Vivid Yellow: The Symbolism and Story of the Color Yellow

Day 6 – Color yellow, what it symbolizes and its use in art – The oldest yellow pigment is yellow ochre, considered to be amongst the first pigments used by humans. Yellow is the most luminous of all the colors of the spectrum. It captures our attention more than any other color.

The color yellow has varied significance across different cultures. Ranging from happiness, creativity, knowledge, optimism to cowardice, betrayal, egoism, and madness. Its vibrancy has resonated equally with historic artists, modern-day designers, photographers, and viewers alike. The color yellow reflects the dynamics of life and has this unique quality that evokes many emotions.

Ask any photographer what is the best time of the day to photograph outdoors – the answer would be ‘Golden Hour’. Golden hour, the period of daylight that occurs just after sunrise and just before sunset, has a distinctively yellow hue. At this time, daylight is at its softest and warmest, creating opportunities for dynamic portraiture, landscape, wildlife, and bird photography.

Below are a few images from my experiments last night. Choose to achieve a monochromatic color palette here. Shot using a single light source for illumination, with a Nikon 28-300mm lens my favorite travel lens, and my trusted Nikon D850.

Some tips while photography vivid colors
1. Set your white balance right
2. Underexpose a little to achieve a saturated look
3. Diffuse your light source well, a hot spot would definitely not value

Do you use the color yellow in your photography? Feel free to share your images and thoughts in the comments below.

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