New Paint Job
After seven years of living in a house where all the walls and ceilings were painted white we decided that it was time for a change. Now we have some orange, yellow and green walls interspersed with the white ones and this really changes the mood of the place – it feels a whole lot less sterile and a whole lot warmer and friendlier. For what it’s worth the all white thing was never our choice. It was just how the house was when we moved in and we never got around to redecorating.
One thing that I do whenever I find myself in a new or changed environment is take lots of photographs. I think I do it more to fix myself in my new surroundings than for any artistic reason. These photographs are a sort of instant reaction to the change, they were all taken either while the painting project was ongoing or immediately afterwards.
Photographing these vibrant colors has shown me a couple of things, my cameras’ auto white balances tend not to be quite as accurate as I thought they were. firstly, adjusting the color temp back to what it should be in Lightroom hasn’t always been straightforward. Saying that, in the majority of the images here I didn’t worry about accuracy as I was just after images that worked.
The other thing, albeit related, that surprised me was just how much the camera sensor can pick up that the eye misses. Under most lighting conditions a trace of orange from an wall could clearly be seen in an adjacent green colored wall. The orange would form a clear gradient, becoming less concentrated over distance.
I have also posted most of these images on my Google + stream as part of the latest #abcproject hosted by +Levi Moore.