The Girls of Laramie

Payton Rose waiting to be feed a bannana.

Payton Rose waiting to be feed a banana.

This past week I got an opportunity to spend time with a 19 month old girl named, Payton; my neighbor had her over at her house when I stopped by. I could not resist staying there and taking photos of Payton and those green eyes. I cropped the photo because Payton was sitting on my lap while I was trying to feed her. This presented a very awkward angle and not steady at all to hold the camera.. My experience with Payton was quite fun, well for a while. Kids are great do not get me wrong, but without her mother there Payton started to cry a lot which made taking photos of her very hard. After she stopped crying she then started asking for a banana, I ran to my house and managed to find one. After receiving the banana Payton started to calm down and smile. The process of photographing her was difficult when she was constantly moving. Children have a hard time sitting still in general, I do not know why I would have thought Payton would be different. When I was taking photos of Payton I thought about what it would be like to have a “little Nikki so to say” running around sometime in the future. Which was fun to think about for about a minute when I realized you can not give the child back to their real parents. The creative devices that are used in this photo are cropping and experimenting. For cropping I cropped out most of the background so you could focus on Payton and her beautiful eyes. The experimenting came from taking the picture of her while she sat on my lap.

Wyoming goal keeper Abby Lindsay leaps into the air to block a shot at practice.

Wyoming goal keeper Abby Lindsay leaps into the air to block a shot at practice.

Sporting events are always going on around campus! Whether theres a game, or a team in putting in the effort to make themselves better with practice. I observed that even on the off-season Wyoming Women’s Soccer Team are still in action. Although their season is only from August to middle of October the Cowgirls are still hard at work. I found out about this practice when I walked by the Indoor Practice Facilities (IPF) on my way to the Rochelle Athletic Center. I have started to keep my camera in my backpack just incase I see something to photograph. So I took out my camera and walk right on in. When I entered the IPF. I asked the Head Coach Peter Cuadrado  if I could take pictures of his practice, he was an awesome sport about it and let me join right in. When I first got to the field the atmosphere was a little low.  The team had just started their warm up and did not seem very enthusiastic about practice. However, after warm up the team started playing a game with six other boys, who were invited to play a mock game with the Cowgirls, at the end of practice were divided into two teams. During these fun mini games the teams were constantly yelling and screaming for one another to beat the other team. This was exciting for me to photograph, because I started to feel like I was on the field playing with both groups. I even found myself cheering for a team at one point. After the mini games came the real scrimmage. The boys that were invited to play were on one team while the Cowgirls were on the other. This whole process was very hard to photograph, because everyone was constantly moving. I often found my shots blurry a majority of the time. I also could not always be in every place at the same time. If one side of the field was seeing action I could not just run over to the other end and then run back with the players. I found myself sitting and waiting for something good to happen a majority of the time.  The creative devices in this photo is Sports Action, the way Lindsay jumps up in the photo to grab the ball before a player tries to shoot it into the net. This shows the spirit of her team trying to capture a victory.

Cowgirl teamates Liz O'Reily and Jennifer Paul heading the soccer ball at practice on Thursday.

Cowgirl teammates Liz O’Reily and Jennifer Paul heading the soccer ball at practice on Thursday.

This next photo was also taken at the Cowgirls soccer practice. I enjoy this photo because you can see on O’Reily’s face that the team was having a great time playing these games. This expressed an excitement energy on the field. The mini games were hard to take photos of because the girl were running all over to head the soccer balls. I almost got trampled a couple of times while trying to take photos. While photographing this event I felt competitive. I wanted to play with them and win. The creative device I like in this photo is a view-point. At this interesting angle I fell view-point expresses this photo the best.

Cowgirls Kajal Parmar shoots for a goal between two fellow teamates. (Left goalkeeper Abby Lindsay and striker Jennifer Pual)

Cowgirls Kajal Parmar shoots for a goal between two fellow teammates. (Left goalkeeper Abby Lindsay and striker Jennifer Pual)

For my fourth photo this one was also at the Cowgirls soccer practice, as I mentioned both my experiences and atmosphere before they did not change in this photo. However, this photo was one of the luck shots I was able to capture. I was “in the right place at the right time.” I like this photo’s creative device as framing. As you can see in the picture two Cowgirls frame around Parmar as she kicks the ball towards the net. With the girls out to the side your attention is drawn right to the leg of Parmar as she takes her shot.

Teammates Abby Lindsay and Abbey Armijo head the ball back and forth at practice this past week.

Teammates Abby Lindsay and Abbey Armijo head the ball back and forth at practice this past week.

My last shot was one of my favorites. This photo just as the four before express the same atmosphere and experience to me. This shot was by far one of the hardest for me to take though. I found this as I went through the photographs of the girls, which was difficult to take because the action shots always turned out blurry. This was one of the ones that did not. The creative device in this photo is focus. You can see both of the girls clear in this photo but the soccer ball and the background are somewhat blurry. I learned a lot from this assignment. It is not at easy at all to take action photos. The best thing I could have done was had a better camera that takes multiple pictures per second. What surprised me about the soccer shooting was that the girls were never phased by me taking pictures of them. They  never changed their faces or anything to look better or worse for the photos. As I mentioned before I wish I had a better camera to use.

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