Photograph © by Eric Forey
ASSIGNMENT #53 + INSPIRATION
It is almost impossible not to get inspired to photograph during the Autumn season. The richness of colours and textures can result in remarkable images and there are several approaches to consider, from macro photography to portraiture.
Colours affect us in many ways, both emotionally and physically. A colour wheel, based on red, yellow and blue, is traditional in the field of art. Sir Isaac Newton developed the first circular diagram of colours in 1666. Since then, scientists and artists have studied and designed numerous variations of this concept.
Combinations of colours can also create style and appeal. Warm colours (red, yellow, oranges and brown tones) are predominant during Autumn and can spark a variety of emotions ranging from comfort and warmth to hostility and anger.
When similar colours (that are close to each other on the colour wheel) are captured together, they have a soothing effect. On the other hand, to get a dramatic, eye catching effect, combine colours that are opposite to each other on the colour wheel, for example, the orange leaves with the blue sky.
Early morning and late afternoon light will emphasise the warm tones as well as providing the right angle and direction to reveal texture. Get close to subjects with a macro lens and explore the details of leaves, rust, tree barks, fungi, etc…