This week is Week 15 of professional pet photography blog circle Project 52. Our task this week was to explore color contrast in our images. According to David duChemin, the author of the book we are following The Visual Toolbox: 60 Lessons for Stronger Photographs,” contrasting colors as he refers to them aren’t colors that clash, but colors that are considered complementary.

 I was pretty busy this week and our weather was all whacked out, so didn’t have as much time to explore this subject as I would have liked to do. Instead of having Mr. Bojangles as my subject this week, I used one of the many rescue dogs I’ve photographed recently, Willow, a young St. Bernard. The rich red-brown of Willow’s fur against the greenery in the background is representative of how complementary colors work together, and as close as I could get to the red and green complementary color combination. (Complementary colors are colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel.)

Willow is available for adoption through Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue in Cincinnati

You can see some of the same impact complementary colors have in one of the images I used for last week’s blog on exploring our color palette. In this image, the orange-red brick color sets a complementary backdrop for the blue-green sweater Mr. Bojangles is wearing and the lighter shaded furry throw. (You really didn’t think Mr. Bojangles wouldn’t make an appearance, did you?)

Now, to explore more contrasting colors, head over to Northeast PA Pet Photographer, I Got The Shot Photography, and then around the rest of the blog circle until you end up back here. 

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