Color composition has been something I have struggled with. I wrote a short piece on it awhile back but frankly it is a difficult thing to grasp. There are times color works and other times where it just looks ordinary.
The photo above was taken in Prague a couple of years ago. I had walked up some narrow stairs which opened up onto a cobble stone street. The wall grabbed my attention, with the shadow of the lamp post and the amazing texture. I picked my spot and waited for someone interesting to come by.
I saw this father carrying his daughter on his shoulders and I waited until the girls face was visible in the son. I wanted them a couple of steps ahead to avoid interference with the shadow of the light but another step and her face would be in shadows again. I took the risk and got the shot.
The pale orange with the bright blue sky help pull the picture together. The color of the wall, the texture of paint and the brightly lit girls face makes the image for me. In B&W this image does not work as well. Here, at least once, I nailed the color composition.