Visual Assignment called “Splash the Color” 3.5 Stars

“Color splash is a technique to emphasize details- you remove all color from a photo, and then restore original color to a single object, e.g. a green apple on a table. Think of the Girl in the red dress from Schindler’s List.”

The photo I chose to use was taken right when Spring had sprung a few years ago. So many flowers were blooming everywhere and I just had to go and take some pictures of them. These particular flowers were found in the woods in my back yard. There was probably hundreds of them  all over the ground.

I’ve seen this technique used many times and I think it is a great and effective way to draw attention to the subject of the photo or draw attention to something else within the photo that the photographer finds more important than the actual subject. It’s a technique I have always wanted to try so I thought this would be the perfect assignment.

The original photo I used was filled with a good amount of color so I knew the contrast would look great in black and white, which is important when taking out all of the color from a photo. As you can see, there is a lot of distinguishable blue and green, which is perfect for switching to black and white. DSCN1258


After choosing a photo that would have good contrast. I opened it into Photoshop Elements 11 and selected the focal point of the picture and copied into another layer. Then I took the color from the background. Finally all I needed to do was place the layer with the colored flower on top of the black and white background and then I was done!

In this photo you can see that this particular flower is the only one in focus, everything else is blurred in the background. By changing everything else to black and white and making the focused flower the only one in color really brings attention to it.DSCN12582

3 thoughts on “Focus Here Please

  1. With both the extreme sharpness of the flower, coupled with it being the only one in color, it almost appears as though the flower itself has been photoshopped in from a different picture! It’s a very interesting effect, and it definitely gives the picture a certain eye-catching pop. Excellent job! #talkingpolack106

  2. Hey Rachel,

    This is beautiful! and looks very professionally done. I would love to try this myself sometime because it looks like it didn’t take you a very long time and the result is awesome. I also really like that the flower is a subtle color and not something too bright. Subtle goes well with a gray background because sometimes when the color is too aggressive, it’s no longer pleasing. #talkingpolack106


    • Thank you so much! I am glad you appreciate the subtly of the photo. I was a little worried that it might be too light of a color and not look great with the black and white background. #talkingpolack106

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