It's April, and April means Spring!  And Spring means life outdoors, and the return of greenery and flowers and life!  So what better color to photograph than the color Green!

Denise Laurinaitis Grace Project Color Challenge April Green

Green is the color of nature.  It symbolizes growth, freshness, hope and fertility.  It is associated with safety and harmony.  It has a healing quality and is the most calming color to the human eye.   Green also stands for new growth and rebirth, which is common in Spring - and hence, why we are photographing it this month.  Beware, though, because green can also mean envy and jealousy.  As Iago said to Othello in Shakespeare's Othello tragedy:  

"O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat that it feeds on..."

Green is a difficult color to handle in post processing, as you do not want your green to look neon in your photos.  The brighter the light on the green, the more yellow the green takes on, and the more neon it becomes.  It might be worth spending a day observing how greens change with the sunlight.  You can decide which shade you like the most, and try to shoot in that type of light.  Or you can leave it to post processing.  Be sure to adjust your hue, saturation and luminance sliders in post processing, and sometimes playing with the Camera Calibration colors in Lightroom also helps.  In Photoshop, you can play with saturation as well, add blue to your green, desaturate the yellows.  The best advice is to play and find what works for you.  But really observing the greens and you will see that in sunny conditions, green does in fact look neon to the human eye, not just your camera!

I hope you found this information helpful.  Please remember to post your collages to the appropriate album on Facebook no later than April 30, 2018.  The album is located here:  April 2018.

I look forward to seeing your work.  

And this month has a bonus!  Use green symbolically!  And get extra points for putting the quote to use!  Post those symbolic images (not a collage, just single images) in the album located here:  April Green Symbolism.  

I will create a separate blog post sharing my favorite symbolic images during the month of May!  You can post as many images to this album as you like, so long as they are symbolic.  Remember, any of the meanings count, so let's get creative!

Denise Laurinaitis Grace Defined Green Symbolism Grace Project Color Challenge

Here, I tried to communicate rebirth with the greenery highlighted by the setting sun.  I also feel the image shows hope and life.  I hope you see it too.  I can't wait to see what you share!

Finally, if you have not yet joined, please consider visiting the Grace Project and join today.

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