To practice using creative devices in photography, I spent a few days wandering around the Laramie area. I started out at UW, worked on ACRES Farm, and eventually ended up on Corner Mountain. I really enjoyed taking photos for this assignment, although it was harder than I thought it would be to focus on using the fourteen creative devices. Usually when I go somewhere to take pictures, I just shoot whatever looks interesting to me. This time, I really had to think about what I was doing with each photo. Overall, I feel like I learned quite a bit and will continue to practice using these devices in the future.

SNAPPY. The snapdragons in Prexy’s Pasture were still in full bloom on the last official day of summer.

This is one of my favorite shots from my photo adventure. I love how colorful the snapdragons were. The dominant creative device is focus. The closest snapdragon flower is the only part of the photo that is focused. This makes the pink flower stand out and allows the viewer to notice detail. Color is another device used– the variation of color among the flowers gives the photo visual interest.

TREE TRUNK. The afternoon sun peeks out from behind an old tree in Prexy’s Pasture.

Texture is the dominant device in the up-close photo of the tree. The bark is rough and it’s apparent that the tree has been calling Prexy’s home for quite some time. Balancing elements is a secondary device I used here. The tree trunk takes up slightly more than half the area of the photo, while the trees and the sun in the background take up the rest. This creates balance within the frame. I also used cropping; only part of the tree is shown, instead of fitting its entirety into the frame.

FALL HARVEST. It’s officially fall– the pumpkins and other winter squash at the student-run ACRES Farm have been harvested.

I love patterns– I notice them everywhere. While I was ACRES Farm, the table with all of the winter squash caught my eye. I stood on the table and took a picture straight down. The squash repeat shapes, and I also liked how they were arranged by type.

FRESH FROM THE DIRT. Student volunteers harvested a wheelbarrow full of carrots this past Saturday at ACRES Farm.

I tried cropping for the carrot harvest photo. The freshly dug carrots are the main focal point, but you can see the student’s hand setting them into the wheelbarrow.  I thought that using this creative device while harvesting would be interesting, instead of taking a photo of the whole person digging up carrots.  The color of the carrots stands out, and the hand establishes size. These were not small carrots!

CHANGE IS IN THE AIR. On Corner Mountain, just a few miles past Centennial, the aspen trees are starting to change color.

There are a couple creative devices I could use to describe this picture, but I’m going to call viewpoint the dominant device. I photographed just the top half of the trees and filled the rest of the picture with sky. Usually when I take pictures while hiking, I capture the entire length of the trees. To get this shot, I held my phone lower and angled it upward to try a more unique viewpoint of the landscape. Balancing elements is also used here, as the sky and trees balance each other out. In a way, framing is also used. The sky is mostly negative space, but the trees along the bottom and the taller ones on both sides create a frame for the sky.