Monday, 5 December 2011


Colour Relationships and Orange

The next few images show colour combinations including orange.

Image 1 - Walking In The Rain
Similar Colours

ISO 400, shutter speed 1/100 sec at f/5
 The harmonious colour combination of yellow and orange is demonstrated here. The yellow is created by the fluorescent indoor lighting. The passer by with orange umbrella provides a focal point in the image . The juxtaposition between the actual cold wet weather conditions and the usual association of warmth and bright sunny days with these colours adds an extra element to the image.

Image 2
Colour Contrast

ISO 400, shutter speed 1/400sec at f/14
 This is an example of contrasting colours in an orange and green combination. The colours of the fishing nets being repeated on the old harbour masters house.

Theoretically there is too much orange in the frame to qualify as a contrasting colour combination and likewise there is too much green for the colour to qualify as an accent. Despite this I think the colour contrast is demonstrated well. The orange is eye catching and energetic immediately grabbing our attention.

Both colours in the foreground being repeated on the house helps to add depth to the image.

Image 3
Colour Accent

ISO 125, shutter speed 1/100sec at f/9
This image could have been cropped to show only one orange buoy which would have created an image with the colour ratios nearer to the prescribed "ideal". However I find the image more interesting with the 3 orange elements. Cropping would also have removed the darker area in the top left corner or the rope detail at the bottom right corner.

Image 4
Complimentary Colours

ISO 100, shutter speed 1/250sec at f/7.1
Generally it is suggested that there is more of a sense of movement in an image with contrasting colours and accents that there is with complimentary colours.

In this image however, despite being complimentary colours, there is a strong sense of movement between the orange and blue. There is tension in the image because the proportion of each colour is approx 50/50.

Because orange is a brighter colour than blue a 50/50 split creates a sense of imbalance. Orange being the brighter colour attracts the eye first which then travels to the blue but soon travels back to the dominant orange. Took me a few minutes to sort that one out in my head  - 50/50 = imbalance - but i got there in the end....

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