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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Bull Elk - Springtime, Jasper National Park

Now this is texture! The elk is shedding his heavy winter coat in preparation for the warmer weather of spring and summer. The heavy coarse texture of his coat is balanced by the fine velvet texture of his horns and then in the background, more texture. I just want to scratch this image with my fingers.

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