52 Week Photography Challenge - Week 2

Week 2

Composition: Color Harmony

Get out your color wheel. Do opposites attract? Can there be harmony with opposite colors? Does the Hulk wear purple pants? Mix warm and cool colors.

Gear used Canon 6D with a Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II (This will probably be a pattern)


  • Shutter speed: 1/400 sec
  • Aperture: f/8.0
  • ISO: 100
  • Focal length: 24mm

It's only week two, but I am finding out how difficult it is to plan and prepare and to create the shot instead of just capturing the photo. I struggled with this prompt because all that I could think of was The Incredible Hulk or a beach at sunset with the contrasting colors of blue and orange. As you might imagine, I can't find the Hulk and there sure aren't any beaches in Kentucky. 

The more I thought about the prompt, I thought about downtown Lexington. The Children's Museum has some colorful walls and I thought I would head down there and check them out. Unfortunately, it was just garbage...no seriously...their garbage cans were out there just hanging out by these bright yellow walls. Trash cans sure don't make for an interesting subject. 

Then I heard the voice of the greatest President in American history say "Four score and seven years ago. I became a mural in Lexington and I'm a little hurt you didn't think of me". Of course Lincoln didn't actually speak to me, I'm not THAT crazy. Lexington has some pretty cool street art and I forgot all about it! The answer to my question this week was right there on a multistory building.

Lincoln is my favorite President, but that's probably because I've only lived in Lincoln filled states (Illinois, the land of Lincoln, and now Kentucky, the birthplace of Lincoln). He has a really cool history, not to mention he kills vampires

This was just the perfect thing to capture with this prompt; it has nearly every color in the visual spectrum, a favorite historical figure of mine, and it is a well known spot in Lexington. This low and close angle gives Lincoln a larger than life appearance, just like if you were to visit the Lincoln Monument in Washington D.C.

As a bonus for making it all the way to the bottom of this post, here's the picture in black and white.

Ohhh contrasty!