Last Wednesday I went out to purchase some paints as I wanted to paint a number of ice-lolly sticks for this project, the resulting colours were poor and were really the manufacturers shades not mine.
I then popped out again and got some coloured pencils but the result was the same. I really wanted natural colours, so for the third time in the day I set off looking for interesting colours to capture. I then thought about flowers (something that I had used for part of a previous project) so I called into a flower shop and requested one flower for each of the colours that I wanted to capture.
After getting home I made a small background/base unit and using a 600w lamp (from above) and a bit of fill in flash I took the images of a small bunch of flowers. (I cut a hole in the base and pulled the flowers through.) The camera was mounted on a tripod and as shown I used one of the lowest iso settings on my camera , iso 100. I chose F8 to give a reasonable DOF.
This is the resulting image:-
F8, 1/8 1so 100
The image contained
Red, Yellow, Orange, Green and Violet.
This project required me to take one image with a simple uncluttered subject with pure colours. The example was vegetables so I thought that my flowers should make a good example.
The next image shows a simple conversion into Black and white as set by the computer
and here is the image
AS you can see from the screen print I was only able to change the blue red or green settings. This was not good enough so after a bit of research I looked at Apple Aperture, where I could alter all four colour filters.
This is a screen shot of the Aperture Programme
The above image shows the images changed to the default black and white
Here are the various images with the different coloured filters added
Well as you can see from the above what a difference the filters make. A difficult exercise with a digital camera , it would have been much more difficult with 35mm film camera. The digital images require quite a lot of computer work whilst the film images would have required filters and processing.
Before I comment further I am going away to do a little research reading and into what the experts say are the skills required to expose for black and white and what the differences are to that of working in colour.
I will update in the next few days.
This was an interesting exercise that has taken me quite a few days to complete so far and with further research and reading to do it is going to take just a little longer.