How To Photograph Patterns
1. Isolate it from its environment. This adds emphasis. The fence throwing its shadow in the evening sun might not make a good image when shot as such, but zooming in on the shadow creates a powerful pattern.
2. Use available objects to create a pattern. Zoom in or zoom out to locate patterns in common scenes. A market when seen at eye level may look mundane, but when shot from a terrace, it can form a beautiful pattern of various colours and shapes. A pine tree shot from its base pointing to the sky forms diagonal lines and gives a dramatic ‘growth’ effect.
3. Don’t have any preconceived notions. Nature has its own way of hiding things we come out searching for. Keep your mind free, and start looking for patterns in whatever lies in front of you. Change your point of view; sit down, lie down, climb up two storeys, use a tripod to set your camera to different angles, look all around you. If you find nothing, keep moving, keep looking around and start shooting. At first you may not be so successful, but once your eye gets tuned to identifying patterns, you’ll start finding them just about everywhere.
4. Experiment. Be unique. Use a macro lens to photograph the tiny, like a fly’s eye or the micro-texture of your wall. A good zoom lens is a valuable asset, as it helps fill the frame with even seemingly small patterns, giving them a totally new perspective.
Here are some more ideas of commonly found patterns – staircases, fences, nets or meshes, trees and foliage, spider webs, wood surface, windows and doors, flowers, ripples on a water surface, smoke swirls, sand, urban landscapes, pillars in a monument, bricks...the list is endless. Try your hand at it and you’ll be hooked forever!