2020 Photo Challenge #6: Patterns

2020 Photo Challenge is about working on techniques to improve one’s photography. This month’s theme is patterns. Here are some of the host’s suggestions:
February:
Being Creative with Patterns
look for various types of patterns – squares, circles, triangles and so on.
Shoot from a different perspective. Look up, look down or shoot from a distance
Break the pattern, disrupt the continuity in some way
Use pattern as a background for a more substantial subject.

Patterns in Vienna:
Palace fence pattern20190706_101329

Candy bowls
20190706_161446
A mistake that generated light wave patternsDSC01968
Wooden floor tessellation20190707_102856
Three patterns in one photo (Cologne)
20190627_122815
Screen pattern as background for moth
20190803_151859 (2)
Patterns in nature:
20190911_165241
20190301_142356 (2)20190301_141706

Stare at this picture - the pattern of the plant's leaves can make you dizzy!
Staring at the pattern of this plant’s leaves can make you dizzy!

DSC02428
20190112_151031 (2)
Patterns in art (Palestine and Egypt):
20190112_14270120190112_142025SONY DSC20181227_13481020181227_124730

CFFC: Mostly Monochrome

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge continues with the theme of colors. This week the topic is basically one  color or hue.

This photo was not shot nor edited black & white. The trees and clouds actually looked like this on a spring day in northern Wisconsin.
IMAG2031.jpg
Turtles at The Grove visitors’ center, Mt. Prospect, IL
20190904_112232 (2).jpg
Chinese Reconciliation Park, Tacoma, WA
DSC02368
Point Defiance Park, Tacoma
20190915_162923 (2)DSC02409
Passau, Germany
DSC01993
Wine pressing tanks, Morwald Winery, Austria
20190705_170100 (2)
Modern clock, Cologne, Germany
DSC00960 (2)
Kinderdijk, Netherlands
20190626_091426 (2)
Cologne Cathedral, Germany
DSC01781
Miniature show “Whimsical Wonderland,” Elk Grove Village, IL
20191108_195141
Flowers, Des Plaines, IL
20190515_173219
Some animals are the color they are to blend in with their environment, such as hyraxes who hide among the rocks where they live, mongoose who inhabit giant anthills, and even a hippo with just its eyes & ears above the water. (All photos taken in Tanzania.)

 

CFFC: Pastel Colors

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge continues with her color series – this week it is pastel colors.

Some flowers are bright, while others have muted colors. Most marigolds are bright, but these are soft yellow and white.
20190825_192322.jpg
Dahlias come in all colors – some are bright, some are light.
DSC02445.JPG

20191126_094548.jpg
Wilted orchid

Artists experiment with all kinds of color schemes. These are some pastel colors in artwork.

hazel-11-1-19-pastels.jpg
“Hazel” (2019) in pastels – artist is yours truly!

20191127_141815.jpg
A recent exhibit at the Chicago Art Institute featured drawings by 17th century Dutch masters. This pair is “A Portrait of a Man” and “A Portrait of a Woman” by Jan de Bray (1650) – black & red chalk on ivory laid paper.

20190905_122703 (2).jpg
Edouard Manet “Vase of White Lilacs and Roses” (1883) – oil on canvas

Pastels in sculptures

20190913_120614.jpg
Fish sculpture, Poulsbo, WA

dsc02355.jpg
Chinese Reconciliation Park, Tacoma, WA

Pastel buildings – Passau, Germany
20190704_085621.jpg

20190704_100157
Baroque stucco roof

20190704_104323.jpg
Carved block from a church