Wednesday, 16 November 2011


Colour Relationships and Violet

The following 3 images show examples of colour combinations including violet.

In J.W. Von Goethe's theory of colour ratio's and brightness both blue and violet have relatively low values. Blue 4 and violet 3. They are also adjacent to each other in the colour wheel and are therefore similar colours. Blue is a cool colour but as violet sits next to both blue and red in the colour wheel it can add a warming effect to an image.

Colours are subjective and violet is one of the hardest colours to identify.

Image 1 - Ice Dancers
Similar Colours

ISO 400, shutter speed 1/30sec at f/5.6
The blue/violet colour combination is created by stage lighting in this image.

Image 2 - Blue Flowers
Similar Colours

ISO 100, shutter speed 1/125sec at f/5.7
This second image also demonstrates the similar colours of blue and violet but with a slighter higher proportion of blue creating a cooler effect. During the course of this Assignment I have come across the work of both Peter Turner and Ernst Haas and have experimented here with an interpretation of their blurred style.

Many of the images by both of these photographers use motion or blur to remove the fine detail from their images leaving only a suggestion of the subject and the intensity of the colours. E.g. in Pete Turner's - Taxi Central Park, 1957 image or Ernst Haas - Regatta, California 1957. In my own interpretation I have resisted removing too much detail, particularly as I am unsure how these would be accepted as part of the Assignment. However it is a project I would like to follow up on at a later date.

This is one of my favourite images for Assignment 3. I particularly like how the subject matter is the colours themselves and the striking relationship between the blue and violet.

Image 3 - Purple Cabbage Flower
Contrasting Colours

ISO 450, shutter speed 1/30sec at f/1.8
This is an example of contrasting colours in a green and violet combination. Both the violet and green are similar in that neither colour is shown in a pure hue. The violet errs towards magenta and the green towards yellow. In order for the image to balance according to the "rules" the proportion of violet should be twice that of the green. Proportionally I think this image demonstrates less green than it should to be "correct" according to the rules but it still makes a pleasing image demonstrating contrasting colours and is a good example of how the rules can be broken to effect.

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