Weekly Photo Challenge – Textured


When I saw this weeks challenge I thought , brilliant, I have so many textures I can use with my images. Now normally I try to get my post in on the Friday evening but I’ve been away at a wedding over the weekend so I’m a little bit late. Here’s my effort

However it looks like I may have the wrong ideas about texture. Apparently this week we’re supposed to show something that is textured in the natural world, like rope, fibres, brick etc. Not me! So here’s another one…

Now that’s what I call a texture

…..and up above is another one. The image above was originally created to show how we can  recover holiday photographs when we make a mistake as photographers. The original of this was way over-exposed but by blending in textures I’ve recovered something that I can maybe use or sell.

I create a lot of my own textures which I make free for use under a Creative Commons License You can also find loads of textures on Flickr and Deviant Art, but be sure to check the license restrictions, if any.

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28 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Textured

  1. thirdhandart September 12, 2011 / 00:46

    Great textures! Thank you for the pingback.

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    • Mike Hardisty September 12, 2011 / 08:40

      Thank You. Sometimes using textures can totally change an image.

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  2. Josette September 12, 2011 / 00:56

    So are all the pictures above worked into the final one? I’d be curious to know what the original Buddha looked like. I love the one you ended up with. Also, thanks for the pingback!

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    • Mike Hardisty September 12, 2011 / 08:53

      Hello Josette,, thank you for your interest…Each of the pictures above are separate images. The top one is a photograph of a well known local lighthouse. The bears are from a Victorian postcard image, extracted using Photoshop, and then the whole thing is combined with a texture. The second image is an idea of the textures I create. The Buddha image was totally over-exposed in the background but the main statue was just about right. I wrote an article/tutorial about using textures and you can see the original image along with a description of the steps I took to change the image by following the link https://mikehardisty.wordpress.com/2010/09/06/using-textures-to-enhance-an-image/

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  3. pix & kardz September 12, 2011 / 02:46

    oops, this may be a duplicate comment. or not…. i think there is no incorrect interpretation on the weekly topics, whether inside or outside the box. it is a creative challenge, so you certainly showed some creativity here! 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty September 16, 2011 / 08:15

      Thank You. Textured to me has always meant blending in Photoshop, but I must admit this challenge has made me look at it in a different way

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  4. jakesprinter September 12, 2011 / 03:18

    great Collection of photo for the textured topic very impressive

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  5. Sathya September 12, 2011 / 07:55

    Love the Budda, awesome use of textures !

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    • Mike Hardisty September 16, 2011 / 08:17

      I’ve always liked using textures, covers up my sometimes screwed up photography

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  6. 2e0mca September 12, 2011 / 08:29

    Seems an ok interpretation of the week’s subject to me – you are not alone in entering phtos with textured layers 🙂 Anyway, a nice selection. The statue looks good!

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    • Mike Hardisty September 16, 2011 / 08:18

      I haven’t found any yet, but it’s taking me ages to get through all the submissions. This past couple of weeks I’ve been so busy with different photography projects.

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  7. Patti Kuche September 12, 2011 / 10:02

    Love your textured layers and can’t wait to explore your links for further details (DeviantArt is already a favourite of mine where I go to browse and wish . . . )

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    • Mike Hardisty September 16, 2011 / 08:19

      Another favourite place for textures is the Textures For Layers Group on Flickr. I also create my own now

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  8. aRVee September 12, 2011 / 11:12

    wow, very beautiful photographs… thanks for sharing and thank you too for the pingback, I appreciate it

    have a great day ahead…

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  9. spidersworkshop September 12, 2011 / 14:31

    Hard to believe the Buddha comes from a photograph that went wrong. It looks perfect.

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    • Mike Hardisty September 16, 2011 / 08:20

      Thank you for the comment. I have a load that go wrong so I have to be creative…

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  10. Nandini September 12, 2011 / 14:34

    Brilliant work, I like the third one especially. 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty September 16, 2011 / 08:21

      Thank you. It’s one of mine as well, especially as it came from a one-time shot that was ruined.

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  11. yi-ching lin September 15, 2011 / 12:47

    the third shot is incredible. how’d you do it? beautiful work.

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  12. jmeyersforeman September 16, 2011 / 15:09

    I started photography long enough ago – film days – when texture meant the texture of the subject – but I, like you submitted a photo that had a texture layer added to it in photoshop! I don’t think there is anyone right answer here, but on the weekly challenge there have been lots of great images – i love your examples. thanks for dropping by my page and being kind enough to comment!

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