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1. “These Colors Don’t Run : An American flag hanging from a pole at a farm I found over Labor Day weekend near Estes Park.”

This picture shouts “Proud American.” The dominant creative device in this picture is the use of color. The flag automatically captures the attention of the viewer because of the opposing dark shadows and neutral colors displayed in the photograph. With majority of the photograph displaying darker shades, the bright red, white and blue colors on the flag direct the attention of the viewer to the flag. However, I do wish the sky was more grey and the blue truck on the right side of the photograph was not there to help enhance the color of the flag and create a more aesthetically-pleasing photograph.

2.) “Sunset : Dakota Metzger reaches for pine needles during sunset over the Labor Day weekend on a hill over looking town.”

Nothing can beat a beatiful sunset! This photograph’s dominant creative device is experimentation. This photograph experiments with lighting, shadowing and silhouttes. It took both time and trial before I could accomplish the photograph I was aiming for. I’ve always thought that silhouttes are a very eye appealing image. However, I wish that I had the subject doing something else, rather than reaching for the pine needles. Without the caption, I think the viewer is left wondering what exactly the subject is doing.

3.) Train Bridge : Marissa Steer, 20, watches over the trains passing below during Labor day weekend in downtown Laramie.”

I used to watch trains with my grandpa when I was younger and count all the cars on the train. This is what we were doing in this photo, which displays a dominant creative device as leading lines. The subject is directly in the bottom left hand side and the leading lines, which is the bridge, lead the viewer directly across the photograph to the top right hand side of the photograph. Using leading lines allows you to pull the viewer further into an image, moving their view to the left, right, top or bottom and even making the viewer feel as if they can see through the image. 

4.) “Road to Nowhere : Marissa Steer wanders off into woods near Estes Park during Labor Day weekend. Who knows where this trail will lead. . . ”

A little nervous to see where this trial would lead to. This photograph’s dominant creative device is depth. This photograph is appealing to the eye because it allows the viewer to feel the depth and length of the trail. Using depth in an image creates a feeling in the viewer that the photograph is a reality and that they are present within that reality.

5.) “Grazing Moose : A moose “hiding” in the tall grass, where he ate away. We found him a couple miles down the road from the others.”

I was so excited to be as close to all the mooses that we were! This photograph’s  dominant creative device is framing. The trees exhibit a frame around the moose. Framing draws attention to the subject of your image by blocking other parts of the image. It also helps to direct the eye to the focal point.

What did I learn from this assigment?

I learned that patience is key in photography. You must have patience in order to obtain a great photograph. I also learned that you can never shoot enough images. Even if you like a photograph, keep shooting the subject! You may run across a more interesing angle or image. I also learned to be creative and to have courage to try something different.


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