Le Bushwick Collective

Bushwick Collective is a great place to visit if you’re a tourist or if you just like to see various forms of art. The area is FULL of artwork, especially murals, graffiti, and stickers (lots and lots of stickers.) I honestly probably visit the area atleast once a month. This month I have been there … Continue reading Le Bushwick Collective

Bushwick Collective is a great place to visit if you’re a tourist or if you just like to see various forms of art. The area is FULL of artwork, especially murals, graffiti, and stickers (lots and lots of stickers.) I honestly probably visit the area atleast once a month. This month I have been there three times already, and I was able to get some nice photos, such as this one,

As I was walking through the area I passed a street pole and saw this little drawing which I thought was unique. Bare in mind that there are large pieces of art work displayed on building walls but if you look at the street poles, fire hydrants, and etc you’ll find little drawings, inspirational quotes, and other things that’ll make you think to yourself. Unfortunately I don’t know of a map detailing where exactly the all of the pieces of art are located. So you’ll have to walk around looking for them, and as soon as you’re ready to leave to go home…you’ll find another area within the vicinity that you didn’t explore yet. My best advice would be to create your own map so you don’t visit the same area twice during the same day. Personally I don’t do that, I like to walk the same path each time and just add on to it every visit. I hope you go visit soon to see. When you do take lots of pictures!!

Tourist In My Own City

Do you ever visit a city you’re not familiar with and casually walk around and look at the attractions or just stroll through the area admiring the Mom & Pop stores, the art, and everything else? Yeah, well I do that too. The only difference is, I am doing so in my own city. Born … Continue reading Tourist In My Own City

Do you ever visit a city you’re not familiar with and casually walk around and look at the attractions or just stroll through the area admiring the Mom & Pop stores, the art, and everything else? Yeah, well I do that too. The only difference is, I am doing so in my own city. Born and raised in the Big Apple there should be no excuse as to why one doesn’t know the difference between taking a train uptown versus taking a train downtown, as well as being able to know what train to take when the other isn’t running anymore. But somehow this is still something I struggled with when I first started exploring the city and occasionally struggle with today. For me atleast, being born in Queens, I didn’t care as much to travel to places other than those located in Queens or Long Island…since both areas are basically accessible by car (Brooklyn is as well but I tend to stay in Queens or visit Long Island). It wasn’t until I bought my first DSLR a couple years ago that I finally decided to get out of my shell and start exploring other boroughs more, plus I was getting tired of being in Queens so I said, “Why not?”  I started going to Brooklyn more frequently, visiting spots like Dumbo Park, the Brooklyn Bridge ( which I probably walked across over 100 times by now), and the Bushwick Collective. Right now I’m trying to explore the MAnhattan more in order to familiarize myself with the area  and to learn some of the train routes so I can answer questions actual tourists ask when trying to get places by subway.

A Domain Name You Say…

Today in class Prof. Ryan introduced the class to this week’s assignment Picking a Domain Name, Getting a Web hosting Account, and Installing WordPress. At first, I was excited being that I was always interested in making my own personal website. However, that excitement sure enough turned into frustration when I had to select a domain name. What tops it off is that Prof. Ryan said that once we create a domain name and form our website, we can not rename it.

I understand why we can not rename it, but I definitely felt more pressure in coming up with a name even more. So as everyone is going through the process of creating their own website, I am here writing this blog post instead. Hopefully before the end of the day, I will come up with a domain name *crosses fingers*. Good Luck Everyone!

Blowing In The Wind

This week we learned how to animate a still image and adjust certain features to make it seem realistic. Before this class it was rare for me to use photoshop. The only Adobe application I would use on the regular was Lightroom. I did not use Photoshop because for some reason it seemed complicated and required a lot of time. When I would need to actually use Photoshop for something I was working on, I would tell my friend the idea I had for the image and ask him to make the adjustments in Photoshop. Upon seeing Week 4’s assignment Animated Graffiti I realized that I should no longer rely on him and learn how to use the Photoshop (since I plan on using it more frequently…eventually). What I used to think was difficult about using the program was the fact that you had to work with multiple layers, remember what layer you are on, moving the layers accordingly in the Layer Panel, and the fact that you can use a variety of tools just for one task (basically knowing the differences between the tools was annoying). For my animated image I decided to use one of my photos I had took awhile ago. The process was smooth up until I had to use the time frame panel. I was having difficulty while trying to move the leaves left to right. I kept using the move tool while in the time frame panel to do so, which lead to my previous images to be affected as well. It took some time for me to realize what was going on and the fact that I had to create separate layers distinguishing the left leaf from the right leaf. Below is my still image and the animated version.

Flexibility in Digital Storytelling

For my first assignment I decided to choose a writing assignment called A Letter to You as a Child. I didn’t feel like writing a letter to myself at a young age like 10, so I decided to go with the age of 17 (right before transitioning into college). I chose this assignment because I was able to briefly discuss something that bothered me about a friendship that I used to have and how I would have prepared myself before heading to college.

Dear Junior,

How are you doing? I know you may not believe this but my name is the same as yours. In fact, I am you, well the future version of you that is. I am writing you this letter to let you know how things are here in the future, and what you can do to make it better. I am living in the year 2017 which makes me 21 years old. You are currently 17 and you are preparing yourself to begin college soon. I sense that you are nervous about a lot, I mean who wouldn’t be. I felt the same way too when I was your age. You’re more or less worried about whether or not some of your friendships will continue after graduation which is understandable. Before you go off to college I have one favor to ask of you. That is to not force the continuation of friendships after high school, especially with Yves. As soon as graduation was over, I was going those extra miles that she was not even willing to go herself for the friendship. What is worse is that I would make excuses for it just to make myself feel better, although I knew things were not going to be the same. Deep down I know you feel the same way too about the friendship. It went from talking every day to talking once a week, and then to talking only on holidays and birthdays. To think that someone you would consider your best friend would go to college and forget all about you after a year basically sucks. Even after two years nothing has changed and I still reached out to her to hang out during the breaks but she was always “too busy” to either reply to text message or came up with a reason as to why she was unable to hang out. After a while I got tired of being that person trying to mend a friendship, especially because I did not know what made it take a downfall. Basically what I am asking of you is to not believe her the days leading up to graduation when she insists that you and her will remain friends after graduation, she is lying to you. Don’t expect a lasting friendship with someone who is not willing to meet you half way.
Sincerely,
Junior

For my second assignment I decided to choose an animated gif assignment called Celebrating Too Early. I used references from Harry Potter and Finding Nemo for the gifs I have created. I did this assignment to help familiarize myself more with creating gifs. For the Harry Potter gif I used Imgur, since I was more comfortable using it and it allowed me 15 seconds to work with. For the Finding Nemo gif I used Giphy because Imgur was not allowing me to use the youtube link. The downside of Giphy is that it restricts you to only 10 seconds, but I am glad that there was an alternative to Imgur that still allowed me to get the job down.

…Now what?