All The Colors Of The Rainbow

All The Colors Of The Rainbow

By |2016-04-12T15:17:51+00:00Apr 6th, 2016|

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.


  1. Bob Cote April 6, 2016 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Being color blind but not as much as you I understand the problem and the sometimes challenge it presents when shooting.

    • Brian Matiash April 6, 2016 at 9:37 am - Reply

      Yeah. I taught myself to look at it as an opportunity instead of a challenge. It’s another way for me (and you) to set ourselves apart.

    • Bob Cote April 6, 2016 at 12:59 pm - Reply

      Brian Matiash agree. Sometimes it actually helps my photography.

  2. Jess Selig April 6, 2016 at 9:46 am - Reply

    I understand you’re not overly concerned, but the colors look just like they did when we were there…they don’t look ‘crushed’ or ‘altered’.

  3. Betsy Sergeant Snow April 6, 2016 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Great lesson/story Brian Matiash!

  4. Shelby Elizabeth April 6, 2016 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Wow I love this

  5. Dermot Smyth April 6, 2016 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Great photo Brian. You know I think we do ourselves a dis-service when we call ourselves ‘colour blind’. I see colours, just not the same way as ‘normal’ people and I can enjoy this image knowing I’m seeing it differently from others.

    • Brian Matiash April 6, 2016 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      Couldn’t have said it better myself, mate! Agreed on all counts.

  6. Ian Stavert April 7, 2016 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Liz Bell

  7. Cal Mukumoto April 10, 2016 at 8:57 pm - Reply


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