All the Colors

This week the Lens Artists are looking for monochrome images. This most often means photos shot in black and white, but it can also mean any picture where just one color dominates. I don’t have much in my archives in black and white, but did find some monochrome images in various colors, and decided to post one in each of the four primary colors in human vision. Yes, I know, most color systems focus on three primary colors (red, green, blue), and the color receptors in the human eye also respond predominantly to one of these three hues. However, the visual system then turns this input into three opponent systems: red vs. green, blue vs. yellow, and black vs. white. This means that, at one level in human vision, there are four colors, just like in the song I used to sing with my children:

Red and yellow, green and blue,
All the colors over you.
Red as an apple, green as a tree,
Yellow as the sunshine, blue as the sea.

So here are four images, one representing each of the four colors.

Red: Amazing fall colors from 2018

Closeup of dense, bright red leaves on an autumn treeYellow: Part of a dazzling display of twinkle lights I spotted in a hotel this past spring

Shimmering yellow twinkling lights in a hotel lobbyGreen: A single white blossom stands out against its dark green leaves

A white morning glory flower in a bed of green leavesBlue: A vivid sky, painted with swirling clouds

White clouds swirled against a vivid blue skyPosted in response to Lens-Artists #70: Monochrome, with thanks to Patti for posting this week’s challenge.

ON ANOTHER NOTE: I’ve made a rather momentous decision. I will officially be switching my blog from this free WordPress location to my actual author website. From now until the end of this year I will post all my blog entries (including this one) on both locations. Starting in January 2020, though, I’ll be posting only on the website. If you enjoy my content, please start following me at my site: I value every one of my followers, and I hope to see you over there!

Bride Lights

I attended a wedding a couple of years ago and got lots of snapshots of family members and scenery. This is one of my favorites, though. I caught the bride sipping champagne, silhouetted against the sparkly lights that decorated the wedding hall. Her face isn’t visible, but the lights and candles still evoke excitement and joy. Her new life starts now. Can’t you see it?

Posted in response to the WordPress photo challenge: A Face in the Crowd

Look Up #photochallenge

LightsThese are the lights that hang in the foyer at the Clover Center for Arts and Spirituality in Rochester, NY. I attended a concert there recently and was fascinated by this lovely array of hanging globes. I took more than a dozen photos of those lights. It was days later, though, that I realized the lights had even more meaning than what I saw in them that night. Continue reading