Friday, June 13, 2014

Assignment that I am the most proud of

This is the link to my "who am I?" video

I am most proud of my "who am I?" video assignment. I am most proud of this assignment, because I feel like a was able to combine many of my skills into creating a video. I had to choose good pictures, put them together in a creative way, add captions to tell a story and enhance the video, and add music that added to the importance of the video. I feel like I did a good job with this. I took time to pick out my pictures, and I found an interesting video that I was able to incorporate. I added meaningful captions, that made the video more interesting, and sentimental. Then, I chose meaningful music that flowed nicely with the video. I think that my video felt united, and that everything in it belonged. This work impacted my learning, because I really had to think about what went well together. For example, I decided to pick high energy music, because I was talking about an exciting vacation that I loved. If I had picked slow music, I don't think my project would have been as interesting. I also had to work with a time constraint. These regulations impacted my learning, because they taught me that I had to pick my best pictures, and the most meaningful pieces of my vacation. I couldn't include everything that I wanted to, I had to pick my best work. This work taught me how to piece everything together. After I had all of my images, my captions, and my song, I had to put it together in a creative way. I rearranged my pictures multiple times until I had an order that I was happy with. I ordered my captions in a way that they made sense. I also tried to combine captions with pictures that made sense together. Overall, I am most proud of my "who am I?" video, because I was able to incorporate all of my skill into on project.

Most Memorable Experience

My most memorable experience from this semester was going to the art museum at Bowdoin College. The thing that I liked most about the field trip was being able to see all the different types of art. Each photographer had a different style, and different looking pictures. I never realized how many different styles of photography there are. Each photographer had a different technique, and most of them I had never heard of before. Many photographers did more than just taking a picture on a camera. Many used photoshop, an editing tool, or some cool way to develop their photographs. These different approaches result in pictures that greatly vary in looks. In art class, we all take similar pictures. I never realized how many options there are in the world of photography. From going to the museum, I also go to see what worked well in pictures, and what didn't work as well. Since there were so many styles contained in just a few rooms, I could easily compare and contrast them from one another. I really liked the portraits that I saw. They were all very interesting, because they could easily convey messages about the people that they pictured. For example, just by looking at a picture I could sense how the person was feeling, what their interests were, and much more information about them. This field trip impacted my learning, because it exposed me to a huge variety of photographs. It showed me how many styles there are in the world. It also enabled me to see what pictures I liked and disliked. In photo class after the field trip, I used similar techniques to some of the pictures that I really liked. I was able to get a better understanding of what made pictures really good. Also, I could usually see very clearly what compositional strategy the photographers were using. Sometimes photographers would mix strategies together, to make an interesting photograph. Overall, I think that the art museum was a great field trip. It broadened my knowledge on art styles, showed me compositional strategies in use, and influenced my photography.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Culture Clash


  • To create a Clash of Cultures by creating your own Photo montage, combining images from Beijing, China and Yarmouth, Maine, USA;

  • To further develop your Photoshop knowledge and skills;
  • To create a “surreal” landscape by montaging a variety of photographs;
To know, use, and understand the Four Collage Techniques to in your Photo Montage: Juxtaposition/fragmentation, Point of View, Scale Change, Overlapping

         From this project, I learned a great deal about photoshop. I learned how to erase parts of pictures, make different layers, overlap pictures, and much more. I became confident in my photoshop skills. Before this project, I always thought of photoshop as a very hard and complex program. After completing this assignment, I have realized that photoshop is a simple program to use. While making my culture clash, I had some difficulties when I was erasing parts of pictures. It was hard, because it was difficult to keep my hand steady. I kept accidentally erasing more of the picture that I wanted to. I learned that if I made the picture very big, it was easier to erase just the part of the picture that I wanted to. Personally, I think that the biggest success of my culture clash was the depth that it has. I tried to made some things very far away in the distance, while others very close to the front. For example, the Statue of Liberty, mountain, and building on the Great Wall of China are very far back in the picture. The clouds also help to show depth, because they get smaller as they get farther away. It was challenging formatting the picture so it looked believable. It was hard not to make it look like a collage, but rather look like a surreal scene. In the end, I think that I did a pretty good job organizing the different objects so that they fit well together, but it definitely took some time and rearranging.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Free-Choice, Cory

After months of anticipation
It sprouts from the ground.
A green bud grows
encasing a beautiful and vibrant pink flower.

When the sun comes out
The bud opens
showing the world its hidden treasure.
And when the sun goes down, the bud goes away with it.
The bud saves the flower for another sunny day.

Then the bees come out
landing atop the flowers
bringing pollen from one flower to the next.
The flower becomes dusted with pollen.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Culture Clash Planning

Juxtaposition: To things placed right next to each other that have a contrasting effect.
Fragmentation: Breaking something into smaller parts.
Point of View: The position that you look at an object.
Scale Change: When the proportions of one image to another are changed.
Overlapping: When something extends and covers part of something else.