I found this week’s class assignments to be a little easier than last week’s bootcamp week. Now that I’ve familiarized myself with some of the different apps that we use for this class and have played around with my blog, some of my tasks are less time consuming because now I know what I’m doing.
This week, I worked on 3 different daily creates. The daily creates were refreshing and gave me the chance to take a break from my other assignments that were more challenging and focus on a task that was less stressful.
Here is my first daily create
#tdc2427 #ds106 while playing in the hot sun they decided to take a break and explore this old train in hopes of getting out of the sun. While aboard they heard these strange noises and grew curious as to what it was. They began to investigate and were shocked by what they found
— Tyraaaaa (@Tyra13748487) September 3, 2018
For the first one, I tweeted about a group of kids and their adventures on an old train. Before creating a story to go along with the picture, I read about the Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa and Occidental Railway. After reading a little about the railway, I pictured the train being in an abandoned area and children wanting to explore it. As I thought of a story to go along with the picture I began writing and of course I went over the word count. I had to think about how I could minimize my word count enough to reach the limit but keep the overall story. I had to change a few words and shorten a few sentences. I didn’t state what the mysterious noise was because I wanted the reader to use their imagination and think about what it could have been.
Here’s my 2nd daily create
— Tyraaaaa (@Tyra13748487) September 5, 2018
For my second daily create, I attempted to create a shadow image using a folded piece of paper. At first, I thought that it would be simple to create a paper shadow but as I began working on it, I came across a few challenges. The first challenge was thinking of a way to fold or crumble a sheet a paper that would create a decent shadow. Once I came up with a “design” for the paper, the next challenge I was faced with was lighting. At first, I tried to use the sunlight that was shining in the room along with the lamp but there was no wall space to capture the shadow. Next I tried to use another lamp in the room but it didn’t cast the shadow that I wanted. Once I found a wall space that was good enough to capture my shadow, I had to find a way to angle my hand with the paper and the camera. Eventually, I was able to capture a decent shadow art. Originally, it was supposed appear as a bird but now I think it looks like a cross between a bird and a boat.
Check out my third daily create
This “Strange Knocking”daily create was my favorite. This particular task gave me the opportunity to create a random beat and obnoxiously knock on a door. I think it’s a great way to let out some energy and frustration. To create the knocking sound, I used a door in my house, thought of an abnormal way to knock on one’s door, and gave it a try. The first time I did it, I used it as a test round. The second time I tried the knock, I recorded it using the voice memos app on my phone. From there, I downloaded the sound file to my laptop and uploaded it to my soundcloud account (I haven’t quite figured out how to upload straight to soundcloud from my phone). After uploading the audio to my soundcloud account, I was able to share the audio to twitter without leaving the website. Overall this task was simple. A few knuckles were hurt in the process but that’s ok.
Along with the daily creates, I also worked on three other assignments from the assignment bank. For this week, I chose to do an audio, video, and visual assignment. Each assignment was different but simple enough to complete for the first time attempting them.
For the audio assignment, I chose to do humming away. The object of this assignment is to hum a tune that has been stuck in your head and see if others can guess the name of said tune. I chose to hum the song “Daddy Shark” which has been stuck in my head multiple times this week. It’s a catchy little tune but can get annoying if you have to listen to it over and over again. To record myself humming, I used the voice memos app on my phone. After recording myself, I uploaded the recording on soundcloud. I also shared the soundcloud file on twitter to give others an opportunity to guess the tune.
Here’s a link to my audio assignment, Guess that Tune:
For the video assignment, I did What do you do. The object of this one was to record yourself doing a daily activity. The video needed to be at least 8 seconds long. I chose to record myself walking to class. Instead of recording for 8 seconds or even recording the whole walk, I chose to record snippets of my walk to class. This included the beginning of the walk from the parking lot, walking on college avenue, walking through campus, and walking through the building. To record my walk, I used the snapchat app. Using this app allowed me to add comments and filters within the video. It also allowed me to take the short videos that I made and create a larger video. Once the video was formatted, I saved it to my camera roll and uploaded it to YouTube. I didn’t modify the video but I explored the editing options that YouTube had. Although I didn’t use them this time for the assignment, I plan to use it for a future assignment.
Here’s a link to my video assignment, Walking with Me:
For my visual assignment, I did the 10-step assignment. I titled mine Snap per Step. For this assignment we were supposed to take a picture of the area around us each time we took a step. While taking the picture, we had to try to find different angles to capture the picture. This was an interesting assignment for me. At first I tried it outside while everyone was trying to get to class. I was able to do it but I felt as though each picture I took looked similar to the others. I then tried it again but this time inside of Trinkle Hall. While in the building, I felt as though I was able to capture more than when I was outside. For some pictures I took them from floor level angles while others I took holding the camera above my head. When I had all the photos that I needed, I enhanced a few of them by changing the color filters. Next I used a layout app that arranges the photos into collages. I had to play around with some of the pictures to make sure they were in a frame that displayed the photo the way I wanted it. When fished, I shared my 10-step photo collage on my Instagram account.
Here’s a link to my visual assignment, Snap for Step:
I tagged each of the assignments with the appropriate tags but when I tried find them in the assignment bank, I didn’t see it so I’m hoping I did it correctly.
The most challenging assignment that I had this week was creating my own assignment for the audio category. At first I was slightly overwhelmed because I don’t know much about audio. After browsing through previous assignment submissions, I was able to create my own. It’s similar to one that I saw online titled Sounds of Your City. I’m interested in seeing how this assignment turns out.
Overall the assignments for this week were simple and didn’t demand too much.