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whaddaweek (week 4 over & done!)

Jimminy CHRISTMAS this was a heck of a week. Just. A roller coaster.

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As always, my masterpost of daily creates is up! The three I did this week were the photo captioning one, the fairytale one, and the whale one. Check em out!

I started off the week really strong, reflecting on my photography skills and practices, and in the process realizing that I want to take more artsier photos. I then studied some photographs from real photographers in the 80s, for inspiration and for technical tips and tricks. Even though I’m a sucker for color, the more subdued, even black and white in some cases, of those photos was super neat-looking, and definitely an aesthetic I’m looking forward to exploring a little more.

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Still riding a high of productivity, I then accomplished the 20 minute photoblitz, which was I had a really really good time with. Check out my post about it here! This was a fun way to start off my week of photography because it forced me to not stand in the same place for 5 minutes taking one photo- there simply wasn’t time- but still allowed me to take a few photos per prompt. A sort of hannah montana best of both world situation! Additionally, the prompts challenged me and were good inspiration for some fancy schmancy photos!

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The first assignment I completed was a 10 step collage challenge, check it out here, but essentially I started at a point and then took 1 photo every 10 steps and turned it into a collage. I think this lays claim to the second favorite thing I did this week. It was a challenge to find a photo every 10 steps, because 10 is a lot less than I though it was. This assignment made me use functions on my camera I don’t normally use (the square photo taker, the flash even tho it was light enough, etc) and made me think about environment more (because I usually just think about the people in a photo bc i’m super people-centric). But it was just SUCH a cool end result and it made feel all artsy and creative which was

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grate

The next post was really fun because it featured MY DOG, Sadie, who, if you haven’t heard, I love with all my soul. This one was relatively straight-forward, create a collage in her honor, which meant I got to look at pictures of my dog for the duration of this post which was just SO ideal! The biggest struggle with this assignment was grappling with how much I miss her, which is a lot! And, of course, choosing her best angles, because shes a beautiful sweetheart and I wanted to encapsulate that. I just- look at her- look at that face,,, !

Now this next assignment. Not my best work. Not my favorite work. At that point in the week I was kind of stupid overwhelmed and just generally Stressed with Many Things on my mind, but it got done! I struggled with choosing a quote and then formatting the quote on my photo, and also struggled with choosing a photo, and it was just one kneecap after another. And the fact that it was Way Too Late At Night probably did not help with my spirits. Focusing on some positives, I really like Rent, and the quote genuinely is a lovely line from the AMAZING song La Vie Bohème, which you should CERTAINLY listen to. pls.

la vie boheme GIF by Rent the Musical

This next assignment though, this one made it all worth it. I created my own assignment!!! I had been experimenting with panoramas throughout the week within the other assignments and had seen this really cool photography hack on instagram where people put themselves in photos multiple times using the pano function, and had wanted to do that for THE LONGEST TIME. Thus. After many trials and errors and successes and not-as-successes, I got a few really good cloning panoramas and decided to turn it into a (three star, visual) assignment!! Since I was the creator of the assignment, I decided to ban the use of any and all editing software because I don’t like it. In seriousness, however, the use of editing software kind of negates the point of having to speedrun to new positions without creating some kind of horrific humanoid monster in the middle of your photo, so there is a legitmate reasoning to the ban outside of just I’m petty. aNwHo, I’m so proud of myself and of the photos, they were a blast to make and by far the favorite thing I did this week. So ummmm. do my assignment. its fun I promise. This assignment really made me think on my feet, running from one pose to the next while the pano is still being taken doesn’t leave much room for overthinking, and this style of phototaking lends itself to some really fun digital stories!

my humble first attempt!

And finally, last but not least, a redemption shot at editing photos! I decided to this assignment partially because I only needed 1 more star of assignments, but also partially because it spoke to me as a nice way to get my editing chops up to par. Structured, basic, doable. And those things it was! This assignment allowed me to be creative and express myself, but doing so using only the most basic of editing processes, which is exactly what I needed. This assignment gave me some confidence back and made me not give up completely on photo editing as a concept. So yee haw for that I suppose!

Old Town Road Dancing GIF by Lil Nas X

thx for sticking around! -liz

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Another week of daily creates!

I started my daily creates with a relatively straightforward prompt, which was certainly a nice way to start off. We had to caption this photo: My mind immediately went to games of my youth and their rules and regulations, so I captioned it with a throwback to Hide ‘n Seek!

The next Daily Create I did wanted us to draw inspiration from a fairy tale, in which, ironically enough, fairy tales were also an integral part of my childhood! I decided to go with the story of Rapunzel, because I really like the Disney movie Tangled and also the original Grimm fairy tale does still have a happy ending! What is that happy ending, you ask? That’s what my daily create reveals!

And, last but not least, the Daily Create for today, friday. This one was very open-ended; the only prompt was to relate it to whales. I’ve been thinking about French a lot recently and am currently in a French class, so I decided to look up whale to see the french translation. The french word for whale is baleine, and I thought that was a pretty word, so I made an acrostic poem about whales but using the french name instead!

get some rest! -liz

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daily creates week 2!

1/20/2020- our feathered farm friends

Today’s daily create was to make something relating to chickens, so I took this snapchat video of my dog, made it a gif, and added a Very Scary Chicken to look like it was chasing her. Voila! Do you like your chicken literal or metaphorical? I wish I could have figured out how to crop a video and nix the sticker, but c’est la vie, she’s still a lovely gif!

1/21/2020- papa smurf ain’t having it

This daily create required me to do a little bit of research, because I did not know what the tweet was referring to. Fortunately, it did not take too long to get a good understanding of the scenario. I decided on this gif because Papa Smurf is conveying a level of anger appropriate to such a denial, plus the colors make me happy.

1/22/2020- memory lane ft a haiku

The 1/21/20 daily create was really fun for me; I played around near my hometown until I found a haiku that I liked- one that, ironically enough, was about home- and this one spoke to me immediately. I like this photo with the haiku because it is my literal, physical home, and one of my closest friends, aka one of the people that make it more than just a city! 10/10 I love being sentimental.

1/23/19- an excuse to go to giant

This one was really fun because I got to a) go to a grocery store and get more yogurt! and b) use colored pencils! which are two things that make for a really good time! Fortunately, the map doesn’t show all of the time I spent staring at the yogurt, or the time spent yearning for overpriced Starbucks coldbrews!

-liz!