other than that it was all about photography. I really had to rush to get this week done. I got to take alot of pictures and experiment with photography in ways I hadn’t before. The only assignment I didn’t do was the couple kissing one, because the only couple I could photograph was my mom and dad, and writing what amounts to fan-fiction about my parents seemed like the most disgusting thing in the world to me. also I ran out of time.
BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT!
because of this assignment, I was in a photographing mood, and because of that, I had my camera ready so I could take this picture!
I was on my way to Chinese class in the front of the school there are hedges. This bird was just sitting there. it was at first sitting in the front. but then people walked by and it started to take off. I was at first sad, but then it just landed on the other side of the hedge, and I got to take a picture of it. It’s my favorite picture. I’m so happy.
I decided for this project to take a picture of something that holds significance to me from my childhood. I once had the dream to write a story about a group of children who go to a mystical world. Super original, I know. I remember for the cover of my book that I wanted a picture of a shadow on bricks. Now I get to recreate that here. I don’t know I just find the look of shadows on brick so calming, creepy, and other words that start wit “c”. I made sure that no other shadows were in the shot, as to not disturb the natural purity of my shadow being cast upon bricks. Pretentious babbling continues for 4 paragraphs about how my shadow on pavement actually means something. I do notice how my shadow gets longer as I get away from the sun, but that’s simple mathematics. Other things I know about shadows include the umbra being the darkest part of the shadow, while the place where the place where the shadow starts to lighten up is called the penumbra.
But on a more philosophical note I am actually pondering what a shadow is. Is a shadow and darkness the absence of light, which I know it is, but is darkness like the default of the universe, and light coming in is the exception? If yes, is this supposed to be a reflection of the human condition, where the inner darkness of man is the default of the human heart, and we need something, or Someone, to shine the light into it?
Real subtle. I know.
I never really thought about it until now but I guess I somewhat envy the humble professional photographer. The best of these have the ability to look at the world from a certain perspective, capture that moment forever, and are able to tell a story without any words. Meanwhile, I just sit in my room, take pictures of my drawings or my toys arranged in certain ways, and send them off to my friends on instant messaging. The only meaning i usually try to convey in my photos is either “I want to impress you” or “weird”. My ds106 class recently assigned me with reading about ten things to look out for to be a better photographer. I think I’ll give my thoughts on each in order, as well as showing how a good movie does it, then how I do it.
1. Get pickier.
This tips was just saying that you should pre-compose things in your mind more before you take your shot. luckily, I feel I already do this to an extent. I like to ask to myself, “what do I want to photograph?” “what will make my friends laugh?” that’s usually what I start with, and then I look around my room for something that could work.
I had a bunch of ducks, so I took a picture of them because I thought it was funny that I had a bunch of ducks. N’uff said.
I like the Idea of Juxtaposition. taking two things contrary to each other in terms of color, like red and green, or nature, like fire and ice, tall and short, nature and manufactured. I don’t really put that in my photographs. maybe I should start.
Don’t have anything for ya.
what I took from this was “try something new and look at the world from a different view”. so I did.
I got down on the ground and I took a shot of the moon, a tree, and a lamp. I am really proud of this shot. i had to get everything in perspective.
look for ways to give my 2-d image to have the feeling of depth\
This image from spykids shows us how to give us the illusion of depth on the big screen. just put something in front of our characters and you’ll be good.
5.Get balanced, scrub!
rule of thirds, invest in a tripod. Got it.
I think this shot conveys balance because it’s basically symmetrical with the sides of the car perfectly aligned with the screen.
6.pay attention to the moment
slow down, take it in, and wait for the right moment.
a nice touching family moment, where the whole cast comes together as a family. I like that.
7.look to the light
I never really paid attention to the light. I only cared about light in a picture if I could see what I taking a picture of. Now I kind of understand that good lighting can drastically change how something looks. Just look at IKEA showrooms and there well lit furniture!
Don’t you wanna buy all that?
I just like the lighting in this shot. It gets everything we need to see lit, and it also has a gloomy feel to it, since this is the bad guy’s lair.
8.Use the best lens.
Can’t. I have a phone and I don’t photograph professionally.
9. ~A E S T H E T I C S~
Is this just fancy effects? blurring and stuff like that? I can already do that! And I don’t even need a program to do it!
10.Put a great background behind a great foreground.
As for Spy Kids, this is a very interesting background, considering it is Floop’s castle. because of that, you have a very interesting background in front of a mildly interesting foreground, where the Cortes family is getting ready to fight the oncoming horde of robot children.
These were all the examples I could find of The different tips from the reading in Spy Kids.
hope you enjoyed Me and Spy Kids’ SHOT at photography.
This is my First Visual Assignment. The task was to make on of those pictures with a quote from a famous fictional character and make everything about the picture wrong. like this…
I’m supposed to detail my thought process for coming up with this fantastc work of art, but I think it’s pretty self-explanitory.
So I used agent 47 from the Hitman movie, and I gave him a quote from Austin Powers, finally, I attributed the Quote to everyone’s favorite, Steet-wise secret agent, Agent Moon Moon
This week marks the third week of Mission 106, and I am still having fun. I had to do 3 more daily missions, write a dossier on a character of your creation, and watch a spy movie. This week’s portion of the mission was kind of easy. so lets review what I did.
First, there was the daily Creates
the first one I did was to design your dream toilet bowl.
The next thing I had to do was to write a dossier on someone, anyone, of my own choosing. So I decided to Write one up in Dennis the Janitor, who cleans up around the DS106 headquarters. He is an old man who has gone a little senile over the years. He’s very cranky, and would probably have been let go a long time ago, but since he has such high security clearance, seeing as he needs to clean every room, he’s seen things and knows things very few people know.
Finally, I was tasked with watching a Spy movie of my choosing from a pre-approved list. There some good ones, but the only one that truly garnered my attention was one from a trilogy of movies that garnered endless attention from me as a child. That movie was… Spy Kids!
I always loved Spy Kids, and watching it again felt like a trip down memory lane. There were the two spy parents, Carmen and Juni Cortez on a mission to save their parents and stop Floop (really Minion (or MR. Minion as he’s knon as later in the film)) from taking over the world (OF COURSE). what I really take away from many of these different spy movies is usually the cool gadgets, from get smart to spy kids, I’m mostly intrigued by the cool spy gadgets in them. there was the cool insta-cook microwave in the island scene, the cool electric gum used on robots, the worlds smallest camera, the jetpacks, the mini-plane, all the cool stuff. I personally like the gadgets in Spy Kids 2 better. so in conclusion, my favorite part of spy movies is the gadgets.
Ive never been one of the better agents here. i usually get started on my mission around half way through the week, and then run out of time to do everything. I’ll never know why agent bond keeps me around. anyway, like I said, i saw I had unfinished work on my dossier, daily creates, and three assignments. i have already detailed how i have don the daily creates in previous posts, but what really pushed me was the feedback from my fellow agents, most of which was positive, even agent bond likes some of my work. which usually gets me down when i realize i havent been able to manage my time wisely and am only able to deliver unfinished and subpar work for this week. next week i pln onn doing better by starting earlier. agent potter, signing out.
p.s. something big might be coming. emphasis on might. completely unrelated to college. just something ive been working on.