I was sitting on my bed doing homework when the near-constant flash of lighting outside my window piqued my attention and compelled me to grab my camera, tripod, umbrella, and head outside.
I worked each of the four sides of the Hitt Street Garage, photographing both the sky and the street life below with mixed results. The lighting was almost directly overhead, so I wasn’t getting any streaks in my landscapes. I continued photographing, though, and soon had a composition I liked, with Jesse Hall’s dome on one side and the ever-changing light from an apartment complex’s stairwell on the other.
My camera’s auto white balance settings weren’t cutting it here. The parking garage’s unflattering yellow-red light was much too strong. Using the camera’s custom white balance feature, I cranked the white balance down to its lowest setting — 2500K.
The result? The vivid yellow-red become a less garish, more muted amber.
I used a two-second shutter delay to avoid camera shake and waited until the stairwell turned aqua, knowing that blue and then purple were next in the sequence.