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Roxanne Walker holds the ropes and watches her friend free climb a large rock wall in Vedawoo. As I was on a long hike through the beautiful park, I saw a climber from afar. It was amazing and shocking how high he was climbing, using only his own strength. I made my way to climber and began capturing photographs. I knew I had to capture this scene in a unique way. The weather was mostly chilly and overcast, giving me the opportunity to shoot photographs at an upward angle without a glare from the sun. It took quite an effort to capture this exact photo. I wanted to capture the whole scene, using a specific viewpoint. If you look closely, the climber can be spotted at the very top of the photograph. The most prominent creative devices used in this photograph are viewpoint and establishing size.
Specialist Matthew Muntzer and his daughter look at photographs of ocean animals on the Albany County Public Library computers. When exploring Laramie for photographs, I wanted to go somewhere that I could capture connections between people. I decided to go to the library because I knew there would be families there. As soon as I walked into the library, I spotted this father and daughter. I did not want to distract them or change them in any way, so I walked behind them and captured photographs. I then confronted Specialist Muntzer and had a fantastic conversation with him. He told be all about when he was a Public Affairs Specialist in the Marines. The job that he did is very similar to the content of this Online Journalism class. The dominant creative device in this photograph is the rule of thirds. Specialist Muntzer and his daughter occupy the right third of the picture.
The University of Wyoming Navigators is a group of students who want to learn more about God. The Navigators desire to grow a deeper relationship with God. As I was leaving the library, I looked across the street at the west side of Fraternity Mall and saw a lot of action. From afar it looked like a group of men running around sporadically. As I made my way closer I realized they were playing a crazy game of frisbee. There were more than 15 of them playing the most intense version of frisbee I have ever seen. It was difficult to get this shot because there was a lot of movement. The main creative device in this picture is cropping. Using my own cropping skills along with some digital cropping, I was able to focus on this action photograph.
A group of girls practice rugby the on east Fraternity Mall. I have always heard that rugby is an extremely rough sport, but I had no idea exactly how rough it was until I saw these girls. As I was passing I took multiple photographs of them. The two girls in this photograph were very aggressive and intense. The dominant creative device in this photograph is focus. The main focus of the picture is the two girls in action, the viewers eyes are immediately drawn to the them.
A man in a coffee shop in deep thought. As I was walking around downtown Laramie I walked past a coffee shop filled with people. This man specifically caught my eye because he seemed to be in very deep thought. I really like the way this photograph turned out. I appreciate that you can see the reflection of the other side of the street in the glass. This picture follows the rule of thirds because the man occupies the right third of the photograph.
I enjoyed this assignment very much. I like photographing people and connecting a short story to the photograph. Photojournalism, using both photographs and words, gave me the opportunity to create something more than just a simple snap shot.