Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge – #16 -Colour Basics


Colour Basics is the subject of Cee’s  Compose Yourself Challenge this fortnight. Like most of us I’m familiar with the colour wheel. I am sure anyone who has ever painted their house or read articles about decorating has come across it. Decorating magazines talk a lot about warm and cool colours and using complementary or contrasting colours. I do a bit of scrapbooking (got to do something with all those photographs) and the principles are the same.

I don’t consciously think about that when I am taking photos very much but because I love colour I do tend to think about whether the colours in some photos are appropriate to the mood I’m trying to create in the picture. Here are some photos with cool colours.  There are a lot of blues and greys and a little green in them but no reds or yellows.  As I have not had the opportunity to go out and take any new pictures lately I used pictures I have used in previous posts for this challenge.

I think the cool coloured photos can often look dramatic but I enjoy using bright, warm colours and you will find a splash of red in many of my pictures. Here are some warm coloured photos. Most of these have a little green or blue in them but it doesn’t predominate.

I had not given a lot of thought to where brown fitted in. I know that brown is a warm colour but it was only when I put my cool colour gallery together that I really understood. I had included a picture of an old stone building with a green door. Next to the other cool colour photos it looked warm because the predominant colour was the sandstone blocks the walls were made of not the green door.

High Street, Oatlands, Tasmania

High Street, Oatlands, Tasmania

I went through my warm colour photos and a couple of them did not have the same warm tones as the others because there was an equal amount of green, blue and white in them as well as red. I’m not sure where I stand on these. The photo of  “Makers on Church Street” I had thought of as warm because the first thing I notice is always the red, it is my favourite colour remember. However, really there is probably more green in the picture and that does really stand out. As for the one of Luna Park in Sydney despite the bright reds and yellows it is largely a blue toned picture so perhaps more cool than warm. What do you think?

14 thoughts on “Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge – #16 -Colour Basics

  1. I understand your thoughts about pictures with mixed warm and cool colours. I found myself cropping out some of the details to try to pare down the colours. It’s quite possible for a red to be on the cool side or the warm side depending on the exact shade and I’ve read that even surrounding colours can alter our impression of a picture (i.e. a black frame or background will create a different effect than a yellow or a grey). It’s been an interesting exercise.

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  2. I agree, the last one does strike me as a cool toned picture, even with all the red and yellow in it. The makers on church street one has me baffled! It does have warm colors but…I don’t know. The gray sky and road add a coolness to it.

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