PhotoBlitzer and Weekly Summary

For this assignment we were tasked with taking photographs during a 20 minute period. We were given prompts and then instructed to take a photo representing said prompt. The overall experience and assignment was fun and really made me feel like a mad man on a mission to capture awesome pictures, limited to my house however. Down below are the several photos I took over the course of roughly 20 plus minutes. I will provide the prompt for each photo.

When I started the assignment.

An item that makes me feel old.

Zooming in on a light to give it a blinding effect.

A shadow of something, you aren’t suppose to be able to make out what it is.

A door handle and knob.

An action figure in action.

My study habits.

My Nose.

An object hidden in a group of others.

Representing Death.

My favorite color.

Something Wooden.

Something Blue.

Something connected.

Final time stamp.

Overall this was a fun and engaging activity and I had a great time doing it. It was challenging sometimes to find Items and objects that represented the prompts given. In the end I think it turned out extremely well.

Weekly summary: This week was an interesting one. I read a bunch of new material on photography and how one can become a better photographer. The information was informative and I took a lot away from the material. That summary on the readings and how I apply photography to myself can be found here. In addition to the readings I also analyzed the Film It and took screenshots from scenes and analyzed them and how they related to certain terms and techniques in the world of photography and the previous readings. That post can be found here.

I also used my character in a collage activity which I had an awesome time doing so. I scavenged online to find photos that represented my hockey playing vigilante. That collage can be found here. In addition to that I completed three visual assignments this week. One in which I told one of my favorite stories ever using five photos that depicted the series of events. That post can be viewed here. The second activity was taking a photo of something that appeared myth like and odd. I took a photo of my cat and made it seem as though it was a picture of Bigfoot. That interesting post can be found here. The final activity I discussed my future dream car and current car of my created character. I discussed why the car appealed to me and why my character uses said vehicle. Come view Rockets Car here.

I also completed three daily creates this week.The first daily create was taking a photograph of old memes, before cellphones became a huge thing. I decided a calculator created the best memes in the age of no tech. That post can be found here.

The second Daily create was talk like a pirate day. I decided to post a quote from my favorite pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow, arr. That post can be found here.

The final daily create was recording a creepy sound. I was at the gym during this and thought the treadmill I was running on made a strange creepy noise when elevated at a certain height. I captured the creepiness and that can be found here.

Overall the week was fun, engaging and creative. I had a fun time incorporating my character and even found myself enjoying the daily creates. I am looking forward to week five which is my groups week, audio.

Car Lust

Growing up my family, mostly my dad and grandfather, have been obsessed with cars. I remember visiting car museums and always being fascinated by the vehicle industry. My dad growing up had a 1971 Chevelle SS and he loooooved that car. He eventually sold it when he started a family and to this day he speaks fondly of his previous vehicle. At the time I do not have the money to afford such a dream car but, Rocket Richard who is a professional hockey player does. So I like to think that this is the car Rocket has. Batman has the Bat-mobile and Rocket has a 1971 Chevelle SS.

Here in all its glory is Rockets 1971 Chevelle SS, his vigilante crime fighting machine.

Five Picture Story

A long time ago when I was in High school me and a few buddies of mine decided to play a prank on one of our friends. The idea was to make him think that I had died and later I would appear as though I was a ghost and no one else would see me. Our friend would think that he was talking to a ghost and it would freak him out. At the time our friend was drinking a little and we knew he would be an easy target. The prank ended up working and for an hour he thought I was a ghost. He would do tests and even take pictures of me to try and figure out what was going on. Eventually we told him and we to this day wont let him live it down. It was one of the funniest pranks Ive ever pulled.

These picture represent the story that night.

Picture one: My friends driving around with the target.

Picture two: Me calling my friends to initiate and start the prank, the I am dead phone call.

Picture three: When my friends arrived to the location I was standing under a light post in the rain, it was very ghost like.

Picture four: Me talking to my friend and him thinking that hes talking to a ghost.

Picture five: The group finally telling him it was a joke and him getting laughed at for the foreseeable future.

Overall I like telling stories, especially ones Ive experienced and I found this particular assignment perfect for allowing me to tell one of my all time favorite stories. Pulling pictures together was really fun and I enjoyed the process of trying to use five photos to tell a hilarious story.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a…..Cat?

While patrolling my neighborhood looking for mythical beasts I discovered what I think to be the terrifying Bigfoot. I was able to get a close up of the beast before it aggressively ran towards me, I just barley survived the encounter. If anyone is around the Spotsylvania VA area please be alert as there could possibly be a Bigfoot roaming in the area.

This assignment I had a lot of fun with. I wasn’t initially sure what I was trying to capture and how I would go about capturing it. I finally had the idea to incorporate my animals, mostly because they kept begging for attention. I decided to go with a close up of the eyes as cats eyes are somewhat odd, or who knows maybe I really ran into a Bigfoot.

Rocket Richard in Collage Form

Out of the two assignment options I found the collage assignment to be the most doable and relatable in regards to my character. The character Rocket Richard represents courage, strength, perseverance and hope. My character is one who grew up in tough circumstances and with the help of powers bestowed upon him he prevailed. He uses his gifts for good and rewards those and protects those who are in need of his service. In addition to helping those in need he is one of the greatest hockey players in the world, he plays hockey as a means of cover and money in which he uses on the less fortunate. The collage I created represents what he stands for and the tools he uses during his daily life. The collage is a mixture of sport and vigilante behavior. The site I used to create the collage is a free to use site called BeFunky, it is an easy to use site and I really recommend it to anyone who enjoys making collages.

Overall I found the assignment rather enjoyable and really fun in regards to incorporating my character into it. It was really fun digging around online and really thinking about what images really represented my character.

IT: An examination of Photography

For this activity I decided to take the suggestion of taking a film and analyzing the elements in its photography that are tied to the examples and information related in this weeks previous readings. The film I have selected is 2017’s smash hit IT. The film follows a group of misfit kids that form a group known as the losers club and their encounter with an entity that feeds on peoples fears known as IT.  The film was well received and won many awards as it was the Stephen king adaptation that for years many of us wanted. In this summary I will analyze elements of particular scenes and describe how the correlate to specific features in photography.

Image one: Contrast

This scene depicts the first time we encounter Pennywise, also known as IT. In the scene they use contrast to highlight the white makeup of the clown but use the darkness to create the unknown feeling of his true intentions.

Image two: Perspective

This scene shows the viewer the perspective that pennywise has during his encounter with the young boy Georgie. Its kind of like the perceptive of the predator eyeing its prey.

Image three: Depth

The next image shows pennywise coming out of a projector. The images furthest and nearest points are extremely sharp.

Image four: Balance

The next image shows a scene where one of the main characters Beverley gets splashed with blood from her sink. The objects in the scene are of equal visual weight. 

Image five: Moment

This image captures the moment or feel of terror and horror when one of the characters, Richie, comes face to face with It for the first time in what is a old run down house.

Image six: Lighting

This scene represents the use of lighting as pennywise is covered in darkness again creating the sense of fear and the unknown. The lighting adds a creepy vibe as things are hard to make out and seem unknown.

Image seven: foreground/background

This is probably my favorite scene of the movie as the director uses this technique so that the audience cant make out what exactly is in the scene as its hidden in the background only for it to eventually enter the foreground and deliver a creepy scare.

Image eight: Selection

Finally the last image and scene depicts pennywise leaping towards the scene using dark lighting and imagery. The movie is meant to be dark and gloomy and the way in which the shot the film represents that feel through its photography techniques and selections.

The way in which IT is shot is meant to depict dark imagery. The selection of techniques help correlate these moods and images to the screen and help flesh out its tone and purpose. I had a really fun time doing this assignment as it allowed me the chance analyze one of my favorite films and dissect its photography techniques.

A Journey with Photography

Looking at my history with photography I wouldn’t consider myself much of a photographer in the professional sense. Most of the images I capture are those for social media platforms such as SnapChat and on occasion Instagram. When comes to the quantity of photos I take the number is relatively small. I find film to be a better means of telling a story by I do occasionally try and capture my intent through photos. Most of the time my pictures represent my life’s story. Typically if I take a photo its of what I am doing or who I am with, so I can share with friends and family. In doing that I wouldn’t say I have a particular approach or intent so to speak but I do try to capture fun or humor when I do show intent. My father has recently taken up photography as a hobby as he enjoys visiting different battlefields and historic places while capturing photos of his journey. After reading Becoming a Better Photographer and Photography and narrative: What is involved in telling a story? Ive taken away some tips and suggestions to maybe help me capture my intentions a little more clearer. For starters I’m gonna really think about an image before I post it. The readings spoke about quality over quantity and really analyzing a photograph. Also contrast and filters play a large role in how an image is perceived. When I do post pictures I typically have a tone that brightens the brights and darkens the dark’s. I just enjoy that setting and mood it creates. I also like the idea of changing perspectives, the point of view, I think in doing so this can create a whole new feel to an image.

Week 3: Blog and Summary

This past week was a very interesting one being the hurricane we were expected to get. However even we were hit by minor setbacks everything went fairly smooth. The readings and videos for this week were very informative and enlightened me a lot on the topics of themes, myths and storytelling in the modern world. I did a brief summary on those readings and also compared what I learned from the readings to one of my favorite stories, The Walking Dead. During that exercise I discussed why I enjoyed the story, what the story did well, what it didn’t, the characters, the themes and pretty much summarized what aspects tie into week threes readings. You can find all of that information on the readings as well as The Walking Dead summary here.

The best part about this week was the exercise involving the creation of our own character. Over the course of this exercise I created the character Rocket Richard and provided him with a backstory and open-ended inclusion for a future stories. I provided the character with a mythology and lore as well as discussed in later assignments, his characteristics and traits. Overall I had a blast doing this particular assignment and loved incorporating the character in other activities.  You can find a full right up on my Rocket Richard here.

For the writing assignments I really wanted to Incorporated my character into the majority of them, if not all. I found two really interesting assignments that gave me the capability to do so in way I found engaging and creative. The first assignment I selected was one in which I was tasked with creating a brief summary of a movie using only gifs. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to flesh my character out even more by actually showing physical scenes and images. This gave me a lot of creative options as I used the site Giphy to find gifs from movies and shows. I found ones that represented my characters backstory and then linked in order providing brief summaries for each. I was extremely happy with the outcome and I believe the gifs I used captured my characters story. You can find my GIF story here.The second assignment was one in which I fleshed out my character even more by given him a proper backstory as well as traits, characteristics and occupations. I found this one important because I was able to create a brief wiki page for my character making him feel even more real. That work and summary can be found here.

The daily creates for this week were creative and fun and I found myself looking forward to each new one. The first daily create was on 9/11 and I was to post a GIF in remembrance of the awful tragedy that occurred that day. That daily create can be found here.

The second daily create was creating a badge for anyone or anything. I decided to make a page for my favorite movie of all time, 1978’s Halloween. It was the first horror movie I ever saw and it immediately became my favorite. I am also looking forward to seeing the new movie coming out in the theaters this October. That create can be found here.

My final daily create was somewhat of a lucky occurrence story. So over the weekend I went down to West Virginia University to see some friends. While down there I was looking at my daily create list to see what daily create was assignment. I saw that it involved food art and while reading it I happened to see a waffle maker that made art o the waffle. I thought that it would be perfect for the daily create. Very spontaneous. Link here.

Overall I found this week to be very creative and engaging. I love storytelling and creating new characters and even discussing old ones. The readings really got me thinking about what makes a good story and how to get an audience engaged. the assignments and creates were also very fun and helped me flesh out my character even more. Overall it was a great week and I look forward to the next one.

 

Creating your own Character

I found an interesting assignment which would allow me to flesh out my character more. I’m tasked with writing a brief backstory and then outlining my characters traits, likes, dislikes etc.

Backstory: For any of you that have read about my character, Rocket Richard you already have a general idea of who and what hes about. For those of you who don’t I will give you a brief rundown. Rocket was born in Florida next to a NASA launching site where his father worked. Growing up was tough for Rocket as he didn’t really fit in with other children. His dad frequently worked and his mother was seldom home which meant Rocket was generally a loner. His father would however spend time with Rocket whenever given the chance. The two enjoyed hockey, whether it was playing it or watching it. This was Rockets escape from reality, down time with his father enjoying hockey. Eventually Rockets father signed Rocket up for a local hockey team. Rocket wasn’t very talented and therefore didn’t really fit in or play very often. To make matters worse Rockets father would later die leaving Rocket without his best friend.  To cope with the pain Rocket would frequently sneak onto NASA launching grounds and watched the test launches that his father had previously done. One night something fell from the rocket and struck Rocket knocking him unconscious. When he later awoke he felt stronger, faster and much different. Whatever had hit Rocket that night gave him incredible powers. He then used those very powers to play hockey becoming one of the greatest of all time while also being a hero off the ice as well…but that’s another story for a different day.

Traits: respectful, strong, quick, agile, honest, loyal, kind

Likes: sports, hockey, helping people, space, rockets, NASA

Dislikes: debris

Occupation: Professional Hockey player and vigilante

Summarize a movie with Animated GIFs

For this assignment I was tasked with telling a story of a film using only Gifs. I wanted to incorporate my created character into this specific assignment because I think it would be a cool way of physically showing my characters backstory. So I will be taking gifs from other films and putting them together to tell Rocket Richards story. Each scene will be labeled with an explanation. In total there will be eight gifs each highlighting important events in Rockets backstory.

Gif 1: As a young boy Rocket was bullied and harassed.

Gif 2: Rocket found happiness in watching and playing hockey with his father.

Gif 3: Rocket finds joy in hockey but inst very good.

Gif 4: Rockets father dies.

Gif 5: Rocket visits his fathers work frequently to cope with the pain.

Gif 6: Rocket gets hit by something falling off of a rocket.

Gif 7: Whatever hit Rocket made him strong, fast and agile.

Gif 8: Rocket becomes extremely good at hockey because of his new powers.

Overall I found this assignment to be very fun, creative and engaging. I loved the idea of incorporating my character as it seemed like I was making my own movie via other movies gifs.