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Assignment brief – COLOUR.
In this assignment I had to create sixteen images demonstrating a command of colour in photography by being able to find and use different colours in deliberate relationships. This was divided in to four categories:
- Colour harmony through complementary colours. – These are colours that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel.
- Colour harmony through similar colours. – These are colours that sit next to each other on the colour wheel.
- Colour contrast through contrasting colours. – These are colours that sit one third of the way around the colour wheel from another colour.
- Colour accent. – Images dominated by one colour with a small area with another colour using any one of the above relationships.
Colour Harmony Through Complementary Colours.
50mm f1.8. ISO 100, 1/30sec, f/2.2. TTL-Speedlite used. Blue office chair with my cat and enticed using cat treats. Idea originated from my cat jumping on to my lap when I am working and his colour worked against my chair. Lightroom used for colour, contrast , levels,and sharpness.
This idea was inspired from my last project. 105mm f/2.8. ISO 160, 1/6 sec. f/7.1. Camera mounted on tripod, light reflectors used, no flash. Lightroom for colour , levels, contrast and sharpness.
This image was inspired by a suggested project in Practical Photography Magazine, published last year and was fun to do on a rainy day. 105mm f2.8. ISO 100, 1/30 sec. f/36. Camera mounted on tripod and operated by cable release. Material used: yellow felt and violet tissue paper. Subject was lit by hand held LED torch. Adjustments in Lightroom for colour and sharpness and Photoshop was used for spot healing to remove bubbles in the water and a fold across the tissue paper.
I have seen similar images of hands with painted nails and liked the idea for this theme. 105mm f/2.8. ISO 100, 1/125 sec. f/11. Speedlite used off camera by remote controlled from command setting in camera. Lightroom used for contrast, levels, colour and sharpness.
Colour Harmony Through Similar Colours.
This image was inspired by my lunch the red in the apple and the orange of handle from the peeling knife and complementing orangy colour from my kitchen table-top worked well together. 105mm f/2.8. ISO 100, 1/3 sec. f/11. Camera mounted on tripod operated by cable release. Off camera speedlite bounced off ceiling. Lightroom used for contrast, colour and sharpness.
This was some rubbish floating in the river, I discovered whilst walking my dog I moved the polystyrene orange block closer to the bag and photographed them using the camera on my phone. Samsung 4mm f/2.6. ISO 50, 1/125 sec. f/. 2.6, exposure bias -2 steps. Just a tiny amount of Cropping using Lightroom.
This was inspired by a project in Digital Photo magazine last year. Two “Selfies” blended together in Photoshop. Both images – 50mm f/1.8. ISO 250, 1/50 sec. f/11. Speedlite off camera used for outside subject to add some additional light. Both images adjusted in Lightroom for colour and contrast then edited in Photoshop in order to merge both images in to one.
Drinking straws using diagonals as a theme, I added a blue straw to be an odd one out and it sits on the other side of the green on the colour wheel; so I thought it still keeps to the rules. 105mm f/2.8. ISO 100, 3 sec. f/36. Straws lay over a box using plasticine to hold them in place. Camera mounted on tripod, speedlite off camera bounced of ceiling and reflector used. Lightroom used for contrast, levels, colour and sharpness.
Colour Contrast Through Contrasting Colours.
This portrait was simply inspired by my wife sitting at our kitchen table with a vase of roses between us. 50mm f/1.8. ISO 100, 1/60 sec. f/2.5, in built speedlite used for catch light in eyes. Lightroom used for colour, contrast, clarity and sharpness.
Roses and Daffodils simply inspired from flowers around the house. 105mm f/2.8. ISO 160, 1/125 sec. f/4. Camera hand held, reflector of stand used. Adjustments made in Lightroom for colour, contrast and sharpening.
This image was taken using my mobile phone. I had trouble trying to zoom and as a result I had to crop the image; so loosing quality for the final print. Samsung 4mm f/2.76. ISO 50, 1/35, f/2.6, exposure bias 0 step. Cropped using Lightroom.
This enigmatic still life was inspires by my wife’s jewellery, an Arabic henna vase and a green scarf. 105mm f/2.8. ISO 250, 1/125, f/9. Off camera Speedlite, camera hand held. Adjustments made to colour, levels, contrast and sharpness in Lightroom.
The swan with his orange beak on the river which was reflecting a cold blue sky inspired this image. 55 – 300mm f/4.5-5.6. 300mm, ISO 640, 1/500, f/9. Adjustments made in Lightroom, cropped, levels, colour, contrast and sharpness.
The green eyes of my cat were the natural inspiration for this image. 105mm f/2.8. ISO 400, 1/50 sec. f/3.2. Speedlight used, camera hand held. Colour, contrast, levels and sharpness adjusted in Lightroom.
My original idea was to create an image photographing these coloured sweets through a bowl of oil and water; but changed my mind and kept it simple. 105mm f/2.8. ISO 160, 1/13 sec. f/4. Off camera speedlite bounced off ceiling.
I used the violet wool broach on my wife’s jumper that makes a good colour accent for this portrait. 50mm f/1.8. ISO 100, 1/125 sec. f/11 off camera speedlite, camera hand held. Lightroom used to adjust, levels, clarity, colour, contrast and sharpness.