Green appreciation before winter gray takeover

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With the departure of summer, those residing in areas that experience winter remember green fondly. As the days shorten and autumn brings new colors, it won’t be long until slushy grey and white take over the landscape. As such, we decided to reminisce greener times before they yield to gloominess.

The color green holds many meanings within photography and across cultures. Its most common meaning is ‘nature’ but it also portrays wealth and luck (though it is unlucky in some other cultures).

A beagle dog sniffs the green grass.
Snow cover might reduce the smells available on the ground but Tucker’s sniffer remains strong. Photo by Gene Dianoski

We start with a photo of Tucker contrasted starkly against the green grass under him. 

A lawnmower cutting thick green grass.
At least weekly lawn mowing is replaced with infrequent shoveling (if you’re lucky). Photo by Benjamin Pecka

Selective focus and color contrast frame the subject and draw the eye immediately to the lawnmower in this image. The close-up shot draws textures to the forefront of the image and a brighter exposure pulls out vibrant colors.

Green bicycles in a row that say 'Nice Ride'.
The bright green of the Nice Ride bike-sharing communicates that using them is environmentally friendly. Photo by Benjamin Pecka

The patterns of the Nice Ride docked bikes form a line deep into the center of the image. The eye is drawn along the frames of the bikes into the blurred background. Repeating patterns also provides a strong compositional element that emphasizes the subject.

A woman wearing a blue jacket posing on stairs surrounded lush green trees.
Photo by Gene Dianoski

Another great example of framing, earthy tones surround the subject who wears a blue color that stands against the foreground and background. While some photographers would choose to fill the frame with the subject, including the branches and stairs provides the viewer with environmental context.

Lush greenery surrounds a diorama of a hobbit hole.
The lush green environment emphasizes the natural setting for halfling dwellings. Photo by John Abrenilla

This Hobbit hole is captured perfectly with a blend of bright colors and shadows to add a textured consistency across the image.

Orange flowers with green lace leaves at the top of a cliff.
Sutro Baths in San Francisco was an Olympic sized swimming pool constructed in 1896. The structure burned down in 1966 and has remained in ruins. Photo by John Abrenilla

Another deeply textured image, the selective focus creates a sense of depth that dwindles into the distance of the photo.

A sprinkler watering the lawn with a green house in the background.
Lush green lawns are excellent spaces for lounging in the sun. Photo by Benjamin Pecka

Green lawns may be an ill-suited holdover from British colonialism in American climates but well-manicured lawns are attractive. Walking on soft ground with blades of tickling between the toes feels wonderful after a long winter.

Closeup of green oregano.
Houseplants and indoor herb gardens are excellent ways to bring the outside to the inside. Photo by Benjamin Pecka

In addition to infusing savory flavor into home-made culinary masterpieces, oregano has many medicinal benefits, though not scientifically proven, including boosts to immunity.

Green coniferous trees with misty clouds in the background.
Fortunately coniferous forests provide greenery all year, which is especially for those in extreme northern climates who live near them. Photo by John Abrenilla

Although natural settings are the most obvious places to use the color green in photography, there are many ways to use it. What’s your favorite uses? Leave your comments below!

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