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.
Salmonella, by Josh Bielick Technician Photo Editor Sarah Tudor said: Josh’s photo, which ran in the Technician Aug. 31, is an excellent example of taking initiative of a photo assignment that did not have a lot of direction. The focus of the photo is clearly the eggs, which is important, because the photo could have easily been on the lab assistant. The photo also depicts the issue of the eggs being studied, which related to the article.
Giving Blood, by Jordan Moore Agromeck Photo Editor Marisa Akers said: Jordan’s photo, which ran in the Technician Monday, Aug. 23, was chosen because of his interesting use of selective focus and low depth of field. Photographers have shot blood donation events over and over again, but Jordan thought about the photo from a different angle and made it stand out from the others that have been taken. The photo shows the interaction between the doctor and patient and focuses on the blood donation itself, without hiding the typical focus point — Cho’s face. Overall, the photo proves that there is always room for creativity, even in repetitive assignments.
[lwegallery] John Cooper Elias, Agromeck yearbook editor: Michele had a tough task this year as the yearbook photo editor, but she did a great job. She managed the photo staff all year, and she helped us produce a high-quality product that we are all proud of. The most impressive thing about Michele was that while she had to deal with managing the photo staff she continued to grow as a photographer and shoot some of the best pictures I have ever seen from her during this year.
[lwegallery] Saja Hindi, Technician editor: “David Mabe has easily become one of the most essential staff members we have. He is not only a great photographer but is also very dependable. David has also really helped out the section editors with online multimedia and has become a valuable resource to everyone on staff.”
[lwegallery] Saja Hindi, Technician editor: Luis has consistently been one of our most dependable photographers. He gets his assignments in on time, picks up last-minute assignments and is always willing to help. He works with the section editors to come up with ideas and works with new photographers to help them critique their photos. He has taken a leading role in producing audio and photo slideshows this semester and keeps working till he gets the job done.