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Blue photos Can anyone tell me some reasons why some outdoor shots I took of snow/trees, etc. might look blueish? I took some pictures at sundown that came out fine, and ones I took about 10 minutes later look blue. I don't recall changing any settings. I also took similar shots at the same time with another digital camera and those looked fine. Is this something that's common in low light with a lot of white background? (Or is this a "user problem?")

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Snow pictures tend to be blue due to the blue spectrum being scattered and reflected from the snow (similar to why the sky is blue). Plus just after sunset, you're going to get a cooler color temperature (blue cast). However, instead of choosing Auto WB, I'd set the white balance manually. (You might also try Warm in Color Effect settings for an even warmer effect.)

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You probably needed to reset the manual white balance. Lighting conditions can change considerably in 10 minutes at sunrise and sunset.

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