I’ve been very attuned to color lately, it’s such a powerful influence on our feelings and emotions. My consciousness regarding color has been especially raised while I am reading a book about color. In my work, I look for color to be either a major influence or just an accent. Either way, the color plays an important role. In the image below, it wasn’t the subject that attracted my interest as much as the color I knew I could place in the background. The background consists mostly of tulips which are vibrant and arranged in sections. I knew that by using a long lens close to the subject, I could defuse all the texture of the background to just leave layers of color.
In this case the colors are mostly harmonious. Analogous colors like these warm oranges and reds, make for a pleasing combination. The bit of cool green that I composed into the image adds contrast and visual interest. Columbines are very three-dimensional flowers and so a balance had to be reached between keeping the background simple and still providing enough depth for the flower. I used an Olympus Om-D E5 with a Panasonic 100-300mm lens on a tripod.