Creative Contrast

Creative Contrast



When it comes to creativity in photography, sometimes you just have to take what’s handed to you.  So, when the weather turns chilly, like it did recently here in Colorado, the snow makes for some great contrast in subjects.  To that end, as a means of “hopping back on the photo horse” after a three week bout with the flu, here’s some shots from the portfolio that serve as examples of how to capture contrast during snowy weather!

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The soft lines of the snow against the hard edges of the numbers, plus the added black and white element of the snow and the background made this scene for me.  What about you?

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For some reason, snow capped branches of anything always catch my eye.  A tweak of exposure adjustments, and a little contrast slider makes this strike a chord for my eyes.  What do you think?

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The light dusting of snow, the dark green stairs, and the maroon brick background made for some nice contrast.  Added bonus that the angled lines of the railings and the squared lines of the bricks just added some more visual appeal for me.  Would you have taken the shot?

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This is probably one of my favorite “almost never happened” shots.  It was taken on a photo walk a year or so ago, and it’s been sitting quietly in my portfolio for a while.  The dusting of snow, the black of the coal in the freight trains, then the slight hint of red just begged my camera to take the shot.  I almost didn’t because it was getting cold, but something told me to take it and I’m glad I did.  Are you?

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The dusting of snow across a car window is something that I’ve always found appealing.  It’s almost peaceful, seeing the outlines that a dusting of snow takes when adhering to a window.  It may be boring to others, but the contrast of the white snow and the black of the window peeking through made it work for me!


February Winners – Everyone!

Mason Long

Given the rigors of the week, closing out the February contest was not high enough on my radar, but having stirred from the hydro-codone-induced sleep, I remembered that it’s time to close out February and begin March contests.  As you may recall, for February, a $50 discount card is being offered up to all participants in the February LDP Contest giveaway, so for those of you who participated and were patiently awaiting the discount code – it’s been published in the February contest thread.

And now – the moment you’ve all been waiting for:  the February co-winners, each of whom gets $150 in printing from NPL, the ones whose images were most compelling, the ones…all right already, they are:

Mason Long

Mason Long

Frank Sammut

Frank Sammut

You can find their respective Flickr streams of these and their other photo libraries here and here respectively!  Congrats to both of you and I’ve sent your names over to our contact with Nations Photo Lab so they can deliver the coupon codes for your prizes to you!  Thanks again to Nations Photo Lab for their generous donations for the month of February!  Be sure to tune in on Monday for the announcement of the March contest!