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