While searching for photos with warm colors and cool colors for Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Color Basics, I discovered that my impression of whether a photo falls into the cool or warm category is sometimes influenced by my memories of taking the photo.
For example: Even with all the cool blue water in the photo above, I feel warmth because I remember the warm breeze at the beach that day.
In the photo below, I remember the stark fluorescent lighting and the cold cement floors of the market and this memory overcomes the warmth of the peach color.
It’s also interesting just how much the quality of light can change where a photo falls on the warm-cool spectrum. The photo below was taken of the Port Townsend waterfront mid-afternoon.
And this next one was taken at sunset.
The changes in color overcome my memories in this case. I feel like I need a jacket when I look at the first photo and the second strikes me as warm, while in reality it was quite the opposite!
Another thing I find interesting is that photos taken on the same day in essentially the same place and same light can end up in very different spots on the warm-cool spectrum.
This photo of Scooby strikes me as cool.
And this photo of a squirrel taken just a few minutes later feels so warm.
Since we have so many gray days here in the Pacific Northwest, a warming filter is a handy thing to have. I took this next photo at Flowing Lake with a warming filter. It warms up a photo that would otherwise be all shades of dull gray.
I took this next photo just a few feet away but facing a different direction and got completely different colors. It’s possible that I took the warming filter off for the second photo or that there was a brief clearing in the clouds above that made the water reflect blue. I don’t remember. Either way, it has a completely different feel.
My take away thought from this challenge is this: Perhaps if I thought more about colors themselves as photo subjects, it would make finding subjects a little easier. There’s no way I would make it through that 120 days of Crayola challenge. I just haven’t taken enough photos of things based on their color and most of my photos are a blend of warm and cool colors.