Re: Re: Lesson 5

Duncan Rawlinson

Hello Amelia.

You’ve followed the instructions of the assignment perfectly. You’ve simplified this photography down into three main hues (orange, blue and green). It’s a dramatic photograph because of the contrasting colors which makes it exciting to look at.

You’ve used, more or less, equal amount of blue and orange in this photograph while the green color is noticeable but definitely not one of your primary colors. The green serves as a “highlight” color. The result of using 50% blue and the 50% orange is a photograph that is neither “warm” nor “cool”. It instead, has a balanced look to it. Which is fine, but sometimes tipping the scale in favour of one tone over the other can lead to some interesting results. What’s interesting is that there are “gradients” in all of the colors you chose in this photograph. The green goes from light to dark as does the blue and the orange. This helps add dimension and shape to your photograph and ensures it doesn’t become “flat” or “boring”.

I hope you have noticed two things by following this exercise. First, the color simplification doesn’t come easy in a world so full of every color imaginable. Finding ways to simplify the photograph from a color standpoint takes a photographers keen and trained eye. Secondly, I hope you are staring to find that “less is more”. While this isn’t always the case, one of the backbones of this course is to teach you how composition is knowing as much what to leave out of the frame as it is knowing what to include within the frame.

Great work Amelia. I look forward to seeing your next assignment.