Click Click: A Reflection

This week really was a lot of fun. I started out the week by posting about my previous photography experience. All in all that was pretty easy and it gave me the opportunity to learn about how I can improve my photography skills. I also got categories started on my blog and put all my previous posts into the various categories (check out the side!)

I then started on the visual assignments. I did a grand total of 11 stars worth of visual assignments. The more free choice assignments I did were the poetry poster visual assignment for three stars and the focus on one color visual assignment for two stars. I did two assignments on my character, Isabelle Franklin: the Word Cloud Visual Assignment for three stars and the What’s in My Bag required visual assignment  for three stars.

I was determined to knock out all of my ds106 assignments (except the daily creates) before my meet on Saturday. I spent Friday afternoon taking my photo safari around Jepson. When I got back from practice in the evening I watched two movies and wrote up a reflection about each: Killer’s Kiss and The Hitch-Hiker.

I did my daily creates throughout the week. Sadly I only did three this week but after taking a pretty bad fall in the hurdles on Saturday I think it’s excusable. I did the Make your Own 2048 Daily Create (NoirCat Edition), the Silent Film about Silence (the Silence before the Jump), and the Drawing without Lifting A Pencil (Another NoirCat). I really wanted to do the daily create to Create Instructions for An Everyday Item but after the meet Saturday I forgot.

All in all, it was a fun week. I enjoyed getting the chance to develop my photography skills while making fun digital media. And with this post, week number three is done!

Writing for Days: A Reflection

This week was very heavily reading and writing focused. I personally am the slowest reader in the world and am not used to creative writing at all. This week was a little more challenging in that regard. I did, however, enjoy the two readings I did. I read The Postman Always Rings Twice and The Killers. I enjoyed the Postman Always Rings Twice but it did become somewhat repetitive. The story felt like a constant cycle but I enjoyed Cain’s writing style.

I really enjoyed the Killers and chose to do my alternative ending writing assignment on this work. I was able to enjoy Hemmingway’s style in a way that I never did in high school which was really eye-opening. I did two other writing assignments the renegade teacher, for which I chose Dr. Evil from Austin Powers, and the short story with random words and animal(s) writing assignment where I focused on my character I created earlier this week, Isabelle Franklin. My overall point total was 8 stars for the writing assignments, however, only two of them were dedicated to Isabelle (sorry, Isabelle).

I also did four, yes count them four daily creates. Some of the creates were more challenging this week but all in all I really enjoyed them. I chose to do the Camouflage Challenge, Cats. On Synthesizers. In Space., Collaging Your Day, and Create A Word Painting. The DailyCreates are definitely my favorite part of the class.

I’ve been working on building my participation. I’ve got all the social media pages bookmarked on Google Chrome as an easy reminder to go and check out what people have been doing. I definitely think this week I started off strong and then fell off some after having a marathon track meet on Friday (we left at 9:30am and didn’t get back until 3:00am Saturday morning).

I also revamped my domain and am pretty happy with how it looks! I added an About Me page as well. I’ve been working with the Plugins we were asked to install and so far so good. And with this post week 2 is done! 

Sink or Swim: A Reflection

I’ve completed my first week of ds106! I’m glad I got through the week, and am really excited to be in this class. I started out the week by creating the various social media pages that were required (Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud, and Flickr)  . It didn’t seem too bad until I started working on my domain. I struggled to figure out WordPress for about 2 days before I finally got the hang of it and when I finally did I was really pleased with it! In a weird way, I’m glad I was able to struggle through because now I know how to use it and am not dependent on someone else.

I then started doing my Daily Creates. Honestly, those have been my favorite part of the class so far. They aren’t too terribly time consuming yet it gives me a chance to be creative in a way that I don’t get to with my classes. I’m a Chemistry major so creating any form of artwork isn’t really what we’re going for. For the photographs, I’ve set up an album on my Flickr account to keep track of them.

I then started on the readings about noir film. They provided a good background and gave historical context for the style. I enjoyed watching/reading  the listed examples of noir the most, particularly Watchmen. I read Watchmen for my freshman seminar class 2 years ago so it was really interesting to see it through a different lens. The first time I read it I was looking through the lens of science and science’s portrayal in the media. The second time, I was looking through the noir lens and I enjoyed seeing how the various elements related to noir but also to the science.

I noticed in the list of possible examples of noir to review there were none about photography or more modern forms. So, for my proposed noir, I set out to see if there were any photographers who captured noir elements in their photography. I stumbled upon Henri Cartier-Bresson who was the father of photojournalism. Between his artistic view of the world and his desire to capture real scenes, his photography really fit the elements of noir.

And with this post, I’ve completed my first week of ds106! I’m excited to see how the rest of the semester turns out.