wonderful. All are dark, but so was the place, so I think I captured things as I saw them.
The picture today is of the room we stayed in, the Mary E room. I light the back wall with a red flood light, which produced too much light (I was initially worried about the reverse). If I shoot such a scene again, I am bringing a dimmer.