Thursday, June 12, 2014

Assignment I Am Most Proud Of

Who Am I Video

I am most proud of the "Who Am I?" assignment. This assignment gave me the chance to show everyone who I really was and what I loved to do. Again, I cannot emphasize enough that I love how this assignment came along with a lot of freedom. Having room to do what you want instead of what is assigned by a teacher, is a great feeling. The "Who Am I?" project was my way of showing to people how much I love softball. I described myself with something that I do everyday. I described myself without writing a biography. I made it interesting. Which brings me to how it impacted my learning: talking about yourself is hard without being boring. This assignment gave me the freedom to make a movie describing myself. If we had had to write a one page summary of who we were, it would have been a totally boring project. With the video component and the fact that there weren't really any guidelines, it was easy to make, and it certainly wasn't boring. Overall, having freedom with this assignment gave me room to do what I wanted with it, which is why it's the assignment I am most proud of.

Most Memorable Experience

From this semester, my most memorable experience was the free-choice assignment. I loved this assignment because there were no guidelines. We could photograph whatever we wanted to. There were so many things I wanted to photograph when I was doing other assignments. This assignment allowed me to photograph what was interesting to me. It also allowed me to photograph anything I wanted. This assignment gave me a better perspective on the compositional strategies because I knew that I couldn't just photograph a book and say that it was free-choice because I like reading. I had to make the photograph interesting. This assignment also allowed me to use perspectives I hadn't tried, like background included. I used this compositional strategy because I had never used it before. We had had assignments that were focused on one compositional strategy like point of view. I knew all about point of view so that one was easy, but with the freedom of the free-choice project, I could try new things that I had never used before. Overall, I loved this assignment because of the freedom that came along with it.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Who Am I?

I am a girl with a passion for many things. Those things include family, friends, softball, volleyball, and just living. I play softball year-round, and I love the sport. It gives me so much joy, but there is always room for failure, which makes it 10 times more intense. My goal in life is to have a happy, healthy family with lots of friends playing the sports I love. I have this already. As a teenager, I have everything I could ever want. That's hard to get. I have thought about playing volleyball or softball in college, but I realized that that's not what I want to do. Even though my parents spend a lot of money on softball and volleyball for me, I just don't have the desire to play at that high of a level. I'm sure I would enjoy it, but for me, it's just too high stakes. I want people to know that I am a hardworking, dedicated person who spends lots of time trying to make things perfect. I'm what you would call a perfectionist, so if I make a mistake it turns my world on it's side. That is one of the reasons I don't want to play sports in college. I am currently working on trying not to overreact to small things like an error on the softball diamond, but it's hard to do. I have been taught since birth to go all out, use everything you've got. I've been expected to give the best result possible, if not the perfect result. Being a teenager is hard. Parents pressuring you to do well, balancing multiple sports with your homework and class schedule. Sometimes I think I can't do it. But, at the end of the day, everything turns out alright.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Culture Clash

The purpose of this project was 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, and to know, use, and understand the Four Collage Techniques to in your Photo Montage: Juxtaposition/fragmentation, Point of View, Scale Change, and Overlapping. I learned lots from this project about photoshop. I learned that there are many different tools that do many different things. It's such a cool application! I also learned what a montage was and how to create one. It was difficult to not just drop things on there. It was difficult to make things look unordinary, but ordinary at the same time. I dealt with it by looking at some examples of previous culture clashes. I changed my background many times so that the other images would make sense. Overall, it was a fun, but challenging project and I'm glad I had the chance to do it.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Free-Choice, Andrea

The sweet aroma of blueberries,
I take it out of the oven.
It takes all my self-control to not eat it right then and there.
Blueberry pie.
The most delicious sweet out there.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Culture Clash Montage

Juxtaposition-the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect

Point of View-a particular attitude or way of considering a matter

Scale Change-the difference in how much something is moved or changed

Overlapping-the placement of objects over one another in order to create the illusion of depth