Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Colors of the New York City Sky

I came across this fascinating site: New York City Sky, which shows the average color of the sky in NYC, updated every 5 minutes.
However, I suspect the images are taken with a rather simple camera which automatically adjusts the lighting settings. Because it can be measured that the color of the light may vary wildly over the day. A lot more, in fact, than in shown on the website. Nevertheless, the site is amazing.
I showed some of the same in my series of Taj Mahal pictures, previously.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Colorpilgrim for more color inspiration

Do you need more color inspiration? Check out Colorpilgrim allows to to browse color palettes by category, keyword or color. Each palette is accompanied by a visual, captured of an engaging subject to convey a particular mood. Each palette consists of the 21 most dominant colors in that image.
Colorpilgrim empowers the creative individual with a host of color inspiration.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Blue Cities

With all the Hollywood brouhaha surrounding the Spanish city of Juzcar, one would almost forget that other cities have been blue for ages. Take the ancient city of Chefchaouen for instance. Chefchaouen is a gorgeous city in northeastern Morocco. It is the main city of the province with the same name. It was founded by the Moorish exiles from Spain in 1492 and lies near the Rif Mountains. Its blue-rinsed houses and buildings is a tradition that comes from the town's former Jewish population.
These beautiful photos were taken by Maxim Kiryushin.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Colourspots by IJM

For your inspiration: Colour-Spots by IJM Colourlab in Amsterdam. 
IJM's colourspotters are always on the lookout for atmospheres and stories. In the Colourlab, these stories get translated to actual colours, combined carefully in palettes.
Check the website and make sure to click the 'COLOUR-SPOTS' item in the menu.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Blue Dunes in Orange Sky

Here's a beautiful picture, taken in the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia, Africa. Amazingly, the photo has not been tampered with. The photographer swears this how it came out of the camera. These are camel thorn trees against a dune, in the morning light.
Read here the National Geographic story that featured the photo.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Where is white in the paint fan deck?

Occasionally, people ask where to find white and black paints in Colorjive. The blackest black is S 9000-N in the NCS fan deck. The whitest white is S 0300-N. But that black isn't as black as the darkest parts of the monitor. And the white is not as light as monitor white. How can that be?
The short answer is: there is no such thing as an absolute black or white. What we call white is generally the lightest color we can see. And we call the darkest color black. So, when viewing colors on the monitor, a pixel that blasts out all 256 levels of light in Red, Green and Blue is perceived as white. If a pixel doens't emitt any light, it is perceived as black.
If you compare the monitor white to a white paper, you'll notice that it is not the same. The paper might actually be lighter, depending on the ambient light. And magically, the color you first perceived as white on the monitor changes to grey when viewed next to a lighter piece of paper. That's because your eyes just adapted to the new situation.
So where does that leave us with regard to paint? In theory, white paint should reflect all light 100%. Black paint should reflect no light at all. But such paint doesn't exist. Paint manufacturers try to come as close as they can but will never achieve 100% result.
The NCS color code already shows the flaws. In NCS, absolute white should have a color code starting with the number 00, which indicates it contains no black at all. But in fact, the best possible white in NCS has the number 03, which means it contains 3% black and 97% white. And this is a color that is already quite difficult to achieve in paint.
NCS black has the number 90, which means 90% black and 10% white. So the blackest paint the industry can come up with, still contains 10% white.