For my photography project, I decided to take a trip down to Fort Collins. I think Fort Collins, in a lot of ways, is a bit more visually interesting than Laramie, and I just needed to take a trip, you know?
Anyway, while I was there, I took a lot of pictures. Here are a few of them.
Last summer, I had an internship with the Foxes, so I spent a lot of time at City Park Field there. It was a pretty fun internship; I got to know a lot of the players and some of the fans there, too. I worked up in the press box, pictured above. I got really familiar with that box, which couldn’t have got any hotter in the summer if it tried.
Some of the creative devices I used were the rule of thirds and color. The box is mostly in the right third of the picture and the green and gold pops against the white and black that makes up most of the picture.
It was nice getting a chance to go back to the park again. It felt a little awkward walking around, since there were some people around. I wondered a lot if they thought I was a creep or a drug dealer or something. They probably didn’t care.
I’ve never been a big concert guy. I don’t know why. I love music, but concerts have never appealed to me. Now, my favorite band is The Wrecks. My best friend, Zach, his favorite band is New Politics, who were touring with The Wrecks and were stopping in Denver. He texted me like three days before the concert and asked if I wanted to go. It was a huge step outside my comfort zone. It was super loud, packed, someone spilled beer on my shoe, but it was an incredible experience.
The main creative devices I used were the rule of thirds and color. Maybe a bit of leading lines. The light from the spotlights all converges on the lead singer, who’s in the bottom right third of the picture. I think this would be a feature picture.
Photos Three and Four
When I went to Fort Collins, it was pretty cold. It was practically a blizzard by the time I left, which was fun to drive back in. I got stuck behind a guy with a California license plate who’d probably never driven in snow before.
Anyway, I chose to focus on the weather for my juxtaposition, since it’s either the perfect time to go out and have fun, or stay inside and be warm. When I was walking around City Park, I saw this couple skiing around in circles. They were cool with me taking their picture, but I never caught their names.
Meanwhile, others were huddling around coffee mugs in the warm indoors. I went to Bean Cycle Roasters off College in Old Town. I got a chai tea. I forgot I didn’t like chai tea. There were a lot of people in there, people my age using the space to work on projects or whatever, people there to just hang out and stay somewhere warm.
In the first picture, I went mostly for the rule of thirds. In the second, I tried to get a different perspective. I took a lot of pictures from the main level before I went up to the second floor. I like it up there, since it gave me a different idea of everyone that was there.
This was a little challenging for me, personally. I’ve never been a fan of taking pictures of people. Landscapes and objects are better because you can position them exactly how you want and you have a lot bigger window to get your shot. With people, you might have this idea in your head and the best time to make that happen might come and go in an instant.