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Photography 101–A POP of Color

Photography 101 shares:

“The colors in our photographs are evocative and rouse emotions within us. Color can elevate a mundane image into something intriguing and meaningful, and can tell a particular story within the frame.  Today, pay attention to how color affects your images. Experiment with one color, and think about how to feature it prominently.”

 

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The photo above was taken in Montana and is breathtaking with the blue sky reflected in the water, serving as the pop of color against the green of the trees in the background.  The blue of the sky tells the story in the beauty of the day.

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The color of the blue sky in this photo changes the mood instantly signifying that it is a beautiful day at the beach.  Think about if the sky was dark and threatening how that would change the mood of the image.

The significance of the color blue according to Color-wheel.com is as follows (quoted):

“Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.

Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness. In heraldry, blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity.

You can use blue to promote products and services related to cleanliness (water purification filters, cleaning liquids, vodka), air and sky (airlines, airports, air conditioners), water and sea (sea voyages, mineral water). As opposed to emotionally warm colors like red, orange, and yellow; blue is linked to consciousness and intellect. Use blue to suggest precision when promoting high-tech products.

Blue is a masculine color; according to studies, it is highly accepted among males. Dark blue is associated with depth, expertise, and stability; it is a preferred color for corporate America.

Avoid using blue when promoting food and cooking, because blue suppresses appetite. When used together with warm colors like yellow or red, blue can create high-impact, vibrant designs; for example, blue-yellow-red is a perfect color scheme for a superhero.

Light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness.
Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.”

Clearly, deciding what color to feature in a photo changes the mood or meaning of what you are trying to convey.  I will continue to experiment with color to see what stories are hiding in the depths of my photos.

Thanks for checking in with me today.  I always enjoy seeing you when you visit!

Silver Threading

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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10 Comments

  1. Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing color wheel.com. I will explore — it’s new info and I want to know more. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I love the pictures. The information about the colours is very interesting too…I’ll have to think about the blue thing (Of course there isn’t a lot of blue food around…I could only think of blueberries and related items…)

  3. The top shot pops more for me, Colleen. The dune seems more subdued. Maybe it’s just the perspective.

  4. I love the pictures. Most of all the second one. Thanks for these explanation. Now I have another explanation why sitting at the ocean calms me down, fills me with energy and has a special inspirational effect on me.

  5. These are both stunning photos Colleen. I really love the beach scene. Is it true that blue suppresses appetite? hmmm could be my new diet plan. 😀 <3

    • I had to laugh at that also. I used to own some lovely Asia inspired blue dishes and they did nothing to suppress my appetitie! LOL! Although I do love the idea behind color in your photos 😀

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