Thursday, October 4, 2012

Journey to Work

Journey to Work
This is the story of my journey to work and to school...
I work for the College of the Redwoods
in rural Northern California.
It's a video that was created from still photos
just to give me the opportunity to see how
one could put stills and music together to 
create a video. I used an old version of 
Adobe Premiere 4 and found the experience 
to be a very interesting process that I would like
to continue to explore.

This is also the pre-task assignment for an undergraduate photography class 
being taught in the UK called #phonar.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Slippery Slider Gourmet - Tas T. Buds

The Slippery Slider Gourmet -Tas T. Buds (without Tas T. Buds, life would have less flavor and enjoyment) was last seen cleansing his palate in his favorite fashion (refer to the photo above). Tas T. Buds is someone who is a connoisseur of good food and drink. He can usually be found at gourmet restaurants (one's that are considered to serve the highest quality food) such as the local beer halls, pizza joints, pubs and fast food courts. In between culinary debacles he can be found writing his magazine column "The Slippery Slider Gourmet" also referred to as "The Slide Guy Loves Food". Currently he is "in the pink" journalistically speaking (which is better than being "in the red").

This Slide Guy loves to slide down things!
Visual Assignment 595 for ds106.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Stellar Day

Stellar Day - Stellar Jay - Bugs for Breakfast
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, June 4, 2012

All of Life is a question of balance...

Sentinels 2 - Stone, Water and Clouds
Stone Sentinels - Stone, Water and Clouds

This was an assignment for The Daily Create, ds106, 
Summer Camp Magic Macguffin

Monday, February 13, 2012

Picture This...a Massive Pelican Party

Create a short story through pictures of a moment, use a 
maximum of 5 pictures and no words should be used.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Splash the Color - ds106 Visual Assignment

Conservatory Water Lily

Visual Assignment 340: Splash the Color
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.

Steps the I used for the Assignment:

  • I opened up Photoshop and drug in the photo from the Explorer folder that I wanted to use. 
  • You could also open it from the File menu. 
  • I duplicated the background photo in the Layers palette and applied a black and white adjustment layer (the half black/half white circle at the bottom of the Layers palette). 
  • I then went back to the adjustment layer menu and choose the Curves adjustment.  Within this dialog box I pumped up the blacks by dropping that portion of the histogram (bottom left)  and pulled up the whites (top right) to add punch to the photo. 
  • Then I went back to the black and white adjustment layer and started painting with black paint on the layer mask. Anywhere you paint on the mask with black shows the color layer below. If you make a mistake you can switch the paintbrush to white and paint out anything you have painted in incorrectly. You can cover a large area with black paint and fat brush and then go back to the edges for refining the image with a small brush and white paint (always check to make sure you are painting on the mask layer only. You can tell it is the layer mask because when you are on the mask there will be a black box surrounding the mask when it is targeted). 
  • You can change your brush size on the fly by using the left (to make the brush smaller) and right  (to make the brush larger) bracket keys when you have the brush tool selected.
  • Once you have painted back in all of the colored parts of the photo by using the mask - you should save the file (both as a PSD for future editing and a JPG for posting to the web.
 Conservatory Bromelaid

Lots O' Peppers 

Lots O' Peppers 2

Thursday, January 12, 2012

DS106...a wild place...

"The Wild Green Man"
DS106 and The Daily Create have turned my life inside out and upside down. Invigorating, confusing, challenging, exciting and filled with opportunities. I've learned more in a week through the connections and assignments then I ever envisioned imaginable. It's truly the wild and wooly frontiers of education and the class hasn't even started yet. Go wild techies!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

DS106 and The Daily Create

True Grit

"The Daily Create is an exercise in the continual practice of spontaneous creativity through short exercises. Each “assignment” should take no more than 15-20 minutes. There are no registrations, no prizes, just a community of people producing art daily." So I joined up today to challenge myself to create something new each day.

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” 
– Arthur C. Clarke