Assignment 3: Choices, Choices!

The aim of this assignment is to show understanding of the way colour works in photographs through a range of different photos that show the same colour patterns: Harmony through complementary colours, similar colours, contrasting colours and colour accents.

I have tried to bring a diversity in the type of photographs, to show how colour works in every genre. I have worked on quite a lot on setting up my own scenes in still lives, but I'm just not happy with the results. It's really hard to not get the standard photos of flowers or vegetables. I need to work more on getting my own style in composition before I feel confident to send them in for assignment. Fortunately the world around me has so much colour in very interesting ways that I am more than happy to show these instead. Here's my final batch of photos that I had to choose my final photos from. 

Similar Colours: 

The colours are all similar in the way that they are close to each other on the colour wheel, so not just warm or cool colours. Even though the photo with the tree and flower has warm as well as cool colors, their hues flow into each other. I have really been doubting about which photos to send in, especially the photo with the goat, foot and dustbin. Because the head of the goat isn't visible, it's a bit strange, but maybe that's part of the charm of it and it does keep you thinking. Besides that, I really like the purple accents of the pants and dustbin, so I will send it in. I'll leave the photo of the red and yellow water and the hands and feet with the woodwork out, because I think they are not as striking as the others. Although the red and yellow water is pretty amazing in itself, photo wise the sleeping man and goat are a bit more interesting.

Contrasting Colours: 

To keep the diversity in the photographs I will take out the photo of the boat and the inside of the old railway station, since the photo of the boat looks a bit like the wave, and the main colours of the photo of the railway station are visible in the photo of the grafitti artist photo. The other photo that I have decided against is the one with the builders. I do like the set up, but the faces of the men are not very clear and I do want to keep the still life of the flowers, to keep the diversity of photographs in the complete set.

Complementary Colours

It was pretty hard to find scenes with complementary colours and in my efforts to set up still lives, I tried some with the given combinations. But I'm happy with the final few, I won't send in the photo of the man smoking, because the colour accents are too small to be a convincing complementary colour picture. The other one that I won't send in is the photo of Jesus and the child. I should have used a shallower depth of field because the background is too clear and ugly, and Jesus is not sharp enough. The photo of the men carving wood shows two combinations of complementary colours: red and green and blue and orange, which distort the harmony in some sense, but it also shows how different combinations work together well.

Colour Accents

In this series it's all about the colour accents that truly stand out in the photo. With that in mind I have taken out the photo of the plates of fish, the rose and the boy sleeping on the crate. Again, I do like these photos very much, although the rose photo is a bit boring, but the accents are not as striking as I would like them to be. In the photo of the church interior the red accents are not very big, but they do have the function of leading the viewer through the scene and pointing out the most important aspect of what the church stands for.