Unit 5: Summary

I must mention the simplicity of unit 5, is it to get us started? It might be, I am looking forward to collecting more points into my assignment bank and seeing how hard the assignments actually get.

For the first assignment within unit 5, there was no way of receiving points, as the point system didn’t come in until the ‘visual assignment’ was introduced. Photoblitz was the first activity, where I had to stick to the 15 minute window.

These are the images are the pictures I had enough time to capture:

  • Take a photo that makes use of converging lines.
  • Take a photo dominated by a single color
  • Take a photo of something at an unusual angle
  • Take a photo of two things that do not belong together.
  • Take a photo that represents the idea of “openness”
  • Take a photo that expresses a human emotion
  • Take a photo of an interesting shadow.

I have uploaded my 5 images to Flickr and tagged my photos ds106photoblitz.  

Converging lines

Dominated by one colour 

Two things that do not belong together 

Openness 

Human emotion

For the next activity I was glad to see the assignment bank begin as I was awaiting its arrival, as activities using points are more entertaining as the thrill of competition takes part. It asked me to complete a minimum of 10 stars worth of Visual Assignments. You can simply click on the links below to see how I have gained my total of 10 points and how I did in each activity.

Splash the colour

Album cover

Common Everyday objects

Overall Unit 5 was something new to me, however I always preferred visual stories compared to audio or informatics type of storytelling. So being able to create stories in visuals was really enjoyable for me. In this unit I have learned the importance of being able to make a story with images and few edits/words. The challenges wasn’t too big; as all my edits were on photoshop and I am relatively comfortable with the adobe software. The main thing I have leaned about photography is that you can tell different type of stories with the same image, therefore it makes you realise that, there are quite a few interpretations for the same image. What does it mean to tell a story visually? That is one question that was stuck on my mind for a little while, simply because there is a lot of people out there that prefer visuals as I am one of them people. Telling a story visually helps a lot of people understand things that they might not understand in any other way. Being able to tell story visually allows you to automatically hit the mainstream as it is an international way of communication. Overall I must repeat the fact I have enjoyed this unit, mainly because it included visual and as I mentioned before I seem to prefer visual stories compared to other type of stories; as I believe it is way easier to understand.

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Visual assignment: An Album Cover

album cover

This assignment asked me to create an album cover. It gave me three different links to create an album image, each of the sites contained things to create an album cover with.

  1. First, go here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random The title of the article is now the name of your band.
  2. Next, go here:http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3 Go to the bottom of the page. The last four to five words of the last quote are the title of your first album
  3. Lastly, go here:http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days Select the 3rd image. It is the picture for your album cover.

The positives I have taken out of this is, the fact that I gained my last 3 points required to finish the visual assignment. It didn’t take me a long time to created this album cover as everything was giving to me and I didn’t need to think or create anything from scratch which made it even easier. I had little inspiration for this assignment, as it was pretty much all set out for me, as it told us  what to do, and all that had to be done, was to put all the pieces together to get the final picture. Overall I am happy to be able to collect 10 points within 3 assignments. Using the remix to get myself extra 2 points allowed me to avoid doing another visual assignment and allows me to move to the next one.

An Album Cover

Assignment Value:

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Visual assignment: splash the colour

original image:

bird-eagle-flying-sky-wings-wallpaper-1920x1080

Edited image:

bird eagle

Splash the colour was a a fun assignment as it allowed me to gain 3 extra points, which means it takes me to a total of 7 points. I have 3 more points to go to successfully finish this assignment. I used photoshop to create my final image. Using the lasso tool allowed me to draw around the eagle and inverted the image to make it look the way it looks above. I personally believe that it was easy and fun to do, as it wasn’t to much effort or time consuming.

Splash The Color

Assignment Value:

10 votes, average: 3.10 out of 510 votes, average: 3.10 out of 510 votes, average: 3.10 out of 510 votes, average: 3.10 out of 510 votes, average: 3.10 out of 5

Visual assignment: Common everyday objects

This is my first assignment with the ds106 assignment bank. For this assignment I was asked to complete 10 points worth of assignments before moving on to the next section. In this assignment I had to take a picture of a common ever day object and manipulate the colors, which will earn me 2 points into my assignment bank. Me feeling a little bit brave about it, I decided to remix it, which will allow me to get 2 extra points, that will take me to 4 points in total. The remix asked me to translate the story or add a foreign language. As I speak German I will be using that to gain my extra 2 points. My original Image:

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Edited Image:

edited keys

German: ‘Die schluessel sind ein taeglichen gebrauch, weil jeder es verwended, um in und aus dem haus. Und in meinem fall benutzt man es taeglich fur einem fahrzeug.’ ‘The keys are a everyday use as you have to use them to get in and out of the house and in my case you would need it for a vehicle.’ By editing the image and using a foreign language to describe the needs of the keys, I would like to believe that I earned myself 4 points and therefore only require 6 more points to move on from this assignment.

Common Everyday Object [Remixed]: In Another Language

Remix Assignment Value = original (2) + remix (2)

Unit 5: photoblitzing

In this assignment I had to take as many pictures as I can of the following in 15 Minutes:

  • Make an ordinary object look more interesting, almost supernatural.
  • Take a photo that makes use of converging lines.
  • Take a photo dominated by a single color
  • Take a photo of something at an unusual angle
  • Take a photo of two things that do not belong together.
  • Take a photo that represents the idea of “openness”
  • Take a photo that expresses a human emotion
  • Take a photo that emphasizes mostly dark tones or mostly light ones.
  • Make a photo that is abstract, that would make someone ask, “Is that a photograph?”
  • Take a photo of an interesting shadow.
  • Take a photo that represents a metaphor for complexity.
  • Take a photo of someone else’s hand (or paw)

However I only got the chance to take images of the following:

  • Take a photo that makes use of converging lines.
  • Take a photo dominated by a single color
  • Take a photo of something at an unusual angle
  • Take a photo of two things that do not belong together.
  • Take a photo that represents the idea of “openness”
  • Take a photo that expresses a human emotion
  • Take a photo of an interesting shadow.

My first photo is of something that shows the current time of when I started, and my last image was to show 15 minutes later after taking as many pictures as possible. Ds106 then instructed me to upload my five best photos to flickr, and tag them “ds106photoblitz”.

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Best five flickr uploads:

Converging lines

Dominated by one colour 

Two things that do not belong together 

Openness 

Human emotion

IMG_5182

This assignment seems to be an enjoyable part of the ds106 units as it involves creating images, and I enjoy taking and making images because even simple stuff can be changed into a something more interesting with a little tweaks and changes. I decided to use my university accommodation because it was very convenient as I could get a lot of the required images within the building.

Unit 4: Summary

In this blog I will be summarizing Unit 4, which will include the following:

  • key points I learned about audio storytelling from the Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad videos
  • the radio story I listened to, making special notes of the techniques I used, and a link to the show I listened to.
  • My ds106 radio listening experience
  • Link to my daily create blog
  • a paragraph on what I learned in this unit and what questions/complaints I have.

Watching the videos about storytelling from Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad allowed me to pick out the key points and what it takes to keep the audience entertained.

From watching the Ira Glass video I have learned 2 key points that he mentioned on how to keep your audience engaged. One of them being ‘Anecdote -‘
What this means is that it needs some sort of sequence of actions. It can be absolutely any type of story as long as its leading from one thing to another. Ira Glass gave us a sequence example as he said, ‘It made me think of this and then I said this.’ As you can see here thoughts and ideas are all part of it but one sequence must lead to another and so on.
The other one is about ‘Raising questions -‘
You want to keep asking questions at your audience to keep them entertained and give them some sort feeling that this story is going somewhere. The question that might pop up here is, how do they do that? Easy, simply by answering them questions along the way, not forgetting to ask another question to grab their attention again.

Listening to Jad Abumrad made me realise that the things that radio lack is what makes radio so cool and different, as it empowered by the absence of images. The radio can then paint images for their listeners by using audio, however the paint brush is being hold by the listeners.

I was asked to listen to the available episodes and decided to listen to ‘How I got into College’. I wrote down the techniques that were used in that episode. I have made a list of techniques and also wrote down the reaction and thoughts in my ‘Listening to stories’ blog.

Techniques:

Music Bed, Voxpops from students, 2 presenters, Sound effects, Pauses (There are different purposes but for this particular episode, it was used to identify the end of the one topic of the story to allow them to move on to the next topic efficiently.)

My #Ds106Radio experience wasn’t the best as I have already said in my ‘listening to ds106 radio’ blog, that I am not the biggest fan of storytelling radio. For this project I was asked to listen to atleast an hour of live #Ds106Radio broadcast. I had to involve my tweeter and tweet #Ds106Radio to show the ‘Zombie free’ radio show that I am listening. I decided not to send my reactions or feedback as I thought it would be useless to send it and not get any type of acknowledgement to tell me that they have seen it or not.

Daily Create

I have learned quite a few thing in this unit. The first thing I have learned was the fact that people use certain techniques and learn the way to keep audience entertained before starting to actually practicing the storytelling voice. Another thing that I gained was the knowledge to know what type of techniques they are using to keep their audience, which allows me to compare this type of radio to others and see which techniques may differ or even be the same.

Daily Creates

15 seconds creates:

For this daily create I had to draw a 15-second Batman. I must admit my drawings generally are not the best however you can somehow recognize who it is as the basic Batman’s shape is universally agreed upon, much like that of a car or a cat. After trying to draw a recognizable Batman this is what came out.

batman

Breakfast selfie:

This daily create wanted us to take a ‘selfie’ of our breakfast and upload it. It sounds quite simple, but what do you do if you had nothing to eat for breakfast? Would a drink count as breakfast? Well I have taken a ‘selfie’ of my breakfast, but you can decide if it counts as breakfast or not.

breakfast

Believe it or not ^^^ that is all I had for breakfast, some water. But eventually I started becoming hungry and had a sandwich at 1:40 PM. Would the sandwich or the bottle of water be my breakfast?

I enjoy doing these daily creates as they allow you to do little things that you would not really do on a normal day but it is a great way of resting the brain when you are consistently blogging.