Assignment three – final submission


Having read about interference colours; “a special assembly of colours existing through a naturally occurring phenomenon” I wanted to include this image. Taken on a sunny day following a heavy rain shower, this “rainbow” appeared in a cloud. Pearlescent, pastel and pretty – one of nature’s finer moments captured on camera!

Colour harmony through complimentary colours

Red: Green (1:1)


The Pohutakawa tree in blossom was taken in New Zealand. It shows red and green in perfect harmony. I have discovered how hard it is to find pure colours (especially green), but I think the light enhances the green in this image to give the colours equal luminosity. The hues are soft so I do not see “vibration” between the colours. The flower with it’s tiny fibre optic “feelers” appear to light up the red.

Orange: Blue (1:2)


The dish provides a deep yet bright blue and the orange slices compliment the brilliance by offering a warm glow. The black background sets a sharp contrast. My tutor feedback suggested I shot the image with a white background, I also tried orange (see learning log), but I still think this is the stronger image. I set it in a square format to emphasise the geometry – a round within a square.

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This photo supplies a more cooling effect.  Here the orange is a lighter hue making it more natural. The cool blue of the lake tones well with the orange to present two flat, subtle colours. The perched cormorant removes the flatness and adds interest and humour. The shadow of the land bathes in the water around the bird drawing attention to him (or her). In terms of design the bird compliments the areas of land jutting out into the lake – all face outwards drawing the eye to the right of the frame.



The violet sheer fabric is set on a diagonal as is the yellow subject beneath . Although the violet is a strong hue and takes up three parts of the frame, the yellow manages to draw the eye instantly.

Colour harmony through similar colours


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Above: The vivid orange brings warmth. The shape and spiky appearance is one of flames bringing intensity and energy to the image. As green is the most visible colour to the human eye this cannot be overlooked and diffuses the “fire” somewhat.

Below: Yellow and green are generally classed as cool colours as conveyed in this shot. The shapes and colours are less intense too. The green however still catches the eye.




A close up shot of this flower offers two quite different hues. The main one (the outer petals) are typical of the violet we see in the colour circle. The inner part of the flower has a deep unsaturated red bordering on a brown-purple.

Neutral harmonious colours

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This photo was taken intuitively rather than composed. All the colours are unsaturated and/or natural. I love the harmony of the neutral earthiness. The hues are muted and soft and yet for me they have a satisfying richness.The eye is instantly drawn to the hat then on to the rest of the figure. We see him studying the fossil, then we look with interest at the rest of the scene.


Colour Contrast – through Contrasting Colours

Red and blue


The contrast between these two colours makes for a dramatic and eye-catching image. Instinctively weighing up the balance, I gave more space to the blue – red having more light value. The red is close to pure (but too shiny), while the blue is brighter, therefore more brilliant a hue than a pure blue.


Bright green and deep lavender in stark contrast. The spokes bring some dynamic to what would otherwise be a rather flat image.


Ice cream colours blend together well and yet offset each other in this contrasting row of cottages.

Leeds canal blue yellow

The street lights create a “pattern” of yellow on the water. This is actually a canal, but the lighting from various buildings gives the murky water a deep inky-blue colour.


Colour Accent

Johannes Itten  implied that “You can make colour the reason for and the subject of a picture”.

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Red is powerful and immediately attracts attention. Even more so in this shot as the subject is set in grey neutral surroundings. Movement is portrayed by the child’s stance and the jets of water.


The translucency of this jelly fish shows us a contrasting pink/lilac against the turquoise blue of the water. The photo is visually interesting as the colours are a mix of complimentary and contrasting. The eye immediately hones in to the bright pink/lilac then drifts along with the jelly fish through the cool water. There is some conflict here as the blue is still and the vibrant pink is active.


In this shot the strawberry is mostly in shadow but has sunlight lifting the right side enticing us with it’s warm juicy sweetness. The flash of red colour evokes danger as the strawberry hangs from the top of the frame and could drop any moment now…. powerful red becomes vulnerable. The contrasting colour is unusual and gives off a seaside coolness with it’s hue of aqua blue/green on the painted wood of the beach hut.