Red

I think the rarest color that I have in my photographs, is red. I am probably consciously avoiding this color, as it is very striking and at times, too distracting from the main subject of the photograph. I have been trying my best to exclude red objects or backgrounds in my photographs but I am starting to think that might not be a good idea after all. I have met many new photographer friends who opened up my mind to possibilities of finding beauty in the world of bolder, and brighter colors. 

I looked through my own collection of photographs and found not many with dominant red color. However, here is the thing: the few that I have found throughout a year or two of my own archives, I actually do like these strong, red images very, very much. 

The interesting fact: the photos in this blog were taken with Olympus XZ-2, E-P1, E-M5, E-M1, E-M5, E-M5 Mark II, E-M10, E-M10 Mark II, Panasonic GM1 and Fujifilm X100.


















I really should train my eyes to appreciate the beauty of color more, and pay more attention to the play of matching and opposing colors in my composition, especially when I am shooting on the street. Careful and smart play of color can always bring out interesting images, and honestly, I have not paid much attention to this. 

28 comments:

  1. Wholeheartedly agree, Robin!
    Red is the strongest colour and sometimes I can't handle it even though it occupies just a small portion of the photo.

    I do, however, have a photo dominated with colour red: a bus with bright red paint job and a girl passing by, donned a red dress with a slight hint of blue ribbon.
    It's on the queue for my daily upload and hopefully won't distract my gallery too much.

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    1. No worries, I am sure that girl and bus photo is a great one. Keep an eye out for bold colors!

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  2. I love red--my car is red--by it's difficult to get it right.

    This time of year, with CNY, there is more red than normal.

    Love that Volvo and the coils of incense!

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    1. I know right, it is difficult to get it right! Yes, Red is auspicious for CNY!

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  3. What did you mean by the interesting fact?
    Of course as a food photographer red is often included but when doing the quarterly meditation brochure other than fall colors I also seem to have avoided red for the most part.

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    1. Interesting fact: photos were taken with a plethora of different cameras. Almost every single camera that I have used for the past few years. This was not intentionally arranged.

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  4. Robin, I do not think you are alone with keeping certain colours from your images.
    Red is either stunning or very distracting to my eye and I have a similar aversion to including it.
    Oddly I love Orange and try and use that when I can. Explain that one!

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  5. I'll just point out that by putting a whole bunch of red in one post, the viewer's eyes are already numbed to it after a few shots!
    It's like a meal where every single dish is sweet.
    Better to have it jump out and grab you in the occasional shot.

    The other thing that rests the eye is to have a mixture of hues, saturations, and brightness that dance all around that side of the color wheel. It comes in many intensities, not just primary Ferrari/candy-apple/fire-engine.
    Cheers, and keep it comin'!

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  6. You'd never know you don't just drink RED. Amazing shots. Tip of the hat, you make your camera sing.

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  7. Your workers themed pics are always astounding.

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  8. It sounds like you've been reading your Gordon Lewis book, Robin. I think the two of you are the best street photographers in current times. I enjoy your blog, as I enjoyed his, Shutterfinger.

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