Weekly Summary

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CC Paul Reynolds

This week has been an interesting and fun week of photography.  Taking pictures and analyzing photos and images has been thought provoking and brought out some more of my creative side.  I’ve always enjoying picture taking and trying to capture the right moments, saving the emotion and memory of people and things in a photo.

Daily Shoots:

  1. Daily Shoot: Something’s Shadow
  2. Daily Shoot: Extreme Close Up
  3. Daily Shoot: Self-Portrait
  4. Daily Shoot: Something Ugly Turned Beautiful
  5. Daily Shoot: Freedom
  6. Daily Shoot: Size Contrast
  7. Daily Shoot: Portrait

I also explored the idea of Brightness and Contrast with a photo I took from the Georgia Dome last weekend while I attended the NCAA Basketball Final Four.  As I talk about in the post, having fans of four different universities lead to an immense array of color in one place at the same moment in time.  I wanted to fiddle with the Brightness and Contrast of the photo in order to enhance the color differences.  You can see my pictures here: Brightness and Contrast.

I also watched a Masters of Photography documentary on Diane Arbus.  I thought the video was very interesting but also kind of strange.  I liked some of the photos and ideas that were expressed in Diane’s photography but some of the themes she explored were quite odd.  You can read my thoughts and find a link to the video here: Response: Masters of Photography


Weekly Summary

Design has gotten off to a great start.  I was able to brush off some of my old Photoshop skills and have some fun as well. I’m really looking forward to doing all the daily creates and designing some unique things.

As far as my creates, here is what I made:

In honor of our Final Four win, I made a Michigan Basketball inspired image: MICHIGAN!!! This was my own design.

For the daily creates:

  1. I did a minimalist travel poster for Westeros, one of the Seven Kingdoms in the Game of Thrones TV series.
  2. I did my own version of a movie poster inspired by Zero Dark ThirtyZero Dark Thirty – My Own Movie Poster
  3. For my color splash, I did an American Flag.

For the poem inspired design, I made this: Laughter and a Flower

For responses, I really enjoyed the readings and going through the Albums without Sounds website. My thoughts on an album I found creative and interesting can be read here. My response to Minimalism and the example I found can be found here


Weekly Summary

It’s one of those transition weeks, the segway from the Audio section to Design. Coming into audio I wasn’t really sure what to think.  After our first few class discussions about our lack of listening to radio and audio pieces, I didn’t know how well the section would go and even how much I would enjoy it, especially after the video section which I loved.  I think it was a slow, gradual transition into audio and by the end I was enjoying playing around in Audacity, which was the program I primarily used. Doing some of the audio daily creates was helpful to get more familiar with the program as well as doing recordings and listening to myself talk.  That was something I always found awkward, listening to myself speak.  I will say I wasn’t a fan of the “Relationship” theme for our class Radio Show but I think everyone’s came out really well.  You can listen to my piece on long distance relationships here: Radio Show: Long Distance Relationships.  I had fun doing the recording and producing of the piece.  I think it was also very beneficial to do the in class workshop.  I liked my second audio piece much better and enjoyed doing it more.  It was an idea I had more freedom in coming up with and was able to incorporate a lot more production into it as far as other audio elements like music and interviews.  At that point I was also much more comfortable with Audacity and using some of the effects and tools of the program. This second piece was about music and what college kids listen to and the lack of an overall popular genre, which wasn’t much of a surprise.  You can listen to it here: The College Music Scene: Audio Piece 2.

Design is going to be a fun section.  I have used Photoshop a whole bunch, I even took a class back in high school about it and doing design with the program.  Doing these first two design creates however was not as easy as I anticipated.  I have never used Gimp before and don’t think I will be using it much from here on out.  It was painful and frustrating to use, making these first two design creates time consuming and difficult.  I plan on using campus computers or Virtual Sites so I can utilize Photoshop from now on.

For the assigned design create, I went outside and took a picture of some street signs, I figured it wasn’t very aesthetically pleasing so it qualified as a bad photo.  Then I used some of Brian’s tips to do the rest of the project. You can see the final photo here: Design Daily Create.

For the second create, I did my own play on a NCAA Tournament Bracket.  Mine, however, was all different television and movie cartoon characters and shows.  I went through and inserted different names on an ordinary NCAA tournament bracket I got from the CBS website.  I added some of my own titles and used images of the various television networks that play cartoons and animated shows.  It was very frustrating and difficult, so there was definitely some more things I could have done if Gimp was better to use. You can see my own bracket here: The 2013 Cartoon Tournament.

Lastly, I wrote a response to How Images Think by Ron Burnett which I thought was an interesting and great read.  You can find some of my thoughts here: Response – How Images Think.  

I’m really looking forward to this section of the class!!

Weekly Summary

I’m very excited for the Audio Section to begin.  I was really into the video segment of the course, but hopefully this will be just as fun.  Not too much to report today as it was mostly a transitional week moving from video to audio.

I did two daily creates, one audio and one picture one from the tdc website.

Daily Create – Feb. 21st was a nostalgic picture of myself riding a camel when I traveled to Israel a few summers ago.

Audio Daily Create – Feb. 22nd was an audio daily create I put together. I recorded myself making breakfast and used Audacity to trim the clip and make it flow better.  Thought it came out pretty well for the first one.

I also enjoyed the readings for Monday, even though they were a little bit long. I responded to Susan Douglas’ article entitled “Listening In” here…Response – “Listening In”.  I thought the article was interesting and it made be think about what radio was, is, and will become, that is if it is even able to last into the future.  I took some time to think and write about how I utilize radio and audio in my everyday life, and it truly bewildered me that I really don’t listen to much radio.  Audio is usually music while I walk to class, workout or do homework. Most other audio comes with video when I watch television or video clips online.  There isn’t much time where I solely listen to other people talk, so hopefully this section of the course will change that.

Weekly Summary

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CC Flickr User jsawkins

Can’t believe the video segment of the class is coming to a close.  I really enjoyed using video and iMovie to come up new ideas, stories and recreations. I had a lot of fun with creating a class video this last week.  I think it was cool to go from brainstorming, to concept, to storyline and finally to shooting and putting all the pieces together.

This week I did two video daily creates and a picture daily create.

The first was a video about my first day of school memory:  Daily Create – Feb 12th

I did a picture daily create about something new, in which I took a picture of my new maize and blue workout shoes: Daily Create – Feb. 13th

And for the last video daily create ever, I talked about something cool and new that I learned to do with video: Last Video Daily Create

I really enjoyed watching the “Everything is a Remix” videos and even showed my roommates two of the episodes that they also found really interesting! Can’t wait to wrap things up this week and move on to a new chapter in the class!

Weekly Summary – February 10th


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This week we read some very interesting articles relating to movies, television, and the artistic and creative approaches to film and video.  I responded to Roger Ebert’s How to Read a Movie and Kelefa Sanneh’s The Reality Principle.  I really enjoyed Kelefa Sanneh’s article because it really made me think about reality television and how it has truly taken over today’s viewing audience. I am not the biggest fan of reality tv, but there are shows I do enjoy watching that are supposed to be “unscripted”.  Me and few other students had a great in class discussion about the article and what we think reality television is and why people are so captivated by it.  Hopefully a true definition of reality tv is created so we can have a standard to judge by.

Even though we read the article last week, we also explored the idea of “Camp”, which at first I was very confused about.  However, with the help of other blog posts and a great in class discussion about the meaning of “Camp”, I came away with a better understanding of the term and its relation to video.

I also did the 3 video daily creates for this week.

My Favorite Word in Another Language: Daily Create – Feb. 9th

Rating My Day: Daily Create – February 7th

A Favorite Joke: Daily Create – February 6th

I am really enjoying the video section and being able to utilize and play around with iMovie while creating the Daily Creates and while working on my larger videos.  I am off to go do some work on one of my longer videos; I think it will be a music video of sorts.

Weekly Review – February 3rd


PSY became a hit with his Viral Music Video for Gangnam Style. CC Jordi Sanchez Teruel

This week was a lot of fun because we began the video section of the course.  I have really enjoyed fooling around in iMovie and this gives me a great opportunity to create some unique, fun and creative videos.  I really embraced the video course and have already began to think through some ideas for my long videos as well as make some short, creative videos in iMovie for the daily creates.

The Daily Creates I did this week were all the video ones that we had the option of doing.

  1. Video Daily Create – January 29th :  A Tongue Twister
  2. Video Daily Create – January 31st : Breaking News
  3. Video Daily Create – February 2nd : An Object in Motion

We also read some interesting articles about viral videos and the idea of “Camp” that was presented by Susan Sontag.  Douglas Wolk’s article The Syncher, Not the Song offered a unique perspective on lip synching videos in today’s virtual world.  He specifically focused on the Numa Numa video and the results and consequences of its popularity.  I outlined my thoughts of the article in my Response.

Following reading the article about the original Numa Numa Dance and considering we are in the video section of the course, I took it upon myself to attempt to become a viral sensation just like the thousands of other people that have replicated the video.  Here is my version of the Numa Numa Dance.