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Sophomore Kayla Slofkiss (#5) receives a serve during the Cowgirls' 3-1 win over San Diego State, Oct. 2 at the UNIWYO Sports Complex in Laramie, Wyo.

Sophomore Kayla Slofkiss (#5) receives a serve during the Cowgirls’ 3-1 win over San Diego State, Oct. 2 at the UNIWYO Sports Complex in Laramie, Wyo.


Having a pass to all home sporting events for the University of Wyoming all one has to do is regularly check the game calender and have time to photograph the game.
Volleyball games are always tame compared to sports like basketball or football. The arena never got loud. The energy in the building would pick up when the games got tight but the crowd was generally reserved.
Volleyball is always fun to shoot. You need to move around get shots from above the net, below the net and from in front and behind. Changing it up lets you keep focused on getting different, interesting pictures.
This shot was easy to get. I just had to pick a spot I knew I could see the girls receiving serves and take the picture.
I felt very relaxed shooting the game.
For sports I always shoot with my aperture wide open so the creative device is focus. This is to stop action and minimize distracting backgrounds.

Psych Out

Fans in the student section attempt to psych out opposing players while sophomore Kayla Slofkiss (#5) serves. The Cowgirls won 3-1 over San Diego State, Oct. 2 at the UNIWYO Sports Complex in Laramie, Wyo.

Fans in the student section attempt to psych out opposing players while sophomore Kayla Slofkiss (#5) serves. The Cowgirls won 3-1 over San Diego State, Oct. 2 at the UNIWYO Sports Complex in Laramie, Wyo.

This shot I went onto a balcony to shoot over the net and get the fans with their funny costumes and gestures. When I saw them from ground level I knew I wanted a higher vantage point. It was easy to get.
The creative device for this shot is perspective. By getting onto the balcony and shooting down I could avoid the net and opposing players from messing up the shot and I could crop out the fans behind the first row to limit distractions. The distance also helped keep the player and fans in focus, even though I was shooting at f/2.8.

Good Game

Sophomore Nicole Walker (#9) leads the rest of the Cowgirls in the post game handshake after their 3-1 win over San Diego State, Oct. 2 at the UNIWYO Sports Complex in Laramie, Wyo.

Sophomore Nicole Walker (#9) leads the rest of the Cowgirls in the post game handshake after their 3-1 win over San Diego State, Oct. 2 at the UNIWYO Sports Complex in Laramie, Wyo.

This was another easy shot to get. Having shot volleyball a few times before I knew they would line up at the end of the game so I lined myself up where I thought the perspective would be the most interesting.
The creative devices of this shot are focus, pattern and leading lines. I focused on the lead player because she was closest and there was nobody ahead of her to block the person she is high-fiving. Pattern is the repetition of the players in line. Leading lines is the top and bottom of the net which bring the viewers eye through the image.

Community Service

Volunteer Haley Larkin Mops the floor of the Laramie Plains Civic Center During the University of Wyoming's "The Big Event" in Laramie on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Volunteer Haley Larkin Mops the floor of the Laramie Plains Civic Center During the University of Wyoming’s “The Big Event” in Laramie on Saturday, Oct. 11.

I spoke with SLCE at the beginning of the year and planned to shoot this because I like to brush up on my event photography. I was walking through the hallway when I saw this girl mopping the floor. When I saw the mop to the left I thought I could use it as a balancing element.
This event was easy to shoot. There were lots of people doing interesting things so I had plenty of choices.
I felt the awful pain in my knee when shooting this event. I was running up and down stairs and crawling around on the floor. I should have taken it easier. I also felt glad that I could shoot an event that was so valuable to the community.

Depth and balancing elements are the creative devices in this photo. There is depth because of the mop to the left. I wanted to show how much further she had to go.The mop is also a balancing element. The girl is to the right and the mop is to the left, minimizing dead space in the image.

TD Leap

Junior Running Back Shaun Wick dives past Grizzly defenders for a touchdown during the Cowboys' season opener against Montana State on Saturday, Aug. 30. The Cowboys won 17-12 at War Memorial Stadium in their first game under Head Coach Craig Bohl.

Junior Running Back Shaun Wick dives past Grizzly defenders for a touchdown during the Cowboys’ season opener against Montana State on Saturday, Aug. 30. The Cowboys won 17-12 at War Memorial Stadium in their first game under Head Coach Craig Bohl.

Being the first football game of the year the atmosphere was at a fever pitch.
I shot about 600 pictures during this game. This shot was easy to get because he ran right at me. I didn’t have to do anything but focus on him. This wasn’t the best composed or cleanest photo I took that day but I think this moment trumped the rest.
The only creative device is focus.
I was excited for this game. With a new coach and QB I really wanted to see what kind of first impression they would make on me.
I needed a wide aperture because it was overcast and that blurs the distracting elements in the rest of the photo.

Nothing surprised me about this assignment.
I really wish I had more time to shoot more events.

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