For our third assignment in Multimedia Production, we were tasked with scouting out events, and people, to photograph using the skills and tools of a photo journalist. At first this assignment was a bit awkward for me, as it required us to approach strangers and ask if we could photograph them in whatever they were doing. It can be very strange to ask someone their permission to photograph them, but after the first two it became much less stressful. What follows are the five photos that I believe turned out best from my shooting.
My first photo “Gotta Second?” is a feature photo of one of the many booths that can be found in the University of Wyoming Union on any given day. I happened to stumble upon this booth while walking through the Union between classes one day. For this particular booth, Shahidi was asking students passing by to fill out a short online survey about housing developments in Laramie. Any students that completed the survey would be entered in a drawing for a $100 Downtown Laramie gift card that can be used anywhere down town. This was a very easy shot to get as, I talked to Shahidi for a few moments, agreed to take the online survey, got my shot and went on my way.
This second shot is more of a spot news shot, as it is simply a snapshot of one of many moments that take place on the University every day. It was a beautiful, sunny fall day and the atmosphere was buzzing due to the weekend drawing ever nigh. Additionally, there was a home football game on campus the following day, and the excitement of the school could be felt in the air. Another element of this shot that I really love is the presence of the leading line photographic element. The walking path leads the viewers eyes along the line of students, as if they themselves are a student walking to class.
This is a more general news shot taken as the semester ramps up, and students put their nose to the grind to prepare for tests. I was walking through The Gardens, in the basement of the University Union, when I discovered Burbank and Boettcher having a very intense discussion over the material they were working on. I immediately felt a connection to the moment as I have been in their shoes many times before. Trying to work through a study guide and racking your brain with classmates is something that we, as college students, can all identify with. In the photo the two students work to balance each other, and the way they are framed demonstrates the rule of thirds. This was probably the most awkward of my photos to shoot, because I didn’t want to disturb the two students. However, both Burbank and Boettcher were very understanding and kind. I talked to them for a moment before letting them return to their peace and quiet.
My fourth photo is a sports action photo taken at Half Acre Gymnasium at the University of Wyoming. This photo was taken about halfway through Reber’s workout on Monday afternoon. By this time in the assignment I had gotten over my anxiety of approaching subjects to be photographed, so getting this shot was relatively easy. At the time of this shot, Half Acre was rather empty compared to what it usually is. This allowed more flexibility in getting the perfect shot, as it was easy to move around and not be in the way. Additionally, I really love the lighting that you can get from the high power lights that are at the gym.
Today begins the week long event at the University of Wyoming to commemorate and remember the fall of the Berlin Wall. On Prexy’s Pastures there is a mock Berlin Wall that students can write various graffiti messages on. This feature will be here all week and will have students and faculty that can offer information on the fall of the wall. I was lucky to stumble upon this event for a feature photo as I was walking home from class, and everyone was happy to be photographed and have the word spread. I really love the lighting for this photo, and I believe that the checkpoint and the wall work to balance each other well.
All in all, I really enjoyed this assignment. It was fun running around campus and talking to various students. In hindsight, I wish I would have taken photos at more sports events so that I could have had more than just one in this post. Moving forward, I plan to pay more attention to the UWYO events calendar so that I can find some truly unique events to shoot and write on.