In the Moment


General News Feature


“Open soul, open mind

I’m finally focused on what’s inside

I’ve gained a new perspective”

Caption: Jacob Luhrs lead singer of August Burns Red showing emotion and embracing the crowd during their set with JB Brubaker to his left. This photo was captured on February 12th at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins.

This general news feature photo describes leaving your old past behind and staying true to yourself.  I came across this event by attending my all time favorite metal band August Burns Red last week. My experience of photographing this event was very difficult due to being front row and pushed around by the pit the entire duration of the show. Once Jacob Luhrs (lead singer) stepped forward on the stage close enough I was able to capture this awesome moment of passion through his lyrics. This shot was very difficult to capture due to it heavy metal is extremely fast paced and the musicians on stage rarely stay still. The only words to describe photographing this event was high energy and passion. The creative device I used for this photo was focus. Due to you can see the lead singer is focused clearly but the background is blurry.


General News Feature


“Concentration through each riff”

Caption: Lead guitarist of August Burns Red JB Brubaker, concentrates on shredding riffs during his set with bassist Dustin Davidson in the background. August Burns Red performed this set February 12th at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins.

This event was from the Aggie Theatre while seeing August Burns Red last week. I stumbled upon this event by following the band and finding the concert off the app SongKick. The atmosphere of this event was extremely high energy, great heavy metal music, and fans who have a true passion for the style of music. This shot was easier to capture compared to Jacob Luhrs due to JB Brubaker is a much calmer musician on stage. In result it was very easy to capture this awesome photo of JB playing his guitar five feet from me. When photographing this event I felt a huge excitement and chills around my body to be seeing my all time favorite band live once again. The creative device I used to capture this photo was focus to keep the spotlight on JB and having the background blurred.



“Just keep pulling”

Caption: Noah Rivera, senior at the University of Wyoming, works on the rower during CrossFit 7220’s Thursday night weekly workout located in Laramie Wyoming.

Through this sports related photo I was able to find out about this event through CrossFit 7220’s online website. The atmosphere at CrossFit 7220 was very high energy and very positive. My experience photographing this event was a little uncomfortable due to I know I wouldn’t like people taking photos of me working out but everyone seemed very interested in my blog post glorifying the sport of CrossFit. It was a little difficult to get this shot due to when rowing your body is moving very fast so to get a focused shot it took a few tries to finally capture it. I felt almost inspired when photographing this event and it made me want to attend CrossFit 7220 regularly. The creative device I used to capture this shot was viewpoint in seeing the perspective Noah has when doing his row intervals.



“Recovery is everything”

Caption: Tanner Luthy, senior at the university of Wyoming, stretches out after a hard workout at 7220 CrossFit on Thursday night in Laramie, WY.


Different Perspectives of Photography



“Through the cold our first responders are always there”

This photo means a lot to me in many ways. My brother at the moment is an EMT and working towards becoming a firefighter so this decal on my truck is for him. With the American flag having the thin red line honoring firefighters and EMT’s it is a photo that I hold close. The snow and cold weather represents no matter what the outcome of the situation is the first responders will always arrive. The creative device used in this photo is focus due to the background is blurred and the focus is on the main subject being the decal. The creative device draws attention to the viewer by having the decal stand out the most in the photo with accents to the snow. Showing it being extremely vivid and a pleasing photo for how sharp the image is and how the whiteness of the snow accidents the black and white American flag decal.



“Perfect symmetry”

This photo describes perfect symmetry by illustrating how the water beads off this large leaf so gracefully. You can pinpoint in this photo even how perfectly straight each line is by facing diagnaol to the ground. The dominant creative device in this photo is texture. The creative device draws attention to the photos focal points by having the focus of the photo be zoomed into the water and lines on the leaf. This captures the viewers attention by how illuminated the water is from the dark texture of the leaf and the light reflecting off the beads of water. To me this creates an extremely pleasing photo through the creative device showing the extreme details in the leaf. To me it is very satisfying seeing the various lines in perfect symmetry along the whole leaf which makes it a very pleasing photo.



“Tiny but painful”

This photo describes how tiny something can be but how damaging it can really be in the end. The creative device of this photo is framing due to the vase that works as a frame surrounding the cactus. The creative device used as framing draws attention by having the focus be around the thin boarder of the glass vase. It captures the viewers attention by how illuminated the white pricks on the cactus are in contrasting to the dark soil. The device used framing creates a very pleasing photo by the blue color around the vase illuminating the cactus. It makes it very interesting to look at and makes you think just how many needles the cactus really has.



“Just hanging around”

This photo describes relaxing to me by the toy lizard hanging peacefully on the tree branch. The creative device used is leading lines due to we cannot see where the end of the branches stop. The creative device leading lines captures the viewers attention by having the start of photo be the main part of the leading lines. This style of photo creates a very pleasing photo by how the toy lizard is sitting. It almost makes me want to kick back and relax on a tree as well by how perfectly placed the lizard is and the smile on its face.



“Take time to stop and smell the roses”

This photo describes what little time we have in life and how it is always important to stop and take in earths beauty of color. The creative device used in this photo is color due to the amount of vibrant colors portrayed across the whole sky in this beautiful Laramie, Wyoming sunset. This photo will draw the viewers attention by the wild orange, purple, and pink colors reflecting off the clouds that is covering the whole sky. There is no doubt this is a extremely pleasing photo. I can’t imagine anyone who sees this photo and calls it ugly. Through the dominant creative device of color this creates a extremely pleasing photo to look at and take in its beauty.

Question 3: Reflection

What surprised me most about this assignment was how many different creative devices there really are. It was difficult for me at first to understand how to take the different styles of photos but once you learn the different aspects of photography it makes taking photos extremely interesting. I wouldn’t do anything different with this assignment due to I felt I took more photos than I really needed to but it was a great experience to learn more about creative devices through photography. As well I could not find multiple creative devices shown in each photo but instead pinpointed one creative device for each photo.

Writing Style Motivators and the Blog World

There are many different styles of writing shown all around the world. Whether you are reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee for a certain class, Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell for a heroic war story, or my favorite book at the moment for overcoming obstacles in life, Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins.

In Goggins book he pin points in learning how to callous your mind by getting rid of weak thoughts by a stronger work ethic. Goggins uses a much different writing style then other authors. When reading his words it will make you want to jump up and go sprint a mile. I find myself reading his book for hours on end until 2 in the morning becoming extremely motivated.

With this motivator writing style Goggins has acquired in life it has become my goal to learn to write with the same method. Motivating others is something I hold very close to myself. There is something about watching others grow in life that is truly satisfying to me. With this course I hope to learn these different skills and concepts on how to structure my writing style in reflection of Goggins.


Photo of David Goggins During Ultra Marathon

This motivator style of writing would be a skill I would like to acquire from this course. Learning different ways to persuade individuals to be motivated by the words I am writing.

My readers are probably wondering why I picked outdoor patio, hearth, and grilling as the main topic of my blog. This is a topic I am very interested to write about due to the field of work I want to go into once I graduate. Once graduating my goal is to work as a writer or in the sales department for a certain outdoor furniture and grilling company. I love everything about hanging outside on the patio and barbecuing any chance I can get. It is even a greater feeling being able to write upon this great hobby of grilling I have.

It is a motivator of mine to practice more frequently regarding how to write pertaining the field of outdoor furniture and grilling. Through this course I want to practice my skills on writing towards the outdoor furniture and grilling world.

Certain events I will be wanting to write about would be certain grilling competitions around Laramie or as close by as possible. With grilling being at a high demand in Laramie it is perfect to locate events nearby and capture the stories on my blog.

With a lot happening in the outdoor grilling world there are many updates occurring with the various changes towards products as well in business. It would be very interesting to me to report upon the differences of the Traeger pellet grill and the Pit Boss pellet grill. Having recently Joe Traeger of Traeger grills leaving the company to partner and work with Pit Boss. This would be great material to report upon Joe Traeger and share on my blog posts what is happening on the business end of the outdoor grilling world.


Meats Cooking on the Traeger