Day 63—Classic Cooking

Today’s challenge theme is “classic.” My mother got Julia Child’s classic cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” when it came out in the late 1960’s, and, when Volume Two followed in 1970 she bought that one as well. Mom became a gourmet cook following Julia’s recipes. I acquired the books from her a few years ago and have used them a few times. However, I do not plan to embark on a year long culinary journey ala Julie Powell (“Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen”). My 365 (366) blog is enough daily focus (pun intended) for me!

After Melinda showed me about the custom white balance setting a couple of days ago, I decided to use that setting today and noticed a distinct difference between the photos with auto white balance and those using the custom setting. My custom setting was 3565 degrees Kelvin and it returned a warmer image (and closer to the original colors of the books) than the auto setting which was 3073K. Oddly, to me anyway, the Aperture meta data indicates both photos used auto white balance settings. And, although I fiddled with the WB settings, I forgot I had changed the ISO so it’s up a bit from my usual 100. It doesn’t seem to have any noise as a result of the higher ISO, so I guess I shouldn’t be so wary of changing the ISO to achieve good exposure. Maybe I’ll reset the camera to auto ISO.

Focal Length 35mm
ISO 320
2.5 seconds
WB Custom preset