Orion Nebula Image – Fluorescent Light White Balance

Orion Nebula M42 image captured using Fluorescent Light White Balance

Last night Ted suggested taking images in fluorescent light setting (rather than the normal White Balance), based on advice on his Northern Lights trip.

So we did.  Here is a resulting image of the Orion Nebula.  The colour temperature of Fluorescent light is lower (warmer – more yellow)

Additional data:-

The Canon dSLR has eight white balance presets on its cameras.

AWB (Auto White Balance) will look at any scene as it’s being shot and attempt to neutralize the color it sees from 3000-7000 K.

Daylight uses Canon’s default color temperature of 5200 K;

Shade works at 7000 K; Cloudy at 6000 K; Tungsten at 3200 K; White Fluorescent is set to 4000 K (there are huge color temperature variations in fluorescent lights); Flash at 6000 K; and Custom White Balance, which can neutralize light with a color temperature anywhere between 2000 and 10,000 K.