WEEK 49: Contrasting Colors – 2017 Trevor Carpenter Photochallenge

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:

Trying out my new Helios – Jérémy Lelièvre

Contrasting color can be found in nature, as with this red flower against the green grass.

Beautiful Life – Iñaki MT

These red, blue, green, and yellow buildings provide a wonderful example of bright, contrasting colors found in architecture.

Week #29 “BALANCE” – Cindy Jo Bennett Csomo

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.

Contrast – Krissy Venosdale

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.
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About Eric Minbiole

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been absolutely fascinated with anything technical– electronics, computers, cameras, gadgets, etc. Growing up, I loved taking things apart to see what was inside. While I couldn’t always put things back together, I loved trying to figure out how things work. Because of my love for all things technical, I pursued a degree in Electrical Engineering, and currently work as a Software Engineer. I’ve been fascinated with photography ever since borrowing my parents 110 film camera when I was young. It’s been a great hobby ever since: I love experimenting with photos, and trying new things. I especially love technical and/or trick photography. (“Gimmicks!”, as my wife jokingly calls them 😉 ) While I’m comfortable with the technical side of how to shoot, I struggle more with the artistic side of what to shoot in the first place. This is one reason I quite enjoy this group: There are fun, interesting ideas each week. I joined PhotoChallenge as a participant in 2014, and am amazed at how much this group has helped me learn. Each week, I look forward to the fun, creative challenges that Steve, Trevor, Gary, and Jeremy put together. Most importantly, the weekly challenges give me the motivation to get out there and take photos each week. (Otherwise, I suspect my camera might be gathering dust on the shelf.) As well, interacting with the fantastic members of the group– discussing suggestions, techniques, what works, what doesn’t– has been an invaluable help. I am absolutely thrilled to join the PhotoChallenge team– I’ve learned so much from the group, and hope that I can give back a little bit. If you’d like to see some of my photos, please check out my flickr page.

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