Creative Devices Photography (Blog Post #2)

This assignment has been a fun opportunity to expand my knowledge of and experience with photography. I decided to use photos entirely from the conservatory, mostly as a way to challenge myself to take the best photos I could in that environment.

Lights of the Leaves – A plant viewed from above

The main creative device in this photo is texture, since looking at the photo gives a good impression of how these layered and dense leaves might feel. Additionally, perspective is important in this picture, since it captures the plant from a somewhat unusual angle. I had several similar shots, but settled on this one because of the relative symmetry it achieved between all the leaves, and their positioning surrounding the emptier spaces mid-frame.

Among the Plants – A statue surrounded by plants

The main device in this photo is the rule of thirds. Although I had another shot that was more in line with the grid, I found this one to be more symmetrical and pleasing to my eye. The statue is the subject of the photo, framed subtly by long leaves. The many plants in this photo serve as balancing elements, especially the large one on the left.

Open Spaces in the Greenhouse – A view of the ventilation and ceiling in the main greenhouse

The main device in this photo is perspective. By looking up at the ceiling of the greenhouse, a spacious and visually unique view is revealed. Given the grid design of the structure, there is also a prominent use of symmetry and patterns in the photo. Additionally, these lines serve as leading lines to the subject of the photo, which is the ventilation installation.

By the Window – Two plants peek out through the rails of a staircase

The main device in this photo is framing, since the staircase creates an almost oppressive sliver for the subjects to be viewed. On top of that, the plants are boxed in by chains and a bar, as well as the corner of the window. The angular and rigid structure of the building is in stark contrast to the plants, which are the only green elements in an image full of white paint and aggressive natural light from the window.

Mirror Habitats – Two pots of plants side-by-side

The main device in this photo is balancing elements. Wile the larger pot is the subject, the smaller pot creates a point of comparison and reflects the larger in some ways. For example, where the bottom of the larger pot is lined with bright green and yellow, the top of the smaller one is mostly a dark brown. Conversely, the water in the smaller pot is reflecting a great deal of light, where the water in the larger pot is mostly dark.

Ultimately, I was surprised with how well these photos turned out. I don’t think they’re anything particularly special, I just never thought my phone’s camera was capable of capturing such high quality images. When viewed on my laptop in high resolution and full size, they definitely look better that I expected. I don’t think there’s anything I would do different if I had to do this assignment again, although I wish I had asked about how to make links come up in new tabs. *edit 2/15* I figured out the link thing!

The Journey Begins (Blog Post #1)

I can’t believe I’m finally only a semester away from my degree! As I reflect on all the things I have learned in college, it has become apparent to me that I still have a lot of room for growth, especially when it comes to understanding how to produce digital media. As a musician, I have had many opportunities to gain experience in music recording, production, and the operation of digital audio workstations. Hosting a segment on Wyoming Sounds through Wyoming Public Media has given me a bit of a background in broadcasting technologies and practices. I have also had limited experience with more video-oriented things such as music videos.

However, I have almost no personal experience in editing videos. Additionally, there many aspects of writing for the internet that I have yet to learn about. After reviewing the syllabus for this course, and referring to the blogs of previous students, these are the kinds of skills I hope to develop and strengthen throughout the course of this class. As a sort of hobbyist photographer and photo editor, I’m also really looking forward to learning more about the composition and theory aspects of photography. On top of that, there are bound to be many more interesting and valuable concepts explored in this class, all of which are integral to successfully navigating the internet multimedia landscape as a creator.

Regarding the kinds of things I’ll be writing about, it’s still difficult to predict. Obviously, it would be out of the question for me to write about my band or personal musical endeavors, but music is likely to come up. I know I will discuss pictures I’ve taken, and I know I will live tweet some kind of event, but I haven’t yet been able to make up my mind on the subjects of the photos and tweets. As these assignments come up, I will likely be looking out for relevant things that interest me. Ultimately, I think just about anything can be interesting, so I’m very excited to see what ends up in this blog! The website automatically generated a “The Journey Begins” post with a pretty picture and a nice quote, so here’s a picture I took a long time ago and nice quote I like to accompany this inaugural blog entry.

“It’s curious – very very odd, and yet nobody realizes it – that human beings are brought up to feel as if they were strangers in the world. We are given a sense of our own existence that is in flat contradiction to the facts of nature. Although, in its own way there is something natural about that, because nothing can happen at all that is not in some way connected with an elaborate scheme – not a scheme that, as it were, had a plan in mind, but nevertheless a scheme – that is musical in nature.” – Alan Watts