Photographer's Note

This photo presents a lovely square in Chania Old Town on Crete. You will come across it while walking the main pedestrian street, Chalidon, south of the Venetian Harbour. Behind my back I have a lovely church, but I will not give you its name because there are three very different names for it on Google Maps.

The title refers again to my struggle with the coloring scheme. I think I have figured it out already, and in the result you will see a difference in my photos from now on. If you remember I had complained that sometimes the colors of my photos are messed up, in particular the sky turning slightly into a green shade. If you are a Canon user, you may be aware of a setting which is called "Picture Style". It is a setting which holds multiple variables with which RAW files are converted to JPG format. You can do the conversion by default within your camera or later on the computer screen with the software provided for the RAW files conversion. With my previous camera I have decided to use a hardcore approach and I used setting called "faithful". The colors were supposed to be by definition the closest to reality. It worked very well. The same setting I have applied to my recently purchased camera, Canon EOS 90D, and then the trouble started. At first I thought it was an effect of various monitors and indeed at different monitors the effect was more or less pronounced. On my main monitor I didn't see any difference at all but on other occasionally the sky was turning subtly greenish. I started to look closer at that. In fact, this same greenish touch of the sky I observe everyday in the reality, but having said that it does not look very natural in a photo. Faithful setting makes the sky more grey than blue. If someone subsequently makes the photo brighter, the grey turns greenish. This effect is particularly strong with photos taken with Canon EOS 90D. Fis2 is using for this setting value "Landscape", which is great for landscapes but not so good for people photos. It emphasizes the blue color of the sky and the green color of the vegetation. I decided to give it a try now with the setting "Auto". So no more "faithful" photos from me here. This photo was converted from CR3 with setting "Auto" already. In the result the sky gets more blue. It is possible to achieve the same result by playing with color curves but it is very difficult to find a right balance manually.

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