A little something about me is that I have a WIDE variety of music taste but I will always go back to the classics like Green Day, Blink-182, Yellowcard, The All-American Rejects, etc. I have always wanted to experience a Blink-182 concert. I have gone to a total of “three”, what I consider two, concerts. The most recent concert started about 2 hours late, I got food poisoning, the concert ended within an hour due to inclining weather problems, and the while it was on my 16th birthday. After that I just never bothered looking into concerts since my experience has gone downhill with concerts.
For this visual assignment, I chose to do the city of Cesky Krumlov in Czech Republic. I had gone on this trip to Germany, Austria, and Czech Republic during the summer before my senior year of high school. And wow…they are beautiful countries and I definitely recommend to others as a place of vacation and travel. In this photo I love seeing the river part of it because it reminds me of the 2 hour long rafting part of the trip we did. And I can say for sure that was an experience.
I was had more photos of the city itself or even the rafting part of the trip but since it was from a couple years ago I do not have any 🙁 But that is what photos are for…to freeze a memory in single visual image.
My “draw it” photo was taken yesterday, Saturday May 21. It was taken in my backyard on my deck where we have a puppy pool just for the puppies of the family so they can cool their feet off when the deck floor gets too hot on their feet. Riptide (pictured above), a 4 year old bulldog, has slowly began to love the water thanks to this puppy pool of ours. In fact, today we managed to get him into the actual pool and he paddled around, with support.
Here is the video of Riptide attempting to swim in the pool 🙂
So to create this visual assignment I first attempted to use Adobe Photoshop…only to find out that I would have to pay for the “sketch” part of the editing. So I used my resources and went online and literally typed in “convert photo to sketch” and used “imagetosketch” I believe was the website. And this was free hence why I used it. It was very simple and easy to use also. I just had to upload the image I wanted to convert to a sketch and within seconds it was made into a sketch.
I chose to do this photo safari in my yard, mostly my backyard. I chose this area because I felt that I had more opportunities and I specifically waited till this Saturday to do the photo taking since I knew the weather would be perfect for lighting, etc. Of course during the 15 minute time frame I did the sun decided to disappeared partially but the lighting was still well enough to make the photos look great. I started the 15 minute time frame thinking I had an overview of what photos to take and where and how…that did not go as planned. But I managed to work through and problems (like the sun going M.I.A. on me) and came out with six photos that were prompted to us.
The photos that I think worked best for me were the “Repeating pattern”, “Unusual perspective”, and “Converging lines”. I say this because I have used two of the three previously to this assignment in my own photography. For the “Unusual perspective” I did a perspective of something floating on top of the water line in the pool, which I have done before when taking sunset/rise photos.
My favorite from this photo safari would probably have to the “Looking through a frame”.
I would not say it is because this photo came out best, because I honestly could have done better with it, but because I learned something new with this one. I am the type of person who is very open to trying new things because with every try there is a new experience or lesson learned. This photo probably took me the longest because, first of all, the frame I choose was so small, second of all, the frame got wet (hence why there are blurs in the corners of the frame), and lastly, I could not get the camera to focus on the image behind the frame rather than the frame itself. I think the photo itself came out pretty well considering it was my first attempt and I only had limited time.
“Photography emulates the way that our mind freezes a significant moment” ~David Griffin.
How “our mind freezes a significant moment”…I found this rather interesting when reading and listening to the given stories. I have always thought of a photograph as a visual reference of something we would like to picture, or as our way of finding out what something or some moment truly looks like. Hearing the thought of a photograph as a frozen moment got me to think more deeply. Behind every single photograph ever taken, there was a reason and a memory or moment of that photograph. It is like the first day of school pictures, those are taken to freeze that single moment into one photograph that can be kept and looked back to as many times as one desires.
Creating depth in your photography. Adding dimension of visual depth in a 2-dimensional photograph. This visual element tip came from “20 Ways To Make Better Photographs” by David duChemin. I have always been the type of person to desire more than a 2-dimensional look to my photography so this tip was very simple and came to me very easily.
I personally feel that by adding depth to your photography allows there to be more to the photograph. And what I mean by this is, for example, in my photo instead of showing just the road you as the viewer have the view of the house at the end of the road along with the trees that are lined up alongside the road.
Well I can definitely say that I am not good at technology…and struggled MAJORLY these past two days with this website creating. Unfortunately I am unable to reach out to the Help Desk or Digital Knowledge Center considering they take appointments with a 24 hour notice. At first things seemed to be going smoothly for me and then it was like I hit a brick wall.
I could not figure out how to access my WordPress or website or even get to creating my website…turns out I just needed to tighten the lightbulb in my brain a little more to figure it out. Eventually I figured out how to access my website and got started on creating and editing it to my liking.
In the mean time, while I was over the top stressed about my website, I took time to create and publish my social media accounts. I had used SoundCloud to listen to creator’s music but never published anything of my own so that was a little bit difficult to figure out but eventually I got it. I had never used Flickr but it is a pretty simple social media and is a lot like VSCO which I currently and have been using for years. Instead of using YouTube (I did not want to post on that social media)… I used Vimeo. And geez…all I can say is MAKE SURE the video you create is less than thirty seconds, otherwise you have to pay for the “Pro” version, and I don’t know about y’all but I would much rather not pay extra for anything. I had never truly used Twitter before BUT I have been around many many manyyyy people that have and therefore I understood the basics and know how to create a tweet, etc.
Once I managed to figuring out how to create and design my website, I felt at ease. I spent a lot of time just going through and looking at different things I could add to my website pages to make it look nice and neat. One thing I found helpful here was looking at other people’s created websites for this course because it allowed me to be open minded to other things that I too could add to my website.
I feel that I have successfully completed this portion of the week. Now it felt like a crazy rollercoaster and I have been sitting in this chair almost non-stop all day and all night, once I figured out to complete one thing everything else seemed to fall into place in my mind. Now let us hope it stays that way for the rest of this course’s assignments. One takeaway from this assignment is–you can always learn something more.
Up to this midweek assignment I have created an introduction tweet on my Twitter account, an introduction video on Vimeo, a short podcast introduction on my SoundCloud, and lastly I upload a couple new photos to my Flickr.
I completed the following daily creates: