Life in Laramie: Perspectives of Students and Residents

Photojournalism is a prominent field for collegiate study.  With a rising appeal in social media and online journalism, interest in photojournalism is at an all-time high.

I had a few ideas of how I could relate my pictures in this blog post to others from my site and to the life of a college student like myself. One was to witness student life on campus. The other was to take photos the youth football players that were not mentioned in my feature about football in Laramie.

 

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Study Grind. Josh Loseke, Senior at the University of Wyoming, studies for a test at Coe Library located on the UW campus. Even after a workout, Josh finds time to hit the books. 

This feature photo involved a student in Coe Library this past Wednesday. Josh Loseke was studying for a test at the computer next to me when I snapped the photo before receiving permission to use it.

This shot is very simple, but gives an idea of daily life for a college student. Balancing time between classes, jobs, studying, and extracurricular activities can be a challenge. Here, Josh comes straight from Half Acre gym to study for a test; utilizing every minute of his spare time throughout his week.

Viewpoint was established in this photo, along with an intense look of focus from Josh.

 

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Isolated Literature. A student reads a book alone in the stands of Deti Stadium on Thursday night.

I captured this feature shot while riding my bike past the old high school, across the street from my home, this past Thursday evening. She appeared to be babysitting her siblings at they played tag on the field below.

I saw that she was the only person sitting in the stands, so it caught my attention. I decided to use the rule of thirds and isolate her in the upper left corner of the shot after I zoomed in.

Although the direction she is looking would have advised me to put her in the top right of my photo, she had looked up from her book right when I snapped the shot. I don’t believe this made the photo less appealing because the point was not to create a vector of her vision, but to show her isolation and the emptiness around her.

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In the Huddle. A Laramie youth football team huddles during a practice on Monday night to devise a sure touchdown play.

This sports feature photo took place on a football field close to my house. I had been out of town for the Wyoming game on Saturday but I really love shooting sports photography, so I asked a parent if I could snap a few shots of the practice.

The atmosphere was very lively, probably due to the players energy condensed from school that day, and also the love of playing football. Parents smiled and laughed on the sideline and it brought back a sense of nostalgia for me and my youth football experiences.

This was only a difficult shot because I had to stand on my toes and hope that I hit the “take photo” button as my hand was stretched toward the sky. I wanted a perspective shot that showed a different view of a football huddle.

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Catch Me if You Can. Jeremy Sanchez, age 12, evades a tackler during a drill on Monday night.

This action photo was captured during a drill involving a runner, blocker and a tackler. The move the young man made had the coaches and players jumping and cheering. This is one of the many reasons a young athlete plays sports, for the small victories.

I was amazed at how well my iPhone camera was able to capture this fast-paced movement shot. Though they are still children, the speed of the game can still be surprisingly fast.

This shot used the device of motion/action in an attempt to capture athletic competition. The only difficult part of this shot was jumping out of the way of the running player!

 

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Leader of the Pack. A young quarterback gives directions to his teammates who had failed to complete their last pass attempt.

 

This shoot was difficult to shoot due to some strange circumstances. I had dropped my phone on the ground and as I picked it up I noticed the team was in the same area talking about a previous play.

I figured it would be an opposite perspective of my “birds-eye” helmet photo and it turned out great. Amazing to see how leadership can evolve even in elementary aged athletes. This was a very cool moment captured in an unexpected moment.

 

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