Back in high school, I wore an awesome pair of shiny grey EDC pants with a knitted royal blue long sleeve shirt at least once a week. I felt so cool wearing it at the time, but it never matched the casual outfits that everyone else would wear. Let me tell you, there's definitely a time and place to be to try and be creative. Yet, there are times when it's just not cool!
Fast forward to today and I still have a hard time matching colors, especially when it comes to figuring out the contrast between different color hues. By taking a camera into nature and going trigger happy with your photos, I began to realize how color contrast helps your pictures pop off the screen and complements the various tones of different colors in the frame.
This first moment of realization happened after I decided to join a photography and hiking meetup group on a phone app. At the time, I was not confident with my hiking endurance or photography skills. Instead, I ended up planning my own photography hike near my surroundings. That mid-afternoon hike was mostly gloomy overhead. Luckily, there were a few moments when the sunlight burst through the clouds and unveiled some cool shots for me to take (shown below).
The inability to effectively operate your camera's manual settings in relation to your changing light source (in this case, the natural light from the rays of sunlight) is a painful lesson to learn. From that day, I learned that the relationship between color and texture helps create depth in a photo or video. For example, gold and silver are contrasting colors on the color wheel. However, in this instance, these two colors complement each other. Another contrasting element that should be noted is the difference in texture between the subject in the foreground and background.
Overall, this was a good day for exploration and learning more about color contrast in my photos.
Camera Body: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
Camera Lens: Vintage Nikon Series E 50mm 1.8 Prime Lens
Distance: 20 ft.
Weather Condition: Cloudy
To highlight the colors more, I increased the contrast and sharpness settings while editing this image. By cropping it, I was able to aim the focus on the subject by having a dead piece of wood occupy more space in the picture. These details also made the subject's background more in-depth to create a bokeh effect. What do you think of it?