Friday, August 30, 2013

Horizontal Lines

Assignment #16:  Find a shot strengthened by horizontal lines.

"They" say horizontal lines add calmness and stability to a photo.

The Winter
Fishers, Indiana

Milk Cans
Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden, Colorado

Friday, August 23, 2013

Frame Within a Frame

Assignment #15:  Take a shot through a window, door, or other foreground frame.

I know there are more of these out there than what I'm seeing.

Through the Cube
Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

Sugar Creek Suspension Bridge
Turkey Run State Park, Parke County, Indiana

Friday, August 16, 2013

Side Lighting

Assignment #14: Take a photo with the primary source of light off to one side or the other.

The key, for me, is to see the light.

Pioneer Village interpreter, Spring Mill State Park, Mitchell, Indiana

Here is the Church
Holy Family Episcopal Church, Fishers, Indiana

Friday, August 9, 2013

Warm/Cold Color Contrast

Assignment #13:  Take a photo that features a compelling contrast between two predominant colors - one warm and one cold.

This assignment was "Complementary Colors" when I first added it to my list - that's a popular technique in a lot of how-to discourses.  I found it odd, though, that some folks listed complementary pairs in terms of paint colors - blue/orange, red/green, and yellow/purple - while others used the color wheel for light - blue/yellow, red/cyan, and green/magenta.  So who's right?  Could it somehow be both?  Are there really just three color pairs that one should watch for?

I couldn't answer those questions until I read a few paragraphs by Anne McKinnell suggesting that the most compelling color pairs contrast a warm color (like red or yellow) with a cold one (like blue or green).  I like that idea.  It makes more sense than blindly following a color wheel and allows for the possibility that different shades of a color can have different temperatures.

Anne suggests using lots of one color with a splash of the other.  I think she'd agree that that's not a hard and fast rule.  I have also found that a certain amount of neutral colors in a photo doesn't necessarily interfere with the effectiveness of the contrast.

In the sky over the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater in Fishers, Indiana

Nearly empty stands at Victory Field, Indianapolis, Indiana

Friday, August 2, 2013


Assignment #12: Track a moving subject with your camera.

I'm a big fan of these shots but I've learned that you don't generally just stumble upon them - you usually need to put yourself in the right place at the right time.

Pacific Pelican
Torrey Pines State Reserve, La Jolla, California

Spinning Wheel
Keeneland Racetrack, Lexington, Kentucky