Hello! I practiced my photography skills this weekend at various locations around Laramie and Vedauwoo. Here are 5 pictures that demonstrate some key, creative devices used in great photography. The creative devices I tried to capture are:
Rule of Thirds, Balancing Elements, Leading Lines, Symmetry and Patterns, Viewpoint, Background, Create Depth, Framing, Cropping, Color, Texture, Establishing Size, Contrast, and Focus.
1.) Mountain Paws
A dog explores rocks around Vedauwoo Recreation Area. The first day of fall was Sept. 22 so locals are trying to spend as much time outside as possible before winter hits.
This photo demonstrates the creative device of Cropping because only the front legs and paws of the dogs are shown in the photo. You can tell what there is a dog in the photograph, but only a small portion of him is shown making it a unique take on the image. Also in this picture is Texture and Color because of the rock and leaves, as well as the rule of thirds because of the position of the main elements.
2.) Sunset Blossom
Exotic plants are in full bloom at the Williams Conservatory on the University of Wyoming campus. The conservatory is free and open to the public and displays interesting plants from all over the world.
This photograph is a good example of Color. Because of the vibrant color of the flower against the prominent green background your eye is immediately drawn to the bloom. The plants in the background are not in focus, also bringing attention to the flower. Texture and Focus are also devices being utilized because the picture is zoomed so closely on the flower.
3.) Mossy Sherman
Moss grows on the Sherman Granite rock at Vedauwoo Recreation Area. Sherman Granite is some of the oldest rock in the world dating over 1.4 billion years in age.
This photo is supposed to demonstrate Focus. The moss that grows at Vedauwoo is so vivid in color against the rocks. Texture and Color are also being utilized because only a small portion of the moss is in focus, but you can really see the texture and pattern of the moss which holds the attention on it.
4.) Sharp Beauty
A flower blooms on a cactus in the Williams Conservatory at the University of Wyoming. The conservatory updates their Facebook page to let students know when flowers are in bloom.
For this picture I tried using the Background technique. The bright orange flower really stands out against the white cactus I framed as the background. Focus is also at work here, as well as Color and Rule of Thirds.
5. Riverbed Buildings
Rocky pillars are displayed all over the University of Wyoming campus in an effort to keep the concrete balanced with natural elements.
The last photograph displays Texture because you can see every little groove, color, and design on the rocks in focus. The angle of the photo and different sizes of rocks also helps add to the texture of the photo. Color is another important component of the picture since your eyes are drawn to the orange tones. The Rule of Thirds is also working in favor of the picture since the orange rocks separate the picture into thirds.
This assignment was very enlightening for me. I am extremely passionate about photography, but have never worked on my own skills. I have just followed different artists and admired their work, when I really should be doing that in addition to honing in on some of these skills to enhance the photos I take in everyday life. This assignment also puts into perspective how many photos these artists have to take in order to get a good one. I took well over a hundred photos to capture 5 that I felt could receive a passing grade for the class.