Case Study - Color
on the island of Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. There's a forest, nothing particularly unusual about that. But this is an oddly curious forest because it's formed of what can only be described as painted eucalyptus trees. And this unusual effect occurs when the outer bark peels away, revealing a vibrant green layer underneath. Then, over time, the green fades to blue, purple, pink, orange, red and maroon on because different layers peel at different times, each tree reveals a rainbow like palette of colors, quite literally. Looks like money visited, went riot with paintbrush. Now being a big fan of Monet, that became my story. I wasn't there to photograph trees. I was there to photograph color. Now, as you can see from the picture, the vivid description doesn't completely play out for riel. Most of the time, the colors are quite muted. So to get the image I envisioned, I use my knowledge of color to seek out an individual tree where red and green were predominant, red and green, a compl...
ementary colors sitting opposite each other on the color wheel. When position together, one enhances the vibrancy of the other, or, in other words, they complement each other. Furthermore, because red has a longer wavelength and green, which means our eyes see red fractionally before they see green together, they form visual depth. Now, to add to my story of Monet, I wanted to create an effective impressionistic brush strokes. So to achieve this, I decided to add movement, setting a slow shutter speed of a second and holding the camera vertically. I pan from top to bottom. The technique caused the strips of color to merge and grow. Giving me the effect I planned on artwork that looks more like an impression is painting than a photograph, No.