Week 1 – Photography Reflection

This week proved to be extremely challenging.  While still trying to get a handle of how to maneuver through WordPress, I feel that I accomplished a minor goal in becoming more organized online.  Categories were added to the blog to help separate the different assignments and reflection posts, as well as the daily creates.  However, I do feel that I am still not utilizing the various options and tools available to create the most optimum blog.  So in other words, my blog is continuing to be a work in progress.

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Daily Creates

A minimum of two daily creates were required this week.  The activities were found to be enjoyable, and I ended up completing three:

May 23 – Design your own coloring book page

May 24 – Create your Bitmoji scene

May 25 – What’s your app idea

Thinking about Photos –  click the headline to be directed to the assignment blog.

Reviewing the different tips on better photography forced me to take a closer look that the types of pictures that I take.  I realized that I rush through taking photos and do not spend enough time trying to set up my shot.  A key point that resonated with me is to be more selective, and to think carefully about the shot that I am trying to achieve.

I specifically chose the “Religious and Residential” gallery in Abandoned America because I actually like visiting old historic churches and victorian homes.  I find that churches seem to be built differently depending on the geographical area.  For example, this is a picture of San Carlos Cathedral in Monterey, California.  It is the oldest functioning church and the first sandstone building in the state of California.

It was interesting to sift through photos of old abandoned churches from the gallery.  When asked if it felt the photos were a good representation of my version of a post-apolcalyptic aesthetic, I agreed because I did feel abandonment from a long time ago.


These are the photos I took for the Photoblitz assignment.  I actually really enjoyed completing this assignment, and enlisted the help of my husband.  He read to me the different prompts as both of us ran around the parking lot of the Lesner Inn working through the list.  It helped having another person available to point out different suggestions to capture.

Storytelling with Photos

My favorite type of story narrative is romance, due to the fact that I still consider myself to be a newlywed.  My husband is truly my best friend and life feels complete with him.  In this assignment, I placed these Instagram photos in this particular order to indicate the various stages relationships – courtship, engagement, and marriage.

This photo reminds me of a courtship between two people early in their relationship.  Every little gesture is appreciated and highlighted.  I choose this photo for the visual assignment “My favorite photo.”

This photo represents the newly engaged couple planning their wedding.  I tied it into the visual assignment “Places of Peace” and offered alternative venues that may also provide a sense of solace.

This gallery was probably my most favorite one.  This is my version of the “Five frame story” visual assignment.  I tried to provide a sense of compromise between Lenny and his buddy Neiko.  No doubt is compromise a necessity to a successful marriage.  However, these photos needed to be set up in order to obtain the desired message.  Dogs are not necessarily the best actors – they may or may not take to direction very well.  I ended up manually moving a dog out of the way in order to take the picture I wanted.

All in all, I felt that I learned a lot about photography in a short amount of time.  By being forced to discover different angles, depths, and to be more selective, I feel that photography can be a great way to express a feeling that you are trying to achieve.


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