Me + Photography

I love taking pictures, but I don’t think I would classify myself as a “photographer.” I take a lot of pictures for Instagram…whether it be pictures of myself with friends, my dog, or an experience I am having. I love taking and having pictures because it reminds me of that day, event, moment, etc. I always print pictures out and I have a ton of pictures around my room.

Whenever I take pictures, I never really think about how or why I am taking a picture. I don’t try to portray any type of meaning, but that might be because I have never really tried taking pictures for artistic purposes. I really liked the articles because it talked about using photography as a “narrative,” or a story. I chose to tell a story using pictures and maps in one of my assignments last week: 30,000 miles in 3 weeks. It was really fun telling the story and adding pictures so people could follow along and understand my story better.

After reviewing the articles, I think something that will help me with my photography skills are being intentional with the pictures I am taking. I need to slow down and take in my surroundings before just snapping a picture really quickly. I think that taking notice of the background and slowing down would really be beneficial for my photography.

Weekly Summary

I am going to be honest and say that I definitely procrastinated this week! Going out of town for Labor Day delayed me starting and I definitely do not want to wait until Tuesday to start all this work again.

Overall, this week went pretty well. I didn’t run into any problems, other than trying to narrate everything with my assignments. It feels really unnatural explaining every step in creating something, but I guess that’s something I will get used to. Also personalizing my blog turned out to be slightly harder than I thought it would be, but I clicked around enough to get it how I wanted it to look!

I enjoyed all of the assignments I did this week, but my favorite was the mapping one. It was so cool to reminisce on my most incredible summer I’ve had, and that was only 3 weeks of it. Going through pictures and telling my story was so much fun.

Here is a list of all my assignments this week to make them easier to find:

  1. What is the “digital” in digital storytelling?
  2. A Logic Named Joe
  3. This post, especially the rubric, was incredibly helpful with the assignments!
  4. Daily Creates:

(photo credit to Can Stock)

5. Assignments: 3 star visual assignment-Look at me meow ; 3 star writing assignment-The most emotional assignment for a senior in college ; 3 star web assignment-30,000 miles in 3 weeks

6. As you can see from my home page of my blog, I have changed the title of my blog and added a page for my about me. I also played around with themes and picked one that is simple and easy to navigate.

7. I tried hard to participate with my classmates this week! Here are some examples:

http://benjamintsorensen.com/uncategorized/web-2-0/#comment-7

http://courtrad15.com/uncategorized/hopes-dreams-and-fears-dear-10-year-older-me/#comment-129

https://twitter.com/emillaaaaaaay/status/773910467936972802

https://twitter.com/greeneterry/status/773880870784606208

https://twitter.com/brimac106/status/773923480924397568

http://ekatkins.com/ds106/uncategorized/assignment-bank-2/#comment-46

Look at me meow

For my first assignment, I chose to be courageous and try to take selfies with my roommate’s cat. Here is the link to the assignment, a 3 star visual assignment: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/selfie-with-your-pet/

It started out great, with a classic mirror pic.

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However, when I tried to get an actual selfie, things turned ugly quick.

image3Let it be known that this cat and I have never gotten along.

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Mid-attack:

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I chose this assignment because I thought it might be good for me and Piper, but apparently I was wrong. She knows I hate her, and she hates me too. I thought this photo set accurately depicts the relationship between me and my most-despised roommate. I am most definitely a dog person.

The process of making this assignment was pretty simple and straight forward, I just had to decide what kind of pictures to take. However, once I picked the cat up there wasn’t much I could control about how the pictures turned out. I added the pictures to flickr, then posted them on this post and voila.

30,000 miles in 3 weeks

For my final assignment, I chose a 3 star web assignment and I’m going to tell a story using Google maps. Here is the link: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/google-map-trip/

My story begins on June 16, 2016. I was traveling to Kenya with Young Life with 2 friends, Shannon and Josh, from Roanoke, Virginia. Our flight was leaving Atlanta, Georgia the following day so we decided to take a Mega Bus down to Atlanta to save some $$$.

Josh was coming from Lexington, VA about an hour away from us. When he was getting ready to leave, his car wouldn’t start. Luckily, he had someone jump it for him and we made it to the Mega Bus stop with 10 minutes to spare.

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While we were waiting for the bus, we met a man hiking the Appalachian Trail who taught us how to play the noseflute. He told us to call him Noseflute.

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We waited for the bus…and waited…and waited…and waited…….for 2 hours. The bus was broken down in Northern VA and wasn’t going to be there for another 2 hours, so we hiked across the highway to a Country Cookin’ and ate lunch with a random girl that was our age we met at the bus stop.

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The bus arrived 2 hours later, then promptly broke down again. We waited another hour, then decided to just drive to Atlanta.

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We took our new friend Lauren to Knoxville on the way. My mom was concerned that I was giving a stranger a ride to Tennessee, but it turned out to be okay. We began the trek Knoxville and the morale was high.

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After dropping Lauren off in Knoxville, we were all exhausted, but we still had 3.5 hours until Atlanta, so we trucked along.

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We FINALLY arrived in Atlanta around 1:30 am, 7 hours later than the rest of our team that we were meeting. The next morning, we ate a very nutritious breakfast of Chik-fil-a chicken biscuits and headed to the airport. Our first flight was from Atlanta to Paris.

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I spent this flight squished in the middle seat between two large men who did not speak English. Also I would like to take this moment to thank Dramamine for saving my life and keeping me from throwing up for 8.5 hours.

We landed in Paris, where everyone was really mean, and I was very grumpy.
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Next we flew to our destination: Nairobi, Kenya.

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We arrived in Africa around 10 pm, and went straight to the house we were staying in and slept like babies.

The next 10 days were full of serving the community and hard work, and it was the absolute best. More about that another time. That’s not what this story is about.

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So our way back was exactly the way we came: from Nairobi to Paris, then Paris to Atlanta. This time the flights were longer.

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For some reason Josh and I got split up from the rest of our group in Paris and our flight left significantly earlier than everyone else’s. We landed with 40 minutes to get through security and board our next plane. We sprinted around the Paris airport (again, everyone there were mean and did not help us) and barely made our flight back to the U.S.

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So after 17 hours of flying I figured: “what the heck, what’s another 7 hour drive?” I was wrong. It ended up being 9 hours back to VA and I have never been so tired in my life.

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Okay, back in good ole’ Southwest Virginia. At this point I am severely jet lagged and was very unpleasant to be around. However, my best friend is getting married in the spring and her wedding dress appointment just so happened to be 2 days after I got back to Kenya. So I traveled up to DC with her for the day.

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(If you look close enough you can see the very impressive bags under my eyes)

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Back to Roanoke…

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Okay, time to rest, right? Nope. The day after I got back from DC, I hopped on a plane and went to Seattle to visit my boyfriend, who was over there for an internship.

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I spent a week in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where my body was incredibly confused/angry with me and all the time changes I was going through. I also had strep throat so that was fun too. Almost done traveling…

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My story ends with one more drive, from Roanoke to Fredericksburg, VA so I could start my job the following day.

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So that’s the long, drawn out story of how I traveled 28,481 miles in a span of 3 and a half weeks. I would not recommend it, but it was a pretty cool summer.

 

Reflection:

I had way too much fun with this assignment. I simply entered my travels into google maps, took a screenshot (Shift, Command, 4) and entered them into the post! Although it was relatively simple, it was incredibly time consuming. I think what took me the longest was calculating how many miles I traveled. I loved this assignment because it reminded me of how incredible my summer was, and it really made me wish I was not back in school. I love how the internet allows me to share this story, the miles I have traveled, and the pictures I took.

 

The most emotional assignment for a senior in college

My second assignment I chose was a 3 star writing assignment. Here is the link: http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/your-hopes-dreams-and-fears/

 

Dear 31-year-old Kristin,

Here is what you hoped for, dreamed for, and feared at age 21:

Hopes:

First off, I hope that you are happy.

I hope that you are still following Jesus with your whole life.

I hope that you love your job.

I hope that your relationships with your family and friends are great.

Dreams:

You dreamed that you would be a Special Education teacher, and a really good one.

You dreamed of getting marrying and starting a family within the next 10 years.

You dreamed of having a German Shepherd.

You dreamed of leading Young Life after college.

You dreamed of going back to Africa soon.

Fears:

You were afraid that you won’t get into grad school.

You were afraid that you wouldn’t be financially stable enough to start life after graduation.

You were afraid of choosing the wrong path after college.

You were afraid that your faith would fade.

You were afraid of leaving Virginia and your family and your friends that you have known your whole life.

Overall, 31-year-old Kristin, I hope that you are happy and you have made time for what is important in your life.

Love,

21-year-old Kristin

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Reflection:

This writing assignment was super cool for me in the season that I am in right now. I am in my senior year of college, I have no idea what I am doing next year, and I have a million options of what I could do and where I could go. To write this letter, I thought of the most important aspects of what I want my whole life to be. I thought of what was most precious to me now and what I hope my life will be like. This assignment was not easy because I have a lot of hopes, dreams, and fears for my life but I wanted to choose the most important.

A Logic Named Joe: The 1946 sci-fi short that nailed modern tech

The story A Logic Named Joe is about a machine that became more powerful and smarter than expected, and a man trying to stop it. The short story by Leinster was weirdly accurate to the internet today in a few ways. “Joe” had access to virtually any information in the world (like Google) and “Joe” also was connected to a tank where data was kept. I thought this was similar to how if I shop for something on Amazon I suddenly have advertisements for the same item on Facebook. Also, like the author of the article suggests, having so much information at the click of a button “can lead us into the worst parts of our collective psyche.” In some ways, having too much information can lead to negative consequences.

Web 2.0 Storytelling Reflection

I thought this post was very long, but interesting. I like blogs because they serve different purposes…the author describes several ways to use blogs such as a diary or an interactive story in which readers can participate in the story by commenting on the posts. The author included several interactive storytelling blogs such as World Without Oil and Project 1968. These blogs are a unique source of entertainment and can more more enjoyable than just reading a book for some people. These blogs allow people to be use more imagination and get more into what they are reading.

I thought it was interesting that the author included Twitter in his discussion on internet storytelling. I always just use Twitter to post funny things and never think of it as storytelling. Storytelling on Twitter requires a unique sense of creativity in order to “tell a story” in 140 characters of less, which I think is pretty cool and very impressive.

Other forms of online storytelling included Wikis, Flickr, and Facebook. Almost all of the platforms discussed in this article are very simple and accessible to basically anyone who has an internet connection and a computer. This means that more and more people will have the opportunity to share their creativity online with the public. I think that these methods of storytelling are a new means of storytelling because it is a completely new way of sharing compared to traditional storytelling. The fact that these stories are digital mean that they are (mostly) free and open to the public, so they are somewhat more accessible.

Weekly Summary

This week went better than expected! To be honest I am a little bit of a grandma when it comes to technology and this class made me pretty nervous, but the instructions and tutorials are great. However, I’m pretty upset that we are using Domains of One’s Own because it is my least favorite thing in this world (sorry). I use it for a lot of classes and nothing ever goes right…but maybe it will be okay this time.

I struggled in the beginning with adding a subdomain on DoOO, but once that was figured out everything else was pretty simple. I enjoyed making my introductions on various social media sites, and I thought it was crazy how easy it was to embed them into Word Press. Here is the link to my blog post with introductions:

Introduction

Pretty excited to see what else we do in the following weeks!

 

The Internet

  1. The true promise of Interactive Computing: Leveraging our Collective IQ

This article was all about using the internet to collectively add to our knowledge as a society. The author wrote about obstacles that are keeping people to learning more using the internet, and what needs to be in place so the internet and the information it has to provide is more accessible to everyone. I thought this was a cool article because my favorite thing about the internet is that it brings people together and can implement a level playing field, and the author brings forth some really interesting points on how to create a more informed and smarter society using the internet.

2. For me, the internet is the great equalizer. In today’s society, the internet has moved from a want to a need. In jobs, school, and everyday life, the internet has become a necessity. As a future educator, I love that the internet can help my future students connect to people and places that they may never see. The internet allows us to connect to cultures and experiences that we would never experience at home, and it also gives us a chance to learn more and more.

3. Question 1: What are some negative impacts, if any, the internet has had on society?

Question 2: What is in store for the future of the web?

Show Your Work!

I really liked this post by Austin Kleon. It’s funny because I read the post as soon as I finished posting my social media introductions, which I thought were super awkward and embarrassing and I was hoping that none of my friends never found this blog. Which is what leads me to think that #8: learn to take a punch was the most important advice Austin gives. When you put yourself and your work out there, there’s always a good chance that someone is not going to like it and they’re going to let you know. It’s all about learning how to take criticism to better your work, and not taking criticism personally.

Reading this post made me really appreciate this class more as well. I also liked using Hypothesis to see what others had to say as well. I’m a history major, so my whole academic life has been reading historical stuff and writing 12 page research papers. I haven’t had much time in college to really be creative and express myself in any way. I’m excited to have a chance to step out of my comfort zone and show a different side of myself than I usually do.