Collection of Textured Images

Wildflower season has been in full swing for several weeks now in Arizona. The temperatures have been 10 to 15 degrees (fahrenheit) above normal this spring and the rattlesnakes have been everywhere! As much as I love photographing wildflowers, my fear of rattlesnakes has kept me out of the desert.

Contemplating on where my photography is going and where to shoot next, I have been enjoying the digital darkroom.  Textured photography can be debated whether it is photography or digital art, but that’s not what this post is about.  Instead, below is a gallery of textured photography images.  Several have been in previous posts while others are new.  The second image, Desert Trees in Fog, was originally published as a split-tone image in my post Sonoran Desert Fogbut it didn’t depict how I felt that morning walking through the dense fog.  Now it has been re-worked as a color image with layers of texture to portray my feelings and visualization while I was making the photo.

You can click on any of the images below to start a slide show and see the images in a larger version.  Regardless of whether they are photographs or digital art, I hope you enjoy my gallery of textured photography images!

Net Art

A couple of weeks ago I went to downtown Phoenix with a group of photographers through Meetup.com. Shooting in downtown at night has been something I have wanted to do for a while. Quite often I shoot alone, but downtown is not somewhere I would be comfortable by myself so this was the perfect opportunity. Street photography and night photography are both genres out of my comfort zone. I struggled with getting shots I was happy with until our last stop at Phoenix Civic Space Park. This piece of net art in Phoenix was designed by Boston artist Janet Echelman and is titled “Her Secret is Patience”. The artwork has certainly had its critics.  Due to wind and sun the sculpture, which is made of polyester and weighs about 750 pounds, has to be replaced every five to six years and the old net will be recycled.  In the gallery below are three images of parts of the sculpture.  All three images were shot with my 50 mm 1.8 lens as that was the lens I chose to shoot the entire evening.  Why?  It is my fastest lens, it’s sharp and being a prime lens it challenges me with my compositions.  Although the net art in Phoenix was based on a cactus, the middle image reminded me of a tornado which is one of the nicknames for the artwork.