2020 Photo Challenge #7

February’s theme / technique: Being Creative with Patterns

The six visual keys to a great photograph are:

    • Patterns
    • Texture
    • Lines
    • Light
    • Depth of field

This month we are going to look at Patterns. Patterns can be found everywhere, in nature or man-made constructions. For a photographer, using patterns is key to a good composition.

They are made up of repeated objects, geometric shapes or abstract patterns, or colours and they may be random or ordered. Visual patterns in nature are often loose and organic – think of spirals, waves, rock formations, sand.

    • Try using patterns as the main subject of your photo with the focal point on the patterns removing the context.
    • Or you can use the pattern as a backdrop to something else.
    • Try abstract imagery using close-up photography – peeling paint, rust stains for example
    • Break the pattern, for instance position one red apple in the midst of a pile of green ones. And of course remembering the rule of thirds, any break should be on an intersection.
    • Create your own patterns.
    • Combine patterns. Contrasting or complementary patterns work well.
This week's assignment is a bit more difficult – Break the pattern, disrupt the continuity in some way

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Narrow

the Fernery of Auckland, New Zealand

In the heart of the city of Auckland, New Zealand you will find the Auckland Domain which includes the Wintergardens. Two beautiful Victorian-style glasshouses with a central courtyard and sunken pool. One of the glasshouses is a cooler climate, allowing seasonal changes, while the other is heated to a tropical climate. Just off the left side of the central courtyard lies the entrance to the Fernery an underground place full of light and shadows, large tree-ferns to delicate maidenhair micro plants. Once inside you feel as though you have entered a prehistoric forest full of arching and dancing fronds and the smell of damp earth.

New Zealand has 194 native species and 35 introduced species of ferns and lycophytes. They range from freshwater to alpine habitats, and from just a few millimetres long to 20-metre-tall tree ferns. Just under half of the native species cannot be found anywhere else.

narrow (adjective) – of small width in relation to length

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2020 Photo Challenge #6

February’s theme / technique: Being Creative with Patterns

The six visual keys to a great photograph are:

    • Patterns
    • Texture
    • Lines
    • Light
    • Depth of field
    • Space

This month we are going to look at Patterns. Patterns can be found everywhere, in nature or man-made constructions. For a photographer, using patterns is key to a good composition.

They are made up of repeated objects, geometric shapes or abstract patterns, or colours and they may be random or ordered. Visual patterns in nature are often loose and organic – think of spirals, waves, rock formations, sand.

    • Try using patterns as the main subject of your photo with the focal point on the patterns removing the context.
    • Or you can use the pattern as a backdrop to something else.
    • Try abstract imagery using close-up photography – peeling paint, rust stains for example
    • Break the pattern, for instance position one red apple in the midst of a pile of green ones. And of course remembering the rule of thirds, any break should be on an intersection.
    • Create your own patterns.
    • Combine patterns. Contrasting or complementary patterns work well.
This week's assignment – Shoot from a different perspective. Look up, look down or shoot from a distance.

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2020 Photo Challenge #5

February’s theme / technique: Being Creative with Patterns

If you want to see what this month’s assignments are in advance then please click here. All the assignments are available from the menu on the left under the 2020 Photo Challenge / Assignments.

The six visual keys to a great photograph are:

    • Patterns
    • Texture
    • Lines
    • Light
    • Depth of field
    • Space

This month we are going to look at Patterns. Patterns can be found everywhere, in nature or man-made constructions. For a photographer, using patterns is key to a good composition.

They are made up of repeated objects, geometric shapes or abstract patterns, or colours and they may be random or ordered. Visual patterns in nature are often loose and organic – think of spirals, waves, rock formations, sand.

    • Try using patterns as the main subject of your photo with the focal point on the patterns removing the context.
    • Or you can use the pattern as a backdrop to something else.
    • Try abstract imagery using close-up photography – peeling paint, rust stains for example
    • Break the pattern, for instance position one red apple in the midst of a pile of green ones. And of course remembering the rule of thirds, any break should be on an intersection.
    • Create your own patterns.
    • Combine patterns. Contrasting or complementary patterns work well.
This week's assignment – look for various types of patterns - squares, circles, triangles and so on.

When you find an interesting example take several shots, shifting your camera position slightly between each one. Examine your pictures carefully to see which one produces the best result. It may not be the one you expected.

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Streets of Barcelona

Well we have reached the final day of the January Squares challenge, hosted as ever by Becky, the Queen of Squares, which  is all about ____light. That’s words ending in light. The last day to join in but she is more than happy to see 31 squares all on the same post.

For my final square I am going out on a blaze of TAILLIGHTS under Streetlights!

I rarely get the opportunity to photograph at night and I have always wanted to attempt a shot at passing cars and capturing their taillights as trails. This was my best attempt at an underpass in Barcelona where I had the advantage of resting the camera on the bridge wall to steady it. Believe me, many more hit the recycle bin!

Taillight (noun) = a red light at the rear of a motor vehicle, train, or bicycle.

January Squares | Day Thirty-One

I hope you have had as much fun seeing the posts in this challenge as I have in creating them. Most of the photos have come out of the archives with a few new ones thrown into the mix.

The header image comprises of tealights, starlight, lamplight, twilight, sunlight, highlight, streetlights, smoke-lights, laserlight and today’s image, taillights. I tried not to use many hyphenated words or made-up words, but needs must sometimes! And if you have been following any of the other participants you will have seen some extremely interesting photos and words – this ‘Square‘ community is a very imaginative lot! 

Now we just need to wait and see what the Queen of the Squares has for us in three months time. Can she top this one? Roll on April!