MY WEEK IN A NUTSHELL
So I first want to say I survived another week of the Apocalypse and I hope all my other survivors did as well. I will say this week has been the toughest yet for me. Not because the material or visual assignments were hard, but I had to think and plan a bit more on how to get the perfect shot for certain aspects of the assignments. I also had to manage my time a lot more this week than previous three weeks to try to get these shots. When doing the Photoblitz I didn’t want to do it on UMW campus because I felt I wouldn’t have all the tools at my disposal to complete it in the allotted 20 minute time frame. I was able to complete this with flying colors once I arrived home. This week took a little extra time at least for me due to the creativity factor which I tried to nail this week more than the last few weeks.
My Four Daily Creates for this week
In this daily create we had to let others know how thankful we are for them, the people I am most thankful for are my two little ones.
— Joshua Jenkins (@jetjenk43) February 11, 2018
During this hot pocket daily create I seen that everyone had quite creative hot pocket flavors. After viewing all the different flavors on google I decided to choose what flavor I thought would be the nastiest to taste and hence I chose toenail mhmmmm good!!!
— Joshua Jenkins (@jetjenk43) February 8, 2018
This daily create was about bones, so I thought why not break someones bones rather than their heart. With only having one heart and 206 bones it seems like you would have more fun in the long run with breaking so many bones of others just sayin.
— Joshua Jenkins (@jetjenk43) February 6, 2018
In this daily create we had to find a piece of graffiti that had DS106 on it, I just so happened to walk by a fresh piece of artwork someone had just tagged on a wall, while walking in downtown Fredericksburg.
— Joshua Jenkins (@jetjenk43) February 6, 2018
Reflections and What I Learned in week 4
So this week we had to watch a couple clips/movies La Jetee and I chose The Road. I think the toughest part about this process was finding time to watch these films in between my kids commandeering the T.V. and them watching Power Rangers and Lab Rats on Netflix. I had to wait until they went to bed to get a full grasp on these movies/clips. La Jetee was different for me in that it was a movie of just pictures telling a story something I’m not used to. I figured the main character was going to survive but nope he didn’t which made me mad because I actually thought he would. The Road surprisingly was a good movie about a father and a son, who have to fight off cannibals and others who were trying to stay alive as they were.
I ended up doing three Visual assignments to get my required 6 stars. I choose Places Of Peace, my favorite photo and Before and After The End. I quite the visual assignment2109 Places of Peace I decided to use zombie themed pictures to set up the background of what my new found friends and I like to do to be peaceful when we weren’t doing zombie things.
Hanging out with my new group of infected friends, my chair, my sweet zombie babies, boating and watching movies all put me at peace these days. #VisualAssignments #VisualAssignments2109 #ds106 pic.twitter.com/hy2AzR6BNh
— Joshua Jenkins (@jetjenk43) February 10, 2018
In the visual assignment “favorite photo” I chose a photo of myself and my family. It was my favorite photo due to it being the first actual family photos we had gotten since my son was born. These pictures were long over due and I just like the story it tells about my two kids. One being the camera hog and the other being mad about her brother taking the last piece of candy.
The last Visual Assignment I chose was the Before and after the Apocalypse I originally made the juxtapose picture in word which took me longer than I wanted it to. After talking to our teacher she pointed me to use the website she provided which actually made this juxtapose assignment go quite quickly. The top picture here is the picture I created in Microsoft word, while bottom is one created through the knightlab.
I made sure to comment on Cypherpunk106’s blog as I was quite impressed with their use of juxtapose on the Monticello building located on UMW campus. They did a really good job of making the picture look eerie and apocalyptic. I also commented on Samara’s post as I was intrigued on how they interpreted the clip La Jetee and the movie The Road. Their interpretation of The Road drove me to watch the movie one that I had never watched before. I’m glad I read their post because this movie was definitely a good watch.
Tips I learned this week to become a better picture taker, are using contrast, using better perspective and use depth in taking photos. I have done these kinda in my pictures but maybe not to the level I would like for my picture to pop. I tried to use some of these tips and tricks in my pictures this week for this week’s photoblitz, but my techniques are still a big work in progress. My photoblitz pictures can be seen at https://www.instagram.com/p/Be86DJqjwXp/?taken-by=joshuajenkins4100
Question of the week
Do you think an animated GIF can be considered a story? Why or why not? It would be great to include some examples to illustrate your thoughts.
I think a single GIF can be considered a story if presented right and in the right context. But I think to better tell a story we should use multiple GIF’s to paint a picture to tell that story. GIF’s are very short fractions of photos or films. So if you know the context of the photo or movie the GIF will make sense to the individual viewing the GIF. Below I told a story of how the end is near and that you should save yourself and the bottom is me taking off trying to save myself.
This concludes my week four, I just hope I can survive week 5!!!!!