This year I’ve been on a quest to explore colour again, after nearly two years of shooting b/w almost exclusively.
The last two Colour Quest posts have been about how I’ve rediscovered the delights of a CCD sensor, in this instance in two positively antique, in digital terms, Pentax DSLRs.
The K100D with its 6MP sensor and the K-m with 10MP have both been delivering colour pictures I love straight out of camera.
Which has made me very happy indeed.
In between this I was reviewing some old film photographs where the main subject was red.
Something I’ve struggled with when shooting colour with digital cameras is how to incorporate colour within the overall composition.
Because I was finding the extra element of colour too distracting, and another layer of decisions to make, I’d retreated to b/w photography, which I find far easier.
The problem with colour, as I saw it, was that too often I was shooting something simply because I liked the colour of it, rather than the overall composition or scene appealing to me.
Then it occurred to me that perhaps this isn’t a problem at all.
Perhaps sometimes it’s perfectly valid with colour photography for the dominant colour to be the composition.
So after some further delving into my archives, here are a few shots where colour was the composition, that wouldn’t have worked for me if the colours present weren’t so vibrant and memorable.
How about you? Do you sometimes make a photograph based purely on the appeal of the colour of the subject?
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