Week 4: It’s all about the angle

This week I really enjoyed the assignments and was able to do them more spread out because they didn’t demand so much time to plan out or lots of writing. I enjoyed learning more about photography and am still very surprised how much I didn’t really understand from photos or the certain feelings you can have other than thinking a photo looks nice! It was interesting looking and thinking about photos that I have seen online or have taken myself and thought about what the photographer was trying to portray and how I understood it.

For my first assignment I did this week was a bunch of photographs taken at the same place at different times of day it was worth 4 stars. I decided to change it a little and have it taken all around the same time which was when the sun was setting. I used photos I had taken throughout multiple years and combined them into one photo. I wish that the land on the waterline matched better but using photoshop was a little challenging when trying to place things where I wanted. Other than that I really like how it came out. 

For my second assignment I choose was worth 2 stars and its instructions were to take a bad picture add a vintage effect on it and write something moody in a bland font. It was pretty easy I went through pictures I had on my computer and found one where I had accidentally taken a picture while on the metro. I liked the idea of making it a moody picture and adding a brooding quote even though it wasn’t a good picture I like how it turned out even if it is a tad bit ridiculous! I used iPhoto to add a vintage effect and I added text by uploading the photo online. I also added that my Superhero was having a bad day and brooding about it on the metro.

For my 3rd assignment I chose it’s a bird, it’s a plane and used a picture of my cat I had taken because I think it was a good blurry picture where you could kind of guess what it was but its also slightly obscure.

For the Photoblits assignment I really enjoyed the degree of creativity it needed to actually create decent pictures! It was fun walking down campus walk and noticing small things I hadn’t before. I really like the angles that I took these photos from . I think that creating a different angle that we wouldn’t normally view something adds more dynamic to the photo. And it can also add to the colors and the feeling of the photograph.

This is one of my favorite ones that I took:

And here are the other ones

For twitter this week I accidentally did 4 instead of 3 lol but I will pick my favorite Daily Creates I did!

1st I added words to a gif about what my defining moment was. I used this gif because not getting onto my high school volleyball team was the last event that made me decide to go to a private school. This was probably the best decision of my life because I thoroughly enjoyed school and specially volleyball which I played all 4 years and went to states for 3 of them.

For my second I did the the Paperback Paradise theme. I found an image online that looked like a dramatic paperback photo and added a title I thought was funny. I decided on the title because of his facial expressions and also because of the setting around them. It gives no hint as to what will happen next or what their relationship is.

 

For the third one I chose the shadow effect one and was reminded that its all about angles and perspective. I actually really like how it turned out! the glisten on the trash bag and the effect the black and white has on the image by sharpening the shadow and the black liquid look of the trash bag.

 

 

 

Photoblitz: Focus

This was the list of photographs that I needed to find in under 20 minutes. I wrote out the list it gave me so I could have it while I walked around and I took this screenshot so I could time stamp when I started. I forgot to take one when I ended but I did go a minute over because I saw a better idea for my smoke photo.

So first on the list was to take a photo to make it green sleeves, green with envy, green eggs and ham

I decided to take a picture of this plant at first I saw the bright purple berries while walking on campus walk and thought I would just take a picture of them close up. But I then noticed that the berries at the end weren’t purple yet so I tried to get a picture that showed the transition from green to purple and from new to old. Idk why but when I uploaded them they became blurry :/ sorry! This is one of my favorites that I took.

 

My second assignment was to create a photo that illustrates connection. I wasn’t very sure how to interpret this one but I decided on this picture:

 

I thought about maybe how 2 things work together but I decided on this picture which shows the pattern of the back of a chair that are connected together to hold our backs up. I like that the pattern was blurry and not the background because I think it helps to show how much we don’t really pay attention to the small details of things and normally just see the bigger picture.

 

 

My third photo I had to find was something with wood because “wood has a lot of character and variety. ”

So I chose the benches outside of Blackstone because thats where I was sitting when I started this assignment and also because I have always admired the contrasting colors. The grayness of the wood and the vibrant blue mesh well together. This is another favorite that I took.

The fourth picture that I had to take was no ocean, surely you can find come water around you to take a photo of.

While doing the assignment I stopped to fill up my water bottle with some cold water. I thought about using the image of filling up the water bottle but I just didn’t think it wold create a very good picture so I didn’t. As I was thinking of other options like the obvious fountain in front of Monroe and how I could make it original I noticed my water bottle sweating. And then looking closer I saw the little beads of perspiration on the side and knew I had to use them in a picture. Again I have to say that when I uploaded the pictures they became blurry so it changes                                                                             the quality but I think it still looks pretty cool!

For the 5th challenge I was supposed to take a picture containing or suggestion fire or smoke. I struggled with this one a little because I originally took a picture of a “do not smoke on the patio” sign and was going to try and make it look cool by adding some effects but something else changed my mind and led me to this.

So I saw this leaf that was dying but what was cool about it was that it looked like it was burnt so I thought cool! I’ll just take a picture of it in the sun so people can see that it looks like it was burnt . While doing this I found that if I held it right it would look almost like the sun was burning it and I decided that that image would be the one I used to represent fire. I really like how it turned out but I wish it looked a little more like the sun was burning it.

My sixth assignment was about texture. Texture adds a dimensional quality to photos and changes with scale.

           

I saw this leaf specifically when walking on campus walk and loved the added color it had because it had been injured or is starting to orange for fall. And thinking of the prompt I had to add both pictures to emphasis the uniqueness and beauty that veins in leaves have!!

For the last photo I had to take a picture that looks better in black and white. I chose this picture because I think instead of having it with color it adds a certain feeling to it when its black and white. I think it makes it more shadowy and a little more dream like. I know thats a little confusing because most people think of dreams as vibrant and colorful but I think because most people see in color this is the more unrealistic way it could look making it more dream like.

I noticed that I took many photos outside but today was so nice and I love nature so I like capturing things that are naturally vibrant and beautiful. I also finished 2 minutes after 20 mins because I changed my mind about the smoke/fire photo and I’m glad I did because I like this image much more.

The Fuzzy Creature Strikes Again

What the hell is that thing!! Again it has entered a seemingly innocent persons room and pounced on them leaving them with fur and a minor bite on their neck! Many of the people have not been able to get a good look but one of the survivors were able to capture this image because they were on Snapchat during the time of the attack. We can not tell from the picture how big the creature was the victims state that they closed their eyes because it was coming at their faces. The attacks have only been happening during the full moon we know it sounds insane but we are starting to think that this creature is a werewolf! Any person who has information or experienced an attack should come forward and help find this creature! Please help before there are more victims!

Brooding on the Metro

 

This assignment was worth 2 stars I had to take a bad picture add a vintage effect on it and write something moody in a bland font. It was pretty easy I went through pictures I had on my computer and found one where I had accidentally taken a picture while on the metro. I liked the idea of making it a moody picture and adding a brooding quote even though it wasn’t a good picture I like how it turned out even if it is a tad bit ridiculous! I used iPhoto to add a vintage effect and I added text by uploading the photo online.

Also I think it helps to portray a bad day for a superhero when they have to take the metro or they have to go to work instead of helping save people. The Star Fly was having a hard day on the metro while thinking about other beings who used to be her friends.

The Magical Island of Gwynn

 

Worth 4 stars I did a collage of pictures from the same place but instead of doing it at different times of day I choose to use pictures I had taken of the sunset because I knew there was a place I had taken many pictures of over the years. I had a chance to take many pictures of this specific place because I’d pass it any time I was leaving my house. It’s a view of the sunset reflecting off the water in each picture. I live on Gwynn’s Island in Mathews, VA so I drive over a bridge and right along the water to get to and from my house. It is my favorite spot on the island also the land area that you can see across the water is where my best friend lives so its nice being able to look over and think about her! I used Photoshop to enhance the pictures and also create them side-by-side it was a little difficult figuring exactly how to place them but eventually I got it figured out and I love the results.

Intricacies of Photography

Reading the article blew my mind! More like it surprised me how oblivious I had been about photography.

I had never thought of a picture as a story before reading these articles. Well I had thought about it but more from a historical and news perspective when people were blatantly trying to tell a story through their photography or where they were intentionally trying to capture a specific moment. I think since I mostly see peoples everyday pictures like from Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat and not pictures from actual photographers other than travel photos that I didn’t really notice that there were more powerful uses of photography than to show off your life or news events. I fell very silly for not realizing before this but the popular images are those that I have mentioned before many people don’t use it for a powerful story telling method instead it is for humor (which can be made into a powerful story but most are just for a laugh at someone) or travel lust pictures. Since I had not thought about photography in this way the article about storytelling was very eye opening and intriguing because I didn’t know that photography needed that much insight! I hope I can employ these tactics and instructions to create really intriguing and thought provoking photography.

Summary Week3

This week was a little difficult for me because I am a slow writer and I have a problem taking too much time trying to layout the specifics of what I am going to write and not enough time to actually write it and have time to edit. So this week my posts were mostly on Friday because I kept tweaking what I wanted to do hopefully if next week is another writing one I’ll get ahead of it so I can post throughout the week. I did enjoy reading about the superheroes this week I never thought that I would be interested enough to want to read about them but learning about the influences from long ancient and Middle Age times was really interesting. I’m glad I looked more into the use of female knights as a prototype because I found out more about them and it surprised me. I was surprised because I didn’t know that women were allowed to become knights because of the stereotypes that they are weak and in need of protection especially during those times when they were married off as soon as they could produce children! I had fun creating both of my superhero characters! I enjoyed making a superhero avatar from a website that was super easy to use and I admit I went through a few names from the generator until I got one that I wanted but I was happy with the name and the powers I was given. It made for an interesting story! I enjoyed writing it. Also adding on to the role-play post was interesting I wasn’t even sure where I was taking it but it was going lol. I wonder if anyone can guess what I described in my other writing assignment where I had to narrate the day in the life of a household item, I hope someone can!

Daily Creates:

The first one I did was about how people can deceive you into thinking there photo is artsy when actually its just staged perfectly in the cropped portion of the picture. I decided to do mine on the appearance of doing work and what most people like to think that they look like and what they want others to think which is that they are studious when in reality they are not. I struggle with this sometimes because I want to be able to be the studious and always focused and organized college student but that’s the farthest from the truth. Sometimes I just need a good TV episode to take a break between assignments with hence the picture entitled “What’s really going on here?”.

 

For the second daily one it probably took me the longest out of all the daily creates but only because I was stubbornly trying not to use photoshop and find another program online that could do it but I eventually gave up and used it anyways. Seeing the outcome I wish I would have figured out how to move the gif image but I couldn’t. That being said because I couldn’t move it I wish I had had the time to change the gif part instead of Gdragon a South Korean rap artist I would have put Psy another South Korean artist best known for Gangnam style. I would have chosen him instead because he has a move that looks like he is riding a horse and it would have fit since he would have been on top of the horses lol. I chose to do South Korean artists because the picture was from when Japan invaded and took over Pyongyang which was the capital of Korea when it was whole and is at the moment the North Korean Capital so I thought adding some new wave kpop artist dancing in an ancient painting would be funny! And it was I just wish it would have moved where I wanted it!!

 

 

 

The third one I did was what I would want my superpower to be and I decided I wanted to be a waterbender! I decided this because Avatar: The Last Airbender was my favorite TV show when I was little and my favorite character was Katara. She was a princess from the water tribe and had a fierce yet caring and badass side to her. So I tried to make myself look like I had bending powers hopefully I can make a more realistic looking one with a green screen for an assignment one of these weeks but we shall see.

This is Katara is and

and this is me trying to be Katara

What do you think I am?? No peeking!

Sitting, waiting, ready. I’m moved I feel like I’m being uncoiled like a snake. I felt a surge and I light up. Now I’m sitting waiting again but my energy is increasing I’m getting worked up I wonder if it’s because something uncoiled me. I think I’m going to burst with all this energy is it hot in here or is it just me? I’ve just beeped and I’m starting to move again this time there is a repetition to it I’m moving up and down and some of my hinges seem to be opening and closing. Yet I’m not closing all the way I wonder what’s happening is there something in me!! Why does this always happen to me? Whatever is in me is not very pleasant its sort of course at least its not hot and is helping to cool me down a little. It’s starting to smell a little funny there is an undertone of burning but it’s worse because its more of a reeking smell is that because of me?! How disgusting! Ok I’m being put down again and I’m starting to cool off thank goodness. Ahhh now I’m cool again. Oh now I’m getting picked up again and I feel like I’m being recoiled. Ok I feel whole again!

 

Bubbles the Clown

I decided to do the role-playing writing assignment, which is 4 stars and is under the tags WritingAssignments and WritingAssignments187.

This was my prompt by the assignment creator:

“Joe the clown was not a happy camper this morning. This was evidenced by the fact that he had put four lumps of sugar into his coffee, instead of the regular two. He only ever broke his two-sugars rule on special occasions, so going by that particular string of logic, this was a very special occasion indeed. Nevertheless Joe had little time to sulk, hunched over his kitchen table with remnants of buttered toast still clinging to the sides of his lips. And so it was that with a labored sigh he propped himself up off his seat and began the dreaded walk towards the front door, reaching into his pocket and pulling out a red rubber nose as he did so. He finished fixing the rubber implement on his own nose at about the same moment that his other hand fell on the cold, brass doorknob that led to the outside world. He paused for a moment, just a little longer than what he would usually allow himself (but this was a special occasion, remember). He then took a deep breath, turned the knob and stepped outside into the cold chilly morning air. It was time to have a word with the neighbors who had kept him up all night…”

Yes, Joe had neighbors who lived in the townhouse directly beside his, surprising because he wouldn’t seem to be the kind of person to live in a townhouse specifically for this reason. As he walked the 4 feet to their front porch steps he reflected on how he was going to scare the crap out of his neighbors as means of revenge for keeping him up the whole night. He didn’t handle confrontations well so his way of dealing with them was by putting on his alter ego, Bubbles the clown. Bubbles could handle these types of situations because he wasn’t scared what people thought of him. He was knocking on the door. Since today was a special day he had brought the butter knife he used on his toast this morning. Bubbles thought it would add a little extra excitement. His female neighbor opened the door and screamed. Bubbles being tactile stuck his foot in the door and proceeded to curse her for being loud last night with his most happily angry clown voice that he could muster. The female neighbor started running down her hallway and tripped over shoes that were lying in her way. At this point his male neighbor comes out of the kitchen with his own knife. His is a larger dicing knife not put off by this challenge Bubble advances with his best en garde stance and advanced. The male neighbor stepped in front of the his fallen roommate and the battle began as….

The Pioneering Superheroes

I thought that the article on how people and ancient characters from the past have influenced the superhero characters that we have today. I have never really been interested in superheroes. I’ve enjoyed the movies created out of the characters but I have never read a comic about one or become obsessed as to learn about them or watch all the movies associated with a superhero. I thought it was really interesting learning that superwoman was shaped from female knights from the Middle Ages. I didn’t know that there were many of them so it led me to do some research about them because the only 2 I knew of were Joan of Arch and Queen Elizabeth I. I found out that there were actually a surprising number in nowadays Spain they even had a military knighthood for women specifically founded in 1149. There were more allowed around Europe which surprised me because I always thought that women were thought to be too weak and not intelligent enough in the middle ages and that they were only worthy if they were a queen or if they were believed to be able to see the future. Not only finding out that there were many more female knights then I thought but also finding out that the personality of superwoman was also based off of the knights intrigued me more.

I think that creating a female superhero was very much needed when it came out because women were continuously being seen as needing help or as being the damsel in distress who couldn’t do more than scream for help to save herself. The first one is reported to have been created in the 1940’s this time period was also during the WWII when women were left behind in the US and were responsible for working to manufacture supplies that the US army needed while also taking care of the house and children. I’ve learned that this time was the starting shift of women leaving the house and working to help support the family too.

The idea of a damsel was similar to what I saw in the fist Superman cartoon where Lois was caught in a sticky spot and though Superman could tell that it wasn’t a good idea Lois the female journalist didn’t think about it. The storyline confused me because Clark Kent hearing that Lois was being assigned to interview a mad scientist who threatened to destroy a bridge and kill people thought it was dangerous but didn’t do anything to stop her from going or speaking up to take the job instead. He had to wait until something bad happened and then seemed compelled to do something about it. You would think he would have gotten the hint that the evil scientist was going to do something bad and to stop it before it happened but he didn’t seem to think that far ahead. Something that reminded me of the video by Kurt Vonnegut was the fighting scene I’ve noticed that there is no excitement if the fight is won too early so there are different factors that create more of a challenge for a superhero during a fight with a villain. With smaller scale criminals they normally can defeat them easily but something about villains and superheroes fighting must mean that it has to be made more difficult to defeat them for the excitement. Overall I really enjoyed learning more about how superheroes and their a little about how their stories are created. Kurt Vonnegut was very entertaining and humorous in the YouTube video I enjoyed it!