Texture, Light and isolation
Sometimes it’s possible to miss the interesting, to walk right past something that has a real and unique quality and yet pay it no attention. Often this can be because this object (this thing) has been seen but never really looked at. Occasionally it might be because the lighting, direction of light and time of day may not compliment the subject.
..a real and unique quality…
Perhaps this blog’s title should have been reordered to read Light, texture and isolation as light is always the most important factor in photography. Depending on the quality, direction and colour temperature of the light so much can be achieved. The image below is a perfect example. The surface of the rock pictured here is so interesting when examined closely. There are wonderful natural patterns, veins, cracks and faults that are all the more visible when the light falling on it comes from the side. The soft light also brought out the subtle blue and grey colours of the stone. Depending on the framing its possible to isolate the subject so,as in this case, a sense of scale is hard to understand. In this particular image the real scale or size is about 18 inches wide by about 10 inches tall.
Light, texture and isolation
All of the images in this blog were recorded more or less in the same location, no more than about five or ten feet from one another. This next example uses similar techniques to isolate the image from its context. I selected this particular section of rock because of the direction of light and the textures that it shows. The same forces of nature have been at work here as in the previous example, waves, wind and erosion but because of the geological differences in the rock, those same forces have yielded a different result.
…isolate the image from its context.
Although you couldn’t say that the images seen here are abstract (they’re very obviously images of rock or stone) what the camera can do, is to make the viewer see the specific subject outside of its context i.e the family one metre away eating ice creams on the beach. I find this particular ability of the photographic process fascinating. You, the photographer can make your viewer and audience see the subject exactly how you want them to see it. Of course, how they interpret it is another thing all together. Its probably worth stating the obvious by mentioning that your choice of lens, exposure, depth of field and framing also contributes massively to the end result.
..make the viewer see the specific subject outside of its context..
This next images starts to venture a little towards the abstract but only a little. It’s an image of stones and rocks recorded in a fast flowing fresh water stream. The scene is in constant motion. The surface of the water is constantly changing. The light is always in motion reflecting from the water surface in an unpredictable way. It’s not an ‘intelligent’ image in as much that I couldn’t predict the exact result but for me that doesn’t matter. Taking multiple shots from the same angle produces very different results. The process though, allows you to take multiple images and select the the one(s) that produce the best or desired result.
…light is always the most important factor in photography.
The final example here is of the remains of a steel handrail that has been eroded by the sea, sand and a great deal of time. For me it makes a contrast in terms of textures and most importantly colour. Its easier to see the scale in terms of size but the contrast of the ‘man made’ as opposed to the naturalness of the stone is appealing to me.
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