Green with Envy

Color often establishes the mood of a photograph, whether it's bold or subdued. Green is cool and refreshing, while red on the other hand, is fiery and passionate.

This silhouetted figure of a child is especially striking against a bold green backdrop. Reader photo by Stan Kaufman, Bayville, NY

If you want to emphasize a particular color in a picture, keep in mind that some of the most pleasing color photos are ones in which one color or a group of closely related hues dominates the picture. For example, you may want to capture the varying shades of outdoor greenery, or zoom in on a decorative display on St. Patrick's Day. With framing and a good camera angle, you can draw attention to a small, but brightly colored subject in a scene, such as a grasshopper on flower petals.

Bright green walls serve as a framing element for the wrought-iron chair. Reader Photo by Jayne Ruiz, Dearborn, MI

Although foliage seems like one of the most obvious subjects to depict the color green, consider taking pictures of some more-challenging, less-photographed concepts, like zooming in on water droplets to create an abstract, or to show the harmony between shades of green.

Out-of-focus greenery in the background emphasizes this bee close-up. Reader photo by Andrew Romaneschi, Honolulu, HI

Readers are encouraged to submit photos to our monthly Point & Shoot HomeWork Assignment feature. Please see the table of contents in our magazine for the location of the entry coupon, which lists topics and more details.

Top right: Reflective water droplets make for an interesting abstract. Reader photo by James B. Bitten, Hamburg, NY

The photographer framed this array of foliage for a very pleasing composition. Reader photo by Margaret L. Donleycott, Everett, WA

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