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This week, share with us your monochromatic images. Be calculating and creative in choosing your subject and focal point; resist the urge to simply take a photo of something with a single color range.

Photo by Jen Hooks.

A powerful monochromatic image is composed of a gradient of a single color, and has an emphasis on texture and composition. While the images I’ve shared in this post are not entirely monochromatic, they show the power that a simple color palette can have in a photograph.

An image of a Blue Hawaii drink with ice, on a blue background. Photo by <a href="http://threebirds.blog" target="new">Jen Hooks</a>.

Photo by Jen Hooks.

Minimalist, monochromatic photos require a thoughtful eye in order to ensure that they are truly interesting, rather than mundane. Use of creative composition and angles, and a tight zoom on your subject can help produce a compelling image.

A photo of blades of grass with morning dew sparkling on them. Photo by <a href="http://threebirds.blog" target=new"> Jen Hooks</a>.

Photo by Jen Hooks.

In a monochromatic image, a distinct point of focus, or focal point, is also a necessity. Great photographs immediately engage a viewer’s eye and attention, and especially in images where the colors tend to bleed together, the photographer needs to choose the focus with intention.

A photo of an engagement ring on a twig, with a stone background. Photo by <a href="http://threebirds.blog" target="new">Jen Hooks</a>.

Photo by Jen Hooks.

The inclusion of a pop of color in an otherwise monochromatic palette can also result in a dramatic image, as in the kitten portrait below.

A portrait of a gray kitten with golden eyes. Photo by <a href="http://threebirds.blog" target="new">Jen Hooks</a>.

Photo by Jen Hooks.

This week, share with us your monochromatic images. Be calculating and creative in choosing your subject and focal point; resist the urge to simply take a photo of something with a single color range. Go beyond the obvious choice, and have fun!

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