Photography Devices

Jordan Turner doing a start at practice early Monday.

Jordan Turner doing a start at practice early Monday.

1. For this first photo I wanted to show you the technique of framing. I went to a swim practice here at the University of Wyoming and was messing around with different angles and viewpoints, when I happened to take a picture at the right time. This photo expresses framing, which draws your eye directly to the center of the photo. The square in the middle of the starting block captures a swimmer right as he is diving into the pool. With framing you can clearly see that the main focus of this photo is on the swimmer diving into the pool, it draws your attention in.

The flags at Corrvett swimming pool at the University of Wyoming.

The flags at Corrvett swimming pool at the University of Wyoming.

2.While at the swim practice for the University I tried to look at things in a way that I normally wouldn’t. I needed to change my point of view from this just being a pool and people swimming in it to something different. I had to think outside the box and try new ideas. In this next photo I used the device of depth. The backstroke flags in this photo go completely across the pool.

With this photo you can see how the flags go back into the picture to indicate its depth. Depth is also created by the focus on the first flag, which consistently fades the further away they are from the camera.  The flags draw your eye into the background of the picture, allowing you to take in every element rather than just the flags themselves.

The Mountain West logo taken from the 3-meter diving board at the University of Wyoming.

The Mountain West logo taken from the 3-meter diving board at the University of Wyoming.

3. While I was walking around the pool I thought it would be a good idea to get some above the pool angles. So I walked over to the 3-metter diving board on the pool deck. After climbing to the top of the board I saw the Mountain West sign across from me, I then began to take some pictures from laying on the diving board. I  like this picture for a low viewpoint, because this photo was taken at the level of the diving board, as if you treated the diving board as the ground. Because of the flat surface of the diving board, your attention is clearly focussed on the Mountain West sign.

Claudia Carlson doing a turn at practice earlier this week.

Claudia Carlson doing a turn at practice earlier this week.

4. This next photo uses the technique of cropping. Here Claudia Carlson does a turn on the wall a little too close to me. However I feel like this affect of cropping expresses the importance of breathing in swimming.  The focus of this photo is her mouth, you may not have noticed this with a full body shot, you need cropping for this affect to be so clear.

Two water bottles side by side at a swim practice.

Two water bottles side by side at a swim practice.

5.  This picture uses balance to create a sense that the entire landscape is filled.  Had there only been one water bottle, there would have been a lot of empty space left completely to background.  Instead this creates two focal points, drawing your eye across the picture as opposed to focussing on just one center point.  This in turn creates movement that the picture otherwise would not be able to capture.

After doing this experience I realized why you should photograph people you don’t know. During my experience all my team wanted to do was to pose for photos. I was surprised at how my pictures turned out without flash. I have always been a big fan of flash in photos, but for this assignment I did not use any flash. I wish I could have had a better camera for this assignment. I would prefer a camera that has the multi-shot(more then one picture with the press of a button). Overall I had a great time working on this assignment and would enjoy doing it again.

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