Shooting Challenge: One Color

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Last week, you showed off your monochrome skills in classic silver. This week, you'll take a photo in a different way: Find a scene that's predominantly one color, and capture that color to its fullest.

The Challenge

Photograph a scene that's predominantly one color. You can find something natural, manmade, or even lit or painted one color by you. Just don't use Photoshop to just colorize a black and white shot. Let's go fully practical this time.


The Method

This doesn't have to be any harder than taking a close-up of a few leaves of a tree, but then again, that approach probably isn't entirely original. Your best bet is to live with your camera for a week, keeping your eyes peeled. But in addition, the best shots will likely exhibit a lot of tonal range—the gradient between light and dark. Here's an amazing primer on the subject. Read it and think about it as you approach scenes for the week. Being monochromatic is only one part of the challenge. Making that one color scene interesting despite its monotony is a whole other.

The Example

Our lead shot is from TANAKA Juuyoh. It works because there's so much texture (created by depth from shadow), yet little variance in the actual color itself.


The Rules - READ THESE

0. No watermarks. They're so ugly.
1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced.
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a native resolution sized shot in email.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best photo by Monday, August 26th at 10AM Eastern to with "One" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameOne.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameOneWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don't skip this story part because it's often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!


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I am no longer on this site. Am on twitter as @PixelSnader

In this contest/context, are black and white considered colors?