A Photo a Day — A Pop of Color

I have signed up for Blogging U.’s Photography 101 course, which requires all participants to post a photo a day from November 3 to November 28. A theme is assigned daily, which one then interprets, shoots and posts all within a 24-hour timeframe. 

Today’s assignment is to introduce a pop of color into the frame.

Still feeling weak from the stomach bug that plagued me the whole weekend; I, thankfully, didn’t have to go far to make this picture. I had access to a host of colored substances to choose from in the nearby laboratory, just a few paces away from the faculty room.

I settled on the red-orange hue of a potassium dichromate solution since it doesn’t only draw the attention of the viewer, but it plays well with the green of the trees beyond the window in the background. This arrangement wasn’t found, by any means, as I had to place a few bottles containing colorless solutions to provide both color contrast and additional foreground and background elements.

One of the cornerstones of a good chemical demonstration has always been vivid colors that catch the viewer’s eye. And in my experience of teaching chemistry to college kids for nearly fifteen years now, nothing quite focuses the ‘diffuse’ attention of a class faster than a demo.

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