Molly Rippinger – Person At Work

It’s hard to be a fly on the wall when you’re inside a food truck – every space serves a purpose, so you just have to figure out where you blend in best. For me, it was by the steering wheel (even though I so wanted to do an aerial shot by standing on one of the school bus seats). Since she was so sweet for actually letting me on to the food truck, I was trying to be as considerate as possible.

The major plus from staying behind where she working was that I was able to get both her and the people waiting outside of the food truck in the frame. I really loved capturing the woman in the pink cardigan watching her crepe being made. About a minute after this shot, she was handed her banana-nutella crepe and shared her excitement about enjoying the first bite of the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market season. It was great to see that sense of community and it seemed like every other person who walked up to the food truck was greeted by their first name. Had I just stayed outside of the food truck, I don’t think I would have been able to pick up on the details that make this mobile crêperie such an integral experience to the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market.

Joey Sminchak – General News

Julie Symanek, business consultant for Seeds of Blessing, presents on the Blessing Basket Project during ATLAS Week Monday, March 31, 2014, in the Center for Global Citizenship at Saint Louis University in St. Louis. (Joey Sminchak/SLU Photo)

Julie Symanek, business consultant for Seeds of Blessing, presents on the Blessing Basket Project during ATLAS Week Monday, March 31, 2014, in the Center for Global Citizenship at Saint Louis University in St. Louis. (Joey Sminchak/SLU Photo)

General news was, I will admit, not as fun as it looks, but I have come to understand that photojournalists are often stuck making photos of everyday meetings and boring things. This was my favorite take from this series. It really illustrates exactly what was happening in this meeting, bringing it to life.

If I could redo this one, I would have thought about lighting and lensing a little more going into it. I though that I would be working in an area with more natural light, but I was thrown off guard when I found out that the event was in a room with no windows and very little light. Using the light sources with a little more nuance would have probably made my photos better.

Joey Sminchak – Sports

CALSA faces off against Heterogeneous in round 2 of the International Soccer Tournament Saturday, April 5, 2014, on the practice fields of Saint Louis University near Laclede and Vandeventer Avenues in St. Louis. Heterogeneous went on to win the match 1-0. (Joey Sminchak/SLU Photo)

CALSA faces off against Heterogeneous in round 2 of the International Soccer Tournament Saturday, April 5, 2014, on the practice fields of Saint Louis University near Laclede and Vandeventer Avenues in St. Louis. Heterogeneous went on to win the match 1-0. (Joey Sminchak/SLU Photo)

This shoot was very fun. Above all, my favorite thing about shooting sports photography was that, when you are looking through the viewfinder and you capture something that you like, there is a feeling within you that lets you know immediately if the photo works or not. This photo, above all that I was able to capture at the International Soccer Tournament, is very beautiful and dynamic. There is movement within the frame, and the players almost seem to be dancing. It is balanced and wonderful.

One of the things that I didn’t anticipate (though I should have) on this shoot came to me when I was shooting the GO! St. Louis Marathon. When you are making photos of people running down the street, from the same location, all of you photos turn out looking almost exactly the same. Making sure that I move around and look for a background that will make for good composure will help me in the future.

Molly Rippinger – Sports

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Learning how to hit a ball smaller than a lime off of a tee is no easy feat. Learning how to do that while your dad watches over your shoulder is a perfect recipe for disaster. I came across this scene in Forest Park and couldn’t resist the temptation to make this my sports photography shoot. Thankfully, the family was surprisingly okay with my creeping on their little lesson at the driving range and I think the shots were pretty fun for a fairly boring activity.

I was so happy to have captured this moment between the father and son. After slicing his last drive, the dad was trying to tell his son about how he pulled his head out of the finish. Obviously, the son wasn’t too willing to accept the critique, but I have to give him credit for keeping his cool and not letting a snide remark slip. Also, I think my frames were much sharper and technically on point this week. Even though I didn’t get the best lens because all of them were checked out from the CMC, I think the 70mm worked well in the environment.

Jackie Bova-Sports

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Shooting sports photography was challenging for me. Trying to catch the moments of action and still have good composition was difficult, especially at the marathon where everyone was doing the same thing (running). I was really excited to capture this moment where Eddie ran out to cheer on his friend. The joy was so real and I think this photo shows that well. I think I was able to capture the emotion because I was using a fast shutter speed and continuous shooting. Continuous shooting was one of the key things in the sports photo shoot, because there are so many moments of motion and emotion in each second of action.

As much as I like the emotion of the photo, I don’t like how white the background is. I think I could have tried different angles to get less of the white wall behind. I think a larger aperture would have also been good to blur out the other runners a little more and really focus in on this interaction. However, I found that once I chose my settings, I didn’t want to look away from the action to change them in case I would miss a decisive moment. I learned that another key strategy in sports photography is setting the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture confidently so that you don’t have to worry about changing them during the action.

 

Ashaki–sports

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I chose this picture because I think it really shows a different side of the runner. Most people would expect the shot to be taken from the other side of the track, but to “be on the playing field” I had asked if I could be in the middle grass area of the track. Therefore, I tried taking the shot of the runner as he was running up to me. I also like how both of his feet her in mid air. I think that also adds to the photo. However, I don’t like that there is too much background noise such as the lady in the pink coat taking a picture. I also wish my shadow wouldn’t be showing in the bottom right corner!

Sarah Haider_Sports

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Sports have been one of the the things I liked to photograph even before this class, but with the technical aspects of photography added to it, it became a new thing. It was so important to take the right photo at just the right time with good focus. I also never realized how vital a telephoto lens is to sports photography.

This set of photos felt like the worst I have ever taken at a sports event, but I felt like I learned a lot from them. This photo I could have improved by a close up shot of the guy with the ball and doing without the motion blur. It was also a really unique experience going into an event where I knew no one, and trying to figure out how to get names and if I was even allowed to take photos.


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