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UNSURE OF WHAT TO PHOTOGRAPH? CHOOSE A COLOR

May 28th, 2018

Red-winged Blackbird, Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria, Virginia

I find landscape photography in Virginia surprisingly difficult this time of year. It is not so much that there are a lack of landscapes, it is more that everything tends to be one color. Green. It is hard to know what to do with so much of one color. Even sweeping vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western Virginia can sometimes seem uninspired because of the homogeneous color palatte. Thankfully the fall season more than makes up for the difference, but during spring and summer options become somewhat limited. It is this limitation that provides an interesting challenge, so I opted to see what compositions I could find based on the variations of one color. All of the recent rain and overcast weather made the foliage appear nearly fluorescent. Having this goal in mind made me consider compositions that I normally wouldn't have considered otherwise and it turned a rather monotonous photography day productive. If you ever find yourself unsure of what to photograph, something as simple as choosing a color can make all the difference.

Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria, Virginia
Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria, Virginia
Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria, Virginia