It is not too much to say that J.M.W. Turner is one of the Western painters Japanese people love the most and his past exhibitions have always attracted a lot of viewers. As for this exhibition, about 300,000 people went to see it in Tokyo and it is attracting a lot more in Kobe. I think it was a nice exhibition and I was so glad to be able to see his "Regulus" in person.
Turner is well-known for having used yellow pigments a lot in his water and oil colors. I was really fascinated by his beautiful colors, especially how well his yellows worked in his works. While looking at them, I was thinking of how to get a similar wonderful effect of yellow in photos, though I know that Turner illustrated light and shade, hues, and atmosphere with complex technique.
Conscious of Turner's yellows, I did a little experiment. These two photos (below) were taken in Kobe after I saw the Turner paintings. I changed my camera's White Balance to yellowish by biasing it on the in-camera chart. Hmm. I have to admit that I'm a person who is easily affected by people and things I admire.
The photo above was taken with one of the normal color settings.
It has been getting a bit warmer since I came back home from Kobe but it is still quite cold. However, some pretty flowers are now in bloom in my town, braving the cold. It is so true that "Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men".
ume blossoms ↑↓
Kawazu-zakura, a type of sakura (cherry blossoms) ↓