Monochromatic Color Scheme

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Nautilus - Varina Patel

Most of us think of Black and White images when we hear the word “Monochrome” – but we can also use it to describe an image with varying tones, shades, and tints of a single base hue. Images with a monochromatic color scheme are often subtle – but not always. Take a look at this shot from Everglades National Park in Florida.

Blinded by the Light - Varina Patel

This is certainly a “monochromatic” image – it uses shades of just one color. The golden tones convey a sense of warmth. The simple color scheme is striking and unusual… and the intensity of light adds a dramatic touch.

The Quiet - Varina Patel

Here’s another example of a monochromatic color scheme. This shot of Pine Glades Lake (also in the Everglades) presents the view in shades of blue. The result is a moody, image  – cool and stormy skies over a deep, clear lake.

Monochromatic color schemes encourage the viewer to notice details and textures in the image. Colors can also help to set a mood… green are fresh and vibrant, yellows seem warm and inviting, blues are cool and moody… so use them to convey strong feeling and emotion!

About Author Varina Patel

There is nothing more remarkable to me than the power of nature. It is both cataclysmic and subtle. Slow and continuous erosion by water and wind can create landscapes every bit as astonishing as those shaped by catastrophic events – and minuscule details can be as breathtaking as grand vistas that stretch from one horizon to the other. Nature is incredibly diverse. Burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks… Brilliant sunbeams and fading alpenglow… Silent snowfall and raging summer storms… Each offers a unique opportunity. I am irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding my next photograph, and mastering the skills required to capture it effectively.