Primary and secondary colours

I made up my mind at the start of this section to try to confine my photographs to natural colours rather than man-made.  As the text in the exercise put it, I wanted to avoid photographing a paint manufacturer’s catalogue.    It might have been easier to find closer matches to the colours in the colour wheel had I stuck to artificial colours though as I found that there are so many different hues in the natural world.  The photographs I took were all of flowers, fruit and vegetables and this is my version of the colour wheel.  I think the greens were most difficult as I found so many variations of this colour just in my own garden.  I also had several attempts at red, first with some fuchsia flowers but they had a purple tinge so finally settled for a red pepper.

My colour wheel

Using the camera’s exposure bracketing facility I took 3 shots of each colour 0.7 of a stop apart so that one shot was 0.7 over exposed, one correct and one under exposed.  I expected to get similar results as for exercise 1 but in fact found that it varied from colour to colour.  Whilst the truer colours for blue, purple, green and red came out as the normally exposed shots (although maybe the blue needed to be darker) the best colours for yellow and orange turned out to be those that were under-exposed.  Could this be because the camera’s metering system was already compensating for the brighter colours and under exposing them or was it to do with the subjects I chose to photograph, for example was the yellow flower and apricots too pale in the first place?  Not sure, maybe I’ll have another go at this with different subjects.

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About Anne Bryson

I live in Gloucestershire with my husband Iain and West Highland Terrier, Isla. I enjoy golf, photography and my grandchildren, not necessarily in that order! Having completed a 10 week digital photography course with the Open University in 2010, I decided I wanted to take my photography further and enrolled for the Open College of the Arts BA (Hons) starting with 'The Art of Photography' which I enjoyed so much that I went gone on to do Digital Photographic Practice and People and Place. In April 2016 I enrolled on my fourth OCA photography course, Documentary. This blog is my Learning Log for this course.
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