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The Meaning of Magenta

“A beam of white light is made up of all the colours in the spectrum. The range extends from red through to violet, with orange, yellow, green and blue in between. But there is one colour that is notable by its absence. Pink (or magenta, to use its official name) simply isn’t there. But if pink isn’t in the light spectrum, how come we can see it?”

From: “Magenta Ain’t A Colour” by Liz Elliott

Magenta Elephant

Magenta, which includes hot pink & indigo ( not vertigo), is an unnatural colour. It really isn’t a colour, but you see it anyway, just like pink elephants, nightclub parking lots, orchids, and aged photographs/postcards. Magenta is created in the brain.

Magenta Parking1


Orchid Pink


Pink  Construction Aged

Make sure to check the above link for the complete article. To find out how this science relates to photography & the artist’s colour wheel go to Colour Theory Class.


Note: The Nightclub parking lot images were created after photographing an old B&W movie playing on the computer screen. The camera’s flash helped create the effect.

Orchid Pink Abstract1

Antique Impressions: Elliot Lake Postcards

Wine & Brew - Antique Postcard

Street Lamp _ Antique Postcard

These two Antique Impressions feature the unique horizon lines of the Elliot Lake landscape. For more background information, on how the local terrain effects composing & framing a scene, see the previous post.

Postcards Gone Wild

These postcards were based on photos taken at the African Lion Safari at the end of summer. The postcards are a little wild and a bit 1960’s . let’s see who gets the Canadian music reference in the second postcard. oh, remember to drive carefully, it is a jungle out there.

Ontario Postcards: Rock-cuts

Here are a couple of shots taken during our recent trip down to London, Ontario. I decided to see if I could emulate the style of old postcards. The first one has the colour saturation that I associate with the postcards I remember from the 1960’s. They were often of highway scenes and “lookout vistas” . Somehow they manged to be both mundane & exotic at the same time. For myself, they bring back memories of sitting in back of the family car and going on what my folks called ” summer outing/jaunts” into the country-side.

The second image is an attempt to create a vintage style tinted postcard.  I don’t know if it quite works.  I played with an extra blurred layer and it reminds me a bit of an old stereo-scope without the appropriate double image . Don’t stare too long, it will get trippy  & you’ll get a headache.

As to the rock-cuts, this is what to expect once you travel up to Muskoka country and go north. This is land of Canadian Shieldlakes, rivers, trees, bogs, and rock, …. lots of rock; Precambrian rock to be exact.  It provides us with our mineral wealth, wonderful natural beauty, and demanding challenges when it comes to land transportation and construction. You want a rail line, a highway, a basement or a sewer/water pipes ?  Then get ready to blast and drill.  There is a reason the miners of Sudbury On.  are hard rock tough.

If you are wondering where all the nice useful soil went, it is in southern Ontario and the rich farm lands on the American side of the border. The Glaciers scraped it off and deposited down there.