TAOP: Assignment 3 – Colour: Colour Harmony – Similar – Three – Lantern in Flight

This is my ninth shot of assignment three – “colour” and the third shot for “colour harmony through similar colours”.

Lantern in Flight

ISO100, f/4, 1/400s. Click to see large on Flickr

Shot on manual with fast exposure to freeze the action.  Adjustments made to saturation of the blue and green, along with sharpness, in Lightroom.

This shot was inspired by the Lantern Festival, which takes place on the last day of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

This shot I feel, at first glance, illustrates the lantern rising in to the sky well, but practical limitations get in the way of it working completely.  These resulted in a lack of flame and a line being visible in the frame.

This was because the flame was impractical to work with – it resulted in the destruction of a practice lantern (thankfully safely, as I prepared a bucket of water) so I had to opt for using the lantern like a kite.  This meant switching to a shoe lace (the only thing which would do the job I had to hand) from the thin thread I had used with a lit lantern.  The reason it was tethered at all originally was that I’m not a fan of letting these things loose – as they’re not the safest of objects, even if these ones are wire free.  I prefer not to risk something happening if they come down in a farmers field or on something flammable.

Balance and Movement

Balance and Movement

Because the colours are both fairly pale and not pure, neither stands out particularly strongly in this image.  The proportions therefore are less importance.

In terms of movement, I feel there’s a strong sense of the lantern rising and drifting left.  This could have been improved by including more sky above the lantern, and possibly shooting in portrait too – though if I had a wider focal length my assistant flying the lantern-kite would have been visible in the frame:

The Lantern Kite Operator

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