Every now and then I paint a scarf that is predominately pastel colours. This colourway of pastel greens and pastel blues is one such example.
Now, I know that responding to my expressive impulse to switch from my more usual strong colour palette to pastels, will, eventually, lead to frustration.
In my usual way I have kept a photographic record of the creative process, but it has turned out to be more tricky this time. As I have blogged in the past, light is everything and some colours and some colour combinations are strangely difficult to photograph accurately.
This has been distinctly noticeable with this specific pastel blue background. The ambient light was different on every occasion I photographed the progression of my work. Sometimes I had to take pictures in electric light which significantly changed the pastel blue. Each time I adjusted the white balance on my camera scrolling through the additional 17 settings (yes, that’s 17 slightly different versions) trying to find the closest to the reality in front of my eyes. My nearest choice, though not a perfect match, was always miles off from the first shot the camera offered on the automatic white balance setting.
Even using my powerful daylight bulb capturing this pale blue has been . . . well, virtually impossible.
Now you can see, above, the blue varies from a greeny blue, to a grey blue to an almost actual, full grey. As I have been typing I decided to have another go. I retrieved the scarf from my stock and tried again, but no joy (image below). As it turns out the most accurate representation had already been taken and it was the photo ‘Adding some background blue’.
8 thoughts on “A difficult colourway to capture”
Goodness me, what a lot of trouble you have to go to, I am very impressed.
Well, I try to get the most accurate colours before putting the scarves on my shop. It is so disappointing buying something online and finding the colours are wildly different in real life.
Blue is a nightmare generally isn’t it? And of course it really matters for you. I admire your tenacity!
Yes, it is annoying. Just getting a decent, natural blue sky without the rest being underexposed is taxing too. As far as the scarves are concerned, I’d rather spend time trying to accurately represent the colours as best I can than making a financial loss on having a scarf returned as it wasn’t what the customer was expecting.
I see your problem. That is quite a variance in shades!
Yes, and in real life it’s one of those scarves that looks quite different the moment an electric light is switched on. 🙃
A fascinating description of your creative thought process Agnes.
Thank you. As with all work, creative or not, there are good days and less good days.