Into the details | weekly photos 1st April 2017

Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plains; expansive landscapes; broad, showstopping cityscapes – they’re all stunning, of course. But one of my passions in photography is for the little things. There are a million details in everyday life that we usually walk by but which in reality are stunningly beautiful if we take a moment to appreciate them.

Logs, twigs and branches, some covered in white and green fungus, stacked haphazardly.
Even a stack of rotting wood can make a stunning image if you take the time to notice it.

This photo was taken while out for a walk at Delamere Forest in Cheshire. Overcast weather, in fact downright foggy, weather and spitting rain made for challenging conditions, and this was one of the best photos I managed all day. Details and textures like this abound in woodland environments; provided you remember to look down and around as well as up and out.

It’s not just outdoors, though, that textured and detailed photo opportunities can be found.

A collaged wall at Zinema in Brussels.
One of the exterior walls of the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum, London.

Both of these photos take advantage of unusual and innovative architecture and interior design to create eye-catching images. In both cases, I wasn’t expecting to find what I did, and as with the wood-pile image above, they’re both examples of why it’s important to keep your camera on you and keep looking around for those interesting details that might make great photos.

Of course, for each of the pictures I’ve posted here, there are probably another half-a-dozen that I’ve taken of different subjects that didn’t work out. That’s the nature of photography; sometimes things just don’t come good in the final edit; especially if I only had a few seconds to grab a shot while out and about. But at least by keeping my eyes peeled, and my camera handy, I know that I’ll be able to grab the best images when I do.

Via Photo Challenge: Dense

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