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I started this week learning more about photography and how it can tell a story.  This really something I had never thought of before.  It really changed what I saw when I looked through the viewfinder.  Here is that written assignment

“Visual Storytelling”

This has been a great week.  I never realized how much I enjoyed taking pictures, especially black and white photos.   I really enjoyed the photo safari, here is the link to  that assignment.

Noir Safari

Here is a picture that I took while working on this assignment.  I was so excited on Wednesday morning when I saw the beautiful sky through my bathroom window.  I rushed and finished getting dressed and ran out the door and snapped some pictures.  I was so happy with them.  I finished getting ready for work and I got in my car and drove to work.  The picture below is what I saw when I got to work that morning.


I think maybe, just maybe, I got a little too excited when I saw that beautiful scene.


The next assignment I did was watching a few Noir movies.  They were all dark and pretty disturbing, but I think I got a good sense of the genre.    I watched, “The Man Who Wasn’t there”, “Killers Kiss” and “Chinatown” I tweeted to get help for the assignment and received a few answers.  I realized that there are people out there just trying to get you to download their software.  I went to the link in the DS106 Handbook and that was perfect for me.  I need to check there whenever we do an assignment  because I don’t know what I don’t know until I need it.   Here is my post for that assignment.

Reflections on Noir

I worked on my 10 stars, it was easier this time, I enjoyed putting the posts together.  The first one required me to photograph what was in my 1940’s character’s bag.  This took a lot of thought, but it helped me to understand my character more.  Here is that  3 point assignment.

“What’s in the bag”

For 2 points I did an acrostic picture.  I’m getting better at this because I have mastered this by putting my pictures into PowerPoint changing it to a jpg and saving it to Flickr.

“Acrostic” Picture

For 2 more points I did the “Make-up your Pet” assignment.  I don’t wear a lot of make-up and so I went a little crazy putting some on my cat Madison.  I used “Paint” to do it, I found that if I zoomed in to 800% it was really easy to add the colors where  I wanted them.  I think she looks a little cheap, but I needed the 2 points.

“Make-up Your Pet”

I earned my last 3 points doing the Visual Assignment “3 Frames of Love”  This was easy because I just used pictures from my life.  I love my family very much and these pictures show the beginning of my family all the way to a family trip we just took in May to Universal Studios in Florida.

“3 Frames of Love”

I did my 3 Daily Creates, they were harder this time.  I kept skipping the ones I didn’t think I could do and that got me into quite a pickle.  I need to attempt to do them daily and not be so intimidated by the unfamilular assignments.

First I did the 2048, this took me a long time, I kept trying to put pictures in the squares, but I couldn’t get them to load. I ended up loading JPEGs and it worked great.   Luckily another student in this class helped me figure it out.  Here is that assignment:


Next I had to find a household item and explain how to use it.  This one I did in PowerPoint and it wasn’t too difficult and I got a great tasting loaf of banana bread in the process.


My last daily create assignment was to draw a picture without lifting the pencil.  I am not very artistic so I decided to draw a tree.  I took a picture of my drawing and posted it on Flickr, this process is getting pretty automatic and I’m feeling more comfortable with my ability to complete this class.

“Drawing without picking up your pencil”

Lastly I updated my category list.   This was pretty easy, the hardest part was changing the current category’s of the existing posts.  I figured out that if I title my links and then link the URL it give a lot better looking link.  I really feel that my knowledge and skill have increased greatly with the passing of this week.







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