Your Photojournalism set
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Instead of celebrating my friend Dena’s newly wedded bliss this weekend, I reluctantly stayed home to study. I walked to relax and clear my head during my study breaks. I strolled through the University of Wyoming campus and Labonte Park. I tried to capture images along the way that would illustrate a story. These five pictures are what I deem to be my “best” shots as a beginning photojournalist:
Photo 1 – Dog Walker Madness (#11) – A man walking a herd of Scottish Terriers on Kearney Street Saturday. Feature Photo
As I approached a stop sign, I saw a man walking a herd of sweet, yapping Scottish Terriers. The dogs were all entangled, along with their leashes. As they stumbled around and sniffed happily, I fell in love. No one was behind me so I rolled down my window and asked politely if I could take a picture. I was unable to take my time with the shot but I think I captured the chaos. The creative devices used here are The Rule of Thirds and Framing. The line of trees behind the dogs, along with their shadows in front (of the dogs) really seems to force your eyes on the terriers.
Photo 2 – Showing Off, Part 3 (#17) – A young skateboarder showing the boys how it’s done at the Laramie Skate Park on Sunday. Sports-Related Action
Walking through Labonte Park, I stumbled upon a skateboarding park. The park was small and brightly painted with graffiti. I was excited and liked the vibes the park seemed to echo through the concrete arena. I found it very difficult to capture the “right” moment as the young skaters whipped and rolled around me. In order to get this shot, I had to take a million pictures and constantly move around. I also used the sports function on my camera. I think the creative devices used are Leading Lines, Background and Framing. The rails that the skater skates on and between direct your vision in the right direction. Also the background at first appears to be “busy”, but at the same time frames the skater, forcing you to the desired focal point.
Photo 3 – That’s My Bike! (#4) – A young boy chases after his “stolen” bike in Prexy’s Pasture on Sunday.
While reading in Prexy’s Pasture, I watched children play. They played football and rode their bikes until a commotion broke out. I felt like I was intruding at first, but I simply asked a young girl what was happening and she eagerly shared their story. Another youngster playing had asked to ride another boy’s bike. He had agreed politely and now that boy refused to return it. A silly spat escalated and everyone was getting upset. A UW police officer eventually arrived and the matter was resolved. This shot was the first in a series. I used the Rule of Thirds and Leading Lines in this shot. However, I think the sunlight in this photo completely wiped out the “line” which is the sidewalk the boys are running down.
This shot of my fiancé searching for Star Trek at the Coe Library was one of many portraits I snapped. It was easy for me to photograph Zak as I aimlessly followed him around. The creative devices used here are Symmetry, Patterns, Framing and Establishing Size. I like the way the high shelves surround Zak, who is 6’4” tall. They frame his body and also force your eyes along their “lines”. I think the angle of this photo also really helps to capture Zak’s sweet and strong persona.
Photo 5 – Superheroes? (#1) – Zak & Tiffany’s superhero silhouettes appearing in the evening sunlight on campus.
This shot was taken as the sun began to set on campus, and I felt eager to experiment with our shadows. The lighting was perfect and although my overeager antics and poses made for a shaky hand, I am pleased with this image. Contrast and Background are the creative devices used here.
This assignment taught me that telling a story with a picture is much more difficult that I had anticipated. Also, I now know that I need a ton of practice taking action photos. The technique and spontaneity necessary to be an efficient photojournalist really surprised me. I used to think that anyone could take a good picture. I wish I could have relaxed a bit more and felt a bit more confident while shooting these images. It took me a bit to warm up and address my subjects at first, but people were very gracious and understanding. Next time won’t be quite so difficult.