Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Line, Color, Texture, and Light

This simple image has appeal, but why? Because it has several elements that speak loudly in spite of  the simplicity  -  the lines of the cactus plant, the monochromatic greens, the texture of the edges, and the light that shows roundness and almost glows.

Often images that have only one or two colors have powerful appeal. There are fewer elements to deal with, and overall there can be a calming effect. And because there are very few elements, it is important that the quality of the light be a beneficial supporting player.

So try this. Set an assignment for yourself. Go in search of subjects that have only one or two colors. Walk around the subject if possible. Look for the best light direction and the best quality of light. I recommend shooting on overcast days since the light will be softer, exposure will be easier, and there will not be hard shadows or bright highlights to become a distraction.

If you get some images you like, email them to me at
I always enjoy seeing what can be created!

1/640 sec. at f/3.2, ISO 400. Canon 100mm macro f/2.8L IS lens on Canon 7D Mark II body. Handheld.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."  --Albert Einstein

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