” For this exercise you are going to find scenes or parts of scenes that are each dominated by a single one of the primary and secondary colours. To produce images that match the six colours closely. With each colour that you find vary the exposure slightly. To do this make on exposure as the meter reader indicates a second exposure half stop brighter and the other half stop darker. As already discovered this will change the appearance of the colours. one of the three will closely match the colours in the colour wheel and for this exercise select which is the closest match.
The colour wheel
( Image taken from OCA work folder page 110)
From reading the brief that was given on this exercise I knew that I wanted to find colours that were found naturally and not man made.
Red is the colour of blood, strawberries and rubies. Next to orange at the end of the visible spectrum of light, red is commonly associated with danger, sacrifice, passion, fire, beauty, blood, anger, national socialism and communism and in China and many other cultures, with happiness. (from Wikipedia) Also described by Johannes Itten as being able to express all intermediate degrees between the infernal and the sublime. ( Johannes Itten, The elements of colour page 90.)
Taken at F/5.6 1/350, ISO 200 at 55 mm – This one was taken at half a stop darker and was the closest match.
On the optical spectrum Blue is located between Violet and Green, Blue is the colour most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, and confidence but can also be associated with sadness the sky and cold weather.
Taken at F/5.6, 1/350, ISO 200 at 55 mm- This one was taken at half stop darker and was the closest match even with being under exposed.
Yellow is the colour of gold,butter or ripe lemons. In the spectrum of visible light, and in the traditional colour wheel used by painters, yellow is located between Green and Orange. Yellow is commonly associated with gold, sunshine, reason, optimism and pleasure, but also with envy, jealousy and betrayal. It plays an important part in Asian culture, particularly in China. ( taken from Wikipedia)
Taken at F/5.6, ISO 250,1/500 at 300 mm – This one was taken at half a stop darker and was the closest match.
Green is the colour of growing grass and leaves, of emeralds, and of jade In the continuum of colours of visible light,it is located between blue and yellow. It is also one of three primary additive colours along with red and blue, which, combined in different combinations on a computer or television display, make all the other colours. Green is the colour most commonly associated with nature, the environmental movement, Ireland and envy. ( Taken from Wikipedia )
Taken at F/5.6, 1/250, ISO 200 at 55 mm – This one was taken at half a stop lighter than and was the closest match.
The colour orange takes its name from the orange fruit. On the spectrum of light and in the traditional colour wheel used by painters, it is located between red and yellow. In Europe and America, orange is commonly associated with amusement, the unconventional, extroverts, fire, activity, danger, taste and aroma, the autumn season, and protestantism. In Asia, it is an important symbolic colour of Buddhism and Hinduism.
Taken at F/5.6, ISO 160, 1/90 at 55 mm – This one was taken half a stop darker and was the closest match.
Violet is a bright bluish purple colour that takes its name from the Violet flower. On the traditional colour wheel used by painters, it is located between blue and red. Violet is at the higher end of the visible spectrum, with a wavelength between approximately 380-450 nanometres. Light with a shorter wavelength than violet but longer than X-rays and gamma rays is called ultraviolet and is not visible to the human eye. (taken from Wikipedia) According to Johannes Itten violet is the hue of piety and when darkened and dulled it becomes of dark superstition. All tints represent the brighter aspects of light whereas shade symbolises the dark a negative tones. (taken from Johannes Itten, The elements of colour page 90)
Taken at F/5.6, ISO 200, 1/30 at 47 mm- This was taken at EV- 0 so was the average metered photo and was the closest match.
At first when I started out on the colour section of TAOP i was looking forward to this section of exercises very much as I do like colour used in photography and thought it would be somewhat easy but oh how I was wrong. This exercise took me a while to gather up photographs as I wanted to keep to natural colours of flowers and shrubs for example but with the seasons in mid transition with the summer ending flowers dying and autumn beginning but trees not quite turning the glorious fiery colours it was quite difficult to find colours I was after. I struggled most with blue as the only natural blue i could find was the sky and did not really want to end up going down the route of photographing the sky but unfortunately this was the road I had to take. Green was also another bugger to capture to try and find just one shade of green as there was such medley of different shades and tones. Overall this exercise has helped me to understand the vast amount of variations that colours come in even in the natural world, along with understand how much lighting plays in how a colour appears to the eye.