Clifton Colours (Vertorama)
Location: Clifton beach, near Cape Town
Description: The (three) photographs for this Vertorama were captured from the top of a rock, approximately 20 minutes after sunset. There were a couple of spot-lights to the right of me which balanced the exposure and added some nice warm highlights to the foreground rocks. Everything was looking very promising!!
But when I’d stitched and processed the Vertorama, I suddenly noticed some lines in the sky… not very obvious, but I could definitely see distinct bands of colour. When I looked at the image on my office LCD monitor, the lines were a lot more apparent! WTF!!?? Did I screw up the sky somehow with my processing? So, I decided to reprocess the sky, this time as delicately as possible! But sadly, when I looked very carefully at the original raw image… blow me down, the stripes were there too!!?
I searched the web for anything I could find on colour-banding and I also emailed a couple of my Flickr contacts, asking them if they’d ever noticed any banding in their long-exposure captures. I also sent a copy of this image to a few friends, asking whether they could see the lines that I was talking about. My conclusion from that exercise was that the lines are invisible on the better monitors (and when the image is printed on paper), but that they are definitely visible on crappy monitors (like mine)!!
So, do you have a crappy monitor too? Can you see the lines that I’m talking about? Do they disturb you as much as they disturb me?
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Equipment: Nikon D300 (Sigma 10-20mm)
Date: July 2008