Tuesday, 20 September 2011


I'm linking in with Kat Sloma's Exploring with a Camera.  This month her theme is colour and you can find her explanation here.

I love colour - often I pick up the camera because something colourful has caught my eye - but I've never really given that much thought to colours and how they work together.   It took me a long time to get my head round each theme and choose an example!  I'm so glad I spent the time doing it, though, it has really helped me think about what works and why.

Monochromatic - Kat describes it as having one dominant colour from the colour wheel. 

Last time I posted this, someone commented that it looked almost black and white.  When I read this, I saw exactly what they meant but it really hadn't occurred to me before.  Looking at it now, I love the cool tones of it but if I'd been asked to go out and shoot something monochromatic I would have been much more literal and I would have shot the image in black and white.

Analogous - blue and green stand next to each other on the colour wheel

Easy on the eye, yet an unexpected contrast for two colours next to each other on the colour wheel.  The image below, however, is also analgous covering the yellows and oranges.   Instead of the contrast of the image above, the colour is much more unified.

Chromatic graduation - expands to several different colours next to each other on the colour wheel.  In this case reds, purples, blues through to the greens.  I had to look really hard to find an example of this, yet I love the overall effect

Thank you Kat for a thought provoking post which really made me think about colour (and I really hope I got them all right, it was a real brain teaser for me!)


  1. Becs,
    Beautiful color scheme examples! It's fun to go through our images looking specifically for colors and how they interact.

  2. Lovely and the colours are beautiful, interesting how they work together - really like the first photo too!

  3. Thank you both for your comments.
    @ Brenda, this is the first time I've gone through my photots and thought about colour - I really learnt a lot from it.
    @MarieHarmony this is the first time I've thought about how colours work together - it really is fascinating and makes me want to go out and experiment!

  4. Isn't there just so much to learn about color? I definitely need to spend some more time thinking about this and looking at pictures for it to all sink in. These seem like great examples and lovely pictures.

  5. Becs, you found wonderful examples for this post on color!
    I love the blue, green example. This exercise helped me think about color in new ways too.

  6. Love all your flower shots. Beautiful colours in nature.

  7. Lovely Becs! Happy pictures beautiful colors!

  8. These pictures are absolutely incredible! xx

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  10. Great job Becs! It looks like you "got it" with these examples. Thank you for sharing with the rest of the group! Lovely images. It's amazing how many color schemes you can find with flowers, isn't it? So glad you linked these in to Exploring with a Camera!

  11. Thank you all for your comments, so pleased I got it right (it took a while!).
    @Rhi, I WON SOMETHING???!! Wow, that NEVER happens, I'm thrilled. Yay! Email coming your way, thank you.:)

  12. What beautiful color combinations you found!! I really love the last one with the garden bench in the background! Oh, how peaceful that looks!! Thanks for your kind commment on my blog!

  13. Hi Becs, beautiful photos and great examples of color schemes! I want to have a cup of tea now...so pretty and inviting.


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