Blog Post #4: Mecanismos Creativos (See what I did there?)


Photo #1: Canada Dry

This is a shot of my aluminum can recycling bin that is in my kitchen. The dominant creative device in this picture is color. The green of the Canada Dry can is the first thing that catches the eye, but also the white of the Pabst Blue Ribbon can and the blue of the Bud Light can create a nice frame, which is the secondary creative device that is used. There is also some shallow depth of field, as only the three aforementioned cans are in complete focus.


Photo #2: Front Porch

I came home from school and saw my neighbor sitting on his porch smoking a cigarette. I took the photo from the side instead of the front because it follows the rule of thirds strongly, which is the dominant creative device in the shot. His face also has strong vectors leading into the rest of the photo, but my concern is that the background might not be as strong as the foreground.


Photo #3: Man in the Mirror

This is a shot of myself in the mirror taking a picture, which can be a little corny I’ll admit, but what I think makes this work is the dominant creative device of framing. The mirror itself is a frame for the subject, but the mirror is also framed by the closet door, which is in turn framed by the green wood paneling. The green also provides some color contrast that I think is effective, along with the vector of the angled ceiling leading the eye into the mirror. Since the mirror is vertical, it made taking this shot vertically effective as well.


Photo #4: Neighborhood Teepee

I was driving home and noticed this outside of a house. It was an interesting piece, so I decided to pull over a take a photo. I had to use compositional cropping as the main creative device for this shot because the background was very distracting. There is still the distraction of the RV on the far right side of the shot, but I feel it is blurred enough to the point where the distraction is minimal.


Photo #5: River of Dreams (shout out to Billy Joel)

This picture uses a lot of leading lines. The river itself is flowing from left to right which creates motion, but also the varying green grasses along each side of the bank and even the small patch of dirt lead the eye back to the river, which is already enhancing the movement of the shot. I also thought the view point was interesting because if I would have shot it from a different position, the lines leading back to the river would not have been as effective, which also gets into compositional cropping as well.


The biggest issue that arose for me was shooting inside. It is harder to shoot the things you want because there is no natural light. So metering out appropriate light was a struggle. This also hurt my ability to shoot at night, because I did not want to use flash, and light was scarce. The other big thing was the inability to crop for the assignment. I had a few other shots that I might have rather used for the assignment, but because Photoshop was off limits, I had to use a few of my backup shots. Overall I think the assignment turned out well though.

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