The theme for this week’s photo challenge is Orange. An interesting idea for a theme as there are many ways you can go; capturing sunsets with the golden glow, which you could also find in landscapes during golden hour for example.
Orange is a colour that has been used through the ages; Ancient Egyptian’s utilised orange in the paintings and orange was used by medieval artists to colour manuscripts. Orange was the name of one of the most influential European royal houses and became the colour of Protestantism. We use the colour orange for high visibility jackets, space suits and life preserves. Orange is also a colour that is used in foods to boost a perceived flavour especially in snacks and children’s medicine.
Orange is considered to be an optimistic colour that can make you feel uplifted and rejuvenated. It offers a gut reaction not a mental reaction like other colours. Orange can represent adventure and risk taking, social communication, friendship and Divorce (?).
I wanted to use a simple interpretation of the theme and I went straight to the colour itself. Orange is made by mixing red and yellow. I thought how could I show this and grabbed my macro lens and started looking at the compositions of some colouring pencils placed together. Orange red and yellow can work nicely together in an analogous scheme, making a pleasing image.
I wanted the subject to be the orange pencil and placed it at the front with the red and yellow behind I focused on the orange pencil. I processed the image with basic adjustments in Lightroom.
Let me know in the comments what you think of my interpretation of the theme.
Also you can see others interpretations here Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?
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31 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge; Orange”
That’s a really great macro shot and I like the use of the colour scheme. Now you have me curious as to why orange would be the colour for divorce.
I am not sure why either, while looking up uses of Orange it cam up that orange can reflect divorce. It seems strange doesn’t it.
That’s really beautiful. Such a close shot and awesome!
Here is my entry – https://happinessandfood.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/lets-go-orange/
I think you interpreted this challenge beautifully — and I love the composition of t this photo 🙂 I never realized how orange makes such a statement, and now my eyes are on the lookout for more orange shots, aside from starting a collection of sunsets.
Thank you for your visit and comment on my orangey California’s First Brick House photos, the first orange challenge I entered is at http://lolako.com/wpc-whats-not-to-love-about-the-color-orange/
Thanks Lola, glad you like my interpretation. Orange is a widely used colour and when you think about it you start to see it more and more in your daily life. Hope you can pop back again in the future.
I willl…and I followed you on Twitter so i will get your new post motives, too 🙂
I could tell it was a pencil! Great macro shot, Ben!
Thank you Amy, glad you could recognise one of my trusty colouring pencils, always needed when making notes.
Great macro shot. I love how you placed the red and yellow behind the orange – it really emphasises the orange.
Thank you Raewyn, it was a bit of a colour theory compositional idea as I wanted the orange to really be separate yet at the same time show what colours make it up.
I love this .. Huge thumbs up in the composition!
Thanks Julie, there was a slightly wider composition at first. But I followed my macro rule of getting as close as you can until the composition doesn’t work.
AS always, I love the way you interpret your images. This is a great macro shot. I’ve always liked mixing colors together 🙂
Hi Kirsten, many people say they like how I interpret themes for challenges, i think it is my slightly left of field thinking. I also love macro and this challenge called for it.
Great entry for the theme, Ben. Love the text too…I like the idea of it being a psychological flavour booster!
Hi Jenny, taste is a weird thing because we taste with out mouth eyes and nose. If we were to see the real colours of food from the supermarket I am sure our tastes would change.
what a great way to display the color orange! It is always very cool to see how you interpret challenges…
Thank you Heather, I try to look outside the box as much as I can with any challenge.
I don’t have that kind of thought process/imagination, so it impresses me when I see it.
Brilliant Ben! I had no idea what I was looking at. I thought maybe some kind of upside down ice cream!
I like the fact that it is so abstract you saw the ice cream. I’m glad you like it.
Nicely captured, sharp and awesome DOF. The idea behind the image is also very unique. Well done!!
Thank you Indah, glad you like the shot. It was a bit of a left of field idea.
Great idea Ben, well executed. My only thought is whether the image is too close up and as a result the orange colour is less predominant due to the wooden element. If more of the shaft of the pencil were included there would be a greater amount of orange. John / MM 🍀
I did shoot a bit wider but the image’s composition was not as strong. Part of the reason for having the red and yellow in the background was to partly represent the origin of the could orange and to emphasise the orange as they pleasantly contrast each other.
Your thoughts and input are appreciated if the pencils were bigger I would probably have done this.
One can only tell if an idea actually works in practice by trying it and my reservations on my thoughts are underlined by your own response. 🍀
I had no idea what I was looking at. 🙂 Great presentation, I like the color scheme. I see you enjoy your macro lens, this is an amazing image.
oh yeah I am loving my macro lens,although I would have done something similar with my extension tubes and 50mm prime. Glad you like the picture and thanks for taking the time to comment Lore
Very interesting shot conceptually, it really adds up to orange, plus it works really well as an abstract too!
Yep, I think I got the best of both worlds with this picture. Glad you like it and taking the time to comment.
Wonderful macro, perfect response to this theme 😄