Alphabet Colors: Introduction

Nightjar has been hard at work on a project…

Ten months ago it occurred to me that doing an alphabet round based on colors could be a fun challenge. I was going through a difficult phase at the time and needed something to keep me distracted, so I had this idea of picking a color for each letter of the alphabet, trying to find it in nature and capturing it in a photo. Easier said than done, it turns out! For many letters there aren’t that many (or any) options available and some colors can be difficult to interpret and capture. I tried to stay away from silly color names and stick to the natural world as a source of inspiration. Those were the only rules. It was a fun and instructive exercise and I’m excited to finally share the results. I hope you enjoy it. But before we get to the letter A I thought I’d start with an introduction to the theme of colors in nature: a close-up of a rainbow!

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  1. rq says

    I wonder if your letter colours will match up with my letter colours at all! Looking forward to this series.

  2. says

    What a shot! That is a kneel down and pray to the gods of light and water kind of picture.
    So looking forward to this series.

  3. Nightjar says

    A while ago I read an article somewhere that said something along the lines of “next time you see a rainbow instead of reaching for your wide angle lens give your telephoto a chance”. I thought it was a good suggestion, especially considering the amount of power lines that would have ended up in this picture otherwise. This was taken at 500 mm.

  4. Ice Swimmer says

    I’m looking forward to your series!

    The rainbow shot is both gorgeous and a great way to start.

  5. StevoR says

    Love these natural spectroscopes. Great idea and looking forward to reading them.

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