A Pop of Red

The power of red is unmistakeable.

Recently I read about a photographer who entered many photo contests and never seemed to win. He did some visual research of the winning entries and noted they all contained a pop of red. What to do? He started entering photos with — you guessed it — a pop of red.

Interestingly, color theorists note that in every culture the names of the colors are repeated in the same order:  red, yellow, green, and blue.

Living on the wet side of Washington — as I have done for more years than I ever thought I was capable of — leaves my camera begging for something besides the green.

A walk in Narbeck Wetlands Sanctuary is such an experience.

Take a look at these pictures.

A pop of read-2 A pop of read-4 A pop of read-6

Pretty ho-hum, huh?

So now let’s replace the little berries that I cloned out. Don’t you love digital photography? Draw a circle and out they come. Whoosh!

So bring on the pop of red.

A pop of read

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A pop of read-5Where does your eye go?

Amazing what a little red can do. So what do you do with this information?

Go get red shoes.

You heard me! Get some red shoes.

I had some in college. I used to call them my dancing shoes. They were bright red Mary Jane’s with a slightly raised heel. I always felt like I floated down the sidewalk between buildings when I wore them. That was a very long time ago and the memory of the feeling remains! There must be something to it.

Recently, my friend, Linda, gave a presentation on how to be exquisite like the French women. She said, “Get a pair of red shoes.” In fact, Linda went on to reveal that when her daughters graduated from university she instructed them to purchase a pair of red pumps.

I failed as a mother! I knew how red shoes made me feel in college; I never passed it on to the next generation. I just thought it was a quirk. Apparently not.

Go buy red shoes.

You’ll grab attention. Your future may depend on it. You just might step out of the background into the limelight! Limelight?

Hmmm! Isn’t lime green?

Marlee Huber ~ For Your Flourishing Life!

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About Your Flourishing Life

As a child, Marlee Huber loved to ramble through gardens sampling juicy berries and delighting in the heady fragrance of roses. As an adult, she thrills at maintaining a country garden in the foothills of the Washington Cascades. Something happened in 2012 that changed everything for Marlee. She followed the love of her life as he bicycled across the continent from their home in the NW to his brother's home in the Virginia. Ninety days later she came home and has never been the same. After photographing the backroads and hamlets across America--all on auto, she came home and took an online photography course, read dozens of books on technique and vision and stepped out into a new career. Her passion is coaching young people to discover their brilliance. She calls it Life-Themes Coaching and during one nearly half-day session, she unpacks what makes you brilliant and one of a kind. Then she matches the discoveries with a photography session where she tells the story of your life with her camera. In her personal life, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother delighting in her flourishing family!
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One Response to A Pop of Red

  1. Donna McKinnon says:

    Red doesn’t work for me. Now, if you would have mentioned blue, I would have agreed with you.

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