Monday, July 13, 2015

Macro Mondays ~ Just Texture

                           This week's Flickr Macro Mondays theme is "Just Texture".
"What is texture? Texture is how the surface of an object appears to us. It’s the consistency of the surface of that object….the “feel” of the object. In photography we see texture typically by how light travels across the objects surface. The light makes the texture visible. The light gives the illusion of the surface’s texture." 

(Backlight, textured spheres in front of window, rainy day)
Texture in art is defined as "an element of art, it is used to
 describe either the way a three-dimensional work actually feels when touched,
 or the visual "feel" of a two-dimensional work."
As part of  Flickr's Macro Mondays group
I'm always experimenting and learning,
which keeps photography exciting for me!
Equipment used Canon EOS 60D camera and 
my lens is EF 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM.
Like a challenge?
Join Macro Mondays on Flicker, here.
I also shared with these Macro groups (no theme):
 "Macro Monday 2" a Monday photo gallery (here),
and a Sunday photo gallery called "i heart macro" (here).
"Tip Guide" Reference ~  Notes for photographing "Texture"~
1)  Look for low light.  Low light that skims across a surface really works well to show off texture by emphasizing the differences over a surface by giving them distinctive light and shadow.

2)  Sidelight is good for texture.  Light coming directly form the side of your subject will provide strong shadows where they are needed to show off texture.

3)  Backlight might be good for texture.  A high backlight that skims across the surface of the subject will bring out texture. If backlight is too low, your subject will only be in shadow and texture will not show up.

4)  Strong direct light from the sun does really well with textures.  Light from clouds or sky does not.

5)  Front light is bad for texture.  Front light, light from behind your camera that is directed at the subject, fills in shadow, eliminating texture.

6)  Harsh sidelight can be a problem.  When light creates large shadows and harsh bright areas that compete with the detail of the textured areas, texture will be obscured.

"I aim for an abstract element of a realistic subject and 
use texture to add interest and suggest depth." - Margaret Roseman

A great article on photographing texture, isn't just for macros but still applies, at with some wonderful examples here.
“When people ask me what equipment I use 
 – I tell them my eyes.”  Anonymous
Happy Click'n!


  1. i needed you to take photos of my post today.. these are great

  2. Thank you, that is really sweet of you, your photos are great!

  3. Lovely! I especially like the second one
    Thanks for the Tips!

  4. Lovely images... and I am always learning too, for me that is the joy of photography


  5. Great captures and thank so much for sharing alle the super tips!



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