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Project 52: Week 15: Exploring Color Contrast

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This week for our Project 52 challenge, we are exploring color contrast. Just as last week, I like this challenge. I like exploring colors and thinking about colors as I am photographing my subjects and as I’m editing my photos. In doing some additional research on color contrast, I ran across this statement from the about.com site: “Colors don’t have to be direct opposites or have a set amount of separation to be considered contrasting or complementary.” It also goes on to say, “The more transitional colors separating two colors, the greater the contrast. For example, magenta and orange is not as high contrast a pair as magenta and yellow or magenta and green. Colors that are directly opposite from one another are said to clash — although this clashing or high contrast is not necessarily a bad thing. Some of these high contrast, complementary, clashing colors are quite pleasing.”

When I initially looked at the challenge, I assumed each color would only have one contrasting color because I thought that contrasting colors had to be exact opposites such as green/magenta or purple/yellow. However I learned that a single color can have several contrasting colors. This is yet another reason why I love doing these weekly challenges. I learn new stuff all the time and it isn’t just about my camera and composition.  AND all of this learning once again makes me wish I would’ve taken up photography earlier in life! 🙂

The images that I chose don’t have the greatest amount of contrast but given the green backgrounds, there is definitely some contrast with the first image having the most since it is a green background and as close as I could get to a magenta dog!

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Next up in the blog circle is Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati and the San Francisco Bay Area. Click the link at the bottom of each post and you’ll end up right back here.  Be sure to check back next week too as I hope to have some really exciting, out of this world photos to post!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

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