My five photos

Students walk past the all knowing eyes of the University of Wyoming’s statue of Benjamin Franklin on their way to class.

The dominant creative device used in this photo is viewpoint. The photo is taken off-center from behind the back of the Benjamin Franklin statue. By using this viewpoint a unique lens is added to the way that you can see an otherwise common place event. Other creative devices used in this photo are the rule of thirds and use of focus. The rule of thirds is used by dividing the content of the photo along the grid (Benjamin Franklin, the first student, and the second student.) Focus is used by slightly blurring out the statue and surrounding trees in order to draw your eyes to the students. These secondary creative devices helped make the photo visually pleasing by equally distributing space, and by drawing the eye on to the students through the use of an interesting object.

Enjoying the weather
Sophomore Wade Musso enjoys the brisk weather after leaving the Union.

The dominant creative device in this photo is focus. Using focus draws the viewer to the main point of the photo by making it the first and most clear thing seen. Focus also makes the photo look nice visually by showing a clear and detailed image of the focal point while showing the movement of others as well as the scenery without making it distracting. Other creative devices used in this photo that help make it aesthetically pleasing are balance The background is balanced with both the people and the rocks to keep the photo from feeling uneven and helps to avoid empty space in the photograph.

Downward Spiral
A pot without a plant is used to store a neatly coiled hose in the Williams Conservatory.

The dominant creative device for Downward Spiral is symmetry and pattern. By taking the picture at the start of the spiral pattern the viewers eyes are drawn down to the end of the spiral and also the texture of the hose. This helps the picture look good visually by presenting a satisfying pattern and by drawing attention to small details. Other creative devices used are texture and color. Texture and color help the picture’s aesthetic by making the patter and downward spiral stand out and by providing subtle details for the viewer to take in.

Overgrown
Large air plants dangle from the rafters in front of the grow lights and rooms reserved for botanical studies.

The dominant creative device used in this photo are leading lines.. The use of leading lines in this photo helps draw the viewer towards the focal point because the lines continue to recede into the background which allows the viewer to take in all of the greenhouse and follow the lines back. The leading lines in the photo helps make it aesthetically pleasing by leading the viewer into more and more details. Other creative devices used in this photo that help make it look good visually are contrast and symmetry. The photo starts out dark and gradually adds color which creates a nice progression of contrast in the picture. Symmetry also helps the picture because when the plants break the symmetry of the lines it helps the individual plants stand out before looking at the lines and contrast within the photo.

Ensuring Growth
In the Williams Conservatory succulent sits in front of a sheet of corrugated cardboard used for insulation.

The dominant creative device in this photo is texture. Texture in this photo is used by incorporating the insulation as a background for the head of the succulent which makes the succulent stand out because of their differences in texture. The two different textures also help make this photo pleasing to look at by creating a contrast that complements the natural texture and features of both objects featured in the photo. Other creative devices used that make the photo aesthetically pleasing are symmetry and the rule of thirds. This helps to make the picture pleasing because the symmetry of the insulation fills up the space where the succulent is not. The rule of thirds helps make the picture aesthetically pleasing by placing the succulent along the grid and helping to divide the photo in a more balanced way.

While doing this assignment I was surprised by how easy it was to find interesting events and places to shoot but at the same time how it could be so hard to get the picture just the way I wanted it. Two things that I wish I could have done differently are use my actual camera which I neglected to bring and to shoot on different days in order to get pictures in different weather conditions.

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