Week 5 Summary

As a whole, I found Week 5 to be quite enjoyable even more so than Week 4. One of the greatest challenges was getting into a photographer mindset and finding content close by. I have never been much of a photographer other than the cliche tourist photo ops. I only have a camera phone so I knew going in that I may not be to capture everything I wanted to. However, I was surprised by the variety of settings such as filters that were available and tried my best to incorporate them into my work.

The best assignment by far was the photoblitz which made concentrate on everything around me in order to find decent content in the allotted time. I roamed some of the wooded areas on campus and found some great examples of lighting and shading. The construction areas also had some unique equipment and colorful items which you may not immediately consider. As far as photography is concerned, I found it to be a balancing act between using filters while not coming off as cheap or corny.

Secondly, I enjoyed the visual assignments because of the creative liberties that were given. There were a variety of assignments to choose from, each different from the last. I chose to make a video in one, a gif in the other, and pictures for the third. They were all challenging because of the creative content and form in which they were made. However, I must say that it has gotten easier to use a variety of mediums. I think the daily creates have helped a lot in this.

If there is one thing I need to work it is probably the storytelling idea. Having gotten comfortable with the content and applications I think it will be easier to progress into actual storytelling. In all I think Week 5 was enjoyable and something I could continue to get into.

Here are the assignments completed this week:

1) How to Become A Better Photographer

Google Drive

2) Best of Set

3) DS106PhotoBlitz

Visual Assignments:

1) Apophenia – 3.5 Stars

2) Where Did The Soda Go? – 2 Stars

3) Journey to Somewhere – 3.5 Stars

Daily Creates

1) Ambient Sounds

– I think this was a great assignment and a great medium for storytelling. Instead of recording industrial noise pollution, I simply opened my window and took in the night time sounds.

2) Draw Jim Groom

– This daily create was a bit challenging because I do not have photoshop. However, I did my best using Windows Paint. I implanted Jim’s head on the body of Sasha Baron Cohan’s character from “The Dictator”. I thought this added a bit of comic relief.

3) Road Sign

– Once again using Windows Paint I recreated a classic scene from the cartoon “Coyote and the Roadrunner”. These cartoons were a staple of my childhood and thought it would be clever to incorporate it.

4) Favorite Song In Photo

– I chose a picture of a tiger’s eye which is a literal analogy to the song Eye of the Tiger by Survivor. Having been a big fan of the Rocky movies, this song was the first that popped into my head.

I joined a radio group which included Kevin, Ryan, Daniel, and Thomas going by the name Picante Radio.


















Apophenia – 3.5 Stars

I found this assignment to be far more difficult than I had anticipated. At its core it seems relatively simple, just find an object in your room and make something out of it. However, that was far from the truth. I sat for quite some time thinking of things that would not be too dull yet too complicated. I eventually settled on a neat looking screwdriver I had laying around and animated it in two different ways.

1) The rocket ship screwdriver


I had bigger plans for this at the beginning however the lack of photoshop made this slightly difficult. I took an inverted picture of the screwdriver, upload it, then added some effects from Microsoft Paint.

2) The Needle Screwdriver


I resulted to hand drawing a fairly obvious depiction of a doctor getting reading to give out immunizations.

Overall, this was a bit of a thinker. Certainly, not as easy as it looks.


Where Did The Soda Go?

Where Did The Soda Go? – 2 Stars

After making a gif in an earlier assignment I realized how easy they were so I decided to try my luck again. There is a popular sub on Reddit called “Where Did the Soda Go?” which parody the ridiculous nature of infomercials. I thought the most difficult aspect would be finding a video with a funny scene short enough to make into a gif. However, I quickly found a video that ticked all the boxes and was funnier than I had envisioned. I uploaded the video to MakeaGif.com and quickly had my gif. It’s So Slushy!


Journey to Somewhere

Journey to Somewhere – 3.5 Stars

For this assignment, I decided to journey to Berlin, Germany. I did a study abroad session there for two weeks during my sophomore year. It’s an amazing place, if you ever get the chance to visit, you should.

To complete the assignment, I rummaged though a bunch of photos I had and it was a bit difficult to narrow down the selection to just 2 images. I then used Windows Movie Maker to create a slideshow and added some music from a German house band called Seeed.


How to Be a Better Photographer


When I started my photoblitz I tried to some of the tips suggested by David duChemin. Although I didn’t choose a single tip and formulate a photo around it, I did my best to keep them in mind while coming up with photos for the blitz. A few that really stood out were “Better Contrast Makes Better Stories”, “Look to the Light”, and “Expose for Aesthetics”. From the outset, I was at a slight disadvantage because I only have a phone camera which lacks many features. After taking a few pictures outside, I came back to my dorm and noticed the oddly bright color of the sprinkler system in the second floor lobby. This immediately reminded me of the better contrast tip by duChemin. Although there wasn’t a story which could be told the striking color contrast begged for a photo op. Additionally the lighting and shadowing of the pipe added to the variety.I first took a picture using only the normal camera settings but found it disappointing and without any pop. I then played around with a few settings and finally settled on the posterize filter. To my surprise the picture did not come out looking fake or stilted, but rather enhanced the color pattern of the sprinkler while capturing the dreariness of the surrounding background. In the end, I liked what I saw and figured it was a good start in photography.

Tips: Google Drive

Best of Set


In the best of photo set, I decided to compile my favorite pictures which I took this week and a few which I took a while ago. The ones which I included from this week were an example of lighting and shadowing and one of color contrast. I thought both of these stood out an were more aesthetic than the others. The light contrasts in the first photo provided an unusual level of tranquility in the middle of a college campus. The second I thought was my best this week contrasted a dull wall and doorframe with the brightly colored sprinkler system. The redness was very striking and enhanced the character of the room. My third photo is of a beach in Puerto Vallarta which is a relatively simple paradise picture. However, the hues of pink and orange really illuminated the sky. The fourth picture was of a hotel I once stayed at and I thought provided an interesting perspective with conversing lines. The last picture of Guanajuato is a colorful mixture of unconvential lines and architecture.

In a second note, I did have a bit of trouble trying to embed the flickr gallery. The Awesome Flickr plugin will not work no matter what I do however, the Flickr Set Slideshows was very easy to implement and embed.


I have to say I was a bit apprehensive about this assignment until I started to get into it. I’m not much of a photographer so configuring my phone and trying to find good content was a challenge. Secondly, the 20 minute time limit somewhat confined me to a specific area from where to shoot which had its negatives and positives. I decided to shoot in an area behind Willard Hall which had a mixture of wooded areas and the construction zone. On a positive note the wooded area with a long staircase provided a great source of lighting and shadowing. I think my first two photos in my set embodied this. Additionally the staircase allowed me the opportunity to create an unusual perspective. Also, the long railings which accompanied the staircase gave way to a cool convergence of lines. The construction spot also provided a few good photo ops. One in particular was the red Stop Sign net to the blue porter potty which I found a bit humorous and unexpected. On the way back to my dorm I saw the fire sprinkler system surrounding a doorway which proved quite a colorful contrast. I think this was probably my first photo out of the bunch. In the end I enjoyed this assignment although struggled a bit in figuring out how to embed the flickr album.


Daniel: https://www.flickr.com/photos/thedanieladamsexperience/15195361397/#comment72157648151201355

Ashleigh: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126465888@N05/15336245615/#comment72157647728944999

Jeff: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126222251@N06/15149034827/#comment72157647730941180

In looking over some of the other photos, a lot of the great photos were very simple at heart. If you look for it there can be great detail in small things. A great example was in one of Jeff’s photos which was simply a dog paw but the color and detail made it a great photo.