Photography Devices

Jordan Turner doing a start at practice early Monday.

Jordan Turner doing a start at practice early Monday.

1. For this first photo I wanted to show you the technique of framing. I went to a swim practice here at the University of Wyoming and was messing around with different angles and viewpoints, when I happened to take a picture at the right time. This photo expresses framing, which draws your eye directly to the center of the photo. The square in the middle of the starting block captures a swimmer right as he is diving into the pool. With framing you can clearly see that the main focus of this photo is on the swimmer diving into the pool, it draws your attention in.

The flags at Corrvett swimming pool at the University of Wyoming.

The flags at Corrvett swimming pool at the University of Wyoming.

2.While at the swim practice for the University I tried to look at things in a way that I normally wouldn’t. I needed to change my point of view from this just being a pool and people swimming in it to something different. I had to think outside the box and try new ideas. In this next photo I used the device of depth. The backstroke flags in this photo go completely across the pool.

With this photo you can see how the flags go back into the picture to indicate its depth. Depth is also created by the focus on the first flag, which consistently fades the further away they are from the camera.  The flags draw your eye into the background of the picture, allowing you to take in every element rather than just the flags themselves.

The Mountain West logo taken from the 3-meter diving board at the University of Wyoming.

The Mountain West logo taken from the 3-meter diving board at the University of Wyoming.

3. While I was walking around the pool I thought it would be a good idea to get some above the pool angles. So I walked over to the 3-metter diving board on the pool deck. After climbing to the top of the board I saw the Mountain West sign across from me, I then began to take some pictures from laying on the diving board. I  like this picture for a low viewpoint, because this photo was taken at the level of the diving board, as if you treated the diving board as the ground. Because of the flat surface of the diving board, your attention is clearly focussed on the Mountain West sign.

Claudia Carlson doing a turn at practice earlier this week.

Claudia Carlson doing a turn at practice earlier this week.

4. This next photo uses the technique of cropping. Here Claudia Carlson does a turn on the wall a little too close to me. However I feel like this affect of cropping expresses the importance of breathing in swimming.  The focus of this photo is her mouth, you may not have noticed this with a full body shot, you need cropping for this affect to be so clear.

Two water bottles side by side at a swim practice.

Two water bottles side by side at a swim practice.

5.  This picture uses balance to create a sense that the entire landscape is filled.  Had there only been one water bottle, there would have been a lot of empty space left completely to background.  Instead this creates two focal points, drawing your eye across the picture as opposed to focussing on just one center point.  This in turn creates movement that the picture otherwise would not be able to capture.

After doing this experience I realized why you should photograph people you don’t know. During my experience all my team wanted to do was to pose for photos. I was surprised at how my pictures turned out without flash. I have always been a big fan of flash in photos, but for this assignment I did not use any flash. I wish I could have had a better camera for this assignment. I would prefer a camera that has the multi-shot(more then one picture with the press of a button). Overall I had a great time working on this assignment and would enjoy doing it again.

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By nfinnesa

Potential Recruiting Problems

UW Football Coach Dave Christensen probably wasn’t thinking about how his actions would impact recruits during the Wyoming vs. Air Force game.

Some of you might have heard about the big controversial Wyoming vs. Air Force game, on Military Appreciation night, when

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Coach Dave Christensen approached the Air Force Head Coach and started shouting obscenities and cursing. This controversial game sparked news stories across the country. But the real question here is; does this video and outburst from Coach Christensen hurt potential recruiting for the University of Wyoming (Click to view video)?

“The better person says ‘we will beat you next year’,” says Conner Rains, a current football player for the Cowboys. “If you preach something you need to stand by it.”

“Ethics is a big part of what Christensen teaches us. Hearing him say what he said to, of all teams, the Air Force, was just not the right move,” says Rains.

After this video was leaked out to the media, Christensen had to pay a punishable fine of $50,000. He was also suspended for a week of practices and one home game. (The game Christensen was suspended for was Wyoming’s worst game of the year, losing to Boise State 45 – 14.) However, the damage that was caused after the video was released could not change the effect it had on other people.

“I don’t think it affected us that bad,” said Rains. But now recruits always ask me, “What happened during that game and what am I getting myself into?” After this incident one can’t help but wonder, did this game affect Wyoming’s recruiting status for the following years to come?

In response Miller says, “We average about 25 new recruits each year, this year we have recruited 21 new prospective athletes, for the upcoming 2013 season.” As a result of the games’ controversy Wyoming managed to still recruit several star athletes for this upcoming season.

Recruiting All Over

This past 2012 season, for the University of Wyoming Cowboys football team, started out with three consecutive losses. With these three losses you can’t help but wonder what is going wrong? After a season low of only four wins, many fans are wondering what is in the cards for next year?

Recruiting can be a hard task for any school, but Wyoming has managed to strategize a new efficient way to approach this upcoming season in recruiting.

“We recruited from 10 states this last year,” said Chris Miller, director of media for the Wyoming Cowboys. Most of the kids we recruit come from “Colorado and Texas”. With this new approach, Wyoming is no longer just looking at recruits from surrounding states. Instead, the coaches are expanding their search for bigger and better athletes all across the country and world.

“The coaches are broken up into states or sections of the country,” said Miller. Breaking up coaches into different sections allows the

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coaches to avoid overlapping on recruits. This is also a more efficient way to manage time. For the coaches and staff, there is absolutely no time to waste. Having coaches recruiting in the same states runs the risk of overlapping coaches time with one athlete, when they could be spending time with other prospective athletes. By breaking coaches up in to different sections, this problem is avoided.

Hosting Recruits

Each year schools across the world bring in recruits to try and attract prospective athletes to come to their school. Here at Wyoming, our football team does a great job of making these prospective athletes feel welcomed.

“We treat our recruits top of the line,” says Miller. When prospective athletes come on visits they don’t stay in the dorms with other athletes. Instead, these athletes are treated to a stay at the highly regarded Hilton Garden Inn. During the winter time prospective athletes get to ride on snowmobiles during the day, and at night each meal they have is paid for by the school.

When taking recruit trips the prospective athletes want to feel welcomed and a part of the team. The recruits want to get along with the team and feel like they would fit in with everyone.

Looking Ahead 

With the new efficient way to expand recruiting across the world, we can expand our perimeters to evaluate more athletes. By continuing to recruit in sections the coaches eliminate the risk of wasting time and expand their list of more athletes.

There may have been much to say after the Air Force game in 2012, however, as far as recruiting goes “there was no dramatic difference in recruiting after the Air Force game,” says Miller.

By nfinnesa