April 27, 2005

Industrial-strength colour

Close-up of window shutter, Distillery District, Toronto
I was visiting with friends in Toronto the weekend before last, and we took a stroll around the Distillery District. It's a great place for photography and is surprisingly rich in colours for all the stereotyped reputation of drab industrial zones.
Toronto, Ontario [view large]

Posted by anatole at April 27, 2005 10:18 PM
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Hey,

CAn you check out my comment on Madhava's blog and tell me what you think? About how photoblogs might be changing your appreciation/interaction with the city.

I love the colours in this photo, by the way. Is that really how they were?

Drab industrial zones are awesome. There are still a few patches of such in New York that are great to walk around.

Posted by: George at April 29, 2005 05:34 PM

George:
Yes, that's really how the colours were (as best as I remember them.) The photo is not photoshopped. It's an early evening shot, as the sun is setting, which is why the colours are quite different from Madhava's similar shot (taken earlier on). I think I might have switched from auto white balance to white balance option that covers off sunset time, but other than that ...

Posted by: Anatole at April 30, 2005 03:03 AM

Hey,

Right, I wasn't thinking that it was photoshopped, just that the photo might have brought out a vividness not found in reality. I'm not sure of what the variables are in photography that determine colour-truth, but I know on cheaper 'consumer' cameras colours tend to shift (generally getting brighter, so that your kids look cuter).

Posted by: George at May 1, 2005 04:14 PM

You're right, George. There are a lot of factors that affect the colour-truth -- from simple exposure compensation, to white balance, to the built-in colour settings of the camera (it has some default parameters on saturation, etc. which you can change.). In this case, I think it was a fairly accurate rendition. The sunset light was really bringing out the colours in the area.

Posted by: Anatole at May 3, 2005 10:54 PM