Flash of Red February 19-25

posted February 18th, 2018
Your week of texture and our pop of red is almost done. Believe it or not you are over halfway through your month of black and white! In the coming week we’ll return to three compositional elements, shape, line and space (choose one or alternate them), and add three design elements (pattern, contrast and perspective) to emphasize your subject and to help you compose your shot.

Compositional elements are the building blocks of your picture. They are the parts which make up the picture as a whole. I chose shapes, space and lines for the overall effect that emphasizing them in your pictures would have when you looked at your calendar view at the end of the month. But you can choose any of the 8 elements if you prefer (light, line, value, size, space, color, and shape). Most of the time the majority of these elements are at work in your picture, but sometimes one or more of them are more prominent. I encourage you not to over-think them, but just be aware of how they help to strengthen your composition when you use them.

Design elements are the way you choose to present the elements of your composition. This week we’ll use pattern, contrast, and perspective to bring out shape, lines and space (positive/negative space) in our picture. But you can choose any one of the 6 design elements if you’d like (balance, emphasis, proportion, pattern, contrast, and perspective). I cover all of these in my book, Seeing in Black and White, with examples and tips for each.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0798X7Y98

For further reading you may like these articles:

On pattern:
https://photography.tutsplus.com/articles/a-10-step-guide-to-understanding-and-utilizing-pattern--photo-4239

On contrast:
https://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/tips-for-using-contrast-in-photography/

On perspective:
https://digital-photography-school.com/perspective-photography-dont-just-stand-move-feet/

Do you have a favorite shot you took from last week (or maybe your favorite shot is someone else's)? Why not share it here? And don’t forget to check out the flashofred2018 tag every now and then to see what your fellow black and white adventurers are up to.

Have a great week everyone!
Ann LeFevre
@Olivetreeann


posted February 18th, 2018
Thanks Ann
Cannot believe we are past halfway.
My own favourite is this one because it came out so well in b&w:



And a favourite of someone else's is this one by Rosie @rosiekerr

posted February 18th, 2018


She's my granddaughter- what can I say? Of course she was my favorite shot of the week!
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This was my favorite, because this was the first time I was able to get a good focus on this evergreen's leaves. I think the camera angle made all the difference.
posted February 18th, 2018
Wendy @farmreporter crisp reflection

posted February 18th, 2018
My favorite is the tree my in laws are buried under

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@daisymiller @30pics4jackiesdiamond @pandorasecho @jackies365

Thanks for sharing these! So many great contributions!
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@novab Nice one Nova! I am always in great admiration of anyone who does selfies!
posted February 18th, 2018
@olivetreeann Thanks Ann, I don't do them often, but I really like how I processed this one. :)
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@homeschoolmom
Nice catch of this happy little chirper!
posted February 18th, 2018


The "jazzy" lines of the shadow is what caught my eye, but I softened the contrast to allow the "dots" pattern to be a part of the composition.
posted February 19th, 2018
@30pics4jackiesdiamond
Thank you, Jackie for including my photo. i am truly grateful (and surprised and delighted!)
posted February 19th, 2018
I think this was my favourite although it may be more fitting for this week's challenge...
posted February 19th, 2018
@houser934 Well done Kathryn- I think it was a great choice to bring out the dot pattern too. I like how my eye moves back and forth between the shadow's pattern and the circular pattern of the dots.

@helenhall There is something about looking at trees this way that is really eye-catching. It's just such a great perspective. Good shot Helen!
posted February 26th, 2018
Hi Ann - is there any particular theme we should be following this week? thank you x
posted February 26th, 2018
@nicolecampbell Hi Nicole- I had such a busy week, I posted the discussion thread quite late- but it's up here now. We are returning to light for the last three days with the option of doing a globe of our favorites on the 28th.
http://365project.org/discuss/themes-competitions/31155/flash-of-red-february-26-28
posted February 26th, 2018
@olivetreeann - thank you Ann
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