Agromeck Photo Editor Katherine Hoke said: Georgia did a nice job of photographing the University’s insect museum. This photo is effective mainly because of composition. The multicolored butterfly creates a striking break in pattern from the yellow butterflies surrounding it. The two large insects on either side work as framing elements to create leading lines that draw the readers eyes from the bottom to the top of the image. This photo is a wonderful example of when macro shots are appropriate in photojournalism.
Agromeck photo editor Katherine Hoke said: Ryan’s environmental portrait of Fullsteam Brewery’s Chris Davis is dramatic and well-executed. By photographing the subject in a storage room rather than at the bar, the viewer gets to see a part of the brewery they might not normally have access to. Davis’s confident position on the kegs makes it clear that Ryan took time to talk to Davis and make sure he was comfortable. Although the focus photo is a bit soft, the photographer’s use of lighting and filling of the frame was very effective.
Technician deputy photo editor John Joyner said: In this photo, Greg used several techniques to put together an excellent photo from the Study Abroad fair. Using a wide aperture, he was able to include the two students in the background flanking the model Eiffel Tower to add context to the photo, but they were sufficiently defocused so as to not distract. Additionally, through the use of a wide angle lens, he was able to enhance the emphasis placed on the model. Finally, the symbolism of the model itself does a very nice job of telling you what the two students were learning about – something foreign – and the pamphlet…
Technician photo editor Natalie Claunch said: Instead of uploading a safe picture of the Vanzant behind the podium, Chris captured a moment that portrayed the passion of the speaker. This gives us a much better idea of Vanzant’s personality and is visually interesting. Chris placed Vanzant on the right third and used a relatively shallow depth of field that allows us to focus on Vanzant, but see the audience as well. Good work!
Agromeck photo editor Katherine Hoke said: The way Max framed this photo is both interesting and dynamic. The spiral line of the chair draws viewers’ eyes around the image and towards subject. Max did a nice job of filling the frame while still providing context. The photo also works well because it spotlights a student’s experience in the newly constructed Hunt Library on Centennial Campus.
Killing Eagles, by Luis Zapata Technician Photo Editor Sarah Tudor said: We chose Luis’s photo because of its good overall composition and because it captured a good moment in the football game. This photo tells a story — in it, you can clearly see that N.C. State is beating Boston College, so when someone looked at the newspaper, they could see what the focus of the article might be before reading the story.
West Fest, by Alex Canoutas Agromeck Photo Editor Marisa Akers said: Alex’s photo, which ran in Technician Oct. 4, is both well-executed and entertaining. He composed it with the trees, which provided a clean background and the blue weapon framing the action. The emotion captured on the subject’s face is a great example of waiting for the right moment to make a technically good, but boring, photo exciting and unique.
Twelfth Night, by Kevin Cook Technician Photo Editor Sarah Tudor said: Kevin’s photo, of the sound booth, which ran in the Technician Sept. 29, is an excellent example of getting a behind the scenes shot. The assignment was to shoot a play that was going on on-campus. Most people often forget about all the work that goes into a play behind the scenes the actors. Also, Cook utilized the rule of thirds and an interesting angle. Usually tilted angles don’t work well with most photos, but because of the angle of the person in the photo, the tilted look works well.
Circus, by Luis Zapata Agromeck Photo Editor Marisa Akers said: Luis’ photo, taken in downtown Raleigh during SparkCon, gave Technician readers a glimpse of student involvement in the local community, off campus. Because it was shot from an odd angle near the ground, different people and buildings are layered, filling the frame, and this creativity makes it stands out from average photos that shot from the eye-level that people are already used to seeing the world from. The preparations that led up to the second that the photo was taken helped Luis capture a fun moment in a way that clearly conveys the playful atmosphere of the event. Luis’s photo…
Shotgun, by Kevin Cook Agromeck Photo Editor Marisa Akers said: Kevin’s photo, which ran in the Technician Sept. 7, was chosen because of Kevin’s ability to capture an exciting moment and convey emotion to the viewer. Tailgating is frequently seen as a vital part of the “college experience” and his work displays this event for readers of Technician. Because of the angle, the bright blue sky provides a clean backdrop for the subjects and the bright sunlight allowed him to shoot with a fast shutter speed, resulting in a sharply-focused, clear photo.