2020 Photo Challenge #13

March’s theme / technique: Being Creative with texture

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 textures. While the structure of an object is its form, the material from which it is made constitutes its texture. Is it hard or soft, smooth or rough?  You are aiming at translating texture visually, bringing life and energy to a photo through shape, tone and colour. Study the texture and forget about the object. Texture becomes the subject here.

    • Try contrasting rough against smooth
    • Shoot at different times of the day. Does it change the effect?
    • Capture details – like the fibres in a rope or a carpet.
    • Try altering the angle of light to avoid flat and dull images. You might be able to do this with your editing software too.
    • Use different angles to discover how much texture appears.
This month's final assignment - Get close to your subject and capture just the texture itself, without the context. Then Zoom out so that you capture both the context of the texture as well as the texture itself.

A favourite textured image of mine is rope which can be found all around the harbours in Cornwall.

From a distance this messy coil of rope doesn’t look that interesting, but come in close and you start to notice the individual rough fibres and the subtle hues of turquoise along with that distinctive pattern of ‘blue, yellow, blue’ stripe interwoven amongst the other strands.

Lichens and Moss

And sometimes you find something so furry or fuzzy you just want to reach out and stroke it. Salvia leucantha / velvet-sage.

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 Lines

Please check out the links in the comments to have a look at all the wonderful textured photos shared this month. 

Thank you all for joining in with me. 

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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.

48 thoughts on “2020 Photo Challenge #13”

    1. Thank you Margaret. Your walk is similar to mine around here, except at the moment our tracks are not (as) muddy.

    1. March seems to have dragged here. But thankfully the rain has stopped. Who would have thought that this would happen in our lifetime? It’s like living in a disaster movie. But we must keep our spirits up and enjoy every day as best we can. 😘

      1. Our generation missed out on so many of the disasters and catastrophes in the past. 2 world wars, depression, Spanish flu to mention just a few so this is certainly going to be a life changer for so many. I really hope it doesn’t drag on for too long and a treatment is found for it soon.

        1. We lived under the threat of the Cold War for a long time though. And IRA bombings. But I guess you escaped those by moving to NZ.

        2. Hi again Jude. I was laid in bed last night thinking of your comment. I agree there has been distressingly so many localised conflicts and disasters through the years, Vietnam,Korean and middle east wars, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, droughts, bushfires the list goes on. But I was thinking more of world wide events and I think this is the first one my generation has been involved in as I was born just as ww2 ended. Sadly, at the moment, the whole world is being involved in this Coronavirus and its on going effects. Seemingly with no end in sight. Stay safe Jude, blogging and reaching out to the community is certainly a good way to spend time.

        3. Sorry to keep you awake PP! Yes, you are right, this dreadful virus has affected the entire world in a way that nothing has before since WWII. I cannot remember ever having to self-isolate in previous flu pandemics. Sometimes I feel there is something about this that we are not being told. But maybe that’s the cynic in me talking.

        4. I guess only time and maybe hindsight will show us the real affect this is going to have on the world. One thing we never hear in our media these days is any mention of the fighting in the Middle East. Or if they have any cases of the virus It is as though they have all died!!!

        5. Yes, the news is very limited right now. I wonder about all those refugees who were struggling to leave Turkey, those in the camps crammed together, the African townships. So many places where resources are scarce and hygiene is almost non existent.

        6. I guess the only positive for those people is they won’t be having any tourists visiting… One good thing about our news service is they are reporting lots more feel good news of people helping each other and innovative things people are doing to keep busy. Not so much local crime reported too, though I suspect it is still going on…

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