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Capture: Colour is the new black

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  • Islander, in reply to Mark Thomas,

    I know DoC *hates* Russell lupins, and spends much time, energy & money trying to exterminate them from DoC-controlled land - but my heart sings when I see them in full bloom just out of Arthurs Pass, and around the Waimak' riverbed there. And same organ is also gratified by the autumnal red of various imported
    trees there, and throughout the South - and the rosehips! Lovely selections all, and I am especially in awe of the rainbow cake!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

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    Tree fuchsia, Lovelock Bush, Dunedin Botanic Gardens. Little known and well worth a visit. You find it by going to the top of the gardens and crossing the road.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3494 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

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    Silverstream, Tairei. We could argue about the colour...

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3494 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

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    Freaky homegrown tomato. Despite the appearance, tasted great.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3494 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

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    And another one.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3494 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    What an excellent theme and posts!

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • JoJo,

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    Ooooh, colour! So many photos to chose from. And so much colour in Welly, if you look for it.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

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    Sunset at home in October.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Ackroyd, in reply to Morgan Nichol,

    Black & white in the age of digital seems more like an easy way to hide your failures, than the film era demonstration of talent for capturing light & shadow.

    Some of Jonathan & Robyn & Jackson's pictures in that original post were shot on black & white film.
    Digital photographers don’t have the option to shoot true black & white, because their cameras all use colour sensors. My camera has a “black & white” mode, but this works by de-saturating an original colour image. After that you have no control in post-processing.
    If I want a digital photo to be black & white, having the original in colour is a good thing, because after desaturating it you can still adjust the original colour balance to give the effect of using colour filters on a black & white film shoot. This is not to cover up “mistakes” because I have no option but to take a colour image.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

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    Rainbow at first light with the stars still shining

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Tom Ackroyd,

    If I want a digital photo to be black & white, having the original in colour is a good thing, because after desaturating it you can still adjust the original colour balance to give the effect of using colour filters on a black & white film shoot. This is not to cover up "mistakes" because I have no option but to take a colour image.

    I was fascinated to discover that deciphering the information in a colour image takes around four times as much measured brain activity as it does for black and white. That was back in the days when B&W TV sets were still common, and I'd noticed that if a TV was on with the sound turned down, colour was much harder to ignore. While their resolution left much to be desired, those analog colour TVs could reproduce the full visible spectrum. Hence their seductive nature that easily overwhelms the senses of little children.

    As Tom's inaugural winning Capture pic demonstrated, invoking the power of the kingdom of shadows can produce a striking image by isolating the elements that really matter.

    In the meantime, what an amazing diversity of colour, thank you all.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    Boat sheds Titahi Bay.

    This is making me dig into the vaults for colourful captures. That's fun. Excuse me while I indulge myself.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2172 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    Flower power.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2172 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Hebe,

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    Sunset at home in October.

    One for the road. Sunset Taupo.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2172 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth,

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    Colour? Got Colour. Whariwharangi beach, 21/2/10

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 205 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to JacksonP,

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    Alternative Sunset

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

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    Raymond Herber sculpture at Iron Ridge Quarry, Waipara

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

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    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

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    Montbretia (nearly a weed)

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Hebe,

    Montbretia (nearly a weed)

    Definitely a weed on the Coast!
    Which is why I cultivate some plants, sequestered in pots, on my deck...you know there are bright carmine monbretias? And yellow ones?
    Lovely pic - thank you!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Islander,

    I saw pictures of the "bright carmine" in a book on one of Prince Charlie's gardens; it was considered odd to actually plant them. I love monbretia: my wild backyard in Oriental Bay was covered in them and wilding agapathus in long grass running down the hill to huge mamaku by the rubbish bins.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Gareth,

    Ooooh. Stunning.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to JacksonP,

    Words make my head busy but pictures such as this blog make my heart sing :-) Thank you.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth, in reply to Hebe,

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    I'll see your Herber, and raise you mine (he's my nearest neighbour): Raymond Herber, Iron Ridge Quarry 2008

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 205 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Kebabette,

    ...might I ply you with a piece
    of rainbow cake.

    Crumbs, you could wave a few
    particles my way...

    ...a knitted Periodic Table

    a knotted matrix,
    an atomic counterpane...

    And dad changing a spark plug...

    What a brilliant picture, and I can so see that you still fly the same friendly family 'heir-line'!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5169 posts Report Reply

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