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 month's final assignment – Use pattern as a background for a more substantial subject.
Don’t have your subject too large in the frame or it will detract from the pattern. And consider whether the patterned background adds or takes away the impact of the subject. Remember also the general ‘rules’ of compositional techniques.
I have four very different subjects this week, all from the archives I’m afraid, but photographing patterns is a thing of mine so even if I were to look for new subjects they would more than likely turn out the same!
First one I am not so sure of. This pretty jug of daisies is the subject, but does the patterned tablecloth distract from it? Or is it that the composition is too tight? I cropped in a bit and tried to correct the camera distortion, but this probably hasn’t helped with the framing. That daisy is too near the top of the frame I feel.
Next is this image of an Ammonite sculpture with a background of trees which appear to echo the curves of the sculpture. I’m happy with this organic background, but is it enough of a pattern?
My third offering is another sculpture in the Eden Project, this time with the pattern of the hexagonal windows of the biome in the background. This one I think works, possibly because the pattern is so large and the subject a similar tone, though from a composition perspective I would have liked the sculpture more to the right-hand side of the photo.
Finally this shot of a Kea (New Zealand parrot) with the pattern of the diamond-shaped fence in the background. Now this one breaks the rule of having the subject too large in the foreground, but does it distract from the pattern? Or does the pattern form a geometric balance to the curves of the bird’s feathers? I like the fact that the background is of similar hues to the subject.
I would really appreciate your thoughts on these images. The aim of this year is to improve my photos. But I do need your help!
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 week, as the new theme begins next Sunday with Textures.
Last week Susan had a closer look at the patterns found on Hellebores and came to some interesting conclusions.
Thanks to everyone who has joined in so far!