Last week I didn’t have time to take pictures and used the opportunity to explain my project for this week: using color in photography. (In that post I explain the very basics of color theory, so I won’t reiterate them here.) My plan was to test out what I’d learned about color over Thanksgiving break. My camera is still in set in the strange 16:9 aspect ratio that appeared when I used it for the interviews I did with Brian and Gretchen, so I’ve had to work around this weird stretched out shape. I wish I could change this setting back to normal! If nothing else, the elongated frame has forced me to approach subjects knowing they’ll be placed in “skinny” frames before cropping.
I started out by mentioning the effects of different lighting on color. Keeping light in mind when walking around town, the cloudy skies gave me a chance to compare the same subject under different light conditions. I think the following images emphasize the difference between the muted colors under diffused light and the brighter colors created by direct light. I didn’t use a software slider to adjust these colors, either–the differences are completely created by lighting!
Two views of the same street from different positions (in November & October, respectively):
I *think* the cabbage image also exemplifies both abstract and harmonic colors.
Before looking for complimentary colors, I didn’t realize how correctly pairing them can make different objects stand out. This juxtaposition of orange and blue creates quite a sharp contrast between otherwise boring newspaper stands.
Of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without some primary colors! Now that I know what complimentary colors are, however, I think I like them better…
So I’m disappointed that the osage oranges are a little out of focus, but I think they still do a good job showing how “a little bit goes a long way” when it comes to color. The flower picture is actually by my sister, but I think it pairs well with the image above it.
Thanks for reading this giant post! I decided to go “all out” this week because it’s going to be tough to get in much more photography before finals.
Irrelevant to color, but I like this concluding action shot!