This week’s work actually was quite intriguing to say the least. At the beginning of the week, I was able to complete my three daily create, which are posted below.
While completing my Daily Creates, I also learned some more facts about photography that I had not really given a thought about before taking a photo. Before, I had never really thought of contrast photos or even photoshopping photos to begin that. I had always thought that putting your phone in portrait mode and having/using good lighting would do the trick. However, I was wrong. There is so much more thought and consideration that goes into taking a photo and I am glad I had a little taste of that this week. Here are some of the challenges and reflections I have written and created from this week’s assignments!
Choose your favorite musician, and then head to Youtube and pick one of their videos to make an animated gif of. Try to use the best quality video possible, preferably HD.
For this assignment, I was able to select my favorite musician, or in this case, musicians. If you know me, you would know that my favorite musicians/boy band is One Direction. The gif I have created below is from the “What Makes You Beautiful” music video. This song to this day still makes me want to get up off my feet and jam! Every time I hear it, I can not help but feel elated. I think this song was very creative, and it is a shame that the band has broken up now. Their music was actually easy to listen to instead of all the current music that is out now. It also helps that the One Direction boys are easy on the eyes.
I have selected to do the Been There assignment from animated gif bank. For this assignment, I have created a gif from the movie “Pitch Perfect.” I have chosen this specific scene from the movie due to an old and embarrassing moment I had back in Middle School. In Middle School, I remember I was super nervous about presenting this project in front of the class. As I was presenting, I made eye contact with one of my classmates and began to feel nauseous, which ultimately led to me getting choked up and basically “blowing chunks.”
I remember watching this during the College Softball Series back in June. In my opinion, this was one of the best plays I have seen. It is not easy to catch the ball, set your feet, and make a good throw to get the lead runner out. I can only imagine how much practice she has put in to make throws like that. With that previously stated, I could not help but think of a Bob Ross quote, specifically this one, “Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you are willing to practice, you can do.” One has to practice that over and over again until perfection. That out was a very necessary out for the Florida Seminoles against the Oklahoma Sooners. Had they had not gotten the lead runner at third base, the Sooners could potentially have had a run, and a rally started.
For this assignment, I had to create a gif of a person “celebrating too early.” Typically, when I think of someone celebrating too early, I tend to think of athletes. However, I feel that choosing an athlete for this gif assignment would be expected. So, I decided to research people celebrating way too early on game shows like “Wheel of Fortune” or “Price is Right.” Ultimately, I found a video from the “Price is Right.” As you can see in the gif, this woman began to celebrate way too early because she thought she had won $10,000. However, reality came crashing down on her when she looked back at the wheel.
In keeping with the your story/our story theme, use photos you have taken, or photos you have, as much as you can, but focus on how the images function as photographs rather than your personal connection to the subjects or events. How many of the points below can you find? How do they impact the storytelling aspect of the image?
As I have stated in my previous blog, I am not much of a photographer. After reading Becoming a Better Photographer, I searched through my camera roll and realized that I do not have many photos that would fit various categories listed. I have found one photo in my photo library that would fit the contrast category (see photo below). In the photo provided, one can see that the photo exudes/portrays sadness. Also, the filter on this image enhances that emotion.
The next photo I have found could fulfill a couple of the points listed. The photo I have found was taken on a hike in Madison County during the spring season. This photo could be placed in the perspective category because I had climbed up on a pretty upscale/tall rock to capture this photo. The lighting in this photo is also pretty spot on, if I do say so myself. One can see into the little creek/river and see the smaller rocks. In a way, this captured photo was more on the well-thought-out side. This photo was not just randomly snapped; it was more of a calculated photo, in my opinion.
For this Visual Assignment, I was given the task to name this flower. After some deliberation, I have decided to call this flower Aurelia due to the flowers coloring. Aurelia means golden, which is why I think the name is fitting for this flower.
Realistically, I do not have much experience taking photos. I mean, if you count screenshots as me taking photos, I take plenty of photos. I typically use the portrait mode setting if I attempt to take a decent/professional-looking photo with my phone. When looking at the limited photos that I have actually taken over the years, I noticed that I tend to capture feelings of happiness or excitement. Overall, I think I am somewhat successful when taking my photos, but I am a little bit biased. In general, I can improve my photography skills by using third-party apps and learning how to edit photos. I need to experiment more with taking photos and using other apps. By using pictures/images, our brains could possibly produce a story faster than reading text/words on a page. I think that images can be viewed independently of the text. Images are more appealing than text. Also, in most photos, an image can portray an emotion that will more than likely stay in one’s brain than just reading text.
The Photoblitz challenge was very interesting to say the least. I definitely think my creativity and my photography skills increased. To me, perspective and interpretation were key elements in completing these tasks. I definitely enjoyed being able to kind of step out of the box and just be creative while working on my photography skills. Below, you can view the tasks along with the photos I have taken to fulfill each one. Let me know what you think!
“Take a photo of an object that represents how old you feel.”
“Represent or express something loud.”
“Confusion – Take a picture of confusion.”
“Take a photo of someone holding an old photo of themselves”
“Your favorite color”
“Your most prized possession.”
“Take a photo of an instrument that measures something”
Overall, this week was much better than the past couple of weeks. I finally can say that I am settling in to a routine for this course. This week I was able to keep up with the Daily Creates! I really enjoyed the “show your shoes” create.
I also completed the 12 star writing assignments. It was definitely fun. I enjoyed having options and not being limited to certain topics. I like the creative freedom that we are able to have when completing these assignments. Overall, I think my favorite post/assignment was the”Mommy Dearest” one. I have tried to boost my participation more. I have followed more people (classmates) on Twitter and I am beginning to post comments on more of my classmate’s blogs.