Background Patterns

My challenge this week is a difficult one. How to photograph a subject using a background which is a pattern without distracting from the subject. I used several photos from my archives because the weather has been so awful this year I have not yet managed to get outdoors to do any photography. In hindsight I might have thought of using patterns within the home such as cushions or blankets, but I’m not much of an indoor photographer. Another skill I need to practice!

My post is generating a lot of interesting comments and I am fully appreciative of each and every one of them, as it is my intention this year to examine the way I take photos and how to improve them. And it is by having other people look at my photos and point out the ‘mistakes’ or ‘flaws’ that will help me to improve. My aim is to take less, but better, photographs instead of the too many snapshots that I am in the habit of doing. So I need all the help I can get to iron out those things that stop a good photo from being a great photo.

One of my images was a sculpture (Adam) at the Eden Project with one of the biomes behind it, which I felt worked reasonably well, until it was pointed out that perhaps the patterned background could be bigger, so I looked for a different view to see if it works better. This is all I could come up with where I have the same sculpture in the scene. As you can observe there is a lot of foliage around, this is taken outside of course, and the landscape is very much used to grow plants and trees. I’m interested to see what you think of this one. Or does making the pattern more dominant decrease the importance of the subject?

The assignment: Use pattern as a background for a more substantial subject.

The original photo:

Like I said. A tricky assignment.
Over to you…

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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.

33 thoughts on “Background Patterns”

  1. If I’d seen the upper photo first and by itself, I’d probably have wondered whether you also took pictures closer to the sculpture. Of course from your previous post we knew that you did take at least one. The only thing I might have done differently in the closer view, if I’d thought of it at the time, was look for a vantage point that would have placed the sculpture in the center of the hexagon behind it.

  2. I think the first photo is all about that gorgeous hexagonal pattern and hardly notice the sculpture but the diagonal lines in the foliage and fence , for me, make a very satisfying composition. I like this one Jude. Good comment from Steve about placing the sculpture centred in a hexagon. I would never have thought of that. So comments certainly make me look and think more about the photos

    1. I also thought that the sculpture gets lost in the first photo. I guess those biomes are not good to use as a background pattern 😁

  3. Because the domes are so huge, they seem to be the subject of the first picture. The things in the foreground show us the scale. You do get a much better feel for the pattern. I think I could have enjoyed a year of pattern, not just a month!

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