Colour Relations

This exercise helps in understanding and experiencing the effects of the combination of different colours together. According to the brightness of colors, there are specific proportions of the use of colour to make an image look balanced and harmonious. It's an interesting theory and looking for these specific combinations have made me much more aware of how colours relate to each other. I find that in color photography maybe it's not harmony that is most striking, but more so if the proportions are unbalanced, with one striking colour detail. Here are the images with colours in the "right" proportions.

 Yellow : Violet   1:3

Yellow : Violet   1:3

 Red : Green    1:1

Red : Green    1:1

 Orange : Blue    1:3

Orange : Blue    1:3

I can see how the colours seem to balance each other in a way, but I don't find these combinations the most exciting one, maybe especially because of their proportions. It may be harmonious, but the images don't particularly show the quality of the colour itself. An other reason for me finding these photos being a bit boring might be because I was really looking for the specific combinations and not so much whether the subject itself is interesting.

Let's continue with a few other combinations:

 Yellow : Pink    1 : 1

Yellow : Pink    1 : 1

I love the colours in this flower, I'm finding it attractive because it shows the shades of the colours going from yellow to purple. Maybe the secret lies in the borders of hues that shed a light on the beauty of the hue.

 Blue, Yellow and Red

Blue, Yellow and Red

This image is a nice combination of the primary colours yellow, red and blue. Blue is the most dominant one, but balances well with the yellow accents from the taxi, the details on the pillars and the sand. The red isn't very dominant, but because it's one of the first colours you see when looking at the scene, it does play a significant role in balancing the colours.

 Pink/Reddish and Blue

Pink/Reddish and Blue

The Pink colour of the wall is the most dominant, determining colour in the image, but the blue of the flag and the letters bring an exciting twist. Proportion wise, this combination should be 3 : 2, but I'd say it's more 4 : 1. Maybe because of the written text and the way the text is divided over the entire image, there is enough balance.

 Different colours in details.

Different colours in details.

In this image the colours are accentuated in the banners, signs and painting in the back. The red in the word 'croyez' is most striking, even though according to the colour theory, the yellow banners should be more obvious. Maybe this is because of the written words and the fact that a brighter red is used.

I have enjoyed doing this exercise and have gotten a lot of nice ideas to use in my Assignment. Thinking about the theory, I can see that the proportional use of colours is of importance, but in general the brightness of the colours and the subject also play a very important role.