Referring once again to the colour wheel, we look at the way colours interact, particularly those opposite each other in the colour wheel. These opposites are known as complementary pairs and will have the maximum colour contrast.
at, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe postulated the proportions which such complementary colours should take in order to appear equal, in other words so that no one colour being dominant.
He assigned the following values to the six colours: yellow 9, orange 8, red 6, green 6, blue 4 and violet 3. This gives rise to the following ratios:
- red : green 1:1
- orange : blue 1:2
- yellow : violet 1:3
In order to achieve a sense of harmony, images which have a limited palette, and which are constrained to the complementary colour, should utilise the above ratios.
The images below have attempted to demonstrate this:
|Red : Green|
1/350 sec, f/6.7
|Orange : Blue|
1/90 sec, f/6.7