Friday, November 21, 2014

Colorful world in photography: Orange.

With all respect to the classical b/w photography we live in the colorful world and many of us prefer color photography.
We’ll try to understand the color theory beginning with practice observations.

 I want to begin with orange color because I agree with Frank Sinatra’s words: “Orange is the happiest color.”

Orange is a vibrant color, it's a combination of hot, passionate red and sunshine, playful yellow.  As Wassily Kandinsky wrote: “Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow.”

The following words are synonymous with or represent various shades of the color orange: carrot, pumpkin, peach, apricot, copper, citrus, tangerine… If it’s not so easy to remember all the shades of orange we can easily say a dark orange (instead of terracotta), a pure orange (instead of pumpkin), a red-orange (instead of persimmon), a light orange (instead of melon), a yellow orange (instead of mango), a pink orange (instead of salmon).

Orange brings up images of fall season with autumn leaves, of sunset and sunrise, of fruits such as oranges, tangerines, mangoes, peaches, apricots, of vegetables such as orange peppers, carrots, pumpkins (and Halloween as well), of heat-flame-fire.

Thinking about all these things can inspire you to create your own images in photography.
With that in mind you can add orange color in your life and your photography when you want:  to increase your creativity, to feel more joy, to lighten up the mood. But you need to remember that the orange color stimulates appetite and is the worst color to have in the kitchen if you are trying to lose weight.

So if one day you find yourself being depressed include orange in your photography (and your life – in many cases it’s just the same).

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