8 years

I finally managed to pick up my camera again and head outside. It has been a while since I had taken the time to explore with photography and this was a lot of fun to actually observe and shoot.πŸ“·

I have always had an interest in textures and wanted to take a set of photographs where I could show the different kinds of textures that were in my environment. I live in the country, so I am surrounded by a lot of trees and land. There are also old water tanks that have become weathered with age, and sheds that have become home to spiders and insects. I decided to edit them in black and white so there was some unity between all of them. If you decide to take photographs of the textures around you, I would love to see them!

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If you want to view further photos, I uploaded more to my Flickr account.

  1. What textures are around you?
  2. What camera do you use?
  3. Do you prefer colour or black and white photography?

38 Responses

  1. I love these textures! The black and white makes them almost eerie… in an interesting and creative way. I did something similar with my Music in Shadows project that I did when I did black and white photography in university. It seemed like the right sort of project to do because black and white really brings out the contrast and detail in some settings.

    I don’t live in the country but I live in suburbia, I have a lot of nature around me but there are also some modern buildings. Unfortunately I work in the city where everything is modern buildings… though there is graffiti in some hidden places. They would make interesting shots with textures πŸ™‚

    1. Grafitti would make really interesting textures. Sometimes even the buildings themselves can be captured in a way that allows you to see their built texture. Maybe that is more interesting for me because I don’t see the same city buildings all the time though haha. ;D

  2. Great pictures! I don’t really take photos apart from my iPhone lol but yours are great! I think close up pictures like your texture ones are a great way to look at the world. Sort of like how you can find beauty in even the small things, like bark of a tree /thinks way too much

    I also like the idea of “textures in your community”. I don’t live in the country but I am also surrounded by a lot of trees. I think it’s cool how we can make those kinds of connections.

  3. I don’t take pictures of textures myself, but loving the textures you took πŸ™‚
    Currently textures I see:
    my wooden desk
    the apartment walls that have interesting paint splatter texture all over
    metal grate texture from my pens and clips holder
    smooth, almost reflective texture from my clay cup
    soft furry texture of the carpet

    I just use my phone for the pictures I take >_< not really a photographer, but just take snaps for fun.

    I like both color and black and white, depending on the situation. When the focus is on texture, or on a certain mood, sometimes black and white works better as it focuses on them better. Other times, color is good because I love seeing colors in the beauty of nature and such.

  4. Love the photos! Texture photos can be really interesting, with some of these you can’t see right away what they are so you have to look again before you see it. They’re beautiful, and the black and white editing works really well too πŸ™‚

    I don’t have a real camera, just my phone, but I take a lot of photos anyway. Often texture photos too, usually of stone and wood. We have lots of old wooden barns here with cracked paint and rusty nails and I love photographing them!

    (Love the new theme btw! I don’t think I’ve said it before)

  5. What a cool idea. I might have to do this sometime. I like them in black and white because black and white, to me, is kind of emotional- invoking. So wedding pictures become that much more beautiful. With these, the filter effect makes me feel the weathered textures. I love them!

  6. Love the focus on textures! I especially like the first one πŸ™‚ I think it’s interesting and good practice to focus on details. Plus, they’re great to use as textures on graphics!

    I live in a suburban neighborhood, so I feel like the textures around here aren’t that interesting. I like the grungy look of walls on old buildings or parking garages though. My camera is a Canon 6D! I prefer color photography, but black and white is great for certain looks.

  7. I love the creativity you have, Kya! You’re taking things we see in nature and turning them into appealing textures! There are a lot of wood texture around me thanks to furniture. I liked using my iPhone even though I bought a proper camera (Nikon D5500). I like color photography- but I do have an appreciation for black and white!

  8. It’s funny how you talked about texture in your blog post. For my Techniques of Video and Digital Cinema class, I have to take one picture of texture, pattern, and design. It’s for a project. I find black and white pictures interesting. I don’t mind color pictures as well. It depends on picture too. A portrait could be in black and white. The Grand Canyon could be in color.

    1. What textures are around you? I have a brick wall inside of my apartment.
    2. What camera do you use? None
    3. Do you prefer colour or black and white photography? It depends on the picture. I find black and white pictures more interesting.

  9. Awesome photos! I don’t go out much so I don’t really observe potential textures around me. it’s been so long ever since I play around with my camera too. I guess carrying around a bulky DSLR is just too tiring now. wish I have a mirrorless camera since it’s more compact.

    I live in urban areas so there are more buildings than nature around me. I’m not complaining though because I like taking pictures of city lights and skyscrapers. the only problem is that I don’t go out so yeah, I don’t take pictures as much πŸ˜›

    I like both color and BW photography. for film cameras, I like shooting in colors, especially when it’s done for lomography where colors bleed and overlap each other. I never shoot black & white using film cameras though. it really depends on the subject; both BW and color can look appealing so I can’t really choose.

  10. I’m not really into textures so I do love your shots!

    I have the Canon 500D with the kit lens and a 50mm prime lens. I hardly use it to be honest because it’s a bit too heavy to carry around although I do love shoes taken from my 50mm prime lens. I mostly carry my Panasonic GF-6 around with me, I also have extra lenses for that too.

    I prefer colour as I find it hard to make black and white photos good look. I’m not very good at contrasting the two colours to make it look less like a dead black and white photo…if you know what I mean.

    1. Thanks. πŸ™‚ Yeah I can understand what you mean. When you are using just two main contrasts, you have to make sure that the subject can still be clearly distinguished and not lost in the background.

  11. I’m not a good photographer – I’m pretty much sh*t, truly, digital cameras got me to a merely decent level – but when I do take photos, it’s usually of recent purchases, mine and my aunt’s dogs and above all the sky (I’m obsessed with clouds’ shapes :blush: ); I dislike taking photos with my smartphone, my favorite (and only) tool of the trade is a 4-years-old neon-blue Nikon Coolpix S3300. <3
    I prefer colors, b&w always gives me me a weirdly eerie feeling.

    1. I think it just takes time and practice and learning to develop your skills. Taking photos with a phone can be challenging sometimes, but they are getting better. n’D

  12. Beautiful textured photos! I used to take texture photos as well but you know, real life has taken my time from photography in general. What I love in photography though is taking macro shots. ^_^

    I currently have an Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 micro 4/3rds camera because I would have to sell my limbs and soul to purchase a dSLR (I took photography classes back in college with a manual SLR that my dad owned), but I need new lenses aside from the default wide angle lens that came with it. I did buy lens filters including one for macro photography, so I’m happy with them so far.

    As for color or b&w, I don’t have a preference. I tend to match the mood of the shot (from my eyes anyhow) with either color or b&w. I also love sepia tones, which gives a bit of a nostalgia/vintage mood to them. πŸ™‚

  13. I love these textures Kya! Great job with taking this photos, they are looking great πŸ˜€ I really like the B&W effect too, it’s awesome how you can change a whole mood depending on the filters/colours etc.

    Love how you’re expanding your creativity! πŸ˜€

  14. These are awesome, Kya! I love that you put them all in black and white, it’s amazing all of the textures that you find all around you. When I took a photography class, one of my favorite subjects we did was textures. It was fun to look at all of everyone’s pictures and try to figure out what it was because they aren’t always easy to tell.

    I don’t have a preference between color or black and white; I think it depends on what you’re shooting or the subject to determine which is better.

  15. The textures looks amazing. I should try to go outside and do some photography. I always was scared that I don’t have the eye for the nature, but I should try.

    What textures are around you?
    I have no idea. Probably wood?
    What camera do you use?
    I use my mobile phone, I don’t own a camera.
    Do you prefer colour or black and white photography?
    Black and White. It leaves some space for interpretation. Also it emphasizes some aspects of the photos.

    1. The more you practice, the more you become attuned to finding elements that can photograph well. I am still continuing to learn and develop my skills. πŸ˜€

  16. These are great texture shots. My favorite would be the first two shots. Photography is not really my thing. I don’t own a DSLR but I carry my Sony HX50 all the time though. Texture around me would be: our neighbor’s old brick wall. I love Color photography, but sometimes B&W exudes a story that colored shots can’t.

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