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MMDT 2013 Challenge #16: Wrinkles, Spikes and Bumps, Oh My!

Challenge #16  -  Photo Challenge - Inspired by… Texture



POST WINDOW: August 15 - 21st.


Choose an enjoyable location that you frequently visit or that you have always wanted to go to but just haven’t taken the time. (The location should have a lot of interest to you - either nature or man made. It could be a park, a historic area, a botanical garden, a nature trail…) Spend a couple of hours (or more) taking pictures of details. Capture the textures.


Pay attention to the lighting – showing off texture requires attention to how the light is reflecting off of the subject and creating shadows. Changing your view point / direction might make a big difference in the final result.


On your page(s) include: some distant shots (so we can see the overall location) and lots of detail shots that show off the textures.


In your Journella Post you should include the location and why you chose the location.


Hi Everyone!! Here is my texture challenge! I hope you like it! As you know, I spent my birthday at the Milwaukee County Zoo, where I photographed an earlier challenge with the giraffes. Keeping this challenge in mind, I began stalking the peacocks that wander free throughout the park. I figured they would be the one subject I could photograph throughout the day, with different lighting over a long period of time. I took photos of them in the morning and in the clouds and in sunlight...with their tails open and with their tails closed. I zoomed in on their tail feathers, which seemed to have a lot of great texture, but when I got home and loaded my photos on my computer....disappointment reigned. The photos were good, but they bored me. I started going through the rest of the photos of the day and came across the ones I took of the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana.

This guy had it all...bumbs, spikes, scales, wrinkles and more! Thankfully, I must have known he might be a backup plan and took several photos of him, some closeup and some farther away. Look how his foot looks like it's made from stuffed vinyl! Scales on his legs, bumps on his face, spikes down his back, skin that looks like wrinkled leather...nothing I could do about the variation in lighting since he was in the reptile house behind glass, but I think he was a perfect candidate for this challenge otherwise.


I used Lotus Grid Paper and Black PaperTiles from to bring out his beautiful colors. It's hard to see the Lotus color, it looks white in my photo, but it is a very pale bluish-green. He seemed happy with my choice. I used page pattern #80: Three Rows with a Central Focal Point, and after I put the page together with all the PaperTiles, something was missing...more texture!! So I whipped out my Cuttlebug and my Bamboo embossing folder and put some jungle texture on the PaperTiles, not the matted pieces because they were already glued down.


I was very happy with the results and I hope you are too!

Shared by Heather Cartland on August 17, 2013 | Memory Date: August 17, 2013
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Love it! Great photos, texture and colors. I find iguanas fascinating. Never really want to touch one or anything, but they are beautiful. Like to embossed squares too!
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  August 23, 2013 at 12:12 am   
This is amazing! Who knew one creature could have so many textures.
Posted By: Candy Spiegel  |  August 21, 2013 at 1:48 am   
FABULOUS! I love the eye really draws you in! Your title shot is well done, and the colors are great. The black really sets off his colors and adding the texture was brilliant! I LOVE all of these reptilian creatures, and this one is spectacular...your photos do him justice! Wonderful textures and colors! Great job, Heather!
Posted By: Lori Hanson  |  August 19, 2013 at 9:23 pm   
Heather, Nice, nice job! This is amazing. I love the colors he has too-that added to the layout as well. You are right, he DID have it all!!! I'm so glad you took photos of him as well. Talk about texture-Oh My did he have a lot!! Great job.
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  August 18, 2013 at 2:13 am   
Oh Heather, this is great! Those spikes and scales!! I've never before noticed how wrinkly they can be. I think the page works together very well and going back and adding the embossed tiles really adds so much to the page. I'm glad you gave the look from the side to catch the texture of the tiles as from a straight on view it isn't as noticeable.This creature may not be in my top ten favorite animals list, but your page is!!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  August 17, 2013 at 7:32 pm   
Fabulous addition with the textured tiles!
Posted By: Linda Gallacher  |  August 17, 2013 at 6:40 pm   
He is a delightfully textured creature! Love the photos (it can be really hard to get good shots through glass). The "spike" shots are great. I bet it looks even better in person (as you see it on the lotus grid paper color.) I had an assignment in a photography class years ago. My plan was to take photos of interesting doors. I spent hours and took lots and lots of pictures. When it came time to turn in the assignment I hated it. I ended up using photos I had taken of boats during a weekend trip to visit my parents. I LOVED taking those shots - and it showed. Thank goodness for "back up plans!"
Posted By: Tami Potter  |  August 17, 2013 at 6:14 pm   

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