The Color of a Mood

I Love Color!

It’s no secret that I love color! I know a lot of people feel the same way I do.
As I was processing today’s photo, I was thinking about how color is such an intricate part of our lives that we even use them to describe feelings. What’s more, everyone knows exactly what you’re talking about even if they’re color blind!

Color As Emotion

The speaking of a color is so powerful, in fact, that you only need  few words to be crystal clear:

I was in a blue mood… (sadness, melancholy)
Alt: I feel blue… (sad, off, melancholy)
He was so mad he saw red… (extreme anger)
Everything’s golden… (everything’s terrific)
She was green with envy… (extreme envy, jealousness)
She looked at everything through rose-colored glasses. (she only saw the good in things.)

So when you process a photo and use color grading, cross-processing or color in some way to set the mood you want viewers to feel when they look at your photo – you’re tapping into a powerful, primal mechanism!

Set Your Viewers’ – Or Just Your Own Mood with Color

You can also use color to satisfy your own mood, or the vision you have for a piece.
I did a fairly extreme “processing two ways” combo the other day, which I thought was an interesting way to show you what I mean. Truly, the possibilities are endless!

Here’s where I ended up on the first round of processing:

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Shooting in the Cellar

Castello di Amorosa, Redux

I had an opportunity to revisit Castello di Amorosa in the Napa Valley recently. WooHoo! This time I got to bring my husband Joe along. He’d heard all the stories from my previous visits, watched the episodes of The Chat with Dario Sattui (who created and owns The Castle), photographer Annette Biggers and actress Jennifer Freeman… seen all the photos… and his curiosity was right and duly peaked.

This time, though, we got to visit some new areas I’d never seen before!

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Using a Gradient Fill Layer To Alter Color, Tone or Mood

The Courtyard at Castello di Amorosa

You can use them boldly or subtly, but the using a Gradient Fill Layer in Photoshop (I use CC) is a great tool for finishing touches on a photo. I’ll give you an example of subtle use from a photo I processed recently.

We visited Castello di Amorosa last fall for a photo shoot. A bunch of great images and 3 episodes of The Chat (owner Dario Sattui, photographer Annette Biggers, model Jennifer Freeman) came from that fabulous 2 day visit. I’m still smiling!

As our final evening was winding down, after a lovely glass of wine and noshes (The Castle is a fabulous winery), we wandering back toward our cars. The evening light was gorgeous… and the lights of the castle were on. Of COURSE, we had to shoot just a little bit more! This was a fun one of the courtyard… which I took with everyone tapping their toes, eager to drive down the valley for dinner. I could’ve stayed all night!


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Painted Skies of the Divine

New Episode of “The Chat” on Monday!

A brand new episode of “The Chat with Karen Hutton” goes live tomorrow!! And here’s your third and final clue to my stunning guest’s identity:

Hint #3: When she began, her materials were found, but now she plays with her food.  PLUS… her name is a color. Wink.

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Epiphanies & Sunsets

Maya Angelou once described an epiphany as “… the occurrence when the mind, the body and the soul focus together and see an old thing in a new way.” That struck me when I read it, because that’s also a pretty good description of how sunsets make me feel. I don’t think I’m alone in this.

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Sometimes Seeing Double is Awesome

First things first!

Hint #2 about my FABULOUS ALL NEW GUEST on The Chat this coming Monday: 

SHE is an artist. An amazing, amazing artist!!
OK, you just got two hints. Who loves ya, baby!

So there I was in Napa, California.
Went there to get out of the smoke from the huge Rim Fire that was blowing into the Tahoe area… and because my husband Joe had a gig there. (He’s a badass bass player.) While he was off playing – I grabbed my camera and headed out to the Silverado Trail to check out the lay of land.

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