The First Shoot

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Despite the 275 photos on my Instagram profile, my photography skills were limited to goofy selfies and travel pics – until this week!

As my phone storage dwindled and camera roll grew, I learned that you’ll take A LOT more bad photos than good. Sorting through my pictures, I found some were blurry, some boring, but a few that weren’t too bad!

Let’s take a look at my top 5 photos from the week and the creative devices they exemplify.

Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Plant
Minuscule white hairs grow from a succulent on display in the Williams Conservatory at the University of Wyoming. The plant’s details replicate goosebumps forming on skin in the cold.

Pattern is the dominant creative device here. The repetition of the leaves and flow of the stems creates interest in this picture which draws the viewer in. By focusing on the leaves, the viewer is able to appreciate the detail of the living and dead parts of the plant.

Color is another device present in this photo. The fresh palette of pinks, oranges and greens compliment each other nicely. The earthy tones are eye-catching, but also induce a sense of calmness.

Brick Mug
A monochromatic painting of American criminal, Butch Cassidy, glares from a doorway off of Grand Avenue and 2nd Street in Laramie. Numerous fascinating pieces of art can be found in the alleyways and on buildings of Downtown Laramie.

For the dominant device, the red brick acts as a frame to the portrait in this picture. By surrounding the painting in a continuous material, the viewers eye is brought to the focal point of the photo. The worn brick is complimented by white electrical boxes which add another aesthetically-pleasing point.

In addition to framing, contrast is very evident. The black and white hues of the man are brought out by the electrical boxes while the different shades of red brick make the portrait pop.

Box Office Advice
The Wyo Theatre offers some words of wisdom on Sunday afternoon. Signs of optimism and life dominate the boarded doors, rebelling against the theatre’s closing in 2014.

The navy blue, bright aqua and red featured in this picture are the reason for color being the primary device. The focal point in this picture is the writing on the marquee. The combination of cool tones perfectly sets the stage for the red script.

Although the theatre sits in the middle of the photo, the secondary device is the rule of thirds. The negative spaces on the sides and above the focal point offer balance and are aesthetically pleasing to viewers.

The Cooped Up Cactus
Giant cacti in the University of Wyoming Williams Conservatory extend towards the sun Friday morning. These cacti are among the 500 plant species housed in the conservatory.

The metal window frame spouting from the bottom right corner of the photo leads the eye to the cacti and glowing light. This example of leading lines engages the viewer, prolonging their gaze.

Another creative device in this photo is the creation of depth. The grid created by the white bricks and metal frame show the distance from where the photo was taken to the focal point. The dark colors of the windows on the right also add an intriguing element of depth.

Bleached Bark
Grooves in the trunk of a young Ponytail Palm Tree in the Williams Conservatory mimic valleys. Currently standing at 4 feet tall, the tree reaches 10-15 feet at full maturity.

In this picture, texture is the primary creative device. The larger cracks in the tree bark are emphasized by smaller surrounding rifts. The cracks capture the viewers attention by becoming deeper and resembling veins stemming from the top.

As for the secondary device, the symmetry and patterns add to the aesthetics of this photo. The repetition of angular ovals in the bark are fascinating for the viewer.

Reflection

While shooting for this assignment, I mistakenly attached the quality of my photography to the quality of my camera. I assumed that simply because I was shooting on a phone my pictures wouldn’t turn out very well!

Fortunately, I was way off and was able to capture some pretty cool things!

If I could do this assignment again, I would shoot in more places. I often appreciate the beauty around me, but don’t always remember to pull out my camera and capture it.

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