Dogwood 52: Assignment #18 "Textures"

Some friends and I are doing the Dogwood 52 Week photography challenge. We submit a photo each week on a given "assignment" along with commentary and discussion. This week's assignment was:

[Artistic] Texture: The artistic inspiration this week is texture. You should almost be able to feel the image.

The submissions follow in order submitted along with the photographer's commentary. We'll add other commentary and critique from the group as it comes in.


I enjoyed the shooting this pile in my apartment yard. I feel there are a variety of textures in the wood and the light. It requires some awkward body contouring to get the right angle ;-).


My grandparents live in an old school Japanese house with sand walls, paper doors, and tatami mats. All of those things are textured differently from what we expect in Western construction, so I figured it'd be a good subject. Anyhow, the grains of sand on the wall gave decent contrast even with the uneven natural lighting in the hallway, and I toned down the colors to emphasize the graininess.


Had a few different textures I was looking at, but this one from a new Poké place in Davis Square caught my eye. The shredded seaweed weaving in and out with that pearlescent sheen caught my eye. Normally food photography isn't my favorite, but this is just full of textures!


This photo was taken at high elevation at the Pinnacles National Park where the elusive California Condor roosts. I think the shadows at dusk play nicely with the curved yet rough surface of the rock. I took this long-ish exposure (2 seconds I think) to try and also get some cloud texture in there as well.


The rock in Joshua Tree is like sandpaper. It has tiny little sharp crystals that just grate away your skin. This is Andrew at the base of an apparent climb.