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Photojournalism at its finest.

According to Dr. Landreville, “Many journalists and communication professionals are asked to become photojournalists for particular assignments, events, and stories.”

This assignment highlights the photojournalist in me and taught me the skills needed in photojournalism. What I enjoyed about this assignment was finding unique situations and using Snapseed to make the pictures come to life.

Here are my 5 photojournalism pictures-

1. Feature (Enterprise) photo: “Color Guard All-Star”

After class last week I was walking home from the business building and I found Katie twirling her rifle. She stopped to ask me why I was taking her photograph and I explained to her my assignment. She laughed a little and I told her to act like I wasn’t there. I learned she was practicing because she is a part of the Unviersity of Wyoming Marching Band. There was an uncomfortable ambiance when I started to move around and take different shots, but I became more comfortable as I started seeing the  results. The creative devices used in this picture include color, rule of thirds, viewpoint and depth. 

23-year-old Katie Barker practices twirling her rifle on the University of Wyoming prexy's pasture. Barker has received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and is now studying Theater. You can see Barker perform with the University of Wyoming Marching Band at the Homecoming game October 12th.

23-year-old Katie Barker practices twirling her rifle on the University of Wyoming prexy’s pasture. Barker has received her bachelor of science in criminal justice and is now studying theater. You can see Barker perform with the University of Wyoming Marching Band at the Homecoming game Oct. 12, 2013.

2. Sports feature photo: “Superman”

I had a lot of fun this past weekend attending the college rodeo in Lamar, Colo. Rodeo is a sport that moves fast, but provides great photographs if you have good timing. Fortunately, for this photograph I had great timing and was able to capture the “Superman” dismount that Tate performed Sunday afternoon. I used Snapseed to enhance the color of the photograph, but there was not a lot of editing done. The creative devices used in this photograph include color, viewpoint, experimentation and background.  

Eastern Wyoming Junior College

Sheridan college saddlebronc rider Tate Schwagler flys head first into the dirt at the Lamar Community College rodeo on Oct. 6, 2013. Schwagler placed 6th overall. The last fall National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) rodeo will be hosted Oct. 11-13, 2013 at Laramie County Community College (LCCC) in Cheyenne, Wyo.

3. Feature (Enterprise) photo: “Meditation”

David did not know that I was taking a picture of him. I love how this photograph exemplifies “meditation.”   Ithought editing the photo to black and white enhanced the his facial expression. The creative device used is contrast .

Laramie County Community College (LCCC) Rodeo Team Coach David Browder takes a mental break before the rough stock events on October 6th in Lamar Colo.

Laramie County Community College (LCCC) rodeo team coach David Browder takes a mental break before the rough stock events on Oct. 6 in Lamar Colo.

4. Sports feature photo: “This Girl is on Fire”

This shot uses viewpoint and color to bring the event to life. Timing is what makes this photograph difficult. It catches the dirt flying, where the rope lies on the calf and the body position of Cody. “This Girl is on Fire” is a great title because Cody was one of the few girls to rope a calf during the Lamar rodeo.

Lamar Community College rodeo team member Cody Kay Brown competes in breakaway roping

Lamar Community College (LCC) rodeo team member Cody Kay Brown competes in breakaway roping at the rodeo her home team hosted in Lamar Colorado. Brown won the rodeo, roping her calf in 6.3 seconds on Sunday afternoon.

5. Feature (Enterprise) photo: “Cleaning with a View”

“Cleaning with a View” is a photograph that is proof you can stumble upon an event when you least expect it. I was driving back to work after my break on Tuesday night and I noticed this man cleaning the windows of the IPF. I stopped to take a photograph of him, and we sat for a few minutes and had a great conversation about how long he has worked for On the Spot window cleaning and why I was taking pictures of him. This photograph uses viewpoint, color and establishing size to make this photograph interesting to look at.

Neil Hanawalg works late Tuesday night washing the windows of the University of Wyoming Indoor Practice Field (IPF). Hanawalg has worked for On the Spot Window Cleaning business for 3 years.

Neil Hanawalg works late Tuesday night washing the windows of the University of Wyoming Indoor Practice Field (IPF). Hanawalg has worked for On the Spot Window Cleaning business for 3 years. On the Spot window cleaning is located in Fort Collins, Colorado.

I really enjoyed this assignment. I was surprised that people are not used to having their photograph taken when they are completing routine tasks, and it shocked me how friendly and willing they were to participate in my assignment. Photographing the rodeo was a lot of fun as well, and I learned a lot about having good timing and having a camera that has a fast shutter speed. This assignment made me want to become a photojournalist so I can get front row access into the arena to take even better pictures and earn the money to buy high tech photography equipment.

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