Lines to Patterns: In Gray, Sepia and Living Color

With just the right angle of light, lines cast shadows revealing parallel shapes that add an additional dimension to the subject being framed by the lens.

Lines to Patterns in Sepia | ©Tom Palladio ImagesTaking it a step further, removing color in favor of sepia tones or gray scale (B&W) for certain compositions, I believe, makes the presentation even more eye-catching than its original state, turning the frames into old period pieces.

Sepia tones or B&W can dramatically change the entire mood of the moment when bright colors no longer dominate the scene. Of course, a little splash of chroma now and then never hurts the eyes, right?

Here’s a sampling of some Lines to Patterns photography — this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme — in sepia, B&W and living color. Just click on each frame for a full-screen view.

For more examples of Lines to Patterns photography, just click HERE to go to the Weekly Photo Challenge repository.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images




Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


    1. I never tire of hearing, “they’re all lovely…” 🙂 That staircase was covered in red carpeting, but the traffic up and down left it orange-like by the time I got there to shoot it. Glad you liked it, and the others too.


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