The lesson in the mistake
Last December, en route to picking up my daughter for Christmas, I passed by an old church which had been converted to a house. It was a grey, misty day, and I liked the way it look out there, so I stopped.
I have passed by this house dozens of time in the past six years going to see her or pick her up. I passed by it yesterday. In fact, that entire country road is full of photo ops. This is what I expected to see when I looked at the display after taking the picture:
What I actually got the first time was this:
Prior to leaving the house, I had been photographing inside and had the automatic white balance set for a tungsten lightbulb. Tungsten light was clearly not my lighting conditions, and the adjustment created an entirely different look. It cooled things off and gave the picture a more eerie hue. I like both of them. The one with the white balance set for being outside has more colour and definition. The colour of the brick on the house is more apparent, and it seems more like the subject in the picture. Whereas in the blue picture, the eye is drawn very much toward the tree.
In addition to remembering to check the white balance setting, I also had a lightbulb moment, realizing that I can use cooling filters to get rid of orange hues in some of my indoor pictures.