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Wow, this was frantic.

I chose to do this in my living room as leaving the house isn’t really an option right now. I thought the most inventive was the shadow photo. Shadows are often overlooked and are seen as the absence of something, rather than its own entity, but that photo of the shadow shows that it can be just as interesting as anything else.


This week, we focused on photography and we were tasked with completing 10 stars worth of visual assignments. One of the assignments I chose to do was “Your Very Own Spubble.” The complete assignment was:

Learn to love yourself, grab a picture of yourself in which your body language, actions, gestures, etc. suggest one thing and then play off that using a speech bubble. Ideally the result would make people laugh—but I must acknowledge there are other possible emotional responses that may be just as acceptable. Think of it as lolcat, save it’s a human (namely you) and there is nothing compelling anyone to abuse the letter z in the speech bubble text. or would make this assignment dead simple.

For my spubble, I chose a photo of myself at a dig site during one my archaeology internships in Gloucester, Va. I added the text in my speech bubble says “I can’t wait until I get to do this for a living!” I’ve wanted to be an archaeologist since I was 7 and I’m 22 now and I still have that same dream.

The process for this one was also pretty simple. I just uploaded the photo to Snapchat and found a speech bubble sticker, then typed my phrase and sized it to fit within the sticker and voila! My very own Spubble.

Is That a Ghost?-Two of My Favorite Things

This week, we focused on photography and we were tasked with completing 10 stars worth of visual assignments. One of the assignments I chose to do was “Is That A… GHOST?!” The complete assignment was:

Take a photo in which there is a ghost like subject by either using a long exposure or 2 different pictures in a photo editing software.

I used to be obsessed with taking long exposure pictures like this. I loved taking them again, even though it took hours to get a photo I liked and find the right ISO and exposure times to get the desired result and not a photo that’s completely white due to too much light getting in. Despite that, I did really love taking this photo, especially because playing music and photography two of my absolute favorite things.

The process of taking this photo was fairly short once I found the proper settings. First, I set my camera on my dresser, facing my bed, and I put my guitar on my bed, near my pillow. I then pressed the shutter release button and stood out of frame for a few seconds. Then I sat on my bed and picked up my guitar quickly enough that that specific motion was not captured in the final photo and started playing a few chords up and down the neck so that the motion was obvious until I heard the shutter close.

Color Change-Alien Sunrise

This week, we focused on photography and we were tasked with completing 10 stars worth of visual assignments. One of the assignments I chose to do was “Color Changer.”  The complete assignment was:

“Take any picture in the entire world and change the color hue of the picture to completely change how it looks! Then post it on flickr to show the world!”

For this assignment, I again chose a photo that I love, one I took in Sandbridge, Va about 8 years ago. I took it in February at about 5:30 in the morning and holy mother of Greenland at Christmas, it was cold. The pictures I took that morning, though, were more than worth it; they’re some of my favorite pictures I have ever taken.

Part of what makes this photo and the others I took that morning so special is that that photoshoot was completely unplanned. I was on a youth retreat with my youth group and we were staying in a house that was right on the beach. I’m really bad at sleeping so despite having gone to sleep late the night before, I found myself awake at 5 AM with everyone still asleep. Bored out of my mind, I finally decided to bundle up and take some sunrise photos and I am so glad that I did.

The sunrise photo before the color change

One other thing that made it special was that there was snow on the beach, which seemed super weird to me since I’m usually at the beach in the summer. Something that was quite familiar to me suddenly felt unfamiliar. This is part of why I chose a photo from that day to color-change. I took something familiar to me and made it unfamiliar, still recognizable, but markedly different.

After the color change

I didn’t have a set process for changing the colors in the photo besides playing with the color channels in Lightroom until I found a color combination that I liked.

Please ignore the fact that my UI is in Italian. I use my devices to help learn languages because I’m a massive nerd.

The color channels are over on the lower right, it’s the thing that looks like a graph. In this photo, I was playing with the red channel by setting up multiple points on the main line and moving them up and down to change the reds in the photo. I did the same thing with the blue and green channels until I got the above result.

Splash the Color-London in a Nutshell

This week, we focused on photography and we were tasked with completing 10 stars worth of visual assignments. One of the assignments I chose to do was “Splash the Color.” The complete assignment was:

“Color splash is a technique to emphasize details- you remove all color from a photo, and then restore original color to a single object, e.g. a green apple on a table. Think of the Girl in the red dress from Schindler’s List.

You can do this in a number of ways with photo editing software or using mobile apps. The answer lies in the Google.”

I chose to color splash a photo that I took in London ages ago, but have always loved.

I chose to take on this assignment because it sparked a bit of nostalgia in me in a couple of ways.

The words “color splash” immediately took me right back to 2012-2013, when I and just about everyone else on Instagram was obsessed with color splashing photos. Coincidentally, I took this photo in 2013, which is why I immediately thought of it when I saw the words “color splash.” I had also color splashed another umbrella photo I took in London, which I have quite a few of because it’s, y’know, London. I didn’t want to use that photo though because I wanted to actively color splash something again as it’s been YEARS since I’ve done it. I also chose this photo over the other one because I just like it more; I much prefer the color of the umbrella in this photo over that in the other photo (pink), and I also took this one outside of my absolute favorite museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum.

The process of making this photo was quite simple. I used the app Photo Splash on my phone. Once you upload to the app, the app automatically turns the entire photo black and white, and then you color the part of the photo you want to be in color just like you would color non-digitally in a coloring book. That’s it, really. The part of this assignment that took the longest was getting lost in my London photos while I was looking for the photo I chose to color splash.