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.

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Design your Dream

The assignment I chose to do today prompts us to–

Take a recent dream or nightmare you’ve had and make a visual representation of it for others to see.

This is actually not based on my dream, but one that a friend had about me.

The process was time-consuming, but I had fun doing it. First, I painted the purple/red background color and drew the words “Insert sky here.” Then I took a picture of that, and did the rest on my computer–layering some geometric shapes, and adding the final text–I chose to do this because I wanted a computer font to contrast with the childish-looking painted lettering.

While it didn’t turn out exactly like I had envisioned, I had a lot of fun making this project, and would like to try it again in the future.

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!

Moody ds106

Today I chose this DS106 assignment, which requires us to

change the mood or tone of a photograph by altering the contrast, brightness, hue, saturation, exposure, etc.

I enjoyed working with Gimp, and feel for the first time that I used it rather successfully (it’s about time!)

Below is the image I started with– tulips in the park by Ontakesan Dorm. I took this photo during my first semester in Tokyo.

I wanted to make it feel older, and a little more nostalgic, so I began by increasing the contrast and lowering the brightness. After that I changed the color balance, bring out the yellow and muting the red a bit. Below is what I ended up with.

Nothing fancy, but I feel like it changed the mood a bit, and I’m looking forward to playing with some more images in Gimp.

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…