Now that winters here, and flowers and plants to photograph are less abundant I've found it more challenging to take interesting photographs. So every week or so I've set myself a challenge to link photographs with a single word. For the past few weeks I've been looking at "Texture".
When I started out I had decided to look at texture in terms surface irregularities, repeated details, symmetry and colour..
The actual object was unimportant. Often the shot was taken with the macro lens and was only a small part of the object. This emphasised the detail.In terms of light and shade, I found that the best light for this type of image is side light. Side light will bring out the detail in any uneven surface by casting shadows.
Close-ups of the surface of a log showing the tiny fungi detail
The symetrical detail on a pine cone.
More cone details
The stripes of a phormium leaf
Tubes from an insect chamber...
A Teazle seed head...
A close up of a rusty surface, the colours accentuating the texture.
The symmetry and sheen of the feathers on one of our hens. Once again the light catches the shine on the feathers and emphasises the texture. She was highly suspicious of the camera.... and so this photo is the best of a bad lot!