During 2020 I ran a photography challenge over on my travel blog looking at different techniques throughout the year. I was not expecting that the year itself would prove to be a challenge in that the Covid-19 pandemic hit us and not only put paid to any travel plans, but also altered the way in which we conducted our lives. This year I am going to look at those techniques again using new photographs as and when I get the opportunity.
February was about one of the six visual keys which help to create a great photograph. Patterns can be found everywhere, in nature or man-made constructions. For a photographer, using patterns is key to a good composition. They are made up of repeated objects, geometric shapes or abstract patterns, or colours and they may be random or ordered. Visual patterns in nature are often loose and organic – think of spirals, waves, rock formations, sand.
So over the course of January and February I have been looking for patterns when out and about. The mussels in particular were interesting because when you look at them from afar they are fairly random, but if you get up close you notice that they tend to form circular or spiral clumps.
And if you up the saturation levels a little, they become even more interesting.
If you would like to have a look at the different techniques covered throughout the year then you can see them here. Please note that I am not running this as a challenge, but merely using the old one as inspiration for my photography this year.