February’s theme / technique: Being Creative with Patterns
The six visual keys to a great photograph are:
- 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 – Shoot from a different perspective. Look up, look down or shoot from a distance.
At the Eden Project you can find no end of patterns from the man-made constructions and sculptures to the flowers though I was concentrating on the patterns of the biomes.
Firstly from a distance
and then from the inside of the tropical biome, looking up.
Nature has some intriguing patterns if you look closely.
Take this bromeliad: by changing the viewpoint / angle and orientation you can create different effects.
One of my favourite plants to photograph is this spiral aloe (Aloe polyphylla) which fascinates me with its stunning spiral shape. Best viewed from above, though it can be impressive from a side angle too.
Actually succulents are some of the most fascinating plants to photograph for their architectural appearance rather than colour, though when you look closely at this aloe the lime green edge of the leaves suddenly becomes noticeable.
But there is nothing subtle these Gazanias, shot from above to capture their eye-catching patterns.
If you would like to join in with the 2020 photo challenge then please take a look at my 2020 Photo Challenge page. No complicated rules, just a camera required 🙂
- Create your own post with some information about how you composed the shot.
- Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
- Add the tag #2020PhotoChallenge so everyone can find your entry easily in the WP Reader
- Get your post(s) in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in March.
Last week’s task was quite open: to look for various patterns such as squares, circles, spirals etc.
- Pauline found a lovely example of an organic spiral pattern
- Margaret went for a longer distance shot of a line of trees
- and Jo found lots of geometric patterns at the waterfront as did Hannah on a construction site.
- For circles take a look at Janet’s walk around a textile exhibition
- and for variety take a look at Bushboy Brian’s selection.
Thank you all for joining in with me.
53 thoughts on “2020 Photo Challenge #6”
Flowers and succulents are always excellent photography subjects to capture pattern, Jude. So is your biome full of hexagons.
I had to look you up because I have been missing this blog in my reader for ages; apparently I have unfollowed you, unbeknown to me, so sorry about that, Jude.
This beautifully illustrated article is perfect for learning more about patterns and different perspectives.
Really enjoyed looking down at the spiralling agave. 👍🏻
No worries Dina. Thanks for looking at all my recent posts. This year I hope to challenge myself to think more about the photos I take.
I’ve finally got around to joining the challenge, Jude. Couldn’t resist with a topic called patterns – so key to photography. And you have given us some great examples and inspiration.
I’ve got a little compilation here: https://travelwithintent.com/2020/02/15/find-them-use-them-create-them/
Thanks Debbie, I will come for a look shortly.
Well, here I am at last, Jude! Thought it was time I showed willing: https://suejudd.com/2020/02/15/patterns-4/
Haha… no rush Sue, but thanks for thinking of me. I shall be over in a minute.
Oh I so delight in photo challenges that “focus” on various elements of composition. If I understand correctly the texture challenge begins in March… will have textures as a part of departure in my next photo walk. Thank you for these challenges.
You are very welcome Brenda, I hope you will join in next month, there is a link to all the assignments under the 2020 Photo Challenge on the left menu.
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