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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.