Texture and Colors


  1. The first thing that struck me with the photo was sharpness. Though it is a closeup, it is not easy to get such a sharp imapge. The contrast between blue, red & yellow enhances the picture.
  2. The lighting - I wonder if its natural or artificial.....really good angle.

My Comments

This picture is an excellent example of how texture and color can be used to effectively capture the viewer's attention. A lot of pictures have been taken in a similar fashion, and this one is a beautiful example of this technique.


Texture refers to the surface nature of the photograph, typically taken in close range. In some cases, it can also be in wide angle - like a sweeping wheat field, etc. A picture emphasizing on texture generally appeals to our sense of touch. It can also convey the nature of the subject - rough terrain, smooth and silky cloth, etc.

Typically subjects with heavy texture are best taken with a strong sidelight to emphasize the ups and downs. The light source is typically direct and not diffused.

Many expers say that if you do not find anything interesting in a photo-shoot, switch to your macro mode and analyze the textural composition of the objects around you.


Color can sometimes be used to create stunning pictures. While taking pictures that emphasize color, one has to keep in mind, the color wheel (see attached picture). This tells which colors are complementary (side-by-side) and which are contrasty (opposite).

Some experts say that you can get away with a mediocre picture if you ensure that it has predominant contasting colors as they capture the viewer's eye. By using complementing primary colors, this picture really captures the viewer's eye (as Bads points out).

1/3rd Rule

Once again we come to the 1/3rd rule. The picture makes sure that all the lines are off-center and the door-knob itself is at a 1/3rd position to bring out a good composition.



As a follow-up to the 'color' portion of the explanation, I found some more details. The complementary technique that I mentioned in the last mail takes its root from "Color Theory". Apparently, this is a basic painting technique that is used anywhere from painting art to photography to web design.

It basically puts the major colors (VBGYOR - Indigo left out) in a circle (find attached picture). The following combinations represent the theory. Also, consider that the colors vary in shade from the darkest near the center to the lightest at the fringe.

1. Monochromatic - Use of the same color with varying shades. Take one radial line and use all colors. 2. Complementary - Use of contrasting colors. Take two opposing colors in the wheel. 3. Analogoous - Use of related colors. Take 3 colors next to each other in the wheel. 4. Warm - Colors that portray warmth. Take colors and combinations thereof of the right-side of the wheel. 5. Cool - Colors that portray coolness. Take colors and combinations thereof of the left-side of the wheel.

Interesting, eh?

About the Photographer

Rita Borg