This week Jez’s Fan of is Rivers
Upstream the river show signs of peaceful tranquility
Near my place, the Clarence River flows serenely under the bridge
Occasionally the river turns into a raging tumult
The bridge disappears for weeks and sometimes a month or more
Returning once more to a steady flow giving life to all along its path
In town the boats await their owners
and finally to the delta to wait until the morning
or head out to sea to bring in the nights catch at dawn
The Clarence River, a few kilometers from my place is one of the largest rivers in Australia. When the river floods the amount of water that flows through the countryside is incredible at times five million million liters flows downstream. (one million liters is equal to an Olympic swimming pool).
On Saturday we went for a drive further upstream to a place we haven’t been before for a picnic. Didn’t encounter many people as the gravel road is quite rough but a very picturesque drive through some lovely country, through farms, across many cattle grids and a bit of forest.
Coming down the hill there is the river and the bridge
Signs of the recent flood are evident, a bit of debris on a fence and high in the trees.
Looking upstream at what appears to be calm water and not much of a sign of the flood
Looking downstream the river runs over some rocks and picks up speed. The trees on the front left hand side of the photo would have been under water.
Away from the main channel some side pools still have some water. This pool also had some algae.
This month we are going to look at textures. While the structure of an object is its form, the material from which it is made constitutes its texture. Is it hard or soft, smooth or rough? You are aiming at translating texture visually, bringing life and energy to a photo through shape, tone and colour. Study the texture and forget about the object. Texture becomes the subject here.
Try contrasting rough against smooth
Shoot at different times of the day. Does it change the effect?
Capture details – like the fibres in a rope or a carpet.
Try altering the angle of light to avoid flat and dull images. You might be able to do this with your editing software too.
Use different angles to discover how much texture appears.
This weeks assignment:Try to mix your texture with other colours and patterns
A bit of contrast of textures, not many colours but perhaps patterns in a way. Found while at a river crossing where a flood came through a few week ago. Photographed from the low level bridge on a bright sunny day. Image is unaltered.