Festival of Leaves 2016: Week 7


Ellen Grace Olinger
October 17, 2016


Festival of Leaves 2016: Week 7


13 thoughts on “Festival of Leaves 2016: Week 7

  1. What an interesting conversation about colours, thanks for the insights! I, too, love the photos, they are just amazing! Autumn has to show off a bit, considering there are still so many beautiful flowers around. I love both pictures, you did a wonderful job! Thanks for taking part, Ellen! x


  2. aloha Ellen. the difference between these two versions is interesting to me because it shows the power of value in a black and white image vs the power of color in a color image.

    for me the contrast of color works well in the color version. the orange-brown leaf stands out beautifully against the green-whites of the blossoms and the dark greens of the spaces between the blossoms.

    in the black and white version the value (light to dark being “value”) of the leaf is too close to the dark of the spaces between the blossoms. so the leaf which is the center of attention is lost. there are ways to do black and white which may help bring the leaf out more. however i think a better black and white in this case would be the blossoms and spaces between the blossoms without the leaf. because the black and white in this case is a strong contrast—every thing is mostly either very dark or very light.

    these two versions help show the importance and difference between color weight and value weight in the composition of an image.

    it’s interesting that we can see hundreds if not thousands of (subtle) differences in color. yet the human eye can only distinguish easily between about 10-12 different values (think of values as the range of grays from white light to the darkest black).

    reds (and orange is often a part of that red range of colors) as a value are often hard to see in black and white because red is such a strong/heavy/powerful weight as a color. a small dab of red can pull the eye to it and act as a counter weight to large areas of other color. when red is turned to black and white in a photo it can almost disappear as a weight or a powerful element in the visual composition of an image.

    yellows on the other hand are often a light value and may gain strength as a weight in a black and white image.

    blues seem to be able to go either way—some blues are light and some blues are dark.

    i still find how this works to be fascinating. very cool on the comparison of these two versions of the same image. thank you.


      1. yes, i’m getting into visual art thinking with that reply. i wasn’t sure how much i should do that and how much to explain the terms.

        the composition of an image has a great effect on how we view the image. “weight” in this case means how quickly or how strongly the eye is drawn to something and how often the eye returns to that point or object or area of the work. that is “visual weight”.

        words in an image have their own visual weight. words or a word is very strong for us in that visual sense alone because we want to “read” it. our eye is drawn to it.

        even without words we are continually “reading” the entire image of a visual work in an attempt to make sense out of what we are seeing or to give it meaning—to bring understanding, revelation or insight to what we are seeing.

        because we are trained for years to use words to help us make sense, anytime we see words in an image we try to read them as words.

        however with haiga the words are also an integral part of the visual reading of the composition as well.

        seeing words in an image we are drawn strongly to them. that is why as we create haiga we try to balance and integrate the words within the overall image through size and placement while keeping in mind clarity (so that the words can be clearly and easily read). the words/haiku become another visual element in the image just as color, line, shape and so on and in this case objects too are also visual elements of the composition.

        for me all of this stuff is exciting. just as the relationship of the haiku to the (subject) image is exciting, so is the relationship of the visual words of the haiku within the image exciting on the visual level as well.

        this is fun for me: just as words are exciting to me and image is exciting to me so is the visual of words as image exciting to me. that’s one of the reasons why haiga appeals to me strongly. fun.

        fun on. aloha.


        1. Dear Rick, Thank you. For others reading here, I asked Rick to help with creating some haiga with my poems and photos.

          I realized that this post from my Poems For Bulletins Board site could become a haiga.


          Each month now, I spend some time in my archives, and see what’s there. I don’t remember all that’s there now, having begun here in December 2009. A photo from a challenge in one post may work well with a poem from another post. Interesting process. One step at a time.

          For the beautiful Festival of Leaves challenge, I am working with what our yard offers. The birch tree leaves are gold, most everything else still green, and a few flowers.

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