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

Looking for patterns in a surfing town is not too difficult. There are always wetsuits or surf boards, paddle boards or kayaks hanging around. The single red sleeve among this row of black wetsuits grabbed my attention.

The lovely pattern on these pelargonium leaves is disturbed by a solitary flower.

And I rather thought that the pattern of the spores on this fern was interrupted by the leaf in the centre facing the wrong way. But maybe you disagree.

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.

More patterns from Becky who has an unusual perspective of something we all know well.  And some from her travels too.

Margaret finds a series of interesting reflective patterns.

Cee’s stairs may make you feel a bit wobbly.

Trish looks up and probably wishes she hadn’t.

Cathy takes time to seek out patterns for the entire month’s assignments, and marvellous finds they are too.

And Pauline takes us to dizzying heights

Thanks to everyone who has joined in so far!

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

35 thoughts on “2020 Photo Challenge #7”

  1. These are interesting shots, Jude. I probably wouldn’t have thought to take any of them but they illustrate your theme very well. 🙂 🙂 Have a good Sunday!

  2. ahha! I was wondering how to do this week’s assignment. I will have a ponder, and see if I can squeeze something in . . . .

  3. There are some great shots here from everyone, and so many of them pushing the theme to its limits in an interesting way. I love your wet suit shot. I’d never have thought of that.

    1. That one red sleeve really called out to me, but I do go around looking for odd things to photograph. I am hoping this year makes me slow down and take more considered shots rather than simply clicking. I need to think about my part in the photo.

  4. The frond one is my favourite. I see what you mean about the centre leaf, but the disruption in the pattern on the spores draws my attention. One or two are missing and a few are shrivelled and, if you see them as line pairings, the bottom row is disrupted compared to the others. Your challenge this month has made me feel that flowers are all pattern.

    1. I agree that the frond one is rather random. Breaking the pattern is a hard one to find in nature I think. I should have been more active and created my own break! I think succulents and cacti are the most fascinating plants for patterns.

  5. I don’t surf of course, but if I did, that red sleeve would grab my attention!
    Did you have that conservatory added after you moved? I’m sorry but don’t remember. If so, there must be some kind of guarantee with the builder, I would have thought.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. The conservatory was already here and leaking, so I had the roof replaced in 2018. It has leaked ever since but the roofer could not find out why. It seems to be coming in through the brickwork so I suspect on the wall facing the farmyard which is difficult for us to access. I need to get a damp expert in I think. Trouble is so many tradesmen don’t seem to be bothered with small jobs or tricky jobs, I had a heck of a time getting the roofer back to look at the problem.

      1. I have the same issue with my shed, and the dreaded ‘ground water’ seeping in. So far, the tradesmen’s only solution has been to offer to demolish it, dig up the concrete floor, and start again from scratch!

        1. I thought the new roof would cure it, but the water is coming in by some other route. As you say ‘expert’s’ simply charge you a fortune and then shrug and say they don’t know! I wish now that I had demolished the conservatory and gone for a proper extension, knocking through from the lounge. It would have cost at least three times as much though and we’re not convinced we will live here forever.

    1. Well the top and bottom ones show the underside with a vertical pattern with a leaf in the middle distance facing downwards, I know, it’s not the best example!

  6. I’m so sorry to hear about the conservatory. I remember you having problems with it in the past. Fingers crossed for a competent, willing tradesperson to come and fix it once and for all.

    I love the images you’ve chosen here Jude. They’re really subtle and clever and interesting.

  7. Oh well done Jude these photos are really good for this weeks prompt. I was wondering how to go about it. So now I will have to look around. I’ll be back later this week. What a “bummer” about the conservatory. Made even worse because of your insistent rain and you can’t find a tradesman to get to the bottom of the problem.

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