As I mentioned when introducing this month’s assignment on Color Composition, I was surprised how little I used color that way even though I shoot it exclusively. Upon perusing my photo library, I found the following photographs I remembered taking because of the color in the scene.
The first I found on a “trail” on Prospect Mountain overlooking Lake George. I put trail in quotes as it was more like a steep rock face.
I used two compositional techniques to focus attention on the yellow marker. The first was to use the Rule of Thirds and the second to use a wide open aperture to throw the busy forest background out of focus.
Upon re-visiting the 1000 Islands Visitor Center next to the 1000 Island Bridge, I remembered the red covered bridge on the trail behind the Center.
The red roof of the covered bridge draws one’s attention before seeing the other elements in the scene like the bridge’s reflection in the water, the fence along the pond’s perimeter and the 1000 Island bridge in the background.
This last example is bitter sweet to share. Chances are the wooden pier you see in the photo near Ocean City, New Jersey is no longer there after Superstorm Sandy passed over the New Jersey shore last week. If you wold like to help people afffected by Sandy, Click Here to give a monetary donation to the American Red Cross.
The brightly colored clothes of the couple walking on the beach immediately catches a viewer’s eyes before traveling through the natural tones of the beach scene. Does not hurt they are positioned near a power point location (see Rule of Thirds link above).
These photos are good examples of how to use color to enhance a photo’s composition.