Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge #18 Contrasting Colours

Composing Myself With Contrasting Colours

In my home decor I tend to prefer harmonious colours which are more relaxing to look at on a daily basis but I do love colour and when I am scrapbooking will sometimes create a page with bright contrasting colours. I certainly like them in my photographs.
Remember that red and green shop front that had me puzzled in “Warm and Cool Colours”?

Here it is again. Contrasting colours.

Maker's on Church St, Geeveston
Maker’s on Church St, Geeveston
Red Geraniums and mixed flower border, Napier, NZ
Red Geraniums and mixed flower border, Napier, NZ

The red geraniums and light and dark pinks contrasted so well with the green foliage that I stood out in the rain to capture them.

The famouse face of Old King Cole, Luna Park, Sydney
The famous face of Old King Cole, Luna Park, Sydney

This is a better picture than I took on my last visit to Sydney. The blue and yellow are a great contrast in this photo.

Tug Rum Melba at Cockatoo Island, Sydney.
Tug Rhumb Melba at Cockatoo Island, Sydney.


Antartic vessels , Princes Wharf Hobart 2007
Antarctic vessels , Princes Wharf Hobart 2007

The orange on both the tug and the Antarctic supply ship contrast strongly with the blue sky and sea which would increase their visibility especially way down near the South Pole where everything is either blue or white. On the other ship the blue and yellow contrast with each other. I have often noticed that public transit systems tend to have a lot of yellow, orange and blue in their stations and trains. I wonder if this is for visibility too or because they are high energy colours that keep people moving along at a brisk pace. Maybe a bit of both.

Public transport, Kings Cross Sydney 2012
Public transport, Kings Cross Sydney 2012

Here is another blue/yellow/orange combination which I photographed mainly because I liked the colour combination. In the following photo, a prop for a parade on board ship,  there are a multitude of colours all contrasting, or clashing if you like with each other. The reds, yellows and oranges of the graphics with the green, blue and mauve of the background. It’s all a bit chaotic.

Tiled Mosaic, Napier.
Royal Palooza decorations, Explorer of the Seas
Royal Palooza decorations, Explorer of the Seas

I had to search for a good purple/yellow combination and found this one of daffodils and tulips although these are more of a pinky purple.

Beautiful tulips
Beautiful tulips


I enjoy these colours together and probably if I were making a scrapbook page one of these bright, contrasting pictures would be the one I would choose to enlarge and feature rather than one that featured colours that were all similar to each other. It’s easy to see why portrait photographers like their subjects to wear clothing that will contrast with the background they will be using , why many sports teams wear brightly coloured uniforms and why clowns wear such garish colours together.  Contrasting colours are shouting “Look at me!”



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. Wonderful examples of contrasting colors! All the colors certainly do pop when paired with colors they contrast with and you found such a great variety of subjects too. I especially love the tulips!


    • Thanks Trisha and sorry not to reply before. I just found half a dozen of your recent comments in my spam file. No idea why that happened. It never has before. Contrasting colours was a lot of fun to do especially with some new pictures to use.


      • I didn’t even notice a delay! I have trouble keeping up with comments, even when they don’t end up in the spam folder. 🙂


      • On the couple of occasions I was able to get an internet connection I did try to read and answer comments using a tablet. I am wondering if I did something that sent them there myself. Oh well I found them anyway.


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