Color is the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment but not just your garden-variety everyday color. Readers were tasked to use color as a part of the composition or as the main subject of the photographs entered. From bright color comprising most of the photo to just accents, color is an essential part of each of their pictures.
Eighteen readers sent in a total of 56 pictures. Here are some of the best examples.
Sometimes inspiration can pop up in the most unlikely places. Nancy Buckenham of Stockton was washing dishes in her kitchen sink when saw something worth taking a picture of. In the sink was a large pot and some silverware that was about the same tone and color as the metal sink, as were the soap bubbles in the pot. But also in the sink was a bright red frying pan, which stood out against the near monotone of its surroundings. Buckenham grabbed her iPad to photograph the bold color of the pan against the silver/grey of the rest of the sink.
There are times when just a little bit of color can add the right accent to complete the composition of a photo. Susan Scott of Stockton used a Canon Rebel DSLR camera to photograph a red winged blackbird perched on a cattail at Buckley Cove in Stockton. She has the bird framed nicely by a curled tule reed in the foreground. Most of the photos is in either neutral or beige earth tones. The splash of red on the bird’s shoulder adds a little extra charm to an already strong composition.
A trip to Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington netted Janet Baniewich of Stockton an image of bright color. She used a Nikon D3300 to photograph a fish monger’s fresh catch. The bright orange fish stands out among the other duller flounders.
Some photos are all about vibrant eye-catching color but that doesn’t mean images with subtle color don’t have a place. Dave Skinner of Stockton used a Nikon D7000 DSLR camera equipped with a 60mm macro lens to photograph an African daisy at the demonstration garden at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. He captured its delicate white petals with its purple tinged center and tips.
Pre-visualizing what you want in a photo can be helpful but it can be also beneficial to keep an open mind. Sydney Spurgeon of Stockton took her Nikon D90 DSLR camera to Daffodil Hill in the Mother Lode town of Volcano to photograph the bright yellow flowers. But Spurgeon saw a peacock roaming the grounds and was flexible enough to switch gears and capture the color of the elegant bird.
In photography there’s the concept of complimentary colors, which are colors that are the opposite of each other. Yellow is the opposite of blue, cyan is the flipside of red. Darrin Denison of Stockton used an iPhone to photograph a flower in some landscaping in a parking lot in Concord. The bright magenta flower contrasted with the complimentary green of the surrounding grasses.
All of the entries can be seen in photo gallery at Recordnet.com. A new challenge assignment will be issued next Thursday.