Sunday, June 9, 2013

Day 4: Texture

I enjoyed two things about today's Texture prompt. First, photographing during the brightest part of the day would yield the most dramatic results. Second, the most obvious subject matter was an inanimate object. This meant no need to try to nail the golden hour of sunlight or search high and low for suitable subject matter.

I spent much of today cleaning up from an overnight rainstorm and prepping for tomorrow's afternoon arrival of eleven kindergarten girls for a craft and swim party. Oh, and my kids were around and screaming at each other a fair amount of the time. That left about five minutes for me to snap a few photos in my yard with my DSLR.

lichen growing on honey locust bark

No, that's not a satellite photograph. It's a close-up of lichen growing on a honey locust tree in my front yard. Definitely a lot of texture. My favorite aspect of this photo is that it looks like something completely different than what it is. The one thing I would like to improve upon is that the bottom right corner is out of focus. Oh well, better luck next time.

For tips on taking your own Texture photograph, see Expert Photography's Texture. Be sure to post it on the Flotsam of the Mind Facebook page when you're done. I love seeing what you're up to.

Our task for tomorrow is a photograph from a high angle. That's pretty self-explanatory, but you can read more about it from Expert Photography here. This could be a fun one. What will you look down upon?


  1. Hey, I'm doing this as well; Erin Stiles tipped me off about the photo challenge the other day. You can see my photos at my website link. I've been looking for other photography tip sites, since I like the structure of Expert Photography's 30-day challenge, but I don't find their advice or photography particularly compelling.

    Regarding textures, this site has some good suggestions:

    As per their suggestions, I think a head-on angle and a lower-aperture lens might have taken care of the blurring in your shot. I took my 'kit lens' out on my texture photo day, just to avoid the shallow depth of field that I usually seek out. Anyway, great photos, and thanks for getting Erin involved, and therefore me too!

    1. I love your photos. Thanks for sharing. I'll be sure to check back each day. If you're so inclined, you could post them to the Flotsam of the Mind Facebook page to share with others who are playing along with me.

      I agree that Expert Photography's results are not hugely compelling, but I was pleased to find a challenge that involved techniques and principles. If, during the challenge, you find other useful tips, please continue to share them.

      I don't yet have a Flickr account, but after viewing yours I think I should.

  2. It does look like aerial photography, which is neat :)