A Universe

Identifying and isolating textures amid an abundance of optical impressions is one of the most satisfying tasks for a photographer. You often do not realize the beauty of a texture or pattern until inspecting it through a viewfinder, on the camera’s display, or later on a computer monitor. The rows of vines in the Badischen Bergstrasse region of Germany provide a fascinating contrast to the huts and the delicate trees (top). As with other photos in this book, this picture relies on a synthesis of several elements of design: diagonal lines, a contrast arising from small and large objects, varying thicknesses in the pattern, and ...

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