Out and About Around Laramie: A Collection of Moments

For this assignment, I had the privilege of going around Laramie and the southeastern portion of Wyoming to take some pictures.  During my 100-mile journey, I collected several pictures, but these ones stood out the most.

A sunny day along the Front Range near Vedauwoo.

A sunny day along the Front Range near Vedauwoo.

This picture is titled “Tranquility.”  The creative device used in this photo was the rule of thirds.  The two fence posts provide markers of thirds in this picture, while the mountain range in the background provides a midpoint indicator.  Another device used in this picture is symmetry.  The peak of the mountain provides balance, while the fence posts and clouds provide equity.

Shooting downstream in the middle of the Little Laramie River in the Snowy Range.

Shooting downstream in the middle of the Little Laramie River in the Snowy Range.

This picture is titled “Let ‘er Buck.”  While this isn’t the “Powder River,” I managed to find a way to get to the middle of the Little Laramie River and capture this moment.  I would argue that texture is the dominant creative device.  The leaves in the forefront, combined with the evergreens in the background, provide texture when compared to the river.  The boulders also add texture to the picture.  Color is also present in this picture.  The green and the yellow contrast with the white water.

The noon sun shines down on the Arts and Sciences building on the University of Wyoming campus.

The noon sun shines down on the Arts and Sciences building on the University of Wyoming campus.

This picture is titled “Spencer.”  Viewpoint is the creative device used in this picture.  This picture was taken from a bench in front of the building.  The sunlight and angle at which the picture was taken demonstrates an interesting viewpoint.  The distance at which the picture was taken was meant to emphasize a grandiose appearance.

An empty stable along Herrick Lane (Wyoming Highway 12) west of Laramie.

An abandoned stable along Herrick Lane (Wyoming State Highway 12) west of Laramie.

This picture is titled “The Road Less Traveled.”  Leading lines, as shown in this example, proved to be one of my favorites to capture.  There were no cars coming from either direction for the solid two minutes I was standing in the middle of the road.  I experimented with different angles and perspectives, but this take was one of my favorites.  Your eyes follow the solid white lines on either side of the road until it disappears into the picture.  You may also follow the dashed yellow line to the end of the road.  The stable in the foreground gives a sense of depth to the the picture as well.

Close-up of a block calendar.

Close-up of a block calendar.

This picture is titled “Photo of the Day.”  I woke up one morning and decided to take a picture of the block calendar in my room.  The result was a good example of focus in photography.  My iPhone decided to auto-zoom on the forefront of the picture (in this case, the blocks).  This blurred out the background, giving a good representation of focus.  In an essence, the wall provides tonal contrast.  The wall progressively gets a darker shade of the same color as you go down.

It was so hard to pick just five pictures.  So many turned out well, but I found myself repeating certain creative devices.  For example, I felt that I had many pictures that illustrated rule of thirds and leading lines.  It’s a good thing the assignment suggested taking 100 pictures or more.  There were some that, when reviewing them all, really didn’t turn out well.  I will be posting the rest of the good pictures on a later date.

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