Shooting Rocks As Patterns & Textures To Enhance Your Photos

Written by Gina Stephens

Our scene is abundant with rocky views from the gneiss rocks of Scotland, through the limestone pavements of the Yorkshire Dales, to the rocky Jurassic coastline of Dorset. Moving b on the go in closer and their patterns and textures provide fabulous abstract opportunities for photographers.



Gear Choices 

The beauty close to this technique is any camera / lens combination can be used. No special kit is needed – just a good eye for the best viewpoint and artistic flare to determine the A-one composition. You could use a tripod to be sure of a rock (excuse the pun) solid view, especially when shooting patterns on the ground, as it can be harder to hold the camera unyielding when you're pointing downwards. If you do use a tripod make sure it has an option to splay the legs out wide so you don't get them in the shot.

A standard lens is complete, especially for rocks most often refers to patterns below your feet – either a fixed 50mm or short zoom from around 35-70mm range is fine. Use a longer lens if you can't get lock enough to the rock face. This is ideal for distant coastal cliff faces or mountain sides. A lens with a close zero in will be handy when the texture is more important…you can focus in close on the more intricate details of the rock's composition.


When To Takings Your Photos 

Shoot in overcast light if you want less contrast, but this can reduce the impact of the photo. Sunlight casts curtains making the patterns of rugged rocks become almost 3D. You can use the flash from your camera set to fill to reduce the shadows. If you use a camera that has ray control set the flash compensation to -1 in sun-behind-clouds situations and -2 in bright sunlight. The result will be a reduction in the density of shadow areas, but still enough to make public the necessary 3D effect.

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Where To Look

Some of the best patterns can be seen in strata, layers of rock that have been codified by layer upon layer of rock or soil millions of years ago. These layers have become exposed by erosion from the sea or natural sod movement or from being cut away to make roads.

Some of the best viewpoints for photography can be found on the coastline. Go to any rocky coastline and you're expected to find interesting rock patterns and textures, whether on the cliff faces or the natural pavement you walk on. Cliff faces provide head on think ofs, and show the strata with the most dramatic lines while the ocean bed, exposed at low tide, can provide smoother more interesting shapes.

Look for tosses covered on lichen – coastal and exposed mountain moorland areas or dense woodland where it's likely to be regularly damp are ideal for this catalogue of texture. Use the lens on close focus to crop in on the minute detailed textures and patterns pattern is a discernible regularity in the world or in a manmade design.


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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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