Monday, August 26, 2013

Thematic Photographic 258 - Muted colors

Back alley light
Montreal, QC
February 2013
Light is a pretty incredible thing. Under the right conditions, it can make an otherwise colorful scene seem either more intense, or it can wash any sense of color out.

While even the most basic photo editing software these days lets you dial down the color of an existing photo, I'm a lot more partial to scenes where Mother Nature does the work on its own.

Like this scene. It's early on a bitterly cold winter morning in Montreal. I'm in a trendy converted industrial loft hotel that's tucked almost invisibly into a back alley off of trendy St. Denis street. The murk seems to have sucked the very spectrum out of the scene, with only the streetlight suggesting anything approaching warmth.

I decide I need to explore low-color scenes a little more. Hence this week's Thematic theme, "muted colors". Read on for more...

Your turn: Take a pic where the color is deliberately subtle - it can rage from full-on black-and-white, to sepia, to simply colors that aren't as vibrant as they might otherwise be. Remember, when interpreting a theme, there are no rights and wrongs: it is whatever you want it to be. Post the results to your blog, website, Facebook page, Twitter stream, or related web resource. Then leave a comment here letting folks know where to find it. Use the Twitter hashtag #ThematicPhotographic for bonus points. Visit other participants through the week and feel free to repeat the process - we encourage serial participation. For more info on how Thematic works, click here. Enjoy...and thanks!


Cloudia said...

Speaks a winter I've left behind. Evocative. Have a sweet week, cuz Carmi

ALOHA, Friend
from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral

Max Sartin said...

Nice picture, so evocative. Sorry I missed last week, but I did check out a bunch of the entries, excellent collection as always.
Here are mine for this week.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I'll try and think up something new soon, but for now...two out of three of the stars from my last post have muted colors.

Gilly said...

Oh, this is a great theme, Carmi, probably my favourite! Love your shot too. Mine are here

photodoug said...

Winter. Brrr! Too soon to think about. Carmi, here is our entry.

Bob Scotney said...

As I shall be travelling from tomorrow I may be slow in checking out others' posts. It doesn't mean that I have gone mute.

Muse & Views Bookclub said...

Here is my contribution this week

Glennis said...

Oh, muted colors sent me down an odd path this time.

I like yours - very melancholy.

fredamans said...

Pretty scene, though I'm not a fan of winter.

Unknown said...

Some muted colours
for you.

Alexia said...

That photo is excellent - it makes me shiver!

Here are mine.

Anonymous said...

Perfect picture for this theme, Carmi! Love it.

Here's my submission:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Here are my official muted colors.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Oops I messed up my link.

Muted Colors on Cacapon Mountain