This has more or less been my life to date, both literally and digitally (yes, even the crazy bit where you freefall out of your…
Tag: practice makes perfect
I have finally, fully embraced the First Rule of ds106: break the rules of ds106.
It’s that pesky second rule, what I like to call the Miss Frizzle Mantra, that caught up with me this past week. Ugh.
I was a little worried about completing the 20-minute photo blitz since all I have in the way of a camera right now is the crappy little thing in my cell phone. It can’t even upload pictures directly to a computer without a bit of a backdoor hack.
While I know it’s the photographer who makes or breaks a photo, not the gear, I was still apprehensive (that’s one of those adages that’s easier to say than believe), but I found the time limit to be kind of liberating; it forced me to be as creative as possible and try a bunch of different shots, angles, compositions and light sources without worry about perfectionism because I simply didn’t have thetime. Ultimately I think some of these are up there with the best pictures I’ve ever taken.
Below is my favorite from the set, and the rest are under the cut. As with any art form, I’m always open to critique and criticism! Feel free to tell me what you think. : )
… and leave it at that, shall we?
Sometimes weekends are horrible, and sometimes that means even the best classes will get neglected. I apologize, but we are MOVING RIGHT ALONG (since the theme of this weekend was basically coping via songs from The Muppets) and getting to this weekly summary.
I LOVED having the chance to listen to Ira Glass discuss his early work in radio, and then hear an example of how stilted and awkward he was even eight years into the business. What he said about beginning any creative endeavor with good taste, about knowing that the work you’re producing isn’t up to your own standards, really resonated with me. I dabble in all kinds of creative crafts–crochet, drawing, singing and songwriting, playing the guitar, photography, digital art, poetry and prose, even cooking–and in all of them I run across roadblocks when I look at what my favorite creators are producing and think, Look at this stuff I just made. It’s NEVER going to be as good as their stuff! or the even greater pitfall of, Why isn’t my stuff as good as their stuff right NOW? It’d take so much work to get there, I might as well stop trying.
Basically. I’ve no excuses here, save that I broke the First Rule of ds106, which is DON’T GET BEHIND IN DS106! Part of that was family coming into town unexpectedly, part of it was the fact that I’m pretty terrible at managing my time and staying on top of my work. I suppose if there was a time to learn this lesson, it’s good that it was early on. I am fully prepared to run extra laps around the obstacle course and come back better, faster and stronger for next week. TEN-HUT!
Our assignment this week was to create an animated gif image that showcased part of a favorite (or least favorite) movie. If this works, I’m…