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REMINDER: Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: #17 Harmonious Colors

This challenge will be open for another week yet, see my original post, Compose Yourself Photo Challenge (CCY) Theme is #17 Complimentary/Harmonious Colors.


In this essay I’m really showing you two forms of color combinations.  This time we’ll talk about r harmonious colors, that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel.

Notice the chain on the bottom they are consider complimentary and are harmonious.

Notice the chain on the bottom they are consider complimentary and are harmonious.

Complimentary color schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. They usually match well and create a more serene photo. You can use only two or three colors as long as they are next to each other on the color wheel.

The other way this information can help you is in setting up a photo.  For example, if you are do taking pictures of people outdoors, think about the color of their clothes versus the background you’ll have them against.

A few things to note if you want the people in your photo to blend in with their surroundings, think ahead to where you are photographing them, then ask them to wear complimentary colors.

Chris took this photo of me in 2006 with a small Sony Digital camera.  I just happened to be wearing an outfit that worked well with where I am standing in this photo.  I’m beside a tall tree, with a fallen old growth tree behind me.  That makes my pants blend in well with the darker background.  My sweatshirt happened to be green which matched the moss and lichen around me.  And my hair just happened to fit the color and shape of the trees in the background.


Here are just some examples of complimentary colors.  This should give you an idea of what I am looking for.

Purples and Reds

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Dark Pink and Orange

022216complimentary red orange

Blue, Teal and Green022216complimentary green teal blue

Blue, teal and green022216complimentary blues greensRed and Purple

022216complimentary purple red

Upcoming Challenges

  • #18 Contrasting Colors (starts 2nd Wednesday of March)
  • #19 Geometry (starts 4th Wednesday of March)
  • #20 Balance (starts 2nd Wednesday of April)
  • #21 Guide the Viewer (starts 4th Wednesday of April)

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