Pantone recently announced Classic Blue (19-4052) as the 2020 Color of the Year and it just happens to be one of my favorite colors to photograph. Really!
Here’s what Pantone said: “A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era. Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.”
I frequently photograph this color during the “Blue Hour” which occurs twice a day after sunset or before sunrise. No matter the weather, the sky turns this lovely shade of blue which registers on cameras but we don’t see it with our eyes unless we are thinking about it. Our eyes adjust to the blue to make everything look normal. Think about when you might be driving around in a car about 20 minutes after sunset and all the lights in houses look deep yellow. Your eyes have adjusted for the blue hour and make the slight yellow of interior lights look much deeper. The camera doesn’t make that adjustment and we get these beautiful blue skies but it doesn’t change the color of our subjects.
It is a great time of day to shoot night photos. I especially like to photograph cityscapes during the blue hour to capture a bit of color in the sky before it goes completely black.
Thanks Pantone for making one of my favorite colors the color of the year.