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A Splash of Colour

One of the best ways to add impact to an image is to have a single colour against a mainly monochrome background. The best colours for this are red, yellow and orange, because they are ‘forward’ colours, as David Hay explains

For years I admired American photographs of aspens in autumn, where the yellow foliage was picked out against a background of silvery trunks. I assumed that the photographs were of birch trees and tried to emulate the same look by photographing Scottish silver birch trees in autumn, but I could never get the same, really bright, yellow foliage or the almost white bark. A trip to New England in the fall was an eye-opener. All the colours were more vibrant, and, as well as the brilliant yellows and oranges, there were reds that we just did not get in Scotland. I made the mistake of using Fuji Velvia and sometimes a polarising filter to emphasise the colours. When the processed films came back after my return home, the colours were...

Read this article, and many more, in High Definition, inside Issue 23 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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