What's the problem??

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    Hi guys,

    Would anyone have any idea as to why the quality of these 2 photos differ so much? They were both taken with the same camera (Canon EOS 300) in sufficient light, and I shot the one of the woman in the boat in the auto function. Exposure seems fine (I think). It just looks so flat compared to the waterfall one. In fact almost all the photos (15 rolls!!) I took on that holiday looks washed out. Could it be due to processing? Can't be the film coz i used 2 different brands and bought from several stores. Oh and there's that annoying reddish tinge that's present in almost all of them!!!

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    I am going to say that the vast difference in colors in the water/foliage opposed to the brown to magenta of the second is part of the problem. Not that #2 is a bad shot, but in this case is is comparing limes and peaches!
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    Well this is just one example out of 500 shots of various other sceneries... they just don't have the same overall sharpness and clarity of the waterfall one, and there's just too much red in almost all of them. I think Golfball took some of it out when he tweaked the 'sampan' pic (thanks Golfball! Looks great). Which kinda makes me think that it's a processing problem, but since I have little to no experience with film I thought i'd ask what you guys think :-)

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    The waterfall seems a little under-exposed, but there's a lot of detail in there. White balance seems to be an issue with both. Here's the waterfall with a contrast adjustment and a white balance correction:



    So, who processed them? I haven't sent in any film in a REALLY long time, but shouldn't you expect most labs to correct white balance? Anybody?


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    I would go with a white balance issue

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    If this is film- the white balance may not be the issue. If the photos are washed out, I wonder if the camera has some light leakage. Sometimes if the light seals get worn or old or cracked- they might be exposing the film a little bit. Maybe have a look at that.

    Also, how old is the film? Was it stored in a fridge- then used immediately? Or, did you let it set out overnight?
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    If this is film- the white balance may not be the issue. If the photos are washed out, I wonder if the camera has some light leakage. Sometimes if the light seals get worn or old or cracked- they might be exposing the film a little bit. Maybe have a look at that.

    Also, how old is the film? Was it stored in a fridge- then used immediately? Or, did you let it set out overnight?
    ANd don't forget how long it may have been stored at the store....
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    Grandpa: Thanks for the edit :-) Looks awesome...

    how old is the film? Was it stored in a fridge- then used immediately? Or, did you let it set out overnight?
    I always buy film a day before I leave and I check that it's not past the expiry date but yeah, I have no idea how the shop stores them. Will make it a point to buy from a more reputable place i guess.

    Thanks for the input everyone :-)


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