Seeing color is the stimulation of cone cells in the human eye by electromagnetic radiation in the visible spectrum. As photographers, we look for color through the lens of a camera. Pantone’s color of the year for 2019 is 16-1546 Living Coral. A beautiful combination of pink and yellow. This month we asked our Lowepro Storytellers to find 16-1546 Living Coral in their part of the world.
Farin & Sherif hired us to shoot their engagement at their favourite local Indian restaurant. As their photographers we were kids in a candy store – glass, wood, lights and beautiful furniture galore gave us many options within our tight timelines and space. But what truly shines is Farin’s radiant gaze as she sits in her beautifully colourful outfit. Sherif’s doubled reflection isn’t too shabby either.
I would relate the sunsets in Joshua Tree National Park to a fireworks show. People gather on boulders to watch the sky release its magic. This particular night the sky was filled with the Pantone color: Living Coral. Not only did it mimic the color of the year, but the warmth and spirit it urges us to embrace.
Admittedly I am a colorblind photographer. Not really a big deal in today’s world of color correction and white balancing but when it comes to matching nuanced tones it can be challenging. I dove deep into the archives for this one. This image was shot in 2007 while crossing the Bolivian Salt flats using a Canon 20D camera. I remember the colors of the morning feeling special as we drove across the flats headed towards the Atacama desert of Chile. Somewhere in this sunrise, I can see the color of living coral. I hope you do too.
I have a 22-page working document on my computer entitled “Places I Want to Photograph.” I have been adding to this list since 2001 and one of my first entries was “Rainbow Eucalyptus trees in Maui.” Despite this December’s trip to Hawaii being my tenth visit to the islands, it was my first trip to Maui since 2001 and I finally had the chance to seek out this beautiful species aptly nicknamed “painted trees.”
Shot on Canon 5DSR on a 70mm lens at f/8, 1.3 seconds, 100 ISO
I love this Pantone! I’ve been shooting in this color for a number of years via with infrared film. It has provided me a new way to see the world and one that I’m giddy with excitement when this 120mm film is developed. This frame is of my friend Reilly Stone from a surf trip in Tofino, British Columbia.
Photographed on 120mm infrared film with a Bronica medium format camera.
Inspired by my favorite Pixar movie, The Incredibles. The building backdrop is an amazing foldable cardboard playset made by a company called ReadySetz. I used 2 strategically placed Manfrotto Lumimuse Bluetooth LED lights (with warming filters) and then sprayed Atmosphere Aerosol into the scene to enhance the light and provide a misty atmosphere.
Just several months ago I was snorkeling in the coral reefs of Dahab, Egypt. On one of the days there was a group of divers below us and as their oxygen bubbles reached the surface of the sea, the sunbeams cut through the water, illuminating those bubbles in front of the living coral of the reef.
As a photographer who is attracted to documenting the mountains, I try to seek inspiration from all the places I visit and recreate those experiences through my photography.
This image was taken on a cold sunny morning in British Columbia, Canada and was inspired by my experience in the Dahab coral reef.
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
Shot at F/4, 1/3200sec, iso 100
Castle Mountain in Banff National Park is one of my favourites! I got to this location about 5 mins too late… so I thought… as the sun went behind a band of clouds and I saw the alpenglow only as I was driving… but I decided to wait another 15 mins and wham…the sun peeked out again moments before it set and I got this very weird but wonderful light and colors on the mountains, in the clouds and reflecting in the river.