Sunday, November 2, 2008

Two Things Challenge: Textures / Shapes

Textured glass in rectangular shapes create an impressionist portrait of fall :
St. Gabriel's Catholic Church : Washington, D.C.

This week's Two Things Challenge was Textures / Shapes. Unlike some past challenges, this one was pretty easy. This first photo is my favorite of all the ones I took. I actually snapped it a couple of weeks ago when I was photographing St. Gabriel's Catholic Church. My cell phone rang while I was in the sanctuary, so I stepped into a side vestibule to take the call. This was the view out a tiny window in the outer door. I love the simple shapes, and the different textures in the glass panes made the fall colors outside look a little like an impressionist painting.

Shapes : Geometry is everywhere!
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These other photos are things I've stumbled upon over the last few days as I've been out and about. For shapes, I noticed this wall at the entrance to a parking garage on L Street between Connecticut Avenue and 17th Street NW as I was headed to the Metro the other day. Then this manhole cover grabbed my eye while I was out walking. The geometric shapes screamed out "Photograph me!"

Textures : Peeling paint and peeling bark
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For textures, I love the juxtaposition of texture on a human made structure and texture on a natural structure. In this case, peeling paint on the door of a garage and peeling bark on a maple tree (I think. I'm bad when it comes to tree varieties!)

There you have it! If you'd like to see how others interpreted this week's challenge, visit 2 Things Challenge. Everyone is welcome to participate!

Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 10/08


The Artful Eye said...

Hey, hey I'm back and have been away too long, but it felt good.

These images hit the mark. I love the glass pane. It also reminds me of heavy rains against a window. Beautiful. I'm crazy but I love peeling paint and shredding bark. They are signs of age and renewal.

Clueless in boston said...

The glass panes look very impressionistic and you caught it perfectly. I think peeling paint does look better photographed than in reality.

marley said...

What a varied selection. Great photos :)

D.C. Confidential said...

Andrea: Yeah! You're back. You were sorely missed in these parts, but I hope the time away was rejuvenating. Peeling paint and bark are rather hopeful, aren't they?

CIB: Thanks! I agree with you on peeling paint. I have some on my own house right now that looks cool in photographs, but grates on my nerves because it's just one more fixit thing on my list. Ugh.

Marley: Thanks! It was hard to choose just one. (A problem I have every single day. It's really annoying!)

Maya said...

They do look like impressionist paintings! Very nicely done (especially while talking on the phone).

I really like the manhole cover too. Those shapes are fun!

Professor said...

So nice! I like the wood and glass... this is a fun post.

D.C. Confidential said...

Maya: Isn't that a cool manhole cover! When I saw it, I actually thought of you and the pictures you took some months back of something similar for another 2 Things Challenge, I think it was.

Prof: Thanks! This one was a lot of fun!

Virginia said...

I love all of yours but the glass window is my most favaorite. I think my meager offerings were pretty lame this week and now after seeing yours, I am sure of it. I must strive to do better!

D.C. Confidential said...

Virginia: Thanks! I haven't been around yet to leave comments on the other interpreters' blogs, but I liked your photos. Esp. the one of the peeling tree. That was very, very cool. Too bad the crepe myrtles weren't in full bloom. They're so pretty when they are!

Anonymous said...

I love the peeling paint and peeling bark! Great entries Janet!

Petrea said...

Fantastic job with this challenge, D.C. These are gorgeous shots.

d.c. confidential said...

Lisa: Thanks! I like the peeling pictures, too! The one of the garage is especially a favorite as it is evidence that I'm seeing more and more of my world as a potential subject to be photographed!

Petrea: Thanks! These challenges are always a lot of fun!