I am a big fan of close-up photos and often take close ups of textures. I'll take them with whatever I'm carrying be it my DSLR or phone camera.
So how do we describe texture. The Free American Dictionary's second definition offers "The distinctive physical composition or structure of something, especially with respect to the size, shape, and arrangement of its parts."
Wikipedia offers it as "Surface finish, also known as surface texture or surface topography, is the nature of a surface as defined by the 3 characteristics of lay, surface roughness, and waviness. It comprises the small local deviations of a surface from the perfectly flat ideal (a true plane)."
Here are some recent textures that I shot in a variety of locations. The first one was debri with a mixture of concrete and red brick I saw near a shoreline. I really like this for the contrast not only in the texture but in the color.
I use Canva to make many quote posts for social media and that is how I used this textured background.
I took this photograph with my DSLR during an Alaska vacation. I have a lot of lichen photos from my surroundings in northern Arizona and loved the contrast in texture and color on this one.
I love to try something different in photo post processing. If you haven't yet, play around with layering on photographs. I used the above texture as a reduced transparency layer over this flower photograph to give it a unique texture.
Unfortunately, I don't remember where I took this photograph but since it's pine bark, I'm guessing it is from the surroundings of a hike in northern Arizona.
I used the pine bark with an additional color layer to get the texture on this photograph of a bouquet where I focused on the purple statice. I did a lot of changing transparency levels and testing color layers to achieve this result.
This photograph was taken of stone along a walkway at Yellowstone National park. I took quite a few in different sections giving me a variety of designs.
Sometimes I think a texture might go well with a particular quote. In this case, I felt the quote about cold was so appropriate for a cold feeling gray stone. So I added the quote to his particular photograph of the many I actually shot in Yellowstone.
Just like the previous use of the texture as a quote background, I went into Canva and added a simple text quote, reduced the transparency of the photograph and saved it for use on my Tsu, Facebook business page, Twitter and Google+.
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