The next visual assignment I worked on this week was worth four stars and was called It’s a bird it’s a plane. I thought this was such an interesting assignment because there are so many photos of famous myths. It is crazy how one blurry picture can keep a myth alive. This project I decided to take a photo of something that might just be the famous sidekick Little Brain. For this assignment I had my friend Tyler get all dressed up in a costume that is similar to little brain’s lab coat which was really just my Hollister button down shirt. Then I had Tyler put on my roommates eye glasses to match Little Brain’s glasses. Lastly since Tyler is 6’4 I had him kneel for the picture so he would be closer to Little Brain’s height (which is 5’6). Then to make it a blurry myth like shot I had him peeking out of a door way down an unlit hallway. To make the image blurry I decided to first record a video of him doing the motion of poking his head out, then screen-shotted an image from there so it was extra un clear. My final image of the famous Little Brain being caught on camera for the first time ever!
The next visual assignment I did this week was worth 3 stars and is called Places of Peace.
I loved this assignment because it really made me think of the places that were important to me and what pictures could represent them. For this assignment I simply went through and picked 5 places that make me feel comfortable and peaceful and chose images to represent them. First Image I chose was my home in the general sense of Long Island. The comfort you get from knowing your neighbors and knowing exactly where you are going in a town or city because you have lived there your whole life. Then I chose my favorite little hide away site at home called Pirates Cove. It is a little shore right on the water with huge sand dunes that make for an awesome sunset spot. Another peaceful place I chose from home is a nature park with tons of interactive sites. This place is beautiful way to disconnect from our very connected world. It is full of paths, plants, sunflower fields, and my favorite part which is picture is a wooden sign that explains a large sphere in the middle of a section that represents a mailbox for those no longer on Earth so you can still write to your loved ones. Another peaceful spot for me is the basketball court. Basketball has always been a way for me to relive stress and just have fun with my friends. Lastly, my peaceful spot in Fredericksburg is at home with my four best friends and roommates in our backyard. I can always count on them and our cute little grill to relax me after a long hard day of school. I am so thankful for these spots.
First visual assignment I worked on this week was The Life of a Superhero assignment. I really love the idea that superhero’s seem to live such a glamorous life of saving people all day, but in reality they have to do normal things too!!! For this assignment I decided to make an image of Batman playing catch with a puppy, because who does not love puppies.
First step I did was look for an image of batman that would work for the idea of throwing a ball, which ended up not being successful. None of the images worked well for cropping onto another image. I started with this image of Batman, which did not work because his lack of legs.
So then I moved onto a picture of Batman with legs! So for my final image I used this picture to crop on top of the image of the dog playing fetch!
But to get his entire body into the photo app editor Pasteify I had to scale the size down slightly and really used this version of the image. I love using Pasteify because it is really simple and easy to use which is awesome since I have relatively low computer skills. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an app that allows them to crop and paste images together.
Then I added in the back drop for this image, which is of a cute little puppy playing fetch in the yard.
Then for the final image of Batman playing catch with his pup!
This was a relatively easy assignment to complete once I figured out the creative side and decided what I everyday activity I was going to have Batman doing. I now picture every superhero playing with their very own loyal sidekick pup!
For my first activity from the ds106 assignment bank I picked from the Visual Assignments section. I chose The Civil War Photo assignment, The Civil War Photo. For this activity I first tried to get creative with my attire. Unfortunately, I do not have any Civil War era costumes at my fingertips, so I made do with what I had. This consisted of a denim button down top, a navy bath towel, and my roommates cowgirl boots. Somehow this combination made sense in my head, let me know what you think about the final product? Then for the staging of the photo I posed as if I had no clue where the camera was, and with a very stoic facial expression. For the editing process of this assignment I simply applied a black and white filter from my iPhone onto the image. Then just to adjust it slightly from the plain black and white option I raised the level of the black and white to higher on the shadow/dark side of the spectrum. The end result, a hilarious modern day remake of a Civil War era woman.