Lacrosse

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

Tuesday was my little brother’s lacrosse game. Because I live downtown, I do not get to see him play all that often but when my mother told me he had a game in my neck of the woods I couldn’t resist. His team, the Horizon Huskies, played a hard game against Brophy and ended up losing, but that didn’t stop me from taking photos of the boys playing.

Shooting sports is hard in general. Everything is fast — you have to anticipate and be quick when you do. Since the game was at night, they had bright lights shining on the field to contrast the pitch-black around us. As bright as these were, I couldn’t raise my shutter speed past 1/200th of a second of a second, which made it tricky to capture the game. My aperture was f/5.4 and that was as low as I could make it with a focal length of 300mm.

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Blood Moon

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

Every so often the earth moves between the sun and the moon to create a lunar eclipse. This was the first of four “blood moons” that will occur in the next two years, all of which will be visible from North America. As people across Phoenix and the rest of the country looked skyward, I grabbed my camera and tripod to see if I could capture it.

Luckily, I was able to borrow my friends 70-300mm telephoto lens so I could really zoom into the moon. To get the photo of the eclipse I couldn’t have too low of a shutter speed or else it would glow, so I experimented a bit and found the proper settings. The settings that worked for me were a shutter speed of half of a second with an aperture of 5.6/f.

Contact the photographer at courtney.pedroza@gmail.com

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Downtown

(Amanda LaCasse/DD)

(Amanda LaCasse/DD)

I’ve always admired the Walter Cronkite School building. Even before I attended ASU, I took notice of the corrugated orange, maroon and gold plated walls and hoped to someday set foot inside. Little did I know I would eventually be a student here.

(Amanda LaCasse/DD)

(Amanda LaCasse/DD)

Modified Arts is one of my favorite galleries on Roosevelt. The short brick building walls, angled glass windows and light pole covered in flyers for local shows frames the view looking east — a gateway to many other galleries as well as Fifth Street.

(Amanda LaCasse/DD)

(Amanda LaCasse/DD)

If you ever talk to me, I’ll tell you one of the reasons I love downtown Phoenix so much is the budding art scene. It’s no secret — Roosevelt Row is the predominant arts destination downtown, and I seriously hope there are immaculate blue skies ahead for this area.

(Amanda LaCasse/DD)

(Amanda LaCasse/DD)

Good things start small. I found this tiny plant outside of Growhouse and wanted to use it as a symbol of where the downtown area once was and what it is growing into.

(Amanda LaCasse/DD)

(Amanda LaCasse/DD)

The Phoenix Public Market has been around in one form or another for quite a while. I remember the local vegetables and foods available when it was a local grocer, how sad I was when I heard it was closing and how joyful I was when I learned it would be opening again as a cafe. It is an icon in downtown Phoenix, and I am excited to see what comes of it in the future.

(Amanda LaCasse/DD)

(Amanda LaCasse/DD)

Downtown Phoenix doesn’t have the most memorable skyline at night, but looking at it from the north in the day, I am able to see palm trees, street art, the Cronkite building and skyscrapers behind it. These landmarks all remind me that downtown Phoenix is where I feel most at home.

Contact the photographer at alacasse@asu.edu

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My Little Big Dog

(Samantha Tomasch/DD)

(Samantha Tomasch/DD)

When my model and I set out on an adventure to take some forced perspective pictures, neither of us realized how difficult the task would become. Just coming up with even one idea is hard enough, and then it had to be elegantly executed. Or perhaps this optical illusion trick is easier for people more creative than my model and I.

After walking around much of downtown, we noticed some stone statues in the Mercado. I had my model stand close to me and my camera, with this stone dog on the railing of a staircase far away. With her hand up in midair, it took a few tries to get the placement just right. But with a shutter speed of 1/160th of a second and an aperture of f/9.0 (basically the “auto flash off” function on my camera), we finally got the winning shot.

Contact the photographer at stomasch@asu.edu

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River

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

On First Friday, March 7, I was walking around with my camera, looking at the interesting subjects around me and waiting to snap a photo. After taking a few pictures, I chose to head back home, and it was when I was walking back that I met River. I heard the song “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” and when I looked for the sound, I saw this 8-year-old boy. It was River, playing his violin in a dirt lot for tips. I swung my camera to my back and started a conversation with the boy and his mom.

River was shy, but after talking, I asked him if I could take his photo while he played — he agreed and began the song. There was only a streetlight across the road shining onto his music sheet and him. Photographing him was challenging, but I changed my aperture to f/1.8 and my shutter speed to 1/40th of a second. With those settings I was able to capture River’s motions while he played “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

Contact the photographer at courtney.pedroza@gmail.com

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Crystal clear

Photography is a form of art. As photojournalists, there is only so much distortion we can do to a photograph — almost none. We are limited to a set of journalistic guidelines that are sometimes nice to break free from and create something that was never seen before. The subjects in these images have been seen daily, but never like this.

To create these abstract images the photographers placed a crystal in front of their camera lens and snapped a photo. Each photo used the crystal to deflect light into different places in the picture. With a variety of crystals, a variety of effects were given to the subjects being shot, and the very turn of the crystal would produce a different image. In some cases, the focus of the picture repeated itself, giving it complete control over the photo, and in other cases multiple objects were the focus of the picture.

The Downtown Devil photographers had a chance to create something abstract and less journalistic with this photo blog post, and here is the result.

(Amanda LaCasse/DD)

(Amanda LaCasse/DD)

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

(Becky Brisley/DD)

(Becky Brisley/DD)

(Chris Garay/DD)

(Chris Garay/DD)

(Carolyn Corcoran/DD)

(Carolyn Corcoran/DD)

(Amanda LaCasse/DD)

(Amanda LaCasse/DD)

(Becky Brisley/DD)

(Becky Brisley/DD)

Editor’s note: This post was updated March 22 at 12:42 a.m. with new photos.

Contact the editor at Courtney.Pedroza@gmail.com

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Big Red

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

(Courtney Pedroza/DD)

This weekend, Big Red was displayed at Walter Studios for the 26th annual Art Detour. This monster Volkswagen Beetle hit the streets on First Friday, March 7, before the exhibits opened. Luckily, while I was strolling down Roosevelt, I had my camera out and ready. I looked to the street when people around me kept yelling at each other to check out that car. So, when I saw what was headed my way, I threw my camera to my face and started snapping photos while it drove by.

I didn’t have time to prepare the shot, so I was unable to change my settings from the ones I had before. Fortunately, I had been shooting in the same type of light all evening — so my f/2.2 aperture and shutter speed of 1/60th of a second were perfect to catch Big Red in action.

Contact the photographer at courtney.pedroza@gmail.com

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Mother Earth

‎(Chris Garay/DD)

‎(Chris Garay/DD)

As I was walking down First Street on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 27, I noticed a family marveling at the painting on the side of the Valley Youth Theatre. The painting depicted the landscape of Arizona with a pregnant “Mother Earth” in the middle.

I wanted to focus on the pregnant Mother Earth, so I did a zoom burst at 100 ISO with an aperture of f/8, an exposure time of 1/15 seconds and a focal length of 18 mm.

Contact the photographer at Christopher.M.Garay@asu.edu

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Phoenix Protests


Photos by Courtney Pedroza

Friday was the first of three rallies I attended against the controversial Senate Bill 1062. I was so distracted by the demonstrators that I was late to work and my boss yelled at me. It was worth it.

The three protests were the first I ever attended, and they were a production; news crews from CNN to us at the Downtown Devil covered the demonstrations. With my camera in hand, I had access to a specific side of the protest — those against the bill. I got to see the perspective that everyone projected to the media, but I don’t like just knowing what someone wants you to. I wanted to know more.

So I sat with protesters while they drew signs, learned their names and their reasons for being there. I listened to a 12-year-old girl explain why she thought it was “so stupid.” She knew SB 1062 could be used to discriminate against her for being a female as well as so many other communities.

Monday was the biggest protest I attended; there were several hundred people marching around the state Capitol. This event was by far the most challenging and fun to shoot. Fortunately, I didn’t have to go to work, so I wasn’t in a rush, but I still managed to run after interesting people. I ended up power-walking backward to get a picture of the marching crowd.

These people knew why they wanted to be at the Capitol. They chanted throughout the march, and during all of the protests, state senators and representatives got up and spoke to them about why they voted against the bill themselves. Everyone begged Gov. Jan Brewer to veto it, and she finally did on Wednesday.

Contact the photographer at courtney.pedroza@gmail.com

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Perspective

(Carolyn Corcoran/DD)

(Carolyn Corcoran/DD)

While strolling through Civic Space Park, I came across a water feature whose unsynchronized pattern matched my aimless walk through the downtown Phoenix area. I stepped into the splash zone with my camera.

I had my kit lens with me and set my aperture to f/4 and shutter speed to 1/60 of a second. Minutes shy of the familiar Arizona golden hour, which gives a brilliant tint to the otherwise industrial cityscape, I uncapped my lens and hoped for the best.

Contact the photographer at carolyn.m.corcoran@gmail.com

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