The Day I Attempted Photojournalism…

As I continue to progress in my journalism career, I have found that my favorite aspect of it has turned out to be photojournalism. This year I have been fortunate enough to work for the Branding Iron publication on campus which has allowed me to pursue this aspect of journalism in ways that not many people get to experience.

When strategizing what photos to take and how to shoot them, I really had to get my creative juices flowing as I began thinking of which methods would be most effective…

So without further ado, I present my five photos that show the inner photojournalist in me.

Lights, Camera, Action!

Cast members from the University of Wyoming's hit play "Marat/Sade" get into character as they captured the interest and attention of their audience.

Cast members from the University of Wyoming’s hit play “Marat/Sade” get into character as they captured the interest and attention of their audience.

For this first picture, I chose to categorize it as my “non-sports feature” photo. I attended this play that the University held no too long ago and photographed various pictures for it as I was fortunate enough to have a press pass for the event. This was one my first experiences of shooting a “non-sports” event and to be honest, I thought it would be a lot worse than it actually was. Although I have to admit, the play was quite strange, having the privilege to capture scenes from the event was quite an honor. While I’m aware our feature photo was supposed to be of a genuine event, some might consider a play to not be “genuine” scene to capture. I felt this picture was a genuine image as it captured the plot of the play in one of the most powerful scenes during the performance. You gain a lot of knowledge about each character’s role by just taking a look at this photograph which is how I would classify photojournalism. I mean isn’t a picture worth more than what words can state? It was a little awkward photographing this event but after getting used to the fact I was capturing the event’s highlights, it felt that much more empowering to me. The creative device I concentrated highly on using in this was “viewpoint”. I felt the image depicted the play’s main focuses while exhibiting each characters different role.

The Pressure is On

Sophomore Cowgirl basketball star Kayla Woodward lines up for a free-throw shot as they battle in a close game against border rivals Colorado State University.

Sophomore Cowgirl basketball star Kayla Woodward lines up for a free-throw shot as they battle in a close game against border rivals Colorado State University.

I selected this image as my “sports-related” photo for many reasons such as its representation of sports action and intensity felt it that very moment in the game. Currently, I’m the sports editor for the Branding Iron publication on campus which allows me to take part in these games as well as photograph the memorable events. While photographing this game, the atmosphere was a very wild and rowdy one. The fans made photographing this event an exciting one as they encouraged all the shots being made in the game as well as all the shots being taken with my camera. I felt that the creative device I used for this particular shot was to “create depth” as I wanted to exhibit the players watching the shot being made, the player making the shot and the fans anticipation for her to make the shot.

Win or Lose, UW Fans still Represent

Students from the University of Wyoming cheer on the men's basketball team in their most recent home match-up against rivals UNLV.

Students from the University of Wyoming cheer on the men’s basketball team in their home match-up against rivals Air Force Academy.

For this first optional photo, I felt that the image of the crowd I caught in the game against Air Force game was a great one to display as it exhibited a lot of enthusiasm that is represented from fellow UW fans. The atmosphere of the event was intense as their was a lot of encouragement for the team to win, which might I add they did! It was easy to shoot because the crowd was all for being photographed representing the brown and gold. I guess as far as creative devices used to classify this photograph, I’d say I used “experimentation” because it was something out of the range I’ve ever tried capturing. However, despite going out on an edge by posting this, I felt it turned out pretty well considering it was a new limb for me to go out on.

Patience Grasshopper

The group of monks who recently visited the University exhibit both patience and persistance as they created various sand designs to find themselves finishing the design, brushing them away and beginning again from scratch.

The group of monks who recently visited the University exhibit both patience and persistence as they created various sand designs to find themselves finishing the design, brushing them away and beginning again from scratch.

Practice Makes Perfect

A closer look at the concentration and determination it takes for the monks to create such beautiful masterpieces that within seconds get swept away.

A closer look at the concentration and determination it takes for the monks to create such beautiful masterpieces that within seconds get swept away.

For these last two images I captured, I figured I’d combine the posts since they both were captured from the same scene. They were taken when the group of monks visited the University to exhibit the diversity of religious practices and how the patience behind their practice showed a lot about how humans should live their lives today (I found this to be very inspiring for the record). The atmosphere was very calm as everyone was so drawn behind their concentration to create such a masterpiece. It was very easy to take these two shots because everyone was so welcoming and so eager to share their story’s.  In these two events, I’d have to say I used the creative device of  “viewpoint” because I was trying to capture the thoughts and feelings based on the scene of the event. I think with these two images, viewers can get a good feeling about the environment and the mood behind the event.

From this assignment I learned that photojournalism is  a lot harder than it appears. Plain and simple. While taking a picture might seem easy, trying to convey emotions from the scene to your viewers isn’t an easy task. I was surprised by the difficulty it was to find the right image to put what words couldn’t in other’s minds. I have a lot of newly acquired respect for photojournalists that I never had before, especially because it’s something I don’t think I could do at a professional level.

If I could do something differently, well… I guess I would learn more about photography so I could make adjustments to my photographs to make them better to my viewer’s eyes. I don’t think my pictures are horrible by any means however I think everyone has something to learn. But isn’t that the best part about life, always getting the chance to  improve and learn from past mistakes and mishaps?

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