Saturday, 18 June 2011

Exercise - Primary and Secondary Colours.

Here the object was to look at the colour wheel and try and match the main 6 colours. This was interesting as many of the colours can be seen in a wide range of variants, especially green. I did not want to rely totally on flowers for this exercise, but to look at colours occurring in a variety of natural and man-made objects and scenes. The colour wheel as pictured in the manual gave a range of very intense and fairly dark colours, especially the blue and violet.

Colours have all sorts of associations in the mind, some logical, some less so.

Red, the colour of blood, well not really as blood is usually a more maroon colour, unless from a direct finger prick. It also dries brown.
Apples - often in reality green or pink.
Hearts and love.
Roses - come in a wide range of colours and certainly include reds.
Red is for danger, stop signs, alarms. 
Red is for fire and warmth.

Strawberries. ISO400, f/6.3, 90mm efl, 1/60 sec

Postbox. ISO100, f/5.6, 90mm efl, 1/125 sec.
Red catches ones eye and stands out, the strawberries look luscious, the postbox is easily seen and memorable.

Blue sea and sky.
Violets are blue! according to song, and they are certainly often a very intense colour that verges on dark blue.
Blue is for sadness, sorrow and depression.
Blue is ice and cold.
Blue jeans (and country music).
Scottish Seas, ISO100, f/5, 90mm efl, 1/500 sec.

Glass Elephant. ISO100, f/5.6, 90mm efl, 1/30 sec.

Blues seas in Scotland are a rare occurance, and actually are rather more greenish most of the time. It was a beautiful day, but the wind was howling and seriously cold even in June.

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