This week went rough. While everything was fun, creative, and new I had the hardest time trying to set up my blog and the website was confusing. I’m still trying to iron out some kinks. I enjoyed editing photos for the visual assignments and the TDC is a great way to keep us on our toes. Throughout the week I learned a lot about the virtual world, especially when it comes to editing. A simple edit can change an entire story behind an image, and that baffles me. If I could change anything about this week I would have a magical genie to set up my blog page perfectly for me so all I had to do was pick a cool color for my backdrop. I truly struggled with formatting of the pages inside the blog.
What I need help on:
- How do you organize the posts so they are posted into the appropriate page and not the home page?
- Posting to specific pages in my blog not the homepage.
I only centered by first week of blogging on one real larger issue and that was the legalization of marijuana. Most of my posts were pretty lighthearted and sarcastic, but just scratching the surface. The one post I created on the legalization of marijuana was meant to further the opportunities such a thing could offer such as effecting how society will vote in elections and it could boost the economy if legalized.
I hope I was able to complete everything in the correct format, if not please leave feedback on what I could improve or just needs to be changed. Looking forward to another week of creativity!
Here are links to the various assignments.
The Sarcastic Epigrammatist
What Does GNA See In Her Future
It All Comes Down To This…
Puff, Puff, Pass This Law
The Real Apocalypse
Comment on Blog
Emoji Face Engagement Story Comment
Christine’s Youtube Introduction Comment
Silence Is… Comment
Hey What’s That Comment
Comment of Honest Game Cover
Color Changer (2 stars)
This photo illustrates the takeover of the United States and the world, by a new alien species in the year 2078. The alien species announced their arrival by changing the sky from the reassuring blue we once called normal to a bright crimson red. It all began on a day in July in 2078, the sky was clear and the sun was shining. Slowly the sky turned that day into this fearful red. The alien population descended from the sky, children and mothers were screaming and running, the military was too slow to react and the head alien, Kimosabi, killed Obama and the entire administration leaving the American people leaderless and helpless to their control.
The Process, Narrated
This began with after I watched half of a Star Wars movie. I googled an image of the US Capitol building and then saved it. Using pixlr.com I opened the image and adjusted the contrast and increased the red levels in the color balance to adjust the sky. I then uploaded the finalized image to Flickr and then to my blog.
Here Kitty, Kitty (3 stars)
For this assignment, I wanted to think of the two strongest animals in the wild. So automatically, I chose the gorilla and the lion. Here is an image of what I think the two would look like if they were genetically capable of reproducing offspring. This new hybrid lives in the forests like its gorilla ancestors yet hunts in the grasslands like its lion ancestors. It has immense strength and lives in packs. It is fearless, and most feared in the wild. However, since the majority of the body is gorilla, it lacks the ability to blend with the tall grasses and is slower than the lions.
The Process, Narated
To create the image of a hybrid I needed to use a photoshop website called pixlr.com which is similar to adobe photoshop. First, I found gorilla and lion pictures via google and then created two layers in the workshop. I made the gorilla the background layer and edited the lion to make them mesh. I began by erasing the background of the lion picture to only have the head and mane remaining. Then, I moved the lion head to match the location of the gorilla head, desaturated the lion head to make it greyscale and merged the layers together to create a single image. I then saved the image, uploaded it to Flickr and then transferred it into my blog.
Legalisation (3 stars)
Legalizing marijuana in the remaining of the United States should occur because it’s already legal in Colorado and Washington, it’s decriminalized in numerous states (including DC), and well… why not? This is something that could be used medically to treat various symptoms without risking addiction like other legal medications such as pain and ADD/ADHD medications. In addition, legalizing something that is used as a way of “going against the man” removes the feeling of being a rebel and could reduce harmful uses.
The Process, Narrated
Initially, I found the background image by searching Google. Then, I went to the website, imgflip.com, then uploaded the background image once it was saved to my computer. I was then able to add the words “Legalize Marijuana” to the image directly. I then saved the image again to my computer to be uploaded to Flickr.com.
My Very Own Spubble (2 stars)
Every year my family ventures into Glyndon, MD for the Fourth of July. Dozens of family members join together to partake in a multitude of activities, amongst the most competitive are my father and I. Each year there is a homemade mini golf course, a Wiffle ball game, and an intense game of egg toss for the extended family to compete in. The winner of the final egg toss game received bragging rights until the next year. This photograph captures a moment in that historically competitive game this past year. It was down to three pairs. At this point in the game each pair must go one at a time to increase the stress of a simple toss. My cousins, Alex and Ben, were first to toss their egg the 20 yard distance and luckily Alex was overthrown and the egg burst on impact. It was down to my dad and I. My cousin, Jordy, and I were up first; a perfect toss gave us a definite spot in the next round, and possibly the game. My uncle and father were the ultimate partners, they had a stellar record from previous years. This photograph captures the exact moment before my dad caught the egg, but it broke in his hand.
The Process, Narrated
This project began with my research into photograph editing apps that led me to the discovery of an app called “Bubblee”. This app was able to access my photo-bank on my phone which allowed me to select a specific photo for editing. Once the photo was selected I was able to drag-and-place a speech bubble anywhere on the image. The speech bubble has a automatic setting to change the size of the font in the bubble to fit. I then typed in the quote I wanted in the bubble and then saved it to my photos. Finally, I transferred it to Flickr via an upload from my phone and then placed it into this assignment.
Happy Birthday @DrGarcia!!!
I believe Dr. Garcia see’s lots of love, happiness, and money in her future!
I choose to do my living/dinning room. I choose this room because I felt like it had almost everything I needed to complete this photo safari assignment. The experience of this assignment made me think outside the box on what I should take a picture of. Some things on the list I couldn’t figure out what to take a picture of and I lost time thinking about it. The photos that I got were: take a photo dominated by a single color, take a photo of an interesting shadow, take a photo at an unusual angle, e.g. looking looking up at something or looking down at something, or from the view of an ant, take a photo into bright light, take a photo of someone else’s shoe or foot, take a photo that shows a repeating pattern, take a photo where you move the camera as you take the photo, so it gives the subject a suggestion of motion, take a photo that is looking through a frame or opening to something else, take a photo that represents joy, make an inanimate object look alive, and take a photo of two things that do not belong together. I took a picture of a goose and a model plane and I thought those didn’t go together. My parents wedding picture symbolized joy, and the sculpture with the lady and the dog represents a inanimate object look alive by the angle I took it at. The most inventive was the picture of a chair looking up because you never look at that chair from that point of view.I really enjoyed doing this assignment and I would say I never had an assignment like this before.
My previous and current photography is very limited to the use my iPhone camera and sometimes my family’s digital camera. I take very minimal amount of pictures usually of my family, friends, and places that I visit. Also, I take pictures of stuff I find funny or amusing. Like if a friend of mine does something embarrassing I would take a quick picture on my iPhone. My approach in taking photos is to stabilize or focus the camera so the photo wont come out blurry, make sure the flash is on if there is not enough light in the frame of the picture, and I will usually take three at a time and keep the best of the three and delete the remaining two. Sometimes if the people are having a good time I will try to capture them in the moment so the picture looks like they’re in the moment and not just posing for the camera. I think I’m successful at this tactic because I won’t let them know I’m taking a picture of them so it comes out like it happened in time. After reviewing the resources and videos provided to me I believe I should try to take photos at different angles because if you take photos at different angles its like a different point of view of how the photo happened and people can view the photo with a different meaning.