June 2020 Virtual Photo Hikes

In the past, Bob Fanning would inform hikers attending his photo hikes how to take great photos using the 7 Elements of Design and the Rule of Thirds.

Since Covid-19 protocols will not allow actual hikes, we will hold Virtual Photo hikes weekly in June.

Each week in June will feature 2 Elements of Design to be incorporated in photos submitted by GHTC members. A description and example of the elements can be found below.

Design elements are the basic units of any visual design which form its structure and convey visual messages. The elements of design are line, shape, form, space, texture, tone (or value) and color, "These elements are the materials from which all designs are built."  


After logging on to GHTC website, participants can upload their photos.

A judging panel will select the winning photo and honorable mention photo each week. At the end of June, the judges will pick the winning photo from the top 2 photos each week. The winner will be awarded Nicola Ross's book Hamilton and Area Hikes - Loops and Lattes

Week 4 - Colour and Rule of Thirds

Create photos using either Colour or Rule of Thirds or both into your photos and upload them by end of day Sunday June 28th.

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Upload June Week 4 Virtual Photos


The vocabulary of colour includes:

Hue: refers to the names of the primary colours, red, green and blue etc.

Value: lightness and darkness of the colour, determined by the amount of white or black added.

Intensity: the purity or saturation of the colour.

Monochromatic colour: use of one colour where only the value of the colour changes.

Analogous colours refer to colours that are close together on the colour wheel (similar) and seem to “get along”. Also called harmonious, analogous colours are often used in visual design to create a soothing affect.

Complementary colours: colours opposite to each other on the colour wheel (e.g. blue-violet and yellow) represent colours positioned across from each other on the colour wheel. Complementary colours exhibit more contrast when positioned adjacent to each other: for example, yellow appears more intense when positioned on or beside blue or violet.

Different Hues make up white light

Colours are also referred to as warm or cool because of our association with various elements in our surroundings. Red, yellow and orange are considered warm colours, whereas blue, green and violet are considered cool colours. These contrasts are relative, since yellow-green appears cool next to red, orange or yellow, turning warm when placed next to blue-violet. Photographers can position different colours in an image to maximize contrast between them and 

also to provide perspective. Perceptually, cool colours tend to recede into the distance, whereas warm colours appear to advance forward.

Colour star containing primary,secondary, and tertiary colours.


Pastel colours reflected in this pond suggest a tranquil feeling


Pelagic Goose Barnacles attached to an old stump - their blue colour adds mystery to those unusual organisms.