Texture - jwardenphotography

Many years ago, when I first got interested in sketching animals, I met one of the top wildlife artists of the day. I wish I could remember his name, because what he told me then has stayed with me my whole artistic life.

It’s not what you see, so much as what you feel.

Texture is a compositional tool that helps us to communicate feeling. It is the roughness of a surface, the tactile, touchy, feely quality of what we are looking at. Low angle side lighting casts shadows which in turn, emphasize texture.

Explore the gallery below and read the captions to learn more about texture in wildlife photography.

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Great Face!

It is August, season of the Bison Rut and this bull is down and dirty, in the mood. Mud, slobber and detritus cover his face. Flies are perched on his nose. And he is lookin' for love.

Plains BisonRutTextureElk Island National Park