2020 Photo Challenge #33

August’s theme / technique: Colour Theory

Colour plays an important part in what we see. Our brains interpret colour far better than our cameras do. Anyone trying to photograph a red rose will know how often the photograph is very disappointing.

Successful colour photography means learning to use colour as a compositional tool – a form of visual communication – rather than just reproducing a scene that happens to be in colour.

Colour theory is not just knowing what colours are: primary, tertiary etc and how to make them, but understanding cool and warm colours, complementary (next to each other) and contrasting colours (opposites), neutral and bold colours and how colours can affect our emotions or perceptions of a scene.

      • Don’t overdo it. Too much colour or too many clashing colours can be confusing to the eye and create a chaotic scene.
      • Consider the time of day and the type of light which can affect how different colours appear.
      • If you are not happy with the colour in your image then try adjusting the saturation in post-processing. An image with lower saturation seems softer, dreamy and idealistic. An image with high saturation seems bright and exciting. Think about the feeling you want to convey with your image before deciding how much or how little saturation would best suit the scene.
      • Pay attention to the way you frame colour and use light to enhance it.
This week's assignment - Choose a colour. Any colour, it could be your favourite one. Next set out to photograph anything that is largely composed of that hue. Allow only variations of the colour within your photograph. If anything else is present don't take the picture unless you can crop it out, get in closer to exclude it or change your viewpoint. When you have finished put you collection together. You may be surprised by the differences in shades.

This proved to be more difficult than I thought! Mostly because I have been limited to where I have been able to go these past few months so the sea and sky have had to be featured more than I anticipated. And so many other blues have other colours or writing which has been difficult to omit. Anyway here’s my attempt.

Interesting to see how many blues are azure which is a bright, cyan-blue colour named after the rock lapis lazuli. It is often described as the colour of the sky on a clear day and obviously the only time I photograph the sky!

If you would like to join in with the 2020 photo challenge then please take a look at my 2020 Photo Challenge page. No complicated rules, just a camera required 🙂

    • Create your own post with some information about how you composed the shot.
    • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
    • Add the tag #2020PhotoChallenge so everyone can find your entry easily in the WP Reader
    • Get your post(s) in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in September.

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Heyjude

I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

41 thoughts on “2020 Photo Challenge #33”

  1. Gosh, this is a challenge and a half, especially with travel restrictions and this week’s utterly dismal forecast. And at least you have the sea… though you’ve also found many other subjects – great stuff. I’ve a feeling that green may prove to be my favourite colour here in rural Yorkshire…

    1. I should have chosen green, but I started collecting blue images months ago as I knew this assignment was coming. I had no idea how restrictive this would become!

  2. An enoyable collection of blues, Jude. It is said that blue makes one feel colder, and calm. I don’t feel very cold, but definitely calm.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. I think these blues are very much warm ones Pete. ‘Mediterranean Blues’ (sounds like a song title😊) And thanks for the heads up about the spam!

  3. It makes an interesting collage, Jude. Was this the multi shades of one colour? I can’t read all the text on my phone. I did mean to join you but… What can I say? 🤔💕

    1. Yes. Pick a colour and only photograph things of that colour and create a collage. I’m sure you must have loads of blues!

        1. She did indeed. So where is yours? 🙄 BTW you keep disappearing into the trash folder along with pingbacks and links. Not quite sure what is happening there.

        2. Trash is good enough for me. 🙂 🙂 Really haven’t had time to think about it, Jude. August in the Algarve is no time for challenges. I’m still using the old laptop. My 9th year has been called time on by WordPress. I’ve renewed somewhat reluctantly because I started to build Stillrestlessjo but I can’t really get my head around a new blog. This will take me to next September on Restlessjo- 10 years and absolutely time for me to bow out..

    1. I’ll be over later. Not sure why links are suddenly going into the trash folder. I’ll check my settings once I go on the computer.

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