I enjoy photography, I enjoy capturing special moments and I enjoy seeing my edited shots. As much as I enjoy all of these things, I am not the type of person to approach strangers. So, this assignment was very difficult for me. I wish I could go back to last week, swallow my pride and take this assignment as a starting point to break the ice and jump out of my comfort zone. I learned a lot about myself this week and given the opportunity, I would approach it much differently.
Anyway, here are my 5 photos:
Dancing with passion
Mudra Dance Studio performs at the 11th annual Diwali Night at UW.
I had the pleasure of attending the 11th annual Diwali Night at the University of Wyoming. This dance performance, by Mudra Dance Studio, was exceptional. The passion that the dancers had for their style of dance was phenomenal. To me, dance is a sport. As a dancer of many years, I consider this form of expression just as physically demanding as other sports. This was a tough shot because of the fast movement and stage lighting. I thought it was interesting to include a small portion of the audiences’ heads. It creates an illusion for the viewer as being in the audience.
Indian classical musicians, Rajeev Taranath and Abhiman Kaushal, relax the audience with their traditional Indian music.
Viewers of this performance by Indian classical musicians, Rajeev Taranath and Abhiman Kaushal, got to experience traditional Indian music. As I looked around the room during this performance, I noticed that viewers looked very relaxed. This calming music gave the audience a little taste of traditional Indian music. Once again, this was a difficult shot because of the stage lighting. This type of harsh light is AWFUL to photograph but I feel like I did my best in capturing both of these moments.
Veronkia Taube watches with excitement as LHS sophomore Leah gives her a henna tattoo.
Two local Laramie High School sophomores were sharing their talent with guests of Diwali Night. After speaking with Leah, I discovered that she lived in India with her parents but her and her friend liked to do henna on each other. As I walked back to my table after waiting in line for traditional Indian food, I spotted these two girls at a table and watched as they intently drew designs on anybody interested. I wish I was able to capture more emotion in Leah because anybody walking by could see the pure passion and love of henna.
Bollywood party time
Guests of Diwali Night at UW finished off their evening with a dance party.
The entire night was an experience that is difficult to explain but after the performances and a delicious dinner, the hosts told guests that it was time to “party all night.” I was a little unsure what this entitled but what broke out shortly after that was exactly as they had said, a crazy dance party. It was so much fun and guests of all ages were out on the dance floor enjoying their night. And again, I have a problem with lighting. As a photographer, this is a problem that we face in most situations. The lighting will never be perfect, but we must learn to do our best with what is given. I came to like the lighting in this photo because it portrays the atmosphere that we were in. The tables were empty and everybody was out on the dance floor. This type of lighting explains that situation exactly. If the room had great lighting, it wouldn’t have been a dance party.
Rushing into fall
Students rush from class to class at UW but should take the time to enjoy the beautiful fall colors.
With the always questionable change of seasons, the University of Wyoming campus shows it’s beautiful fall colors just a couple days after a snowstorm hit the town. As students rush to their next class, they should take in the beautiful colors of fall; for it won’t last long. This photo was an easy shot but I think it’s a great one. Anyone familiar with the University of Wyoming can recognize this building and can understand the rush that people posses going in and out.
As I said before, I wish I would have swallowed my pride and had the courage to take some different shots, especially at Diwali Night. However, I am happy with the shots that I did take and it was a great learning experience for me. Once again, I found my handy smartphone camera to be invaluable. This is an item that I never leave home without and it’s convenient because I never know where I will find myself and what awesome photo opportunities any given situation will give me.