WEEK 28: Monochrome (not black & white)

One of my favourite aspects of photography is the use of colour. At first I had to accept that not only candid, spontaneous shots are fun. Carefully planned and arranged photos attract the viewer’s attention while the creation of a plan for my next photo keeps my brain occupied in boring meetings or on my way to work.

Shades of one single colour

One of the easier elements to arrange and compose (or find – if you are really lucky) in my opinion is colour. So this week I would like to ask you to create a colour photo that consists mainly of shades of one single color. The choice of subject is up to you. But please try to make it stand out even if you cannot use colour to separate it from the background. You can use other techniques like composition or as in Tonya’s challenge creative aperture.

Colour helps creating a certain mood

When you analyse certain types of photos but also movies you become aware that colours carry some context for us and can shift the mood and therefore the meaning of a photo.

Great examples of monochrome color photos and explanations about the colours can be found in this brief article on the Digital Photography School website.

Examples of monochrome color photos

If you need more inspiration on subjects or composition please have a look at the mood board I created for this challenge on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.de/luke5520/monochrome-photography/

Challenge Summary

  • Take a new photo in shades of just one single colour
  • Apply the basic elements composition and separate your subject from the background
  • SOOC (straight out of camera) or edited post your photo during the week of Sunday, July 11 and Saturday, July 18.
  • Please remember to comment on at least FIVE photo submissions this week by answering the question “why?” in your comments. In other words, “why do I like (or not like) this photo?” or “why did this photo catch my eye?” Thank you!

The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple

  • Take a new photo for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • Post your photo each week to our active communities on Facebook or Flickr(or both). Tag the photo:  #2021photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2021 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.

About Ulrike Lukasczyk

While photography always fascinated me I seriously started learning techniques and composition only back in 2016. One of my first sources of learning material and feedback was this group: The Trevor Carpenter PhotoChallenge. Being insatiably curious I dived into all kinds of subjects and techniques until I finally dared to photograph people. That really is what excites me most about photography: capturing real people at the right moment, their personalities, their stories and even their dreams. This is contrasting quite nicely with my day-to-day business. I’ve got an engineering degree in biotechnology and work full time as a scientist in research. At least my husband and two kids also like my photography hobby and encourage me to pursue it, modeling for me or discussing my ideas. We live in a village near Darmstadt in Germany. We like traveling with our Unimog camper (www.derullimog.de) and I also enjoy horseback riding and Yoga. Now I’m very happy and excited to join the admin team of this group and give something back to the community: challenge ideas, encouragement and photography tips. My photos can be found via the search function in the Trevor Carpenter PhotoChallenge group on Facebook, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/mindseyes_ul/ or my portfolio site: https://ulliluke.myportfolio.com.