Since last week was a black and white challenge, this week, we’re going to play with color. In particular, we’re going to look for Contrasting Colors. In a nutshell, contrasting colors are those that are on (roughly) opposite sides of the color wheel. Some examples include red/green, blue/orange, yellow/purple. Contrasting colors can be found almost anywhere. As always, this week is wide open to creative, fun ideas.
Let’s look at some examples:
Contrasting color can be found in nature, as with this red flower against the green grass.
These red, blue, green, and yellow buildings provide a wonderful example of bright, contrasting colors found in architecture.
Still-life photos are a great way to display contrasting colors, as with this great arrangement of colored pencils. Note that the pencils alternate between blue and orange.
And, as always, you can have a bit of fun, as with this rather amusing shot of a yellow lemon against a furry, purple pillow. The bright, contrasting colors really help this photo stand out.
For this week’s challenge, the goal is to take a photo that features contrasting colors as a significant feature of the photo. Note that the colors don’t necessarily have to be exact opposites; we’ll allow plenty of artistic freedom here. (For example, while red and blue aren’t perfect opposites, they’re perfectly acceptable for the purposes of this challenge.) What colors you use, where you find those colors, and how you compose them into your photo is all up to you. As always, I encourage creativity, or any out of the box ideas you may have. Get your camera, be creative, and enjoy!
The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:
- Post one original photograph (Your Image) shot each week per theme posted on this blog to Facebook, or Flickr (or all three). Tag the photo #photochallenge and #photochallenge2017
- The shot should be a new shot you took for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
- Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2017 PhotoChallenge is fun and easy.