A Blurry of Creative Devices

Taking photographs without at its core doesn’t depend on whether the the pixel count is high or not. It depends on the interest a photograph can deliver or imagination used in common places. The more a picture can capture someone’s attention, the more effective it is. Here are five photographs to make you say “Huh?”

Double Vision

A blur of two planes landing at the same time

This photograph may be unclear, but the with timing of this happening it needed to be included.At first glance all that draws attention is massive wing, which leads to the second image.The primary creative device used here is establishing size.

The photo shows a shot out of an airplane window displaying the massive scale of one of the wings. The other airplane is much smaller, even though it is landing in an adjacent landing strip. How large must an airport be to make these aircrafts seem so insignificant?

The other creative device used is leading lines. The wing draws the eye and points it toward the second airplane.

Piercing Light

A cliche battle of light and darkness midday

This photo is visual representation of the cliche of light battling darkness. This is primary example of what contrast is. The light from the sun marks a nearly blinding arrow through the untapped darkness.

This photo is pleasing with the horizontal symmetry with the light showing an expected path. The sense of simplicity in this photo makes the point of the photo more realized.

“As Above, So Below”  -Hermes Trismegistus

The sensation when you look down from someplace high

The photo is of a very short, bare tree just a couple feet above the ground. The picture gives the perspective that the tree is much taller. This photo using the creative device focus. The blur on the top of tree with the clarity of the ground gives the picture depth.

The depth and intrigue give the photo an enjoyable feel. This also makes the photo show off the background after the closeup.

A Box of Crayons

A rainbow where there seemingly is none


This photo is made to show off color when it doesn’t seem like there is much. At first, this photo feels like a desert and seems less colorful than it really is. Obviously the main creative device for this one is color.

On display there is every color in a basic box of crayons, even though the environment seems lonely and hollow.

The device this photo uses is background. It draws your attention deeper in to the photo until you notice the small buildings in the skyline. The last one is the rule of thirds, each main construction in the photo is in its own third: the skyline, the road, the earth, the tree and the bike.

All Roads Lead to Rome, Eventually


An endless skyline of residential Laramie and the University of Wyoming

The main creative device here is leading lines. The road and telephone poles lead the viewer through residential Laramie and through the University of Wyoming. This is nice to look at, leading lines draw you into asking about the small details of the background.

The device is the background. The road guides through a background with a lot of small things to view along the way.




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