Textural Experiments

BlueHouseRedPoppies, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

So, I’ve recently been playing with textures a bit and have decided that I really like this stuff.

At first, I could not make the textures work for me. I was getting textures that were too dark and resulting images that were too, well, I guess you’d have to say they were “confused” a bit. Really, they were not a nice blend of two images coming together, just more like a train wreck of two disparate pictures. Ick. I mean, not just “ick” but “ick” on so many levels.

Then something happened.

I started to “see” the textural images in my head. I had this idea. I was going to to go Georgetown and shoot, sort of “undershoot” some houses, so that I could apply textures to them. I wanted to apply textures to those old Victorian homes. I wanted a certain “look” to my textures. I was going to shoot some homes with a lot of negative space around them, to sort of “leave room” for the textures.

In a way, I guess you could say this gave them new life. The textures really started to come together, not as “textures” but just sort of small bit parts of a greater whole. I am starting to “see” in textures now and I think that, with this newfound vision comes inspiration. Now, I don’t want to start applying textures to everything, no, I think that would be overkill. I just really want to go back to Georgetown and shoot some more houses, to apply some additional textures to those. And, I want to shoot them with a lot of negative space around them, to give the textures some breathing room. It’s a bit tricky working with textures, but I think, when you can get them to work, they work really well with certain subjects.

I’d be curious to hear about your experience with textural experiments, either good or bad.

Until next time…



  1. Cmystic says:
    May 27, 2009 / 3:01 pm

    This photo is beautiful. I love the peacefulness and the tie in with something old and something new…uber cool.

  2. mythopolis
    May 27, 2009 / 5:43 pm

    It an enchanting kind of scene. I don’t know much about texture in photography. I can tell blind-folded however the difference between 40, 60, 80, 100, and 220 grit sandpaper. And I can tell by taste whether it is creamy or crunchy peanut butter…………

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