Frank Mason III, sits by his locker after the Jayhawks' 78-65 loss to Wichita State Sunday, March 22, 2015. The narrow framing creates impact and a clean image but doesn't provide readers a larger context.
Frank Mason III, left and Wayne Selden Jr. sit at their lockers after the Jayhawks' 78-65 loss to Wichita State Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb. Expanding the view from the previous frame of Frank Mason III by himself, a viewer gains a slightly different perspective. I felt that having both players included added more context and additional impact.
Staff photographer Richard Gwin captures a tight shot of Kansas forward Landen Lucas with a towel around his head in the locker-room after the Jayhawks 78-65 loss to Wichita State Sunday, March 22, 2015. A photographer's goal with this image is to narrow the scene to provide more impact for the viewer.
In this photograph I framed Landen Lucas along with several reporters in the background interviewing other players. There is not right or wrong way of photographing these kind of scenes, but it shows how the subjective approach of a photographer can both widen or narrow a readers view of a subject. Often times the wider, peripheral view, provides more info but at the expense of aesthetic qualities that most photojournalists aspire to.
A shot similar to this was captured by a photographer standing next to me in the 2012 NCAA semi-final game between the Jayhawks and Ohio State. KU had just defeated the Buckeyes, and OSU star Jared Sullinger laid down on the floor in reaction. This photo captures the loss well and was probably an important story-telling image for OSU fans. But it is a very narrow view of the court and limits the reader's peripheral vision.
In this 2012 photograph, because I was shooting with a slighter wider lens, I was able to capture the periphery of the scene capturing KUs' Jeff Withey, left, and Thomas Robinson (0) celebrating KU's 64-62 win over Ohio State. The photo still includes OSU's Jared Sullinger, right, but now the photo is much more interesting to KU readers and fans.
After getting elbowed Kansas forward Perry Ellis attempts to stop the bleeding from his nose during the Jayhawks game against Wichita State Sunday, March 22, 2015. Photographers nearby Ellis were probably filling their frame with a tight shot of his bleeding nose. Since I was at the opposite end of the floor, I framed loose to include the periphery of cheerleaders, some who were watching the replay of the accident on the large monitor above the court.
I stitched together several frames to create a panorama view of the Jayhawks' locker-room with players and a few members of the press after a practice day in Omaha, NE. Several minutes before this shot was taken, the room was so packed with media that you would not have seen the players or the lockers. This photograph is a fairly objective view of the scene.
This photograph by Richard Gwin captures a fairly loose image of Kansas Coach Bill Self, against a wall and surrounded by media. It provides a visually cluttered scene but it documents more of an objective view of an event and provides some additional information to a reader.
This wide-angle photograph provides readers a different type of action shot and gives greater context to the event. I overheard one photographer at this event tell a colleague that wider shots take on a stature of more importance during important events like the NCAA tournament. I'm not sure that's true, but it can look pretty cool and does provide more visual information.
I asked staff photographer Richard Gwin to include this photograph in our game-day photo gallery, not for the aesthetics or even a unique moment, but simply because it provides readers a peak at something seldom scene. An open locker-room after a game, presents a cramped and unglamorous space in which to photograph. This objective, non-artisitc image of Perry Ellis being interviewed by the media, provides a unique peripheral vision for readers.
Surrounded by reporters behind me and photographing at the feet of Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden Jr., I was blocked from retreating as my subject was concealed by microphones. I decided to illustrate the scene "as-is" and included the multiple mics reaching out toward Mason. This is certainly not a typical image that would print in a newspaper, but as part of an online photo gallery, it provides atypical information to the reader that complements the whole story.