Freshman year seems like such a long time ago, but after visiting the Williams Conservatory at UW memories flooded back to me of the days spent studying at the tables they provide. This time, however, I was there to actually LOOK at the plants and take pictures of them. After learning about creative devices in class, I tried to apply them here. Let’s take a gander, shall we?
Three’s company…this photo has a ton of different plants in it, but the original focal point was the tree on the left because I kept seeing eyes in a lot of the conservatory as well as pictures I had taken.
The creative device this photo portrays is mainly symmetry, but not in the traditional way. I tried to balance this photo with the tree dividing straight down the center. Though the right side is heavier, I think that it allows for the viewer to look to the left to avoid the overwhelming visuals on the right side. You could also say that this photo uses the rule of thirds as there’s an item in each third with the tree on the left, the tree in the middle, and the tree on the right.
How Eye Roll…As I mentioned before I saw eyes all over the conservatory, and even the trees just outside of it. This is one of the first things I saw that jumpstarted the pattern.
The creative device used in this photo is texture. No zoom used here! Because I got so close to the tree (close enough to touch), the viewer may just want to reach out and touch the photo, and my goal was to not only capture the eye I was seeing, but also how much detail the bark on the tree had. Another device that could be seen here is cropping. I made sure to get close enough to the tree, so that all that was in the photo was the bark.
Hope this isn’t too cornea…yet another thing I found that resembled an eye but rather the center of an eye than the whole shape.
The creative device used here could be focal point. Because that baby yellow point is so concentrated here it causes the viewer to look at the center of the cactus. There is also an argument for color and contrast. Because that yellow is so bright and eye-catching it draws the viewer in to look at the top of that cactus. I wish that I would have tried to center it more in my camera so that the center of the cactus was also the center of the photo.
The little bud that could…I took this photo mainly because I liked the small plant compared to the bottoms of the trunk of the trees behind it.
The creative device used here is mainly framing. I wanted to capture how this little guy picked the best space to begin its journey, in between where the roots/trunks intertwine with each other. You could also argue that establishing size is being used here because you can clearly see how small the budding plant is as compared to the trees growing around it.
Orange you glad I didn’t say green?…I took this because almost everything I saw in the greenhouse was very earthy and green and I felt I needed a pop of color.
The creative device used here is contrast. With the exception of the little pink spots on the leaves to the left, everything in this photo fall under the same dark hues as one another, so the viewers eye is drawn to the orange petal in the center of the photo. Other devices used here are rule of thirds with the leaves, petal, and water and leading lines as the orange petal takes your eye to the pink and green leaves.
With this assignment I wish that I had positioned myself a little differently when I took the photos, for example the cactus above. If I had positioned that a little differently it would have made a better photo. I also wish that I had paid more attention to the backgrounds and outer edges of the photos so that the focal point were more pronounced.