Creative Devices in Photography

Busy Bee- A bumblebee lands on a flower near the Arts and Sciences building on campus. The last day of summer was September 22.
Busy Bee- A bumblebee lands on a flower near the Arts and Sciences building on campus. The last day of summer was September 22.

For this photo, when I first look at it, I see viewpoint as the dominant element in the photo. You can see the flowers from the bee’s point of view in this close-up shot. It’s easy to miss the details of this image when you’re just walking by a flower bed on campus or when you don’t take a picture up close to really capture what the bee is doing, making it a pleasing photo. Other elements I saw were depth because you can see the size of the bee relative to the flower as well as color because of the bright pinks, greens and yellows.

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Laramie Art- The side view of a mural in downtown Laramie show the signature of the artist. There are many murals downtown, including some of fish, hands and bikes.

When I look at this photo, right away I see leading lines. The lines in the brick are all going the same direction, leading you to the back of the photo. This really creates an infinite effect to the photo because you can’t see the end of the mural. This makes the photo unique because it gives an illusion to the mural’s size. Another element I see after noticing leading lines is texture because you can see the brick and the texture of it underneath the paint.

Bloom- Flowers are still showing their bright colors in downtown Laramie. The flower is one of the many different types planted all around town, varying in colors from pink to orange to purple.
Bloom- Flowers are still showing their bright colors in downtown Laramie. The flower is one of the many different types planted all around town, varying in colors from pink to orange to purple.

This photo immediately represents focus. The flower is completely clear and up close, and the background is blurred, drawing the eye to the flower in the photo. This creates a pleasing image to the eye because the flower is a bright and clear and really capturing how pretty the color and shape of it is. The other elements I see in this photo are color because of the bright yellow catching the eye as well as cropping because the flower is cut off on the right side.

Up Close and Personal- A close up shot of pine needles show the detail of the tree. Pine trees are a common tree to see on the University of Wyoming campus.
Up Close and Personal- A close-up shot of pine needles show the detail of the tree. Pine trees are a common tree to see on the University of Wyoming campus.

This image of pine needles really shows pattern as the dominant element in the photo. You can’t really tell when one branch ends and begins as well as which needles are on what branch. This photo is close and detailed, making it a neat photo to look at because you can see how little the needles really are on the branches of the tree. Another element I see in this photo is leading lines because the branches lead the eye in different directions of the photo.

Fall is Here- Leaves on campus begin to change just in time for the fall season. The first day of fall was on September 23.
Fall is Here- Leaves on campus begin to change just in time for the fall season. The first day of fall was on September 23.

When I look at this photo, I see color as the dominant creative element. There are bright blue and bright yellows and greens dominating the photo with some browns mixed in. The colors are vibrant and makes the scenery look gorgeous because the sky is so blue and it’s contrasted by the bright yellow and green right below it. Another element I see in this photo are balancing elements because the trees balance the sky with the color and the division of the photo as a whole because the sky takes up the top half and the trees are almost opposite of it.

While I did this project, I was overall surprised with the difficulty of finding creative elements in photos. I have photography experience from high school journalism, but I never truly thought about the elements when I was shooting. When I had to look for different ones in every photo, it made the photoshoot a little more complicated. I would’ve gotten more angles if I could’ve, it was just hard with my recent back surgery to really get down low and be diverse in my viewpoints. If I had more movement, I think it definitely would’ve helped a lot. I’m satisfied with my photos as a whole and enjoyed the project.

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