On Assignment: Interesting Textures

It shouldn’t be hard to find Interesting Textures everywhere you go, even in places you’ve never explored before!

As you just saw, I took lots of texture pictures. I thought I had done a pretty good job. However, it wasn’t until after I put them on the computer and started sorting through them that I realized I had only a few photos that actually fulfilled the assignment.

The assignment is to get interesting textures that make good backgrounds. Yes, I found plenty of interesting textures, but most of them I don’t think actually make good backgrounds. Too many of the photos drew too much attention to themselves. For example….

The first wall I came across. “Perfect texture town.” There wasn’t much room between window, window, door, etc., so I had to zoom in fairly close to the rockwork to get only rock and no window or door trim. The result?

210715_James Staddon_0147 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 82 mm, 1-500 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 50

A texture of sorts, sure. But not a background texture.

The same with the door. It’s a neat pattern. Almost a stand-alone photo in and of itself. I’m sure it could be used, but it’s not a supportive, background texture.

210715_James Staddon_0149 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 67 mm, 1-100 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 50

I didn’t take many photos of the bark of the tree. I didn’t feel there was enough repetitive pattern in that particular tree. And because of that, the texture is very busy. Self-attracting. Not good for backgrounds.

210715_James Staddon_0152 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 75 mm, 1-40 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 100

Neither was the quaint red bench I found.

210715_James Staddon_0155 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 80 mm, 1-50 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 100

210715_James Staddon_0156 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 105 mm, 1-60 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 100

210715_James Staddon_0158 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 105 mm, 1-40 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 100

I think any of these photos could be used by Creation Today for a myriad of purposes, stored in an archive until just the perfect use could be found for the feeling desired. But I don’t feel any of them are good background textures. And it took me some time to start thinking in the right mindset.

Here’s a photo I just really like. It’s one of my favorite from the whole day.

210715_James Staddon_0162 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 105 mm, 1-160 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 100

But to get the background texture, it meant intentionally stripping out all elements that would draw attention to itself.

210715_James Staddon_0164 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 105 mm, 1-125 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 100

Now this is a background photo.

With this old cement texture, the contrast is so high that, even after editing it, I feel it still draws too much attention to itself.

210715_James Staddon_0169 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 45 mm, 1-320 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 100

As does the American Flag. There’s too much energy in the way it “waves” down into the bottom right corner.

210715_James Staddon_0172 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 67 mm, 1-160 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 100

Feeling like I was missing my mark, I started zooming in more. I’m so used to including eye-catching elements. Can you identify them?

210715_James Staddon_0180 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 105 mm, 1-640 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 100

210715_James Staddon_0181 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 58 mm, 1-800 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 100

I had to force myself to simplify.

210715_James Staddon_0183 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 67 mm, 1-500 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 100

And that’s what I needed.

So I continued to try to keep things super simple. Not without character. Not without an interesting factor. But just, simple.

210715_James Staddon_0189 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 24 mm, 1-500 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 100

210715_James Staddon_0192 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 55 mm, 1-640 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 100

And I’m amazed at how light played into it as well. Same basic type of texture, in shadow:

210715_James Staddon_0175 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 24 mm, 1-800 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 100

And in sunlight:

210715_James Staddon_0198 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 73 mm, 1-400 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 100

The higher contrast just brings so much attention to itself!

I’m torn between these next two. The white brick is very normal and simple. A good background texture. But I like the interestingness introduced by the new growth of the Virginia Creeper growing up the side of the wall. In this situation, though the plant draws attention to itself, there is plenty of empty space in the photo for text or visuals to be placed, putting it well enough, I think, into the category of “backgrounds.”

210715_James Staddon_0201 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 58 mm, 1-250 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 100

210715_James Staddon_0203 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 105 mm, 1-100 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 100

The water I encountered? Completely failed. Smile Didn’t spend enough time there.

210715_James Staddon_0206 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 105 mm, 1-320 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 100

210715_James Staddon_0207 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 105 mm, 1-125 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 100

And then my last shots. Failed there too; neither are background images. And I don’t like the screws. But I’m hoping that maybe the shadow of the plant might redeem that one such that a Creation-centered organization might find it interesting for something.

210715_James Staddon_0213 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 47 mm, 1-1000 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 100

210715_James Staddon_0212 Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 35 mm, 1-1000 sec at f - 5.6, ISO 100

Now It’s Your Turn!

Ready to switch your brain into texture mode? It may not be as easy as you think! Challenge yourself and head on over to the details page to gather everything you need to know about this month’s featured assignment, Interesting Textures!

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