Study of Light

Something picked up on recently was a color theory called "transmitted light". Basically when light hits a translucent object however slight, a a variety of colors are produced. I have numbered parts of the image below to show what i mean.

  1.  This area has transmitted light with strong saturation of green and yellow hues.
  2. This area is in shadow so there is a darker green. However there are highlights of lighter tones because the light is bouncing off the upside of the leaves underneath?
  3. Area three is again dark in shadows, but has hues of blue because it faces upward reflecting the sky?
  4. The final area has direct sunlight with the lightest tones. However the saturation is very pale because most of the light reflects of the surface.


I visited the Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam earlier this year and was told the reason why max models look so realistic is because they allow light to go through the outer layer of the wax similar to the way light will react on skin. Your eye can instantly spot the difference if the skin seems to be illuminated from inside, if not the skin will look flat. This apparently is called surface scattering and involves the light going through a translucent object which then produces the light out through another surface. If you hold your hand up to a light, the outer edges of your skin turns red as the light travels beneath the out layer of skin.