Detail and atmosphere

This week, all three of the images concentrate on texture and detail.

Getting in close to a subject for detail or abstract shots is an ideal way to isolate parts of the subject. In the first photograph, I wanted to really show the wonderful texture and splits in the grain of the aged wood and the large gap balanced nicely with the iron bolt going through the wood underneath it. Extra interest was added to the bolt by the spider’s web that hung from the end of the bolt.

Fujifilm X-E2, Fujinon XF 35mm F/2


The second image was again of wood and iron, but this time I wanted to show the difference between the two substances. The greater part of the image is taken up with the wood, whilst the metal is reduced to the top left of the frame. However, the vertical and horizontal seam lines in the wood push the eye towards the iron and the stud that goes through the metal plate. The stud is situated on a third and this ensures that the image retains visual balance. I was also careful to ensure that the wood and the metal were not the same tonally.

Fujifilm X-E2, Fujinon XF 35mm F/2


The final photograph is of a baseball hat that was taken exactly as I found it in a thorn bush by the side of a canal. The sight of the cap bearing the words Battle of Britain and the RAF Wings Appeal was very sad, as though its condition and abandonment was a statement on how some people may have forgotten the sacrifice made by the men and women of the RAF during the Second World War. The thorns of the bush laying across and digging into the fabric of the hat gave this scene a very strong feeling of Pathos.

Fujifilm X-E2, Fujinon XF 35mm F/2



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