We all react to contrasting elements in images. They can be warm-toned colors like red and yellow against cool-toned colors like blue and cyan. Contrasts can be softness against hardness, life against death, large against small, or different shapes juxtaposed against each other. Contrasts add to the power of an image.

Primal themes are very powerful. The charred lodge pole pines that died in the Yellowstone National Park fire poured nitrogen into the ground. In amazing juxtaposition, yellow arnica flowers burst out of the carnage. The classic and powerful visual play on death and rebirth adds strength to the image. From a design perspective, contrast is added by the different colors as well as the divergent shapes of straight lines ...

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