Your Creative Devices set
For my first assignment, I decided to explore some areas in and around Laramie. I’ve been meaning to do so. I tend not to stray far from campus. So, I packed a lunch and drove down I-80. After stopping at the Abraham Lincoln Head Monument, I headed to Happy Jack Trails. Here, I hiked and clicked. Hiked and clicked. I have chosen five images that I think demonstrate five different “creative devices”.
Photo 1 – Happy Jack (#8) – A valley of trees – Create Depth
This image of trees seems majestic to me. The sunlight glaring down while the trees are silent and still. My eye instantly goes to the small branch on the left. It is reaching out from the thin trunk toward the thicket. I think the overlapping of trees and the tall grass really gives this picture the appearance of depth as the thicket grows closer together. Depth is what makes this image so appealing. The overlapping and details force the eye to scan the entire picture, yet also allow you to focus on individual sections and pieces.
Photo 2 – Tree Den 2 (#9) – Country Living Room– Balancing Elements
I was overjoyed as I approached this abandoned couch in the trees. I carefully climbed over its dirty cushions, examining the snow skis that were nailed to its frame. The couch posed so many questions in my mind. I think if it were placed directly in the middle of the frame, it wouldn’t appeal to me. The emptiness of the grass on the left seems parallel to the multiple trees clumped together on its right. I like to imagine sitting there…
Photo 3 – Sky Bramble (#10) – A blue tree – Background
I love the clear blue sky behind this dead tree. It demonstrates such brightness. The way it surrounds the dead tree is what appeals to my eye. It emphasizes the dreary death of the tree, contrasted with the deep blue of the sky. I was trying to capture this. The forest might renew itself more effectively if some of the dead debris was removed, not to mention reduce fire hazard.
Photo 4 – Red & Gold (#15) – Flowers on campus – Color
These bright flowers could be seen from across Prexy’s Pasture. They reflected the golden sunlight as the day turned to dusk. I practically pranced across the pasture, mesmerized by their vividness. You are automatically drawn to these bright colors; there is no way around it.
Photo 5 – School Bramble (#18) – Unique Plant – Texture
I felt enchanted by this incredibly bizarre plant I stumbled upon on campus. I love the jagged and pointy leaves, which forms such a strange pattern. It looks like a weed. It reminds me of a “graceful” tumbleweed. I HAD to touch it. It was soft, almost rubbery. I found it to be exotically beautiful. The intense pattern lured me in and around and around I searched the texture until my eyes were resting smack in the center.
I loved this project! I learned that I take a decent picture if I apply myself. I’m convinced now that knowing the simple terminology of my camera and being familiar with my equipment makes a world of difference in photography! Also, after studying the different “creative devices,” I feel like I’m looking through my camera with new eyes. I have new respect for photographers. I may have also found a new hobby!