Saturday, May 14, 2011

Assignment 3 - Colour

The idea of the whole part and the assignment was to learn, how to find and use different combinations of colours. In this assignment I have to present four groups of pictures, divided according to their position against each other in the colours circle.

1. Complementary (facing each other across the circle)
2. Similar (near each other)
3. Colours spaced about a third from each other
4. One color is presented as a small area against another colour.

I must admit that completing this part in general and this assignment in particular was not very easy task. One reason is that taking pictures outside in Estonia was not a good idea, because there was a lot of snow up until middle of April this year. The other reason is that deliberately finding combinations of particular colours appeared to be quite a challenge.
Anyway, I still tried to do both outside and inside pictures for all three groups of photos to make it more interesting.

1. Complementary

This is a classical combination that can often be seen on any lunch table: green leaves of lattice and red tomato slice. The focus is mainly on the lattice, while tomato is a bit in shadow. Though tomato was perfectly red in reality, the light of the sun makes it look a bit orange in certain parts of the picture. still, both red and green look very natural here.

90mm; f/7.1; 1/320s

As opposed to the previous picture, this one shows example of red and green combination in a different way. The colours look different from the one on the previous shot. The tones are different, look probably more saturated (but this is also because of the way sun rays are reflected from different surfaces).

250mm; f/7.1; 1/400

Here it was supposed to be combination of orange and blue. I am not quite sure that I have succeeded with a blue one. It looks very light blue. Anyway, this is one of the tones of blue vs orange combination.  

90mm; f/13; 1/5sec

Out of all assignment I like the following picture the most. I like it for the saturation of the colours and contrast. I also find combination of yellow and purple one of the most interesting, as it does not appear that often in everyday life.

90mm; f/4.5; 1/1250sec

2. Similar

Here I tried to show combination of different yellow colours with different orange colours. I am not very happy about tone of orange in the glass. Other than this, it looks fine, lemon contrasts with orange table in the background, and corn-coloured serviette looks fine in combination with more saturated lemon and orange liqueur in the glass.    

90mm; f/3.5; 1/8sec

Going further down in colours circle, I decided to take a picture of the orange and red grapefruit slices. The interesting thing is that 'the orange' looks more orange, if it is pictured on its own, while with red grapefruit it seems more "yellow". Still, I quite like this shot, though the combination of orange and and red does not seem to be super-attractive.        

90mm; f/8.0; 1/20sec

I was lucky to catch one of the sunny days, when the sky was purely blue. The green color of the roof and saturated blue sky make a very interesting combination here. To get this I underexposed the hot a bit to highlight the deep blue sky and the saturation of the green roof.

70mm; f/7.1; 1/1250sec

The next combination in the colours circle is yellow and green. It is a rather simple shot - bright yellow flower buds and green steams. This is one of the most natural combinations that may come to my mind. I also quite like the contrast with the background, as it is also a bit "greenish".

90mm; f/4.5; 1/2500sec

3. One third distance in the colours circle

This object has attracted my attention, because it shows different combinations of blue and red, that by accident appeared together in the same place at the same time. A person in a red hood is sitting on the blue bench. The blue bench itself has a red line on it. And in addition to this, there is a transparent blue bottle with a red line on it, standing next to the person. I found this coincidence rather interesting and suitable for this part of the project.  

200mm; f/7.1; 1/400 sec

This was rather simple object. I just liked the saturated yellow colour of the taxi standing next to the blue sign. And the sign itself with two red lines makes another combination of 'one third distance' colours.

100mm; f/7.1; 1/320sec

 This was one of the most difficult colour combinations to find - green vs purple. I also used cropped this part from the much bigger picture. I thought that in this way color combination would be seen in the best way, and I also liked the focus on the droplet of water. It might be that I could make it better by underexposing the shot a bit, as it seems like there are a bit tom much light on the green part.  

90mm; f/4.5; 1/400sec

And I decided to finish this bit with some still life. Here I also wanted to play a bit with different tones of orange and green colours. Orange bottle and the orange vs green bottle and the apple (which actually is green, but compared to the more saturated green bottle looks more yellow). I don't find this shot very exciting, though it might work for this part of the assignment.

90mm; f/10.0; 1/20sec

4. One color presented as small area against another colour

The first shot has been taken on the coast of Baltic sea. Here the small area of yellow sun disc is presented against orange sky.     

170mm; f/18.0; 1/125sec

I decided to continue this exercise with sill life picture. Compared to the previous picture, the contrast of the blue colour against the red is much more obvious then yellow vs orange.

90mm; f/3.5; 1/6sec

Another example of small area of green against blue. On this picture it is also seen, that colours located next to each other in the colours circle do not represent the same contrast as the ones located in front of each other in the circle. Though the green area is seen very well, it does not attract that much attention as blue colour on the previous picture.

70mm; f/6.3; 1/1250

And I decided to finalize this assignment by presenting something from the nature. The purple colour of the flower is presented against the green colourof the grass. However, the contrast look differently, because the green color of the grass on the background is not homogeneous. That's why, the purple colour of the flower might seem a bit lost among the green steams.

55mm/ f/8.0; 1/200sec

Summarizing this assignment, I would conclude that the impression that the combination of the colours leaves, very much depends on the location of two colours aganst each other in the colours circle. The most contrast is seen, when a shot has two colours located opposite to each other in the circle. Also, some combinations of colours are met in everyday life more often than the others. For example, purple and green combination looks interesting, because it is not seen as often as green vs red combination.

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