- yellow 9
- orange 8
- red 6
- green 6
- blue 4
- violet 3
This exercise is to produce one photograph for each combination of primary and secondary colours as close as possible to the proportions suggested by J.W. Von Goethe. So the 3 images should be:
- Red/Green 1:1 - red and green have equal values
- Orange/Blue 1:2 - orange is twice as bright as blue
- Yellow/Violet 1:3 - yellow is three times as bright as violet
|Field of poppies|
|Aperture Priority f/11, 1/4sec at ISO100|
This image below is more in proportion.
|Taken at f/11, 1/250sec, ISO100|
This has been the hardest colour combination for me to capture. I can't think of too many everyday areas where I have seen this colour combination except for in flowers, the most obvious being pansies or violas.
I took this image of a violet clematis flower in the garden.
Initially I tried to compose the image in camera to the required ratio by moving in closer or changing focal length etc but was unable to produce an image that met the brief. I then resorted to post processing in Photoshop to crop the image to the suggested proportions.
This has resulted in quite a severe crop and a more abstract image which, although it applies the "rules" of colour relationships, is not very interesting. My feeling is that if you hadn't seen the original image before it was cropped you might struggle to recognise the subject.
Whilst I've been working on this exercise I have realised that some colour combinations are much easier to find than others and that I tend to work instinctively when combining colours. The resulting images don't always conform to the rules here. Sometimes they work and make a great picture and sometimes they don't.