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Bryce's Portfolio Photography I, W-7

Rule of Thirds

The photograph above illustrates the use of the rule of thirds, as well as providing contrast between the bright, vivid nature of the mushrooms and the solemn darkness of the leaves. The main focal point is the mushroom at the top left corner of the photo, which is one third of the way down, as well as one third of the way across from the leftmost portion of the picture. In addition, the second focal points are the two smaller mushrooms, which are directly up and down of each other, on the right side of the photo. Another attractive aspect of this photo is the green of the blades of grass that protrude from underneath the leaves. This picture intrigues me because of the abrupt transition in colors, yet the natural way they fall into place. The photo is composed well and exposes the way that the colors are found in the physical world.

Leading Lines

The photograph above demonstrates the concept known as “leading lines” and contains colors enhanced from their natural state. The first aspect noticed about this photo by the audience is the main path, which is composed of a light brown bed of fallen pine needles. This path leads to a vanishing point that lies just up and right of the center of the picture. The next thing that is noticed is the cool, gray chain link fence that runs parallel with the main path, and to the same vanishing point. Finally, the audience's eyes are drawn toward the rows of pine trees, which also runs in a line on the other side of the path. This picture uses leading lines and vivid colors to draw the attention of the audience and create an image that will catch their eye.

Macro

The picture above illustrates the “macro” concept that photographers use, as well as providing viewers with natural colors. The plant that has been photographed is very close to the lens, which allows the viewer to see the repeating pattern of the leaves. Being this close to the camera, the picture also allows us to get a “feel” for the texture of the leaves. As well as demonstrating the macro concept, this photo shows us the natural colors of the environment that is captured. The dull green of the leaves are outlined by the dark red edges, which all lie atop of the pavement. The pavement in this photograph gives off a cool, wintery feeling to the viewer. These colors, alongside the use of macro, create an image that will forever burn in the mind of any individual that has the pleasure of viewing.

Monochrome

The photo above utilizes a technique known as monochrome. A triangle of interest is made by the white top of the fence post, the dead thorn tree stuck in the wire, and the dark gradient of the sky. A rough, bristly texture is given by the grass in the field. The contrast in the trees and field is given by the abrupt change of shades. This photo has good composition, and correctly uses the monochrome feature.

Portrait

The photo above is classified in the photography world as a “portrait.” The main aspect of this portrait is clearly the student. The fallen leaves on the ground make a nice background for this picture. Also, I edited the photo to make the colors more vibrant, and edited out some of the loose hair strands. Portraits are a very popular type of picture in the photography industry, and the photo above is a great illustration of this.

Still Life

This photo of a minion flying a kite utilizes a concept in photography known as still life. Although it is not obvious in this photo, the kite was held in the air by a piece of black wire. I carefully cloned the wire out of the photograph to make it seem as if the minion was truly flying the kite. To get the perspective that was used in this picture, I had to angle the camera in a way that made the size of the minion seem proportional to the size of an actual person. Finally, the vivid colors in this photo make it appealing to the eye. Still life is a very tedious concept in photography, and it takes a vast knowledge about the editing process to accomplish.

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