DS106 Asasignment II.

My final choice for a DS106 assignment is called Fan Fiction Picture. I first saw it on Takuji’s blog, and then again on Eri‘s. I liked both of them, but I also chose this assignment because the “fanfic” section is one that I haven’t yet chosen any assignments from. The assignment reads:

Take the name or title of your favorite band, song, movie, or tv show and display it in the form of photography. You can take as many pictures as you want, but have your photos capture the band, song, movie, or tv show you pick. Be creative and have fun!

Instead of a band, song, movie, or TV show though, I chose DS106:

I did a google search of “DS1906” and these are some images that come up. I then took physical pictures of my computer screen (I wanted a bit blurrier/more tonal image, rather than just a screen shot), mashed them together, fixed some color/balance problems, added text, then my own deco around the text.I guess this officially makes me a fan of DS106.. Thank you all for this fun DS106-semester experience!


Surfing on Sunshine: DS106 Assignment I.

Since our final section is titled “Surfing on Sunshine,” I wanted right from the start to do the DS106 assignment A Sunset–the prompt for which asks–

Take a picture of a beautiful sunset. Nothing fancy, just a nice picture 🙂

In order for my assignment to make any sense though, there’s a bit of explaining I should do. One of my favorite books of all time is a French children’s book, “Le Petit Prince” (“The Little Prince”; 星の王子様). There is a part in the story where the little Prince becomes sad, and asks Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the author, if they can go see a sunset. It turns out that the Little Prince comes from a planet that is so small that in order to see a sunset, all he has to do is walk for a few moments to the other side of his planet–so he can see a sunset anytime he feels like it. The Little Prince says,

“Un jour, j’ai vu le soleil se coucher quarante-trois fois!”
Et un peu plus tard tu ajoutais:
“Tu sais… quand on est tellement triste on aime les couchers de soleil…”

(Or, in the English version…)

“One day,” you said to me, “I saw the sunset forty-four times!”
And a little later you added:

“You know–one loves the sunset, when one is so sad . . .”

*this picture is taken from the The Little Prince, and does not belong to me.

Ever since reading this book, I always want to see sunsets when I am sad. And that is where I am going with all of this–my latest DS 106 assignment. Although I am generally a happy person,  something happened last week that made me extraordinarily sad, and I thought of The Little Prince. Looking through pictures that I had taken during a trip with a friend, I found myself wishing that they were  all sunset pictures. Then I began searching through all of the pictures on my computer, and couldn’t find a single one in which I had captured a sunset–so I decided to make one. Thinking of The Little Prince, I wanted it to be a bit childish–not an oil-painting sunset, but a child-who-doesn’t-know-how-to-use-fancy-computer-editing-programs kind of painting.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I am thankful for this class after all, because to me “Surfing on Sunshine” is freedom. And freedom is here after all–the ability to express myself in ways I wasn’t able to before. On a blog. In photoshop. And on DS106 too.

早く俳句: an early ds106 assignment!

So, I decided to get started on this section’s assignments early for a change! The things that a Thursday-free-of-school-AND-free-of-work does to me…

Anyway,  I did a writing assignment for last section, had a ton of fun with it, and decided to do another, different, one: Haiku it up! I know it’s incredibly pretentious to be living as a foreigner in Japan and write haiku, but… the assignment looked like fun (x^.^x) what can I say~?

The prompt says to

take a random Dailyshoot photograph and create a haiku using that image. Let the image inspire you to create a poetic haiku. Don’t know what a haiku is? The most common form for Haiku is three short lines. The first line usually contains five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line contains five (5) syllables. Haiku doesn’t rhyme.

This is the photo I chose from a lovely photoblog:

Shallow depth of field–

Fashion’s horde caught your feathers’

dull iridescence.

Of course, the haiku actually has nothing to do with the bird, but I feel like the photograph’s focus and depth-of-field, and the crow’s golden eye and muted color, captures a mood that I’ve felt many times since coming to Tokyo.

Finally, I feel obligated to give you a chance to read some real haiku  here (just so you don’t make the mistake of thinking mine’s anything like it 😉

Final DS106 assignment!

So… this is late >< and there’s a really long story for why, but I won’t get into it.
The prompt for this assignment is to

Take two photos of the same subject from slightly different angles. Merge the two photos into a single looped, animated gif to create a wiggle stereoscopic image that simulates 3-D.

This was a ton of fun! I chose this assignment because I saw Danny’s version of the same assignment and loved it. It’s not at all hard to do–especially if you find a little bit of software to help you out!

Image with a message

Ok! Last DS106 assignment for the pioneers section, this is the visual assignments #324, in which,

“Your challenge is to enhance a famous quotation by superimposing it on an appropriate “Creative Commons” licensed image and to give proper credit.”

Unfortunately, it also doesn’t have so much to do with pioneers of the internet–but the image I took from this website is really cool.

In their own words, it’s–

“…our first full Internet map with color and other graphing logic. RFC1918 addresses have been hashed into a unique checksum so they do not incorrectly overlap with other routers or hosts. The checksums resolve to the same host each time to be sure that all routes connect correctly. Another bit of code also removed the routing loops… The colors were based on Class A allocation of IP space too different registrars in the world.”

I used a similar process as with the previous photo–pulled it up in paint and inserted the text in a triangle-shaped box–but it’s finally catching on (I only spent half an hour on this!) The quote is another old one (although nothing like Ovid).   I know this is still ridiculously simple, but for me, this basic mastery of photo editing is fun. Small step for humanity; giant leap for Danae.  I’m looking forward to getting better at this.

Ovid’s Cyberspace

Now that I’m finally posting these, they’re getting addictive. This the the VisualAssignments324, in which we are instructed to take a famous quotation and  enhance  by superimposing it on an appropriate image. I got my image from this guy’s flickr, took it into paint and added the text (I’m getting faster! But not ready to face Gimp again yet…) I hope it illustrates the quote and modernizes it for the concept of our cyber-class.

DS106 assignment

My first DS106 assignment! –at least, the first I’ve been able to finish. I created this in accordance with the “tripple troll quote” assignment, which is to,

“Find an image of a well known figure, add to it a famous quote by someone related in some way to the figure in the image and then attribute the quote to a third, related figure.”

…although I’m not confident that it’s actually finished. (Can someone tell me if I have the tags right?)

A bit of a political statement I suppose… The picture is of Richard Nixon, and the quote by Chancellor Otto von Bismarck (the man credited for inventing the modern welfare state). I wanted to ascribe the quote to Ben Bernanke, but he has no infamy the WorldWideWeb, as he never made the claim of “inventing” the internet–so I gave it to someone who did. 笑
The “creative” process was not-so-smooth. Actually it was horrible, to be perfectly honest. Computer editing is nothing like painting… I spent 3-4 hours on three different days downloading and wrestling with Gimp, and trying to master simple things (very simple–you’d be embarrassed if you knew) before giving up and dragging it into the prehistoric “paint” program on my computer (which also has no similarity to painting–don’t let the name fool you). I don’t really know what I did–but it involved blocking and fading the section under the words, then making a layer over that, selecting font/color and inserting text many more times than I ought to have. I’m quite ashamed of the finished work, but so proud to have finished it that I’m actually thrilled to be posting this! But I do hope that it will get easier for me as we go along…