Foto Friday: Contrast

A candle in a darkened room.
Photo by Benjamin Pecka

Contrast plays an important role in any sort of visual arts. Contrast draws the eye to a subject and creates an ambiance for an image. This week, we gathered a handful of photographs to illustrate contrast in many different forms.

The Duluth lift bridge lies over a still Lake Superior near dusk.
Photo by Gene Dianoski

The Duluth lift bridge is reflected across Lake Superior at dusk, leaving a striking contrast of the silhouette across the still water and barren sky.

A monochrome dog looks thoughtful
Photo by Gene Dianoski

Contrast is the nature of monochrome images. The intense distinction between the blacks and whites allow each physical detail to pop out and completely change the mood of an image. A unique perspective is sometimes required to decide when greyscale is preferable over colored photos.

A crane in an urban setting cast against an evening sun.
Photo by John Abrenilla

Often in the mornings and evenings, finding a stark opposition in colors is easy. The shadows created by the sun bring different details and textures to an image that might not otherwise be apparent.

The Duluth lift bridge is lit up at nighttime.
Photo by Gene Dianoski

Another beautiful image of the Duluth lift bridge, but taken at night time. Night is a great time to find contrast of the lights against the darkness.

A hand reaches to grab a pear.
Photo by Benjamin Pecka

Finding contrast can be a great way to alter the colors of an image while also drawing attention to a subject.

A schooner sails across a lake with a bright sun in the background.
Photo by Benjamin Pecka

Did you know that duelers drew their guns at “High Noon” because the sun wouldn’t be in either contender’s eyes? Again we see the power of dynamically utilizing lighting to create a crisp and interesting shot.

A dog with a red flower in its mouth in front of a red background.
Photo credit: Benjamin Pecka

A color contrast can also frame a subject against the colors. Notice how, despite the vibrancy of the red background, the contrast draws the eye to the pup Coda– who is harshly contrasted against the red.

A tiger in black-and-white.
Photo credit: Gene Dianoski

This tiger photo is another example of a monochrome that draws the eye to the textures. The image is extremely tactile when color is taken away.

Join the discussion! What photographs are your favorite? Feel free to link some of your favorite contrasting images and leave us a comment below.



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