This photo of Trillium (Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee) showcases an analogous color scheme. Analogous colors are located next to one another on the color wheel – and when they are used together, they produce very little contrast. This minimal contrast and smooth transition between colors tends to produce images with a certain sense of serenity and comfort.
Here’s an example where I’ve used color and mood to create a bit of dynamic interest. Light from behind me lit up this beautiful field in Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming). Heavy storm clouds were moving in fast. Notice the analogous color scheme – blue storm clouds and a fresh, green meadow should produce a serene and comfortable image – but those storm clouds threaten to destroy the peaceful moment. This image shows tension – a conflict between calm and chaos. Use analogous colors to create a tranquil mood.