A week ago for some unknown reason I googled “the color of the day”.

I came across a Wikipedia entry of the same name that informed me that “in Thai tradition, there is an astrological rule (which has influence from Hindu mythology) that assigns color for each day of the week. The color is assigned based on the color of the God who protects the day or Navagraha.”

So I decided to go out shooting with the color of the day (Wednesday/green) as my assignment.

Well, I must say that since then, this self-assignment has helped me see things in a new light.

Color is light after all, and many photographers are known to chase after light, so why not chase after color.

That Wednesday, I headed to Bonneyville Mill County Park in Bristol, Indiana at mid-day to get away from the computer for a while. There was plenty of green, and now I had to figure out what to shoot.

The time of day was not the best, so I decided to look in shaded and backlit shaded areas.

Nature was calling me in more than one way, and I ended up finding my first picture behind a very large tree along the Little Elkhart River.

Reflections of leaves were combining with ripples, and even though it didn’t look extremely vivid to me, I went ahead and made a series of images, and later in Photoshop I brought out that vividness. If I hadn’t been visualizing with green in mind, I probably wouldn’t have seen the scene.

Ripples and reflections on the Little Elkhart River cast a magic spell on a mid-afternoon August day. (Photo By Mark Shephard)

Green is a color closely related with the Old English verb growan — “to grow” — also used to describe someone who is inexperienced, and needs to grow.

Photographers will help themselves regenerate their vision and portfolios if they make self-assignments such as “the color of the day”.

markashephard.com

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