Light, dark, and a touch of red

I’ve touched on patterns in previous posts.  They can be natural or can be man-made.  This post is about the man-made ones.

On a wander with a friend this week we passed some huge pylons carrying cables across the River Severn.  It was possible to get directly underneath them, and the focal length of my mobile’s camera, (35 mm equivalent), was just right to get the amount of perspective I wanted.  I cropped the image square and converted it to high contrast black and white.  That took away a bit of sky detail that was distracting.  Because I wasn’t absolutely under the centre it has a slightly disconcerting pattern.

The pylon image is mostly white with black lines; here’s the opposite in terms of tones.  The lock gates at Diglis Lock on the River Severn were just open, letting a slit of light through.  The slit and its reflection made an interesting transition. I used a 300mm equivalent lens to get the composition I wanted, and made sure the line was properly centered.  It was OK but worked better inverted.  Inverted the line and reflected line look like smoke from a chimney rather than water.

In these days of texting and email and suchlike it’s still gratifying to see a pile of letters ready to post.  Selecting just the very edges of the letters to be in focus gave a nice pattern repeat, and the red tint from the stamp reflections added an extra pattern.  I’d say it was a First Class image.  Did you see what I did there?

Keep your eyes open. Patterns on a large or a small scale, are everywhere.


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