This is my first image post for assignment 3 – ‘colour’ and comes from my session shooting at Manchester’s Chinese New Year celebrations.  This image is for ‘colour contrast’.

T’ai Chi

ISO 400, f/5, 1/250s

This was shot on manual and set to get the most out of the available light while simultaneously ‘freezing’ the action.  I’ve then post-processed the original RAW file in Lightroom, cropping the image, sharpening and adjusting the yellow’s hue, saturation (increased) and luminance (decreased) to make the yellow more prominent than it appeared naturally.  I selected this image out of the sequence I took as I felt it invoked a sense of separation from reality.  The eyes are looking outside the frame of the image and, in my mind, almost out of consciousness past and between her hands as she absorbs herself in her T’ai Chi moves. I think my crop has helped enhanced this sense by ensuring the eyes and hands are prominent in the frame (original image at the bottom of this post, for comparison).

In terms of the colour contrast – here it is between the blue of the clothes and the yellow light on her skin as well as the yellow on her clothes.  While blue and yellow may contrast more sharply in their pure forms, I find they work well together here.  It’s a very cool image in appearance (which the white background reinforces) and the light and vibrant shade of blue seems fairly balanced with the pale yellow – so neither battles the other for attention in the image.  They are roughly in equal proportions too, which helps ensure neither dominates.

Balance and Movement

Balance and Movement

I need to get some software to do a proper sketch to help illustrate the balance/proportions of colour here, but for now I think the above shows how the movement works in this image.  There is the implied line out of the image from her eyes, while the outstretched thumb on her right-hand and outstretched finger on her left define the movement of her hands.

Original Shot

T'ai Chi - Unadjusted

This is the original shot, with no adjustments.  As you can see, I cropped and straightened a lot.  Moving around to get shots, with people around you, doesn’t make it all that easy to make sure the camera is held straight!