Panoramic Image Making Multiplicity

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This past Tuesday in our Digital Storytelling class we played with the idea of non traditional image-making and multiplying ourselves into a single image frame. (No photoshop required). By using the panoramic feature of our smart phones we created two examples above to show the potentials of the project by using our immediate surrounding (the hallway outside our classroom and the class).

The top image is a traditional class portrait. Its a long stretched frame that bends itself in an overly extended way. The light source is coming from behind the photographer giving off a great amount of natural bright light. The bottom image is the opposite and we see how the bright light from the windows serves as back lighting when the photographer is behind the light source shooting the image directly at it. The light places an emphasis on the absence of that light and creates a shadow effect of the students in their composition. We talked about how lighting can add this effect and extend a narrative.

So, how is this image created, especially the top one above?

  1. Open your smart phones camera and set it to panoramic mode.
  2. Arrange your subject(s) in one area to the left side of the photographer. Give a good amount of distance between the photographer and the subject(s). The subject(s) need to hold still as the photographer begins to move the camera past them until they are out of the view finders frame.
  3. Once the subjects are out of the viewfinders frame the photographer stops the motion of the camera and holds it in place. The subjects then move behind the photographer and slowly gather themselves back into a new pose or position on the right side of the photographer.
  4. The photographer continues to move the camera past the subjects until they fit into the composition.

What will you do with this new technique and how will you use it to tell a story in one frame using the same subjects? What kind of situation or narrative can you create?

Tell a story in one panoramic frame, the potentials are endless!

Sharing your Website’s URL!

Here we are 3 plus weeks into being the proud owners of a shiny new Website! We are customizing our pages, building menu navigation, tweaking colors and fonts, and blogging away into oblivion!

Its time to share your website’s URL here! Simply leave a comment with your website address and press the Post Comment button!

Why are we doing this?

Well, to share our development and process of course! Maybe your classmates and peers missed your final post on CT101.us because they are busy posting and working primarily on their own websites.

Let us share where we are at! This is mandatory!

 

#BikeLife

Bicycles! I love bicycles.  I got off to a late start by learning to ride when I was 13, not 5 years old like most kids.

  But that’s totally okay, because I have my whole life ahead of me to enjoy it and make up for any “lost time” from early childhood.

My favorite kind of bicycle is a fixed gear bicycle, also known as a single speed.  In contrast to a bicycle with various gears and ratios, the fixed gear is exactly what it sounds like, a fixed gear.  There is no option to adjust anything other than yourself when going up hills, down hills, or on a long stretch of road.  The experience of this personally makes me feel more connected to the bicycle.

And of course, they look so cool!  Here is some media of my favorite fixed gear bicycles that I have seen in my travels through the internet.

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Riding a bicycle in NYC can be fun, dangerous, exhausting, energizing, and demanding, all at the same time.

Just like like anything else you do on the streets, whether it be walking or driving, you should be responsible and smart with your decisions.

I wanted to show you guys some crazy riders that I have come across on YouTube.

The streets are becoming a lot more bicycle friendly.  Some motorists feel that they are becoming too friendly.  Bicycle lanes are taking over parking spaces and driving lanes.

I believe that things should be a balance.  For years, people who use their bikes as daily transportation were forced to ride on narrow streets with cars speeding by them.  The addition of bike lanes to main roads has made commuting for those who cannot afford a car or a monthly metro card a lot safer.  What price can you put on that?

Check out my plans this weekend. If I don’t show up for class on Thursday then that means my legs fell off.  Wish me luck on my 100 mile bike journey!