playing with texture (freebie!)

I love adding texture to photos, but I try not to overdo it and often I have a lot of fun playing around with textures but still end up liking the picture best without it. I think the key is to choose the right one(s) and keep it subtle. I thought I’d share with you my pictures from yesterday with a very distinctive, very un-subtle texture to it.
I am still thoroughly enjoying Project 365. Yesterday was a lovely sunny day and I took my camera with me to the barn. I wandered around a bit aimlessly and found these. Every creature was bathing in the sun on the first warm day of the year, horses on the paddocks with their eyes closed, cats on roofs and even these flowers were stretching and turning their heads towards the sun.

I use my own images for texture, mostly painted walls, cracked stone flooring, rusty surfaces…I am always on the lookout and constantly add to my texture folder. I found this on top of some barrels standing around (waiting for rodeo season):

Love this texture and want to use it? Leave a comment to let me know (make sure I’ve got your email address) and I’ll send it to you full size by email!
One more textured picture. To take this I pulled over on the way home, lots of space waiting for the horses to claim it for the summer:

5 thoughts on “playing with texture (freebie!)

  1. tidytipsy

    You can take nice pictures with almost any camera! The technical side is only one aspect but you can learn so much about composition and angles and what not by looking at other people’s photos and taking lots and lots and lots of pictures as often as possible!
    Before I got my DSLR I had a Fuji Bridge Camera which taught me a lot about different functions and shooting manually. Before that I had a film point+shoot for years and I still use it sometimes ( here for example).

    I can only encourage y’all to just start taking pictures, they won’t be super perfect at first but the more you’ll take the better you’ll get!

    By the way if you want to get that super shallow depth of field and bokeh (like in the first picture) with a point and shoot: I used a snap on macro lens before I got my DSLR, the Raynox DCR-250. Those are fantastic, but they take practice😉 I might do a post on that some time actually ;))

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