Travel theme: Texture

Texture adds something wonderful to a photo, drawing you into the image and creating impact. Texture can highlight details on the surface of an object; macro photography often works with texture in such detail that it is not immediately apparent and not necessary to recognize what the object is. The beauty is in the detail.  Texture in relationship with other  elements in a photograph can create drama, and it can also provide information about the object being photographed. Here are a few textural photographs I snapped on my travels through the US.

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The dramatic patterns in stone of Zion National Park’s Checkerboard Mesa

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A San Fransisco rooftop

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The splayed end of a fallen redwood in California

texture road trip utah variscite

A closeup of the spectacular colours of Utah variscite

texture road trip utah us usa america driving rhyolite

More of Utah’s rocky wonders in closeup

road trip utah us usa america driving peridot rock

Peridot up close and personal

Contrast (in tone or colour), curves (more curves!) and patterns are interesting components of textural photography. I’d love to see your take on the theme.

If you’d like to join in, create your own post between now and next Friday, title it “Travel theme: Texture” and put a link to this page in your blog post to make it easy for others to find your post.  Don’t forget to check back in next Friday for a new travel theme.

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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332 Responses to Travel theme: Texture

  1. Kavi says:

    Superb pics Ailsa – love the textures of the very first hill & the peridot is amazing – having only seen it in jewellery earlier 🙂

  2. Zion is fast becoming your signature leitmotif Ailsa – and for good reason. Absulutely stunning photograph – scene, and image. Wow!

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  4. Marianne says:

    I´m loving this theme, Ailsa. I love textures in my life, in my home furnishings, in my food AND in my photographs!

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  7. scrapydo says:

    Lovely photos! Looking forward to post my texture photos, already have some in the back of my mind.

  8. Lovely theme this week @Ailsa, I found the texture also on other objects. Here’s mine http://campanulladellaanna.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/travel-theme-texture/ Happy weekend 😛

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  10. Oh, another fantastic theme! Thank you Ailsa. Here’s my entry. Hope you all like it!

    http://laavventura.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/travel-theme-texture/

  11. adinparadise says:

    Beautiful textures, Ailsa. I love that fallen Redwood pic, and the variscite and peridot are absolutely stunning. Thanks for the lovely new theme. I’ll see what I can come up with. 🙂

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  13. s1ngal says:

    Needlessly to say, Ailsa your pictures rock… even the ones without the rocks 😉 This time, I want to catch some worms 😉 so here’s my early submission…..
    http://s1ngal.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/travel-theme-texture/

    ps. if i don’t get the worms, I’ll come back with a vengeance [within the week]… happy as a clam 😀

    • ailsapm says:

      Aha, excellent, s1ngal, I knew you’d rise to the challenge, great texture shots, you deservedly get the early worms! I love that you’re on high alert for the weekly theme, have fun with your camera! Love it. xxx

  14. Max510 says:

    Lovely theme Ailsa and great texture shot ! I like it !
    Here my point of view…
    http://wp.me/pjXOq-14p

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  17. Fantastic pictures and textures, Ailsa… So colorful! Thanks for sharing! Here’s my “homemade” contribution for this week’s travel theme – a traveler’s hobby!
    http://wp.me/p1oMvI-1tb

    • ailsapm says:

      Love it, 3rd Culture Children, those little button flowers are darling. The Mom card is fantastic. So a question – did you have a special machine to cut out the patterns around the edges? It’s so delicate.

  18. Madhu says:

    Wow! Another set of fabulous images for another great theme! You are amazing Ailsa!
    Would this post work? http://theurgetowander.com/2012/01/22/more-from-the-chongqing-region/

  19. LubbyGirl says:

    Cannot WAIT to go through all my photos for some fun stuff for this challenge! And to think our original destination this year was Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico (changed horses in the middle of the stream and ended up in Canada). Loved the redwood photo – I have oodles of that type of shot, not to mention scenery, and a few up-close studies of stuff.

    • ailsapm says:

      Looking forward to your entry, LubbyGirl – I bet Canada was fun. Where did you go?

      • LubbyGirl says:

        First we went to Fox Creek and did a little camping/visiting with family, then to Edmonton and did a little gawking at the West Edmonton Mall, then to Revelstoke (love that place), and then to Lake Louise and Golden and Kelowna and so forth and so on…just a little road trip. 🙂

  20. Cool shots. Always thought that mesa was impressive

    • ailsapm says:

      It was really spectacular, Phil. I’d already seen Arches and Bryce by the time I visited Zion, so I wasn’t expecting to be quite so bowled over, but I was, it was stunning! 🙂

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  22. Pat Bailey says:

    I love these theme. Here are my travel photos of land meeting sea.
    http://imissmetoo.me/2012/09/14/travel-theme-texture-land-meets-sea/

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  24. Anne Camille says:

    Having just returned from a quick trip, that had to include because of proximity beach and bayou visits, I know I have some recent snaps just right for this week’s theme. But, I love texture, so I may need to devote a few hours to looking through my archives for additional photos. What a great way to spend a rainy afternoon “recuperating” from hours driving.

    Your photos are gorgeous. Especially like te green and blue rock.

  25. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Gorgeous Ailsa, I love the variscite and peridot 🙂 thanks for the challenge and her is my entry.
    http://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/travel-theme-texture/

    • ailsapm says:

      I love it, Gilly, if that sewing machine could talk, I bet it would have some crazy stories to tell. Wonderful shot, and fabulous use of texture! 🙂

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  28. sinpolaris says:

    Thanks for this week’s theme. Here is my brick-y offering…
    http://sinpolaris.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/travel-theme-texture/

    • ailsapm says:

      Wonderful, sinpolaris – seeing buildings being demolished can be quite powerful. It is terribly poignant to see traces of the lives that were lived there in earlier times. Great shot, and I love the Dr Who quote in your older post about McDonalds and BurgerKings just showing up. 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Love it, badflea, wonderful shots of Geoje city, that top one in particular is fascinating. I find it very hard to imagine living like that, all crammed together in huge, identical blocks, like a battery farm for humans.

  29. restlessjo says:

    Glorious! I absolutely love that opening shot.

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    • ailsapm says:

      Oh Vlad, they’re so beautiful. I’m so sad we had almost no snow last winter in New York, it really turns into a winter wonderland after heavy snowfall, doesn’t it? That shot of the mall makes me want to rush out and throw snowballs. 🙂

  32. Nice! GORGEOUUUUS Zion picture, MAN OH MAN I cannot WAIT to get out there once I’m off parole, I’ve spent hundreds of hours growing up and as a teenager and in my early 20s in Arizona, but never once as a conscious, memory-retaining human have I been to southern Utah–just zipped through northern Utah on I-80 (duty called! And, as it turned out, prison “/ )

    Ailsa, the MOMENT I saw the word texture I thought: REDWOOD BARK. So I’m pleased to see my beloved redwoods in your post. You know there’s gonna be at least one in mine. Time to get to work! =)

    Jan

    • ailsapm says:

      Jan, you are going to love it when you get to visit again, Arches and Bryce were both wonderful, but Zion stole my heart. Looking forward to your entry. xxx

      • I hope to have/rent something in which I can car camp (e.g. pickup truck w/ camper shell) and spend several weeks or longer out there, just hiking and photographing and exploring and writing =)

      • Ailsa, did you see that my entry was already posted? Hope you like it! ❤

        Jan

        • ailsapm says:

          Just got to it now, Jan – working my way through in order of posting. Lovely shots, the Anza-Borrego Desert offered up some fabulous texture! Love your idea of car camping, sounds like the perfect way to explore!

          • Sorry, I wasn’t trying to rush you at all! I think our comments crossed paths in the techno-timewarp =) And thank you, I feel like anything less would be inadequate and frankly insulting to southern Utah’s boundless glory 😉

          • ailsapm says:

            Agreed – it’s most definitely a place to savour, such a stunning part of the world. 🙂

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  35. I really liked the tile rooftop and Periodot. My textures post is modern art textures. Hope you like it.

  36. I’m so sorry, Ailsa (you don’t care), I lied…I couldn’t help myself…all Anza-Borrego Desert! That place is something magical…

    http://therewildwest.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/travel-theme-texture/

    –Love and Liberation–

    Jan

    • ailsapm says:

      Haha, maybe no redwoods, Jan, but some fabulous textural photographs nonetheless – the towering rocks, that shot of the Borrego Badlands at sunset and oh, that ocotillo plant are my favourites, really wonderful! xxx

      • Thank you so much! =D I feel some redress at the ocotillo picture because it was taken with a sub-par (or rather MORE sub-par) camera than most of my stuff and so it’s not as sharp as I wish it was, but the subject is so incredibly strange and beautiful that I still felt it was worth posting!

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  38. Sas says:

    I love your photos Ailsa!
    I’m almost as obsessed with textures as I am with signs. Here’s my contribution: http://sasieology.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/travel-theme-texture/

    • ailsapm says:

      Fabulous, Sas, that third shot is particularly stunning – on the way back from my recent trip to Utah we were contemplating travelling through Death Valley but opted for the Mohave instead when people told us we were crazy to even think about Death Valley in August. Next time for sure – it looks incredible!

  39. viveka says:

    Here we go again with stunning and exciting objects – my favorite is the last – the peridot – love the color and the texture.

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