When I think of summer I think of fresh fruit, and my very favourite is a juicy ripe peach that can only found in the summer.
A truly ripe peach is messy – I have to take it outside and hang over the balcony letting the nectar drip down my chin on to the garden below. And even though I have a juice-proof camera, I’m not about to take a selfie of this process; it just doesn’t do justice to that exquisite taste.
Instead I decided to photograph the ripe peaches in a basket. Which wasn’t as easy as I thought. The photo didn’t even vaguely match that rich colouring of the peaches that I saw before me. Then I remembered white balance.
Most Point and Shoot cameras have a place where you can change the ‘White Balance’ but it isn’t usually an option under ‘Auto’, or in the case of my juice-proof camera, ‘Macro’. The peaches above were taken with the ‘Auto’ setting and look the same as the peaches taken on Aperature Priority (Av) White Balance set to ‘Fluorescent’. Then I tried ‘Sunny’ and ‘Cloudy’.
At last! With ‘Cloudy, the colour of the peaches in the photo actually matches the glow of the peaches I see before me.
Now don’t look; I’m off to bite into one of these juicy sweet creatures and it’s not a pretty sight.