INSPIRATION & ASSIGNMENTS: Patterns

Patterns are all around us. They can be found in colors, shapes, textures and light…a field of wildflowers or clouds or raindrops on a windowpane or shadows…plus a thousand other things I am not mentioning.

And if you change your perspective, by positioning yourself and your camera in a way that is out of the norm, you may find a pattern you did not notice before. Get up close, get down low, look at something from above. Find that different angle.

A low vantage point looking at ripples or movement on the water can create a pattern that is either soft and soothing, or rough and powerful. Looking up at tall buildings may produce interesting patterns with converging lines and reflections. A wide view of a farmer’s field with plowed or planted furrows can result in unusual patterns in any season.

Reflections of trees in a pond or buildings in a puddle mirror the source, creating an abstract visual. Shadows, with their alternating tones of dark and light, can provide a mysterious quality. Long night-time exposures of cars and trucks on busy streets form patterns of light trails that can be addictive.

Have some fun with it and see what patterns you can find.

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  1. August 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I’ll try bringing my camera out one of these days and I’ll se what I can find 🙂

  2. September 9, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Wonderful…. Thank you, with my love, nia

  3. September 9, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Thank you Nia, this photo was taken in Maine at a quiet lake where we were staying.

  4. September 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    love the color of the water near the bottom half and the pattern in the ripples.. curious if you tried a black and white rendition of this just to see how it compares ?

    • September 11, 2011 at 11:57 am

      Thanks for the kudos. This shot was taken at a lake in Maine. No color or manipulation of any kind was done to this photo. It was a perfect day. We have converted this to B&W…looks way cool. I’m saving it for another post.

  5. September 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I spent some time looking for repeated patterns in the gardens this weekend. Sometimes you have to look closely!

  6. September 15, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I love looking for patterns. Sometimes just changing your position will present a new and different way of seeing things.

  7. September 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Looking for patterns is fun and interesting and something I don’t think about often. Thanks for the reminder and for posting your beautiful lake photo!

    • September 19, 2011 at 10:50 am

      You are welcome and thanks for the compliment. the lake is actually Walkers Pond in Maine. You and I would call it a lake but when in Maine do as the Mainers do. Pond.

  8. September 18, 2011 at 5:04 am

    fascinating!

  9. September 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks for the kudos Tara, I am enjoying reading your blog. Children and adults also need to be more aware, more than ever, of the natural world around us. All the best in your future endeavors.
    David

  1. September 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm

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