This picture is titled “Work.” This photo is of students hard at work in Coe Library on the University of Wyoming campus, taken on Monday, October 13. I took this photo while I was leaving the library. I noticed the cool point of view of looking down on the crowd of students using computers and took the shot. I had a connection to the students because we were all at the library, all working hard at our classes. It was a fairly easy shot to get, I simply leaned over the railing a little bit and snapped away. I used the creative device of viewpoint because I was looking down on the students from above.
This photo is titled “One on One.” It is a shot of two students, Nathan Fuller and Tyler Kybartas playing a one on one game of basketball. It was taken early Thursday morning on October 16 in Half Acre Gym. I took this photo after working out, I just wandered up into the gymnasium part of Half Acre and asked the students if I could shoot some pictures. It was early in the morning and everyone was tired, but still pushing themselves to start the day. It was hard to get an action shot like the one I got, but I did get a few of them. I used the creative device of focus in this photo. The focus is on the two students jumping up in the air, while the ball is out of focus and still moving.
This photo is titled “Busy.” It is a shot of People gathered at The Gardens in the basement of the University of Wyoming Union on a Friday afternoon to work, play or both. I took this photo while I was meeting a friend at The Gardens one afternoon. I noticed how there were some people working on school material, and also people just leisurely drinking with friends. I felt comfortable in the mix of people there. I didn’t have a creative device in mind, but I feel like framing is a relevant device. The way the woman in the front of the picture is sitting at the table all alone, with the empty chairs surrounding her puts her as the focus of the photo. Unfortunately, the women left before I could get her name.
This photo is titled “Vaping.” A student, Chris Stratton, takes a break from studying to smoke his vaporizer outside of Coe Library on October 16, 2014. I saw Chris standing there enjoying his vaporizer pen, and I asked to take his photo. We actually talked for about ten minutes after I took the photo and he was a very nice guy. It was very easy to get the shot, I did not get any low angles or anything like that. I used the creative device of rule of thirds, so that the viewers eyes are drawn to Chris because the sidewalk in between the buildings are empty.
This photo is titled “Hawaii Away.” It is a crowd of bar patrons gathered around TVs at Mulligans Pub to watch the University of Wyoming football game on Saturday, October 11, 2014. I was also at the bar to watch the UW-Hawaii football game when I decided to take this photo. There was a sense of community that night, everyone was there rooting for University of Wyoming ad everyone was having very loud reactions to the game. It is a good feeling to be among fellow fans that are rooting for your team. It was easy to get this shot because I just took it while I was sitting at the table. I used the creative device of balancing elements because there is the crowd of people on the right side of the photo and the TV and bar on the left side of the photo and they balance each other out.
This assignment did surprise me actually. I was surprised by how willing people are to let you take their photo. If I could do something different about the assignment, I would have engaged more random people to photograph because they always were interesting to talk to.