ND – Chilly, Sunny, Blue
I love textures, and they come in a wide variety. Some textures are variable, with different aspects to a surface that complement the whole image. Others though are simple and even, repetitive almost.
A repetitive texture can also be created from individual items arranged in a close formation. If you have enough of them and stand back then a new texture becomes apparent.
These blue bricks are a case in point. When I found them they did not stand out at all. Hidden under a footbridge alongside a canal in Stratford upon Avon, they were a small flourish with the possible practical purpose of preventing young children from running under the low bridge and banging their heads. But up close, when the bricks are all you see, they form another image, one of texture and contrasting colour and shade.
Nikon D700 'FX', Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6G AF-S VR @ 185mm, Exposure 1/20 @ F8, ISO 200, A fairly quick grab shot as there were so many people walking past it was tricky to get a clear view. Bright sunny day, yet the bricks were largely in shadow under a foot bridge with some ambient light from behind illuminating the upper facing surfaces. The VR saved the shot from self induced blur, so easy to get when you're shooting 1/20 shutter speed at 185mm. Honestly, I could have used a much higher ISO very cleanly in this light and on this camera to improve the shutter speed, but I got away with it here. Main objective was to get the brick in the middle sharp, and defocus those in front. The blue colour was there at the time but came up rather beautifully when I 'pushed' it in post-processing
These are wood chips, dyed red, in an old plant pot outside a local nightclub, where the smokers can drop their ash and cigarette butts. No butts in evidence here, just an even mix of mildly contrasting colour to form a texture.
Wood Chips Red
Nikon D700 'FX', Nikkor 24mm F2.8D AF, Exposure 1/250 @ F8, ISO 200, A quick grab shot as I walked past. Bright day, the red texture of the chips looked nice, but this shot is ultimately less successful than the blue bricks (above). I used F8 to ensure this lovely little 24mm lens was dead sharp. Resultant metered shutter speed was unnecessary overkill, though doing no harm, but shooting at a base ISO 200 on a bright day what would you expect?
(c) Nakedigit 2010