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Daily Shoot: more ouch and a vanishing point

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Make a photograph of a vanishing point today made by converging lines.

Create a photo that illustrates the word “ouch” with your own personal interpretation.

The DS106 Daily Shoot Assignment: The Great 8

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

OK, so upon finishing up one of the greatest series of assignments I ever gave, as well as did—-though to be fair I didn’t design them—I asked everyone to go through all the photos for each of the eight days and pick out their favorites, and then briefly explain why. Here are  mine:

Daily Shoot 1

Showcase the beauty of living foliage! Make a photo of a single leaf or an entire “greenscape” today.

Claire Cecil’s image for the foliage was pretty powerful. Not only does the leave look like it is burning while surrounded by green, but it was the first real sign of Fall I’ve seen in what has otherwise been a sweltering Summer here in Virginia. What’s more, it’s as if the other leaves are looking on, steady in their free life, as this one falls on her sword for them.

Daily Shoot 2:

Make a photo of two complementary objects arranged in a pleasing composition, one large and one small.

Garrett Bush’s “Two loves.” There were a lot of good photos on Day 2, and this is when I realized that Daily Shoot assignments with a specific group that is sharing ans commenting is a powerful way to step back from trying to teach digital photography as much as working towards a common goal to challenge, think, learn, and work through digital photography together. In fact, the commenting during these eight assignments was mind boggling, this ds106 class came to talk and share.What’s cool is the last two weeks emerged as something more than an assignment, it became  a way of helping us see each other. And as with most photos I immediately see myself in these skateboards. The scale and complementary relations brought the assignment home to me so subtly, simply because I hadn’t thought of that, nor do I have that to photograph. It tells me so much with so little. And the light on the board worked well, and the narrative is imbued from perspective and relationship. Sometimes it’s there, sometimes it isn’t.

Daily Shoot 3

Some carry a talisman, amulet, “lucky charm”, or just a comforting thing in our pocket. What do you carry?

Again, a lot of great images on day 3, but that little pig in Edward’s pocket again frames an intrigue and narrative that just makes it an enigma to me, and keeps me coming back to it again and again.  The pig, an image titled “the thing that should not be,” is an ingenious frame of character because you know someone who carryies around a talisman like this regularly is right out of  film or novel. This prompt is all about revealing a part of yourself, and this pig represents the fodder of the best kind of mystery in why we do certain things, and how unique we are in our idiosyncrasies. This picture is al about framing the character for everything we don’t see. An image like this is so intrinsically linked to identity—something I remained fascinated with how we shape and foster online in narrative ways. And I can think of few better examples than this given the prompt.

Daily Shoot 4

Make a photograph of something that is soft, or at least looks that way. Convince the viewer of the softness.

For the soft images, there were once again many, many good ones (I have a list of honorable mentions below) but Sadie’s “We all Scream” is just so beautifully visceral that I immediately felt the soft, stickiness of the ice cream. And the colors just make it all that much more evocative. A great shot

Honorable mention: Garrett Bush’s “Woven Cacti,” Ashley Peterson’s “Spring Cleaning?”, and Lindsay’s “Afternoon Narrative.”

Daily Shoot 5

Use a mirror as part of a composition in a photograph today. Show yourself in the image if you’d like!

Man, how can I not go with Carlie’s “Reflective Shades”? Rock on!

I actually found the mirror images some of the hardest for ds106 internauts to do well, which was interesting. For what I thought would be a layup was anything but by and large.

Daily Shoot 6

Communicate chaos, disorganization or messiness in a photograph. Find some beauty in it.

The chaos image were a lot of fun, and once again there were some excellent photos. My favorite was Lindsay’s “Treasures here and there” Chest because it is so rich in both complexity and color. The chaos seems so naturally layered and organized, and I can;t help but think of the I Spy books my kids and I read on occasion, such beautiful chaos like this reminds me of the web.

Honorable mention: Jenn’s Ramen Chaos is beautifully done, and the food not only looks chaotic, but somewhat sinister.

Daily Shoot 7

Symmetry can be calm and soothing. Make a photo today featuring symmetry, either in subject or composition.

The symmetry shots were great, and there were a lot of good ones, but one image that got very little attention from others, but really struck me powerfully was Brian’s “Imperfect Symmetry” because it was the first time anyone had really dealt with the body. And seeing the symmetry of bodies, and the very powerful subject of the human form brings me back to the idea of our notion of symmetry and bodies is always both aesthetic and somehow physical, and as Blake might say “fearful” in the flesh.

Honorable mention: Jenn’s “Boat Symmetry,” Jessica’s “Living in a Symmetrical World” is remarkable, Lindsay’s telephonic symmetry is great, and both Megan’s and Gretchen’s respective book symmetries were great, but a day too early ;)

Daily Shoot 8

Make a photo of an interesting stack of books or magazines. Consider how you handle repeating lines in your composition.

Kevin’s “Learning by Osmosis” photo for the final day is near and dear to me, because as Jenn suggests in this post on her top 8:

I think photo really embodies what the class is about. Taking creativity to a new level and showcasing your work

But I would be remiss here if I didn’t also feature Morrgan’s “Books” image, which really subtly plays with color and grays. it is a masterful shot once you take some time and look at it:
Image of a book case

And finally, Ashley’s books for the semester tell us a lot about her semester, and what I wanna know is how much?

Image of textbooks

The Daily Shoot Recap

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

After a long week of dailyshoot.com photography, it’s time to choose some winners! These are my favorite photos from each day.

Day 1: Foliage
I really like the lighting in this one, and the color of the bricks.
Foliage in Light

Day 2: Complimentary items
Love the background story about a beer suggestion that compliments the dessert! Also like the color of the wooden table/seating.
A Complementary Dessert

Day 3: Something you carry with you
I really like how the ear phones are arranged. The iPod is a cool color, too!
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Day 4: Something soft
Adorable! If this thing isn’t soft, I don’t know what is. Beautiful blue sky, too.
Daily Shoot: A Softer 12 in Blue

Day 5: Use a mirror
Am I allowed to like my own the best? I just really like the colors and repetition in this one.
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Day 6: Chaos and disorganization
I absolutely love this picture. The colors and shapes are so great, it turned out really well.
Treasure Chest

Day 7: Symmetry
The color editing looks great. I also like how this is very representative of campus!
Living in a Symmetrical World

Day 8: Stack of books or magazines
I like how there are some books that are neat an organized, and others that aren’t perfectly aligned. Cool touch! Also think the black shelf and book look good together.
Books

Daily Shoot: Carcasses in brown

Monday, September 27th, 2010

This image is an elegy for an old habit I have kicked now for 1 month—the graveyard motif works on several levels, and fits in with the theme for today’s daily shoot:

Make a photograph today dominated by browns or other earthtones. Explore how the color influences your subject choice.

I’m excited that my month off the smokes corresponds with Tessy’s 4th birthday.  I love you Tessy, and I’ll miss you Lucky, but not enough.

Daily Shoot Favorites

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Daily Shoot 1:

Foliage in Light

Showcase the beauty of living foliage! Make a photo of a single leaf or an entire “greenscape” today.

My favorite reflection of prompt 1 belongs to Jenn. I believe it was the only photo taken at night, so it immediately caught my attention as I was looking at the course blog. How creative of Jenn to capture the beauty of living foliage during the evening! She framed the shot well-the lit greenery stands out toward the center of the image, but we also are able to place the foliage in the context of the buildings behind it. As a result, this is my favorite photo resulting from Daily Shoot 1.

Daily Shoot 2:


Make a photo of two complementary objects arranged in a pleasing composition, one large and one small.

Sadie’s image is sweet. On a day most people posted photographs of  inanimate objects, Sadie treated us to this. Not only is the baby adorable, the photo is framed well. Sadie did well to recognize the connection of two complementary objects within the hands of the father and child.

Daily Shoot 3:

Burts II

Some carry a talisman, amulet, “lucky charm”, or just a comforting thing in our pocket. What do you carry?

Lindsay’s photo has several nice elements complimenting one another within it. I like how Lindsay actually gave us the sight of the object extending from her pocket. Viewers can see the tension, or “action” in the hand–the photo comes to life. I did not see a color version of the photo, but even if I had I think I would still prefer this black and white image, as the different shades in the photo appeal to me.

Daily Shoot 4:


Take a photograph of something that is soft, or at least looks that way. Convince the viewer of the softness.

Another inspiring shot from Sadie! We only see the child’s hands and ice cream, but that’s really all we need. It’s a simple idea, but the image speaks loudly. She gives us only what we need to see, and that method works well. The way she responded to the day’s assignment even got me thinking about what I could do to improve my own photography.

Daily Shoot 5:


Use a mirror as part of a composition in a photograph today. Show yourself in the image if you’d like!

Jessica went above and beyond the prompt by using not one, not two but three mirrors in her image. The way the three mirrors are depicted is really interesting. What I like most in this photo is how we don’t really see the back of the eyeshadow palette, but we certainly see its mirrored front in a separate mirror. Very cool!

Daily Shoot 6:

Treasure Chest

Communicate chaos, disorganization or messiness in a photograph. Find some beauty in it.

Lindsay again! Here we have chaos, but also beauty within all the shapes and colors found in the jewelry box. That is why this is my favorite image of Daily Shoot 6.

Daily Shoot 7:

Daily Shoot: Symmetry

Symmetry can be calm and soothing. Make a photo today featuring symmetry, either in subject or composition.

This photo depicts a nice scene with symmetry front and center in two places, the boat and the bridge. I like how Jenn chose to display just the front of the boat in this image, as I almost feel the photo would have been weakened if she stood (or sat) further back to take the shot. She made a good decision to take the photograph from where she did.

Daily Shoot 8:

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Make a photo of an interesting stack of books or magazines. Consider how you handle repeating lines in your composition.

Ashley’s photo is awesome. It’s obvious she considered how to creatively handle repeating lines in the composition. Rather than simply stack the books atop one another, she criss-crossed them and gave us a more intriguing view, which is why it is my favorite shot from Daily Shoot 8.