The Colorful Art Of Camera Tossing

The Colorful Art Of Camera Tossing

Who exactly threw the first camera may be hard to know for sure, but the viral spread of awareness, and popularity, of the photographic technique known as Camera Tossing has been attributed to the Camera Toss flickr group and its creator Ryan Gallagher. Currently, the original flickr group has 5,000 members with nearly 3,500 submitted photos. In total there are some 15,000 photos tagged 'cameratoss' on flickr.

With the spread of its popularity around the internet the technique has quickly gained acceptance and legitimacy, with subsequent articles, gallery showings and image licensing from companies such as Adobe, who use camera tossing images for some of their packaging.

Camera Tossing Basics

Photo by clickykbd + clickykbd


It is exactly what it sounds like. To achieve the proper results first realize there are no proper results and just throw your camera in the air. Try to remember to push the shutter first and, of course, to catch the camera.

For more information on camera tossing and the camera tossing community a good place to start is Camera Toss (The Blog).

Photo by daddy0h


The current interest in this rather bizarre form of photography stems from the creation of the Camera Toss interest group on flickr. I (my flickr page) created this interest group after doing quite a bit of throwing my camera and enjoying the process and results. Essentially, I thought others might enjoy doing it or looking at the results so I shared them as I went. It also embodied some very core ideas about art that I find fascinating.

Photo by davespilbrow

How it went from there to getting linked everywhere, having a blog that at times attracts thousands of visitors a day, getting covered by the printed media, and needing this Mini-HOWTO is another story. If you are curious here is a good theory on such things. Regardless of everyone's individual reasons for viewing or participating, it apparently had all the right ingredients to capture imagination and continue spreading.

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Color Inspiration From fazai38

Color Inspiration From fazai38

Here at COLOURlovers we love all of our members. Everyday we come across new colors, palettes and patterns that inspire us, and once in while we find a member who is working as hard; well, almost as hard, as us to spread the love of color on their own.

One member, fazai38, who has continued to impress the community also has his own blog that is an inspiration to us. Many of the post at utilize the features of COLOURlovers using them to create incredible photo and palette color inspiration posts.

So, to keep spreading the love of our community we thought we would highlight some of his palettes to inspire those who haven't come across his work or blog.

fazai38 is a multimedia designer and blogger who lives in Malaysia.

The Illustrations of Nastia and Palettes of fazai38

China Tea Time

Nastia is a wonderful person who currently lives in Moscow, Russia, and she's working as an illustrator and graphic designer because she sort of loves doing that. And, coming to think about it, that alone makes her quite a successful young lady if you ask me. Yes, I do know that nobody ever asks me, but the whole story about one doing what one loves and lives happy because of that actually does sound believable. So, here's unexpected bit of free advice - "if you don't like moving boxes, you shouldn't be in the box-moving industry". You just quit that and you'll be as happy as she is, that's for sure.


Anyway, we really should get back to her story. As you probably don't know, since you had no way of finding that out, in the past she had changed some of occupations and places. She traveled around a lot, smiling politely and stating that "meeting people is easy" and "hey, now, that's just zany!". She studied graphic design in Moscow academy of prints and celebrated that by having a remarkably red hairdo for three consecutive years. Also, she worked for a whole bunch of different companies around the world, which were unusually happy while she was there with them and a lot less happy after she would leave. Oh, and she considers herself to be a tornado expert because she lived in Germany for couple of years and there's nobody currently here to prevent her from claiming she's a tornado expert.
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Colors Of The Night Sky

Colors Of The Night Sky

While daydreamers are famous for spending their afternoons gazing out of their office windows, there's something to be said for the night sky as well -- its intense hues go far beyond an average black sky. Of course, seeing those different colors is all a matter of your where and when. Here are a few examples of how to see the earth's canvas at its most brilliant.

Photo by mafleen

Blood Moon
The blood moon is also known as the "Hunter's Moon" or "Sanguine Moon." While folklore warns that a blood moon is a sign of bad times, the red star of night is anything but. The name "Hunter's Moon" originates from the fact that this moon cast a brilliant light, allowing hunters to continue to seek prey even at nighttime. Around the time these moons are seen in the sky, there is very little darkness between sunset and moonrise, also making it a favorable time for farmers to work on their crops after sunset (this moon is sometimes called Harvest Moon as well.) This is because the plane of Earth's orbit around the sun makes a narrow angle as far as the horizon is concerned at this time of year. No matter how much fact stands behind blood moons, some people still continue to think of them as harbingers of doom (but they are really quite the opposite!)

Photo by khalid almasoud

While there's no science behind the beauty of skylines, they certainly hold powerful sway over people, whether it is their own beloved city they are gazing over or someone else's. Some of the most famous skylines include New York, Paris, Las Vegas, Tokyo, and San Francisco, and it is very popular to photograph them (panoramic shots definitely do the most justice.) The skyline above is Kuwait, gorgeously accented by shades of paprika.

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Artists In Color: Ruth Root + Kenji Hirata

Artists In Color: Ruth Root + Kenji Hirata

The power of color is best shown by an artist whose ideas and work can challenge others and create thoughts and environments that we, the observers, could not see on our own, changing not only the physical space in front of us but also our own created mindset.

Today we are featuring two contemporary painters whose work happens to be perfect for palette inspiration Ruth Root and Kenji Hirata.

Ruth Root

Ruth Root’s large scale geometric panels draw from the lineage of non-objective painting. Evoking reference to Piet Mondrian, Ellsworth Kelly, and Olivier Mosset, Root’s playfully orchestrated compositions engage with the fundamental principles of formalism while simultaneously interacting with contemporary modes of interpretation.

Rendered on shaped, ultra-thin aluminium sheeting, Root’s paintings corrupt the idea of pre-fab form. Confined to the curvilinear borders of her canvas, Root’s componentized swatches of colour reveal an unorthodox organic quality transgressing the tradition of the grid as sigmoid fields, and allowing the seamless application of her paint to slightly bevel at the sharply cropped edges. Root’s paintings are often exhibited flush to the gallery walls, creating an allusion to decaled logotypes and an optical intervention with architectural space.

Though primarily concerned with the tautology of painting itself, Root is often inspired by the phenomenon of urban experience. Her bold industrial colours and aesthetically ordered geometries invoke cityscapes, product design, and 1960s technographics. The liminal quality of her paintings elicits dialogue with digitised media: the consummate flatness of her paintings condenses the illusions of solidity and space into virtual fields, compelling in their dynamic assertion and physically insubstantiality.
- Saatchi Gallery

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The Color Of Language: English Color Etymologies 2

The Color Of Language: English Color Etymologies 2

This is the second post in a series on English Color Etymologies. Today we are looking at the colors that come from the names of food and drinks, fruits and vegetables, along with other miscellaneous names.

English is a colorful language. Since its birth among the tribes of Europe, English has built its color vocabulary with the wealth of words it has inherited from Anglo-Saxon, Norman French, Latin, and Greek. Collected here are 172 colors that standard dictionaries (I used the American Heritage and the Random House) classify as specific color nouns (these do not, of course, include the standard ten – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, grey, white – or any Crayola inventions). This treasure of colors is broken down by etymological origin: is the color the name of a flower, an animal, or even a historical person? Some colors appear twice (when I felt two origins were sufficiently different). Others appear only once though they could certainly fit into several categories.

Ever wonder how a color got its name? Refer to the following and enjoy your new grasp on color!


Photos by roboppy & waynemah

Things we eat, from wine to liver, have become associated with color.

The fatty component of unhomogenized milk.
Coffee with milk (from the French).
A small cake (from “biscuit”).
A small cake (from the French “twice-cooked”).
A beverage made from the powder of cacao seeds.
The beverage made from roasting and grinding the seeds of the coffee plant.
Burnt sugar.
The vertebrate organ, considered edible.
A dry, red wine made in France’s Bordeaux region.
A beverage made from fermented grape juice.
Fermented, roasted, shelled, and ground seeds from the cacao plant.


Photos by nidriel & targophoto

More specific than foods alone, many fruits and vegetables names have also become the name of the color of their skin.

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Colors Of A Cause: The Color Orange Project

Colors Of A Cause: The Color Orange Project

Can China ban the color orange? That is the question that is being asked by the Color Orange Project.

Launched by artist Jens Galschiot, the Color Orange Project was created to highlight the violations of human rights in China for the 2008 Olympic Games. The Idea is that the strict censorship in China will limit traditional signs of protest but that it will be impossible for the government to ban the color orange.

As much as I love paraphrasing I'd rather let you read what the creators of the project have to say about it.

The Color Orange Project: Appeal

Can China ban The Color Orange?

Take part in checkmating the Chinese regime and making a global manifestation for human rights.

We hereby encourage you to join the initiative with the aim of showing China - during the Olympics in August 2008 - that we are many people who are keeping an eye on China's human rights violations.

The idea is both sophisticated and simple. By using something with the color orange during the Olympics - both inside and outside of China - you are sending a signal to the world that something is wrong in China. It can be anything, like an orange hat, camera bag, tie, pen, paper, dress, suit, bag etc. Even pealing an orange will be considered a pronounced statement.

No political or religious movement can claim to have a monopoly of the initiative. By participating in the project you show that you support the fight for human rights in China.

The Chinese Government wants to present the Olympics as perfect and streamlined to billions of television viewers around the globe with the aim of promoting China as a modern and efficient society. They will do anything it takes to avoid getting criticized on television. However, by using the Color Orange we are exactly capable of breaking with the harsh censorship and embitter the joy of the regime. At the same time, millions of oppressed Chinese people will have a voice during the Olympics 2008.

The Olympic Charter stipulates as fundamental Olympic principles: "the respect for universal fundamental ethical principles" and the promotion of "a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity". Nobody can fairly claim that the Chinese regime is living up to these standards. On the contrary, the usage of the orange color will be an ethical and non-political statement that is indeed in deep harmony with the fundamental principles of the Olympic movement.

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History Of The Color Wheel

History Of The Color Wheel

The first color wheel has been attributed to Sir Isaac Newton, who in 1706 arranged red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet into a natural progression on a rotating disk. As the disk spins, the colors blur together so rapidly that the human eye sees white. From there the organization of color has taken many forms, from tables and charts, to triangles and and wheels the history.

Using text from Sarah Lowengard's The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe we're taking a look at the progression of color organization systems and how the color wheel came to be.
"Number Order Form: Color Systems and Systemization" is only one section of the work. It is is available on an open access/free access at Columbia University Press(click here).

A successful color ordering system requires an appropriate shape, the correct number of colors to include, and the proper medium in which to present its information.

The First Color Organization Systems

Gautier's color-printed picture accompanied one of his many anti-Newtonian publications about color theories. The band of color at the center imitates an illustration in Newton's Opticks but "proves" Gautier's assertion that all colors cannot be found in Newton's spectrum of light.

What is the simplest design that can communicate a relationship among colors? It might be no more than a bar or line, perhaps based on the shape that appears when light is passed through a prism. Bars of colors convey two basic ideas: Color exists and it has a regular order. A linear form hints at a progression that can be linked to wavelengths or cycles, but it does not accomplish much more. It does not suggest complexities of color relationships and so does not validate other aspects of either practices or ideas. The shape and the placement of color may not be arbitrary, but the value of the system is limited.

Color Tables and Charts

Color tables expand the color bar, literally and figuratively. They offer a similarly recognizable display of information, but one that suggests interior relationships through size, shape, or placement of the colored areas.

Richard Waller's Basic Chart

Richard Waller's, 1686

Noting the lack of a standard for colors in natural philosophy, and inspired by a similar table published in Stockholm, Richard Waller indicated that his "Table of Physiological Colors Both Mixt and Simple," (created in 1686) would permit unambiguous descriptions of the colors of natural bodies. To describe a plant, for example, one could compare it to the chart and use the names found there to identify the colors of the bark, wood, leaves, etc. Similar applications of the information collected in the chart might also extend to the arts and trades, he suggested.

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The Colors Of Meomi: Vector Wallpapers

The Colors Of Meomi: Vector Wallpapers

What do adorable animals, whimsical art and colorful design have in common? Design studio Meomi can tell you -- If you love all of the aforementioned things, Meomi may be heaven for you when it comes to art and wallpapers.

Meomi is comprised of two artists, Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy. Together they have created art for an illustrious list of clientele, including Google, Electronic Arts and Nick Jr. Vicki and Michael also act as authors and artists behind the Octonauts series of children's books. Meomi's 2008 wallpaper story takes place in Kachi Kingdom, where you follow the adventures of Johnny Cloudseed, following in his grandfather's footsteps as a seeder and planting seeds that assist the Kachi spirits to grow their "Magical Moments" plants.

Meomi Universe May Wallpaper

Meomi reveal more about Johnny's story month by month as new wallpapers come out (each month's has a calendar on it so you can track the days along with the story.) Their most recent print project is Color Cloud Seeding, in which Meomi explore the lost art of "cloud gardening" in drawings, sketches and photos, creating a crisp wonderland of hues.

Meomi Universe March Wallpaper

About those wallpapers -- Meomi have a whole page of their website dedicated to them that date all the way back to 2002 (when the year ends, they provide the wallpapers with the calendars removed so you can enjoy the art on its own.) I've provided some of them here for you to see, but if you want the full sized versions check out the Meomi website to grab them and make your desktop worth smiling at when you come in on Monday morning.

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Colors From Outer Space

Colors From Outer Space

The Hubble Space Telescope was dropped off in space in April 1990. Since then it has been sending back images that reach beyond our imaginations capturing stars, nebulae and galaxies that would have never been seen without it. The Hubble Telescope also brings us color inspiration from an unexpected place revealing colors that lie light years away.

Capturing color in outer space with the Hubble Telescope is not as simple as with a normal camera using color film. The Hubble's camera records light from the universe using "electronic detectors" which capture two or more separate black and white photos. The resulting colors are not always what the human eye would see in space, but nonetheless, the images created by Hubble and the NASA team are imaginative and stunning.

Read more about the colors captured in space at the bottom of this post.


Image Credit: NASA

Trifids Dust pillars are like interstellar mountains. They survive because they are more dense than their surroundings; however, they are being slowly eroded by a hostile environment. Visible in the image above is the end of a huge gas and dust pillar in the Trifid Nebula, punctuated by a smaller pillar pointing up and an unusual jet pointing to the left. The pink dots are newly formed low-mass stars.

Stingray Nebula

Image Credit: NASA

Stingray Nebula The Hubble Space Telescope captured this image of the Stingray Nebula, the youngest known planetary nebula. In this image, the bright central star is in the middle of the green ring of gas. Its companion star is diagonally above it at 10 o'clock. The red curved lines represent bright gas that is heated by a "shock" caused when the central star's wind hits the walls of the bubbles. The nebula is as large as 130 solar systems, but, at its distance of 18,000 light-years, it appears only as big as a dime viewed a mile away. The colors shown are actual colors emitted by nitrogen (red), oxygen (green) and hydrogen (blue).

Water's Early Journey

Image Credit: NASA

Water Early Journey NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope observed a fledgling solar system, like the one depicted in this artist's concept, and discovered deep within it enough water vapor to fill the oceans on Earth five times. This water vapor starts out in the form of ice in a cloudy cocoon (not pictured) that surrounds the embryonic star, called NGC 1333-IRAS 4B (buried in center of image). Material from the cocoon, including ice, falls toward the center of the cloud. The ice then smacks down onto a dusty pre-planetary disk circling the stellar embryo (doughnut-shaped cloud) and vaporizes. Eventually, this water might make its way into developing planets.

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Artists In Color: Olafur Eliasson + Branislav Kropilak

Artists In Color: Olafur Eliasson + Branislav Kropilak

Color is best shown by an artist whose ideas and work can challenge others, creating thoughts and environments that we, the observers, could not see on our own, changing not only the physical space in front of us but also our own created mindset.

Below you will see installations from a culmination of 15 years of work from artist Olafur Eliasson as part of 'Take Your Time' exhibition currently running at the Museum of Modern Art. Along with photographer Branislav Kropilak whose work includes stunning minimalist series of parking garages, trains, building lobbies, and airplane landings.

Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson

A culmination of 15 years of work and the first major exhibition of his work in the united states, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson reaches out to us with questions about existence, morality and our constant search for understanding of ourselves and the world around us. He creates environments and situations that completely surround the observer, but without an observer do not stand on their own.

"We can take in our surroundings, but at the same time be critical about how we do it."

I only see things when they move

Bright light shines through color-filtered glass panels, creating shifting prismatic bands of colors on the surrounding walls

360 degree room for all colors

Since the 19th century, painted panoramas have given viewers a sense of what it feels like to stand in faraway landscapes or participate in historic events. Rather than illustrating a particular scene, Eliasson's installation immerses you in the color spectrum itself.

Color Spectrum kaleidoscope

A hexagonal kaleidoscope made of color-coated glass provides a multicolored, prismatic image of the world.

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