Contrast & Color

Thankfully, I had already uploaded most of the pictures to my blog for this post before my less than 2 month old, new Dell computer crashed – especially since their customer service is so horrible. I will be updating my blog soon on that.

CCoH theme for the October critique forum is contrast. Here are the three I submitted plus a few more. I shot the chess pieces on purpose for this theme.

Contrast: winner / loser, light / dark, black / white, King / Queen

Purple Clematis 5-13-14 (3)-sm

Contrast: complimentary color yellow / purple

smoke horse-sm

Contrast: light / dark, still / movement, transparent / opaque, light / heavy

For the smoke photos, here is the orginal post if you’re interested.

I looked online, I had hubby drive me around back roads and asked on social media if anyone knew where there were Belted Galloways near us. I saw one in a herd, of not “Oreo” cows, but every time I drove by, it was never near the road or in the middle of the herd. The Marjorie told me about some in Green River and I went to shoot these specifically for this months theme. The adult looks like a Belted Galloway, but the calf had some black in its white belly band and a white face. It was shot mid-day after church so the contrast was in the cow colors and the highlights and shadows. Since I didn’t capture what I had in my head for contrast, I decided not to submit them.

The real Oreos below were purposefully shot for contrast- light/dark, black /white, motion/stationary, wet/dry, liquid/solid.

At first, I just thought of high contrast and color contrasts but there are so many more. Contrasts in texture- could include blurry and sharp, smooth and rough. High contrast in tonal range like white and black, silhouettes. Low contrast is soft, including high key and low key or my elk in the fog.

June loaned me her book, The Photographer’s Eye by Michal Freeman and it had this on contrast.

Contrast 1Contrast 2

I found it fascinating that color mixed in paint and color in photography didn’t react the same way. I’ve looked it up before but this picture, well it explained it the best, I think. I know it doesn’t have to do with the clubs contrast theme but it was in the same book and I wanted to extend credit.

color in light and paint

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