Me and colors have a history together… sort of a sibling rivalry. I’d love to be able to see all of them but it’s just not in the cards for me. In almost all cases when I’m out with my camera, my inability to see the full spectrum doesn’t really play a factor but when I photographed these tulips and tractor at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival last weekend, there was a part of me that did wish I could see all the colors, especially as I overheard the throngs of people around me marveling over the diversity and vibrance of the newly bloomed bulbs.
To illustrate, I had no idea that the tractor in this photo was pink when I was framing it in my shot. As I stood there, I overheard another person talking about “that pink tractor” and so I logged it into memory. I can’t see that color and, as a result, I have no frame of reference as to how to process it. So, I did what I’ve always done—I stylized it to my own taste. To be honest, I have no idea whether I’ve crushed these colors or not and I’m not altogether too concerned. I do know that I’m sharing this photo because it looks good to me and that has always been my litmus test. Sure, I may have totally altered the natural hue of some of those beautiful flowers and I’m ok with that. And really, you should be, too, because it was done with the best of intentions.