Today’s post is for Project 52, a weekly blog project that I am working on with several other talented photographers whom I’ve come to know and love over the past year. In this project, we concentrate on light and spend several weeks exploring an overarching theme. In this month’s theme we are exploring the color of light. The color of light can change, making it cooler or warmer, or even tinted toward green or magenta. Sunlight is generally white or neutral in color, but even sunlight may take on a color when it is reflected off another surface or when certain wavelengths are absorbed by the atmosphere or other things. And artificial light varies in color in many ways, of course. This week we are focusing on light that is tinted green. It is easy to recognize that light will tend to be “warmer” in certain scenarios or “cooler” in others, but light not only varies in terms of yellow to blue, but also in green to magenta. Portrait artists are careful to avoid having their subjects appear green, of course, so this week’s task is quite challenging. How do you find a way to play with the fact that light can, indeed, appear green, while still creating an image that pleases? I am excited to see how my friends rose to the task.
As for myself, I avoided the prospect of ugly skin by shooting a silhouette. A few weeks ago, when we were in New York City, we went to the Central Park Zoo with some friends. This shot was taken when we were watching the penguins. Alexa was in the arms of our friend Aaron (I noted in my Letters to Our Daughters post that there might be a little bit of a crush there) and watching the penguins dive in and out of the water. The light behind them was green, though I emphasized it a bit in post for fun. Her little pigtails just kill me!
Please continue along our creative blog circle to see what my lovely friend Kennedy Tinsley has posted. Please click HERE to see Kennedy’s play on green light.