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Creating Art in 15 min. or Less

Pay Attention to the Moment: Sometimes it means slowing down, but also being more aware of the action in a scene, trying to anticipate the moment of something interesting before it happens e.g. watching a family at the table preparing for when baby might spill the glass of milk? at sporting events trying to be ready for the kick that scores the goal?

Telling Stories in Photos: Pay Attention to the Moment.
Good boy joy.
Good Boy Joy

Telling the Story Behind the Story:

When starting my 15 minute photo safari sprint, I couldn’t help but make my Australian Shepherd Link the focus of the joy requirement. With “Pay Attention to the Moment” still fresh in my mind, I took a breath and realized that Link was offering the perfect example of the article’s tip of being aware of the scene. I was about to throw his favorite Frisbee, when he paused for a smile.

The canvas for my artwork was my home in Fredericksburg, Va. We all don’t have much of a choice on places to travel to because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The photos that worked best for me during this activity were the still images. It is a lot easier to capture static objects instead of chasing clouds for a natural outdoor shadow.

The most inventive photo by far was my photo of the rug in my nursery. The photo looked like an abstract painting because of the dimmed lighting I implemented. This photo safari was a good test of on-the-fly thinking and application of what was covered in the videos and articles. Please enjoy the link below for the full gallery.

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This One’s a Keeper

Portland Docks

It’s simple. Choose your favorite photo you’ve taken and tell everyone why you love it so much.

DS106 Assignment Bank: Your Favorite Photo?

Telling the Story Behind the Story:

I have always loved this photo, so I decided to share it with you for this assignment. I took this photo in late 2014 while on a trip to Portland, ME. It is special to me because of its sheer perfect encapsulation of the Nor-Eastern sunset. I was also astounded that a redneck like me could take something like this untrained.

It is in these moments in life when things just seem to go right, and it makes you stop and appreciate how lucky you are to be alive. Happiness can be found around every corner…you just have to keep your eyes open.

Portland Docks

Narrating the Process

There really wasn’t much of a process when taking this picture. I luckily had the perfect angle, lighting and time of day. This shot was taken on an older phone with a lens of significantly lesser quality, yet I didn’t use a filter. Enjoy this photo and more on my Flickr!

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Bizarre Boofy

Take multiple photos of a friend or of yourself, then compile and average all of the photos in Photoshop to create an unconventional portrait. Have fun with the poses and setting of your pictures! Learn how to average layers in Photoshop with this YouTube video. This assignment was inspired by Averaging Concepts Using Flickr.

DS106 Assignment Bank; Averaged Portrait
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Telling the Story Behind the Story:

As I looked at my good boy smiling at me from across the room, I had no choice but to do this assignment. The difficult task was getting him to stand still for multiple pictures. The happiness and frustration was worth it. It gave him an opportunity to say hi to his daddy because I haven’t been able to pay attention to him while completing assignments all day.

At-a-glance, the multiple shadows surrounding my dog Link’s body are a reflection of the days blurring together in relation to his concept of time and that of our own as humans. This makes me think about how precious the time we are given on this blue rock really is. I hope I can fit all of the experiences and love we get as humans into his short but amazing lifespan.

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Narrating the Process

Starting with my Cannon Camera and a free subscription to Canva, I was able to take several photos of my dog and layer them one on top of another with varying degrees of opaqueness. Once all the layers were assembled, I cropped the excess and uploaded this beautiful portrait to Flikr.

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A “Spubble” Look Into My Feelings on ds106

There's What?

Learn to love yourself, grab a picture of yourself in which your body language, actions, gestures, etc. suggest one thing and then play off that using a speech bubble. Ideally the result would make people laugh—but I must acknowledge there are other possible emotional responses that may be just as acceptable. Think of it as lolcat, save it’s a human (namely you) and there is nothing compelling anyone to abuse the letter z in the speech bubble text. Picnik.com or Aviary.com would make this assignment dead simple.

DS106 Assignment Bank: Your Very Own Spubble

Telling the Story Behind the Story:

The choice was simple when choosing this assignment. It was as if I were drawn to the humor of it, and I knew it would be interesting yet fun. When designing this piece of art, I was finding myself running into more and more links when trying to understand the full extent of requirements for this assignment. I thought the horrific smile (from my avatar) shadowing over the small child represented the looming fear and surprise I experienced as I went down the hyperlink rabbit hole.

I’m sure that anyone experiencing something new and out of their comfort level may feel anxiety and fear when stepping into the unknown. This is a normal human experience, and it will always be present in life. I captured my moment in this humorous picture to lay out this phenomena. My avatar’s smile represents adversity and the small, frightened child represents fear and apprehension to something new.

There's What?

Narrating the Process

The process was very simple and similar to posts that I have done in the past. With the help of Microsoft Paint, I was able to take the original copy of my avatar image and add the silly and simple text additions to the already funny graphic. After completing the edits, the photo was uploaded to Flickr for all to enjoy!

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Framing My Work Ethic

Five Frame Story

Tell a story using five photos. Basically, that’s it. Figure out the story you want to tell and then take five photos to tell it. If you need to edit, add filters, etc. in order to get the effect you want, go for it. 

DS106 Assignment Bank: Five Frame Story

Telling the Story Behind the Story:

When choosing this assignment, I found that I had the perfect opportunity to reflect on my time management and general work ethic during quarantine. The first frame depicts a general view of the ds106 assignment bank. I determined that I had enough time to complete what I had to do in the time allotted, hence the calendar from two days ago. Moving forward, the display of my Nintendo Switch is a blatant example of procrastination. The next frame is my realization of how much I had fallen behind, depicted by my cartoon self filled with anguish.

I created this story line because it reflects my lack of a structured routine throughout this quarantine due to the outbreak of COVID-19. It’s evident through social media activity and various communication outlets that other people are also experiencing this lack of structure, and they are doing the best they can to adapt to a new pace of life. This assignment taught me that it is important to evaluate my state of being and actions in life, so I don’t fall into an unproductive cycle.

Five Frame Story

Narrating the Process

Creating this work was a simple process of looking through the house for props that represented the story I wanted to tell. Once I found what I was looking for, I used my Cannon G7X mark III to capture the scenes. After I uploaded the photos to my computer, I compiled them all in a slide in Microsoft PowerPoint and added graphics to conceal my identity. Once finished, the product was uploaded to my Flicker.

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First Steps

Hello, my name is Coleman Anthony. This is my very first blog post… how exciting!

-Coleman Anthony Esq.

I have never been one for social media, but I tried to make the best of it by creating a Caesar Cipher puzzle! I hope it wasn’t too hard or confusing to figure out.

-Coleman Anthony Esq. (I figured out the quote button!)



Here are my reflections for the week:

  • I feel that I tried my best to be creative while attempting this week’s required tasks. I think I did just fine, but we will see! It is hard to discern literal from implied instructions when the word “creative” is thrown into the equation.
  • The bumps in the road that I experienced while completing this assignment boil down to basic buttonology. After awhile of fumbling around, I was able to accomplish exactly what I needed to do. I enjoyed setting up my puzzle across the multiple social media platforms and learned the versatility in creative freedom that these tools and sites offer—very exciting! The setup of each was simple once I saw the step-by-step guides that accompanied the social media and domain sites.
  • I’m learning all of the customization that WordPress offers, and I look forward to building my blog into something unique and interesting that like-minded followers will enjoy.

Happy to be here! Find me on these channels, and let’s connect!

-Coleman