Trillium - Varina Patel

Analogous Colors

Trillium - Varina Patel

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.

Evening Storm - Varina Patel

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.

About Author Varina Patel

There is nothing more remarkable to me than the power of nature. It is both cataclysmic and subtle. Slow and continuous erosion by water and wind can create landscapes every bit as astonishing as those shaped by catastrophic events – and minuscule details can be as breathtaking as grand vistas that stretch from one horizon to the other. Nature is incredibly diverse. Burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks… Brilliant sunbeams and fading alpenglow… Silent snowfall and raging summer storms… Each offers a unique opportunity. I am irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding my next photograph, and mastering the skills required to capture it effectively.

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2 replies
  1. Melli
    Melli says:

    That was a very interesting tip. I did not know about this. This could be a new photography project for me. I’ve done single color images, opposite color images. But have not been aware of analogous colors. So, thank you!

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