Some Thoughts About Color

I’ve heard photography pundits say, quite often in fact, that the use of color in a photograph can be seen as a crutch used to disguise poor composition. I agree that’s certainly possible but, I would contend that sometimes color becomes so powerful it can be thought of as the subject itself.

For instance, last Sunday while walking through Boston Public Garden, I came upon this balloon seller sitting behind his wares. I snapped off a quick shot and in Lightroom I cut down on the exposure and changed the format to square. In this case I would contend the color is the photo’s primary subject. (Unless of course baloons are your thing.)

Boston Public Garden Fall Selfie

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She yanked a low hanging branch around her shoulder to give her shot the proper background. Not great for the tree but it must have really helped the final result. Plenty of reds to be sure.

 

Boston’s Public Garden

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Because we live so close, it is easy to take for granted the garden’s beauty. As today was cooling down, I wandered by and was struck hard by it once again.¬†

Earth Day Helpers

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These creatures are supposed to be tree kangaroos. They were telling people in Boston’s Public Garden about how they were close to extinction. (The real animals are indeed severely threatened.) Nice to see Earth Day remembered so creatively. Now if only we humans can do better!

Balloon Man On Ice

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Normally this guy operates in the summer when there are more kids around. But I guess today’s warm weather was enough to bring him out of hibernation. Those kids you see where having a LOT of fun.

On Ice

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This group of ice walkers are strolling around what we locals call the lagoon in Boston’s Public Garden. In warm weather this place would be filled with swan boats and ducks. Today the temperature reached almost 50 giving everybody a break from the frigid temperatures we’ve been having. It was VERY welcome.

Descending Streetlight Trail

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As one walks across the middle of Boston Common towards the Garden, a lovely row of streetlights marks the path down the hill towards Back Bay. A quiet diagonal leading to the cacophony of approaching buildings.