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4/26/13

focus on life series - week 17: colour or color

Sally says:

Whether photographing a full shot of amazing colors or small pops of color against a muted background, this week break out your camera and capture some color. Think about how the colors of the shot effect your mood, feelings, perception of your surroundings! Focus on how the colors impact your decision to take a particular shot. 

I'm not sure how much color makes a difference in where I aim the camera, but I suspect more than I realize. I do know my mood is greatly affected by light vs dark. I appreciate subtle color tones as much as vivid shades. Black and white vs a rainbow of color. I'm equally attracted to soft romantic hues (peaceful and calm) as I am to a medley of bright bolds (cheerful and upbeat). 


I love the contrast of the mono-toned city, at a lower elevation and further away, with the hot pink flowers. See the bit of orange blossom? This shot feels romantic and dreamy! How does it feel to you?

 A peaceful haven in shades of white... can you spot just the littlest bits of purple peeking through? This shot feels calm and restful. If the blossoms were rainbow shades instead, I think it would feel gay and lively.


 By chance I found an interesting page that compares our eyesight to that of a camera. 

 Visit color through the camera lens at The Studio Sublime

You may notice I'm posting larger photos this week. I'm trying it on for size, but haven't decided which format I like best. Big or small...?



48 comments:

  1. Beautiful colors, and I like the larger format!

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    1. Thanks for your input, Beti. I think I like it bigger too. :-)

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  2. Those pink flowers are amazing. They have to be stunning in person.

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    1. They really are, Patty. It's almost unreal to me that they grow like weeds here and the color is so vivid! You wouldn't think we are in the desert!

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  3. Great photos! Color definitely sets the mood. I love the peacefulness of the bench photo.

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    1. Color makes quite a statement for sure! Thanks for coming by, Annette.

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  4. Your picture are full of colour and life - love them all. The garden spot must be amazing to be in, I can feel the calm surrounding it.

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    1. Thanks, Alicia. This bench spot is one of my all-time favorite places to go on the Baha'i terraces.

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  5. Very beautiful view with pink flowers. I like the touch of purple too and the bigger pictures are better. I really don't like tiny little pictures.

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    1. Thanks, Katherine! I can look out at the views here all day long, given the chance! I appreciate your opinion about the format size too :-)

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  6. Gorgeous! I dream of one day having an all white garden. I think it would be the backyard and the front would get all the colour - best of both worlds!

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    1. It sounds heavenly. I wonder though, after visiting Patty's post this week, would that be similar to white walls for some people?

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    2. My "grin" was supposed to show up at the end of my comment. haha

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  7. gorgeous photos and they evoke such a contrast of feeling and mood... and thanks for the link :)
    happy saturday and have a wonderful week!
    no. 14

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Claire. I'm glad you saw the same thing! :-)

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  8. Is that bouganivillea? Wish we could grow that here...It's just lovely! would love to be sitting on that bench in the shade one a 28 C day!

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    1. It is bougainvillea. I have spotted several shades just on my street. It seems to grow practically wild here. I was on a bus today and noticed some growing in the countryside.

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  9. Ohhh, I love them both, they both feel romantic to me!

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    1. Thanks Adrienne. I did think that too...!

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  10. you live in such a beautiful place! I love seeing your pictures each week! what a gorgeous shot of the city in the background! and that peaceful bench, what a wonderful place to sit and think

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Cynthia! I may not have some of things around me that I'm used to at home, but the gardens and the spectacular views do make up for a lot. :-)

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  11. These shots worked out so well. As I scrolled down from your first picture I was suddenly just STRUCK with the bright color of the flowering bushes with the more neutral hues of the buildings. The second photo is just romantic and lovely. Well done!!

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    1. Thank you Hope. I'm so glad you enjoyed them.

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  12. The white one is so pretty and soft. I always think of a moonlit garden when I see one like that. Beautiful photos.

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    1. That's a nice comparison. I was thinking how "wedding-like" it looks. Who says mono-tones are boring?!!

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  13. Great photos - one with gorgeous contrast, and one more monochromatic. Love them both.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Maplegirl! I could decide which one and realized they represented both for me - Bright and soft.

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  14. Both of your pictures are great. Really like the contrast in the first one.

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  15. Wow beautiful colors and settings.
    Therese

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    1. Glad you stopped by, Therese. Thank you!

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  16. The hot pinks are wonderful. And I love your composition with the city subdued in the background.

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  17. Wow, what gorgeous photos! I love the contrast between red and white in that first photo--just stunning!! And I would love to sit and rest on that lovely bench. It looks so relaxing.

    Thank you for sharing!

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  18. What great photos! Love the color contrasts and subtle hues.

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  19. The bench looks like a restful place and I love the bright red in the foreground of the first photo.

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  20. What gorgeous photos. I love the first one with the gorgeous pink color against the white skyline.

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    1. Thanks, Ladies! I am enjoying the city skyline against the flowers as well. Thank you for feeling the same! I did very little editing. It does serve as a reminder to me that there is beauty even in the city. :-)

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  21. WOW Debi awesome pics. The bench sure looks inviting.

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    1. Thanks, Becky! The real truth is the bench would be a tad more comfy with a pillow :-) But, hey, it's so pretty I won't make a fuss!

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  22. How beautiful. I love the mass of red against the horizon, and the framing and angle.

    We have weekly linky party at:

    http://www.pret-a-vivre.com/2013/04/ready-to-waltz-its-party-time_2948.html

    Please do come and join us if you have time.
    Best,
    BiTi

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  23. Very pretty photos. I'm glad you found a little piece of your old home on my blog - that's quite a change compared to where you live now!

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    1. Oh yes it sure is different! Seeing your Colorado Rocky Mountain photos is like a sight for sore eyes. And here I am surrounded by beauty. But there's nothing like home and I do look forward to returning next year. Well, except for the winters!

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  24. Both are really beautiful, serene shots. Thank you.

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  25. Thank you for coming to our party Debi, you made our weekend :)

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  26. I love the horizontal nature of both photos. Such a contrast in colors in the first and a soothing combination of neutrals in the second.

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    1. Hi Ruth! You are right about both photos. Thank you for your thoughts and your visit!

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  27. gorgeous vivid color!

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  28. Oh my Debi, those are amazingly gorgeous photos! Is the second picture from your serenity garden? Beautiful...such a feeling of peace.
    And I LOVE the larger photos, by the way. :-)

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