For this course the primary colours are the three used in art, Red, Yellow and Blue – reflected colours, such as paint. The secondary colours to these primary’s are Green, orange and violet, and are created by mixing two of the primary colours together.
This colour wheel shows the primary colours with the secondary colours between, which can be made by a mix of the primary colours. For example red and yellow mixed will create orange. The wheel also shows the complementary opposite colours across the wheel, as they are completely opposite, with no element of the opposite colour in it. The wheel also has the warm colours (Red, orange and yellow) on one side, and the cooler colours (Violet, blue and green) on the other.
For this exercise I needed to find six scenes dominated by one of the six colours above – not an easy task when you can’t go anywhere due to the snow, other than the woods round the corner. Combine that with the fact that it’s January, there’s no flora and fauna around, and all the snow just seems to turn the world black and white, so I really had to think quite hard! It mentions in the exercise briefing that you need to make sure you don’t just end up shooting painted doors, as there’s no real challenge to that, as you are pretty much just photographing a paint manufacturer’s catalogue!
With each of the images I needed to bracket the exposure, and then pick the exposure which was the closest match to the colour in the wheel, so off I trotted to the woods – well, not so much trotted as waded through the snow – and although I thought I was going to struggle, I’m quite pleased with some of the examples I came up with, and 4 out of the 6 images were taken in the woods, I only had to resort to 2 still life images, taken when I got home from my walk.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with this exercise, and with my use of colour. I enjoyed the challenge of trying to find colours in less obvious places, and it shows that with a bit of looking it’s possible to find colour anywhere, even in a monochrome snowy landscape!