In my ongoing attempt to keep the creative side of me flowing (which was the original purpose of this blog), I’ve decided to take on a weekly photo challenge. It sounded like fun, so I’m giving it a try. Photos on the blog are reduced to ensure faster loading. So they actually look BETTER than they do here!
Week eighteen was “Artistic – Texture”. Can I make you “feel” the texture through the photo?
Have to admit, this is a long time favorite subject of mine. No idea why, but I am fascinated with capturing the visual texture of stone, wood, cloth, whatever. The problem became, what can I do that is going to be interesting and new? I found two images that jumped out at me. This was from a wall in an alley I wandered down:
It was a grab shot, so I didn’t spend much time setting it up. The result is that the full photo (this is cropped about 50%) has a section that goes out of focus slightly, which spoils the effect for me. You can still see some of it along the top and bottom on the right side. But I still liked the effect. I want to run my fingertips over it and pick at the cracks.
I was much happier with this one. The downside is that it’s a very familiar subject. Beautiful tree bark (no, I have no idea what kind of tree. Big, old with lots of leaves in Byrd Park, Richmond). The lighting was right to give shadow and highlight. Different patterns within the bark. Even a few tiny bugs if you look for them.
ISO 200, f6.4 at 1/70
Next week’s challenge is Portrait – Messy. That may be a problem, so I’m thinking about it. May have to push that one down the road. Still haven’t gotten my panoramic in, maybe I’ll focus on that.
This is part of a year-long photographic challenge. Dogwood Photography came up with this interesting challenge (HERE) where you have to come up with a photo a week in one of three categories – Portrait, Landscape or Artistic Impression. Each week has one with a slightly different challenge.
For the folks who are interested in technical type things:
My primary camera is a Fujifilm Finepix S1000fd. It is a 10.0 Megapixel CCD, sensor size is 1/2.3″. I shoot in the Fine JPEG 3648 x 2736 format and usually in the “Chrome” setting.