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Here is what to do for the blitz!
1.Your first photo is of something that shows the current time! Document when you started the blitz.
2.In the next 20 minutes, try to capture as many of the following photos as you can:
•Make an ordinary object look more interesting, almost supernatural.
•Take a photo that makes use of converging lines.
•Take a photo dominated by a single color
•Take a photo of something at an unusual angle
•Take a photo of two things that do not belong together.
•Take a photo that represents the idea of “openness”
•Take a photo that expresses a human emotion
•Take a photo that emphasizes mostly dark tones or mostly light ones.
•Make a photo that is abstract, that would make someone ask, “Is that a photograph?”
•Take a photo of an interesting shadow.
•Take a photo that represents a metaphor for complexity.
•Take a photo of someone else’s hand (or paw)
3.Take another photo of a timepiece that shows the time you stopped. It should be twenty minutes since step 1, right?
4.Upload your five best photos to flickr, and tag them “ds106photoblitz”
5.Write a blog post about your experience. Describe the place you chose to do this, and why you chose it. What was the experience like? What photos worked for you best? Give feedback/suggestions via comments for at least 3 other persons photos (you can find all the ones with this tag at photoblitz URL. What were the best ones you saw in the pool of photos? Why?
This assignment took place at my Grandma Fella and Granddaddy Pop’s house, during their 57th wedding anniversary today, between 5:37 pm, and 5:57 pm. There are lots of interesting things to take pictures of there, and considering how special today’s occasion was, I couldn’t help but have some volunteers on hand during the proceedings. By walking around to take these pictures, I was able to take notice of things that I wasn’t able to during my previous visits. Among the photographs that worked out the best for me were the angel statuette, for using mostly dark tones to provide a supernatural twist on a being normally associated with light; the “inside-looking-out” fence shot, for showcasing the possibilities that come with the potential for “openness” alone; the zombie cat’s eyes, for providing a paranormal example of an abstract photo, just in time for the start of Halloween shopping season; this other shot of the porch, for being a case study in converging lines; and this self-portrait, for providing a proper representation of the human emotion of optimism.
As an added bonus, before I go, here are some extra comments, regarding “Outdoors In,” by Tori Lear; “Peachy-Keen,” by Ashlyn Runk; and “Photoblitzing,” by Adam Hoff. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the pictures I took provided a necessary perspective for a cinematic production; Hoff learned this lesson well when he made “Photoblitzing,” as the curtain’s reflection of the sun’s light made the soda can look like it was hiding in the shadows, radiating an orange aura as it did so. I also brought up the need to know which lighting opportunities can be used to your advantage, and which ones can’t, when making these photographs; “Peachy-Keen” does this by having Runk shine the necessary light on a peach on a table, thus putting further focus on the child’s-eye view that this photo stems from, as if someone was about to have one last snack before leaving for school. Finally, you have to take the time to choose which things go in the foreground of a photo, and which go in the background, making sure there’s equal emphasis on both; this is perfected in “Outdoors In” when Lear uses the white floor, and red, white and green holiday wreath, to make a blue video game controller stand out more than it usually tends to do every December.