In need of some color

Shopping Girls with a smile
1/800 sec | f/4 | ISO 1600 | 25mm

The sun is missing in the Streets of Nuremberg. On days like this I’m in need of some color. So is my street photography. I’m not really looking for the classical high contrast black & white images, but shoot in color, looking for those scenes where color makes the photograph better.

Buying Tickets
1/125 sec | f/4 | ISO 1600 | 25mm

Look for complementary colors that work well together and are dominant in a scene, or form repetitive patters. Like the red/yellow/bluish tones in the image above, around the main subject. But also visible in the show poster on the right. Or the pink/orange of the ladies fashion accessories, that you can find again in the shop sign on the right.

Red Capped Lady
1/200 sec | f/4 | ISO 500 | 100mm
The Pose
1/60 sec | f/4 | ISO 1600 | 100mm

So on a gray day, where the missing sun provides little opportunity for high contrast monochrome shooting, go for colors.

All photographs taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1X and the mZuiko 12-100mm F/4. Postprocessing in Lightroom Classic.

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Wish you a great Friday!

Marcus

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  1. Lots of people are depressed in winter, given the unrelenting grey skies. As you showed, colour is one way to modify the winter blues.

  2. Yes colour helps your eye move around the image. I like the shot with guy and the posters. The contrast of the grey flat of the window behind really helps the composition and makes this shot stand out from the others. Keep treading those streets Marcus. Louise

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