Weekly challenge 3/23 - 3/29 In Living Color

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  1. SquarePeg

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    For this week's challenge, let's concentrate on color. Look for or create color harmonies for your photos. If you can, please add some comments on the colors and what attracted you to take or create the shot. Please post new photos only. Get out there and shoot!

    Some links that might be helpful:

    Basic Color Theory

    https://petapixel.com/2017/01/27/comprehensive-color-theory-guide-photographers/

    The Ultimate Guide for Color Theory for Photography: Photo Editing and Shooting Tips

    For the color adventurers (realists need not click here):
    https://petapixel.com/2018/06/09/creative-applications-of-color-theory-in-landscape-photography/


     
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    Ok, three different natural color themes in three different posts. This one is blue:

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    This one is green:

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    This one is magenta (thank you nature and happy spring in the northern hemisphere):

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    The greens & yellows combine well enough with the greys & silvers but the woman in pink makes this shot for me:

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    Sharon, thank you for the links about color theory. Very interesting information.
     
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    Reading the linked info and watching a video at one of the links Sharon provided, I chose a greenish yellow to be the base colour of the image to be edited for the challenge. I used Lightroom's Hue sliders to shift greens toward yellow, oranges away from yellow, and reds leftward. I couldn't tell toward what or away from what red was being shifted by the colours on the slider but it made the brown bushes in the image move toward purple. Purple would be one of the complementary colours to my base. Blue is also complementary. Both are on the opposite side of the color wheel from my base colour.

    In Photoshop I generally do most of my editing in the LAB color space, using curves of the A and B channels to create more colour separation and contrast. I also used the B channel to create masks so that I could selectively boost yellow and then blue for greater contrast.

    All this created a more homogenous colour scheme than that with which I generally work. I'm not sure that the image I chose for the challenge is the best example but since there was a predominant base colour as taught in the video by Dave Morrow, I went with this one. I think the attempt at creating colour harmony allowed me to accentuate hues in a way that helps the eye move through frame more easily, without distractions from hues that aren't related.

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    bridge at the Japanese garden


    Here is a screenshot of the Kuler extension I used to see what it'd show for complementary colours. My old Ps CS4 uses the Kuler extension. More modern versions have Adobe Color Themes.

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    Here is the relatively unedited image. Sliders were used to bring the histogram to the right so the darks weren't blocked but no colour editing had been done. You'll see I also edited out some distracting branches in the final version.

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    Fred, had you edited this to get that reduced colour palette?
     
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    John, here is a thumbnail of the original shot still in the phone:

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    As you can see it came out with a heavy green cast. Using the standard software on my computer, I corrected the WB and then adjusted the lighting and reduced the saturation slightly. I also ran it through the auto curves button. I liked what I had at this point so didn't use the individual colour adjustment sliders. To my eye, the result has a sort of cheap grocery-store film look - perhaps Agfa Vista or something of that ilk.
     
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    A part of the dishes from last night, the "cold" colors of the aluminum go harmoniously with the "warm" colors of the soup cups and (brown) meat plate in the background. The aluminum bowl and soup cups were crooked and I left it that way, because it fits perfectly into the total composition. The lighting is a small halogen spot in the ceiling and some diffuse daylight from my right, the mix of day/artificial light makes the atmosphere in this image. The reflections in the bowl come from plates, glasses etc., indeed, the rest of our dished to wash.
    Fuji XE1 + 18-55mm - ISO 800 - handheld
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    Nice work!
     
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    gk, your limited colour palette is superb, especially since the two main colours are from opposite warmth sides of the colour wheel.
     

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