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Pop of Color

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Published May 23, 2018 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 30 Contributors

    30 photos selected by

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The sun was just perfect when we arrived at the Old Hill Street Police Station. The colors of the...

    #building #architecture #window #pop_color #street #people #places #design #travel #color #singapore

    My first assignment with the Your Shot community has been a truly colorful adventure, so I want to thank all of you who submitted pictures, left thoughtful feedback in the discussion board, found creativity in color, and offered me a warm welcome while I’ve been acquainting myself with the community.

    Going through more than 16,000 submissions was the most colorful journey I might ever encounter. I purposely left the prompt for this assignment open for all interpretations of what a “pop” of color might mean, which resulted in a hugely colorful set of photographs. I wanted you all to explore color, experiment with how to make an effective composition, and investigate the way we detect color in the context of its setting.

    Although fair skin is chic in India, albinos are discriminated. I made that portrait when I met ...

    #albino #hairstyle #henna #portrait #popofcolor #green #india #color #gerryspicture #streetportrait

    Editor's Note

    This is a simply beautiful portrait. The colors are so rich! I appreciate that you included information about how his eyes are sensitive to light and it only makes me want to learn more about his l... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My interpretation of a “pop” of color evolved throughout the assignment, too. For example, Joanna Grzyl’s portrait of a girl and her horse struck me, because not only is it a gorgeous portrait, but the orange also stuck out so suddenly against the muted tones of the rest of the frame. On the other hand, Toni Minchev took a “sweet” approach and filled her entire frame with color and pattern! As I read through the comments on the discussion board, I was intrigued by the various interpretations of the prompt and the conversation around what a “pop” could be. I welcomed all interpretations and could not be more pleased with the final outcome.

    Your collective sense of color brought me a wide array of portraiture, landscapes, cultural celebrations, architecture, unexpected colorful relationships, and as always, insurmountable creativity that can only be found in the Your Shot community. I am so proud to share this final story with you all. I hope you enjoy looking through it as much as I enjoyed producing it for you.

    Inca descendants have successfully preserved many of their traditions and weaving threads is one ...

    #texures #tradition #handmade #peru #colors #art #portrait #popofcolors #people #culture

    Editor's Note

    The leading lines created from the threads to your character are spot on! The light is gorgeous a... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    By a window, in the lobby of a hotel in Sydney, this girl shone.

    #dress #popofcolour #africanaustralian #red #woman #beauty #reddress #girl

    A farmer harvesting tulips during full bloom season. 2 billion bulbs were Grown in the Netherland...

    #tulips #abstract #netherlands #aerial #popofcolor #travel

    As I stood taking this picture, a small girl asked me why I was taking a picture of the neighborh...

    #weloveourpets #whileonawalk #city #street #animal #orange #popofcolor #cat #car #color

    Editor's Note

    I love, love, love that you found humor in an everyday situation and waited to make a photograph of it, "Orange Cat on an Orange Car," ha! The frame made me stop because I thought "How funny to fin... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    One of my favorite images. There's nothing more quintessential to New England than the vibrant au...

    #northeast #vibrant #connecticut #reflection #autumn #water #colors #foliage #new_england #fall

    Editor's Note

    Wow, talk about the "quintessential" autumn photo! The colors are simply beautiful and I love how the white houses act as the "pops" in this frame as they are so starkly different from the reds, or... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This was shot at kala ghoda art festival which is an annual cultural & art festival that exhibits...

    #colorful #kalaghoda #candid #artfestival #people #mumbai

    Editor's Note

    My immediate reaction to this photo was to smile! I love the ribbons coming from behind his head,... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    During a shooting set

    I was touring the Bellingrath Gardens and Home outside of Mobile, Alabama. And these girls were ...

    #mobile_alabama #costume #bellingrath_gardens #flowers #azalea #people #color

    All dressed up for Spring, these cat's eyes are beautifully set off by the brilliant color of it'...

    #greeneyes #colorondisplay #eyesandsweater #popofcolor #cateyes #color #greeneyecat

    Editor's Note

    Ron, you got the focus perfectly on this cat's eyes perfectly right and I love, love, love the gr... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My daughter prepping for dress rehearsal. She had been aching to slip into this dress for weeks, ...

    In the middle of an early morning shoot, my model wanted to take a smoke break. So i thought why ...

    #gypsy #yourshot18 #female #colorful #lifesty #portrait #people #photography #color2018 #fashion

    This photograph is a part of a series on Indian musicians. In this image i have captured ANIL C...

    #keyboardist #colours #roland #indianmusicscene #environmentalportrait #musician

    Editor's Note

    Between using the color filters on your lights, the reflection of piano keys in his glasses and your unique composition you make this musician look like a scientist from a scientific fiction movie ... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    It is a wing of a Common Lime Butterfly

    #colorful #butterfly #color #wings

    Editor's Note

    The blue of this butterfly wing is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing such an intimate view of the wing, a view most people will never see this close. A beautiful "pop" of color we might not easily se... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    During a misty morning adventure in NSW we came across this dark road filled with autumn leaves o...

    #fun #d750 #australia #portrait #yellow #d750_nikon #nikon #umbrella

    Editor's Note

    What a whimsical moment with the quintessential yellow rain jacket! I love that this moment feels poetic and your drive to just try it! Some of my favorite pictures came together when I just decide... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    portrait of Sandra and her horse captured during photo workshop with Anna Ajtner. It was a first ...

    #horse #stable #girl #statue #horseriding

    Editor's Note

    I love how muted the tones are in this photograph and then the orange halter just pops! The hues match the tone of the photo, solemn and serious. I love how strong and proud they both stand and how... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A small farm near a road ... i raised my drone above the cows and took the shot

    #colour #above #fly #spring #grass #drone #cow #green

    Editor's Note

    Lucian, I love how you filled your frame with the lush green grass and the brown cows are the pops of a different, vibrant color. The perspective of being directly above the cows makes this image f... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Happiness in a jump. Summertime colors.

    #summertime #happiness #jump #swimmigpool

    Editor's Note

    I love how simple this frame is — I can feel his joy, your photo feels like the happiness of summertime. I love that you captured the moment before he (hopefully) lands on the float. I love the ant... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This image is part of the series “Primary colors”, I had this idea when the fields of Switzerland...

    #blue #skirt #abstract #red #primary_colors #modernart #yellow #butterfly #color #rapeseed

    Editor's Note

    The movement from fabric and primary colors are stunning in this frame. The stillness of the red legs is poignant against the blues and yellows surrounding. I love how bold the colors are all around!

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    A lone Scarlet Ibis among the Laughing Gulls. He has come to see what tasty morsels he can find ...

    #outdoor #wildlife #shorebirds #red #birds #scarletibis #islands #beaches #popofcolor #ibis #nature

    Editor's Note

    I love that you found a completely natural, bold and completely serendipitous pop of color! Your depth of field perfectly shows how many gulls are around this single Scarlet Ibis and having the sa... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Blurred traffic at Tokyo's Ginza zebra crossing.

    #motion #zebra #speed #taxi #ginza #colors #japan #tokyo #traffic #street #crossing

    Editor's Note

    Bravo on one of the best uses of a slow shutter I've seen used for traffic. The cars are just abstracted enough that they look like brush strokes of paint! The reds and yellow pop and balance out t... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The picture was made in our kitchen at the moment when the light fell into it, illuminating the s...

    #story_teller #hands #negative_space #life_style #peach #detail #space

    Editor's Note

    The composition and simplicity of this frame is so striking! I was admittedly a little startled when I saw the hand grabbing from the darkness but those little hands complete the image. Great antic... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Dancers during a celebration in a small village in a rural area of Rukwa Region in Tanzania.

    #tanzania #colors #africa #people #dance #culture #travel #color #fashion

    Editor's Note

    These dancers donned in yellow just bring a smile to my face! I love their facial expressions and how the movement of their bodies is caught for 1/1000 of a second creates a fun moment. I like that... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Light from our Milky Way shines through adding colour to the dark sky at Cathedral Cove, North Is...

    #astro #camplife #stars #cathedralcove #nightsky #campervan #milkyway #longexposure #starlight

    Editor's Note

    The pop of yellow is like a shining star amongst the night sky. Nothing quite like seeing the Milky Way like this, away from the hustle and bustle of a city. Well done!

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I feel a great connection with the animals I photograph, many of which are endangered. This is a ...

    #bird #lazoo #portrait #animal #nature

    Editor's Note

    I have never seen a Galah Cockatoo before and what a lovely introduction to this beautiful bird! The quality of light and level of detail in her feathers are perfectly on point. This is my new favo... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I appreciate the way bright colors can make an image come alive and the way they evoke emotions i...

    #touch #hands #shadows #contrast #london #girl #pinkhair

    Editor's Note

    I love the pop of her hair against the urban backdrop. Her body language and the hand reaching for her creates a really fascinating tension in the frame that makes me wonder what situation you stum... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Cafeterias in the Gulf are every person's pitstop from all walks of life. From fresh juices, burg...

    #gcc #dubai #middleeast #fastfood #pitstop #restaurant #architectural #food #cafeteria #uae

    Editor's Note

    Malek, your pop from this roadside cafeteria is splendid! What I love even more is how you mention in your caption that shops like this bring folks of all walks of life together. No matter who you ... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    We could see more ships than usual during Cherry blossom season.They created beautiful lines like...

    #pop #nightview #nightvisions #sumida_river #tokyo #multiexposure #longexposure #citylights

    Editor's Note

    The colorful light trails are so striking in your composition, Junko! I've never seen a cityscape and it must be a site to see with all the boat traffic during cherry blossom season. Well done!

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    It is all about sweet treats. Chocolate, ice cream, cookies, cupcakes, candies, lollipops, you na...

    #textures #candy #pop_of_color #colorful #child #lines #sweet_treats #patterns #food

    Editor's Note

    Toni, your colors, patterns and shapes are just delightful in this photograph. The repetition between the candies and the background but broken up by the white bowl is downright fun! I too, have a ... More

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot

    About the Editor
    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Kristen was a photo intern at the White House Photo Office intern under the Obama Administration and Education Week. Proud RIT alumna, dessert enthusiast and Finger Lakes, NY native. I'm happy and excited to be looking through your photos, providing feedback and supporting your photography endeavors.

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