Weekend Roundup: Sept 2-5, 2016

Rayback Collective

Guests gather around the bar at Rayback Collective during the opening night of WILD Cities: A Photographic Exploration of Urban Wilderness, presented by Wild Foundation and the Boulder Photo Festival on Sept. 2, 2016. The exhibition featured 20 photographs by 11 professionals which display human interactions with urban wildlife and engage the viewer to¬†experience nature as an “essential neighbor,” according to Melanie Hill, Director of Communications at Wild Foundation. [arrived to the event: 8:10 p.m., made the photo: 8:25 p.m., posted to social media: 8:40 p.m., posted to website 3 days later]
Boulder Creek Hometown Festival

John and child dancing
John dances with his daughter to the music of The Sweet Lillies performing at the Boulder Bandshell near downtown at the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. The festival bookends a summer season of community events in Boulder, with three days of live music, local food vendors, booths, and activities for all ages. [arrived at event: 2:28 p.m., photo taken at: 2:46 p.m., posted to social media accounts: approx. 2:50 p.m., posted to website: one day later]
Artists lounge, socialize, and work by Boulder Creek on Sunday at the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival.
Visitors mingle along the strip showcasing vintage vehicles at the Classic Car & Motorcycle Show at the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. The fifth annual StarLite Classic raised money for Special Olympics of Colorado.
John and child with snake
John and his daughter cautiously but curiously eye a fellow festival goer’s slithery specimen while their friends are more daring, in front of the bandshell at the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. “I’ve heard they can get 12 feet long!” a passerby exclaimed to a friend, pointing at the snake. The festival bookends a summer season of community events in Boulder, with three days of live music, local food vendors, booths, and activities for all ages. Between sets of music, strangers mingle and met, browse booths, and munch on local vendors’ edible offerings. [arrived at event: 2:28 p.m., made the photo at 3:22 p.m., posted to social media at 3:26 p.m., and posted to website one day later]


  1. RE: the snake photo
    I think this is a great image. The color is vivid, and while the frame is a bit crowded with different characters, the snake offers a clear point of interest. The background is not too busy, with the only tiny issue being the structure at the top right corner, but it doesn’t really bother me. My favorite thing about this photo is that you captured everyone looking comfortable and natural, as if they don’t even know you’re there. I also like how you captured a group of people mingling and interacting, just like you explain in your caption. The image doesn’t necessarily give me a full idea of what the festival looked like, but it does capture the feeling of a laid back day with friends, family, and some entertainment. One more thing I noticed is that you did a nice job getting up close, so that the wide-angle lense was able to capture everyone’s expression. That may have been uncomfortable to do but it paid off. Also, I captured the same event but a different day, so it’s fun to see your take.


  2. Stephanie makes some good points. I think you could have moved in even closer and perhaps had a slightly lower angle to make the expressions easier to read. But you did a good job of trying to connect with some people (and a reptile) and make the viewer feel like they were there. The lighting scaffolds in the back right could have been a bit less distracting just by cropping the image tighter on the facial expressions (the best way to crop is with the viewfinder/phone screen and your legs moving in closer). What I like best about your take is that you worked to capture moments and expressions, rather than just showing us the scene. It’s much more difficult to capture storytelling moments, but they usually say a lot more about the event than an overall of the scene does.


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