MAY THEME – Working Colours

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  • #14104
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    Peter Robinson
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    The theme for April is now closed

    The theme for May is

    Working Colours

    Inspired by Ian McNab’s post about how colour can be used as a compositional element in photography, I’ve decided to challenge members to explore how colours work in their photographs. For a more detailed of what I’m talking about please read Ian’s post on colour in photography

    I know we had a similar subject over a year ago but I think it would be useful to revisit it and see how it can improve your photography.  So look through your collection or go out with your camera and make colour go to work in your photograph. Beginners in photography often make the mistake of trying to cram to many colours in their picture. Very often a limited pallet is more pleasing.  Check out the colour wheel and decide whether you want to use contrasting or complementary colours. Please explain the thinking behind your photographs so other members can share their thoughts.

    We now have a much simpler uploading process for the images you want to post. All you now do is post your picture! But we do ask that you don’t post anything too big; perhaps best to start with a typical “1400” and then, when the dialog box comes up, make it 650p wide. If it is portrait orientation make it 650p high. That’s it!

    There’s no restriction on when the photograph was taken so search though your archives show us what you can produce. If you would like to suggest any topics for the monthly theme please let me know.

    #14117
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    wbaxter
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    I am posting 2 images the before and After. The second image has been colour washed with a selected coluur from the yellow flower. I think I could have chosen a better image, not subtle enough.

     

    #14118
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    wbaxter
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    Second Image

    #14119
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    meg cumming
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    I can understand why you dodon’t the colour wash Wallace. The green foliage in the 1st image seems colike and too dark. In the second the whole image has a warmer feel to it and the foliage doesn’the imoose so much on the pholograph either.

    #14124
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    Peter Robinson
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    Thanks for kicking this off Wallace. I’m not quite sure what Meg means as there’s a couple of typos which confuse me. Sorry I’m easily confused.

    Of the two, I prefer the first as I feel the second as a yellow cast and is a bit flat. In the first the colours are very bright and contrasty and the yellow flowers stand out strongly against the green foliage. I find the red flower in the background pulls my eye. Have you tried just desaturating it a bit?

    #14125
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    KEN LAST
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    I agree with Peter. Always appreciate your pics. Wallace and this is no exception and certainly  “colours ” works for me. The bee has photographed well. I would like to have more detail,  lens  and settings etc. Well done.

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    #14128
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    KEN LAST
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    Rarely would I photograph solely with colour in mind. But these two I did just that. It was only the strength of colour and contrast that inspired me to photograph the two bikes.  The pink tulip against the OOF Aubretia  also attracted me because of the colour mix. This  was taken last year and could not be repeated this year as due to the mysteries of nature, this year the Aubretia the flowers were over before the tulip opened.

    #14129
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    2nd attempt at giving the image an overall colour. Then 3rd attempt and finally with the background cropped out.

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    #14131
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    Taken at f14 @320th sec ISO 320

    • This reply was modified 3 months, 2 weeks ago by Profile photo of wbaxter wbaxter.
    #14132
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    Taken at f20  125 sec on tripod

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    #14139
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    Peter Robinson
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    For me Ken’s first picture is all about the contrasts of colour and the size of the bikes. the yellow bike is particularly bright and dominate. In the photo of the tulip the red stands out strongly against the cooler blue.

    I like Wallace’s first photo has it nearly all one colour with a touch of a red hue. the background is also a tone of matching yellow and beautifully diffused. I like the way in which it seems to grow from the bottom to the top.

    Regarding the subject of this theme I prefer the third photo of the last two. The central yellow circle is well framed by the red petals.

    Ian’s post suggests to me that there doesn’t need to be a definite subject. The colour composition is the important thing. It makes you look at things differently and I think these photos help to demonstrate that.

    #14140
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    Ian McNab
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