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  • Assignment: Clashing Colours

    This weeks assignment is "Clashing Colours". Monochrome shots need not apply (or you will have to be very clever with them )!

    For most of us, colour is an important part of photography. It pays to get a handle on basic colour science, and a good starting point is a colour wheel. If you pick two colours opposite each other they are sometimes described as complementary but clashing might be better description as the results tend to be somewhere between vivid and garish.

    This week, we want you to take a photo where the main colours are from opposite sides of the wheel - red and green, purple and yellow, etc. Whether you work them into harmony or make the most of the contrast, there should be two opposite colours making up most of the scene, eg:

    Red Rhododendron #2

    Contest rules reminder:

    1. The image you submit should be taken between the May 28 (when it was announced) and June 11 (up until one of the moderators closes the the mini-contest).

    2. EXIF data needs to be intact. It helps if you can include the main points (including camera, lens, date taken, ISO, shutter speed and aperture) in the text of your message.

    3. Your post must include "Assignment: Clashing Colours" to show your permission to count it for the contest.

    4. Only one entry per member (if you can't restrain yourself until the end of the first week you can post two or three separate pictures but your entry should be in a separate post and the only marked with the text above).

    For everyone, please do not repeat other people's photos by quoting them until the contest is over. If you want to comment on or discuss an entry you can use a link to it (or just delete the picture from the quoted text).

    Next week's assignment will be "Sharp" (either sharp focus or something about the subject - be creative, as always).


    ps. Colour blind? Some users have mentioned this in the past. Can you distinguish between different sides of the wheel? Show us what clashing colours look like to you, even if most people see them differently or give us a high contrast image. However, do mention what you are doing so we don't disqualify your picture.
    Last edited by wulf; 06-04-2008, 09:50 PM. Reason: Added next assignment
    Wulf Forrester-Barker << Sites: blog / flickr >>
    Gear: Nikon D40, Nikon AFS 18-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6G, Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8, Nikon AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6G, Vivitar 90mm f/2.5 macro, Raynox DCR-250, Lensbaby 2.0k, SB600

  • #2
    Assignment: Clashing Colors


    Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
    Aperture: f/4
    Focal Length: 12.7 mm
    ISO Speed: 80
    Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
    Flash: Flash did not fire

    Aaaaaaahhhhhhh, now I can relax.

    p.s. May I assume the American spelling of colo(u)rs will be acceptable for entry?
    Last edited by dlaf; 06-04-2008, 06:38 PM.
    Canon Powershot A650IS (Bridge Camera)
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    • #3

      Assignment: Clashing Colors.

      Camera: Nikon D40
      Date: 6/2/2008, 9:12 pm
      Focal Length: 48.0 mm
      Aperture: f/5.5
      Flash: Did not fire
      ISO: 1600

      I'm not totally happy with the way the orange photographed, but my new sweater (from my own handspun yarn) looks great!)

      Last edited by --Deb; 06-04-2008, 10:22 PM.


      • #4
        Assignment: Clashing Colors

        Assignment: Clashing Colors
        Assignment: Clashing Colours (to be safe..)

        I want a Japanese Maple...

        My dad's Japanese Maple in the sunlight makes for some great contrasting reds and greens.
        Cameras: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 40D
        Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro, Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM FLD, Tamron SP 500mm f/8 CF
        Digital Darkroom: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 and Adobe Photoshop CS5

        OK to re-edit or re-post my photo(s) on DPS only ... Website ... Blog ... Flickr


        • #5
          Assignment: Clashing Colours

          Seattle Center

          EXIF Data:
          Focal Length: 24 mm
          Lens: 17-55 mm
          Aperture: f/2.8
          Flash: Did not fire
          WB: Auto
          Camera: Rebel XT

          Got this shot from EMP @ Seattle center.
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          Camera: 1DM4


          • #6
            Assignment: Clashing Colours


            Exif: Camera: Nikon D200
            Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
            Aperture: f/3.5
            Focal Length: 70 mm
            ISO Speed: 200

            Or full:
            Camera: Nikon D200.
            Lenses: Sigma 18-50mm F/3.5-5.6 DC / Nikon 50mm f1.8 D AF /sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro / Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR/ Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM/ Kenko DG Teleplus Extension Tube Set ( 12 mm, 20 mm, and 36 mm )
            My flickr


            • #7
              Assignment: Clashing Colours

              Great minds think alike, Wulf.

              I pass these Oleanders each evening during my walk. They are poking out over a 6 foot privacy fence. Red on Green, with some nice puffy clouds in the background.


              Exif on Flickr


              Sony Alpha 100, Maxxum AF Power Zoom 35-80mm, Maxxum AF Zoom xi 80-200mm


              • #8
                Not For Assignment

                Here was my second idea, just for our Texas members. Clashing "School" Colors.

                These are street numbers painted on a driveway. These are adjacent houses, one backing Texas and the other is the only Oklahoma driveway in the neighborhood. (Texas was in the deep shade, hence darker.) Oklahoma probably got painted shortly after his neighbor's Texas logo.



                Heading out for a two week road trip. So, thought I'd post this 2nd one now in case I can't find the internet the next few weeks.


                Sony Alpha 100, Maxxum AF Power Zoom 35-80mm, Maxxum AF Zoom xi 80-200mm


                • #9
                  Assignment: Clashing Colours

                  A lone flower i found at natural bridges.
                  My first entry!

                  My Flickr:

                  Exp 1/640
                  Aperture f/5.6
                  Focal Length 55mm
                  ISO 100
                  Camera: Digital Rebel XT w/ 18-55mm
                  Last edited by lfroker; 06-04-2008, 08:38 PM. Reason: i put the pic in the wrong place


                  • #10
                    Assignment: Clashing Colors

                    Here's my entry for the clashing colors assignment. We've got oranges and blues along with some purples and yellows.

                    Looks more like harmony to me!

                    Kansas Sunset #2

                    And the all important info is...

                    Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
                    Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
                    Aperture: f/22
                    Focal Length: 40 mm
                    ISO Speed: 200
                    Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
                    Flash: Flash fired
                    Exposure Program: Aperture priority
                    Metering Mode: Partial
                    Lens: Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L USM
                    Taken on May 31, 2008

                    Complete EXIF is on flickr
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                    • #11
                      Assignment: Clashing Colours

                      sometimes its worth it

                      Nikon D40 | AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6GII ED | AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D | AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR

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                      • #12
                        assignment: clashing colors

                        Nikon D40
                        exposure: 0.001 sec (1/2000)
                        Aperture: f/5.6
                        Focal Length: 175mm
                        ISO speed: 200
                        Exposure Bias: 0 EV
                        Taken on: June 2, 2008
                        Nikon D40 18-55mm & Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6 G IF-ED and Sony DSC-S600

                        My Flickr


                        • #13
                          Oops - it already looks like this week's contest is going to be a difficult one to judge!

                          I've set the topic for next week ("Sharp") so if this one doesn't appeal (or you have done it and want to get a headstart on the next one) you can start thinking about that. Meanwhile, keep those colours rolling.

                          Wulf Forrester-Barker << Sites: blog / flickr >>
                          Gear: Nikon D40, Nikon AFS 18-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6G, Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8, Nikon AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6G, Vivitar 90mm f/2.5 macro, Raynox DCR-250, Lensbaby 2.0k, SB600


                          • #14
                            Latest Assignment: Clashing colours


                            Complimentary colours

                            Last edited by kukolka2008; 06-04-2008, 10:17 PM.


                            • #15
                              clashing colours

                              Exposure Time - 1/200

                              Exposure Program - Aperture priority

                              Exposure Mode - Manual

                              Metering Mode - MultiSegment

                              Exposure Compensation - ( - 0,3 )

                              ISO - 200

                              Focal Length - 9,84 mm

                              FNumber - F5,6

                              Camera Model - Olympus SP-560 UZ

                              I was walking down a nature park and saw this scene and found the contrast of the mushrooms and other fungus versus the green of the tree and surrounding grass quite interesting...
                              Last edited by koddok; 06-05-2008, 12:17 AM.
                              Olympus SP-560 UZ