I can swim I swear!

Background

For my second gif I decided on “Animals Doing Funny Things” which is worth 1 and a half stars. Most of my life I have been surrounded my animals. Both of my parents grew up in the country and my grandparents all lived on farms. While I live in Woodbridge, Virginia which is definitely not the country I still exposed to the outdoors and animals. My aunt has a Rhodesian ridgeback, my mom has a pit bull mix, my grandparents have a yorkie and bloodhound plus a dozen chickens, while my boyfriend’s family have 2 german shepherds, 2 dachshunds, 2 cats, and a lizard. In the past I have also had fish, but they were not as memorable. At first I tried to find a video of one of the many animals I come in to contact with on a daily basis but sadly could not locate a video of them doing anything humorous. My next mission was to explore the internet and find some funny animal video. For this I went to the one true video king, YouTube. A few months ago I had remembered seeing a video of golden retriever puppies swimming for the first time so I looked up that and found the video I wanted.

Process

To start off my gif I have to choose a website to make my gif. I am very familiar with giphy.com and have used it multiple times (such as in my last blog post on making a gif) in the past so that is the generator I will be using today. Giphy doesn’t require you to have an account so I simply clicked “Create” at the top right and started making my gif.
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The next step is to retrieve the url of the video you want to create and insert it into the white box at the top of the page and it will automatically load the video below.
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After this I scroll down the page and decide when I want the gif to start and how long I want the gif to be. For this I decided to start at 16 seconds which shows the puppy jumping into the water and swimming. I made the gif 3 seconds long because it showed a quick, funny scene and the next part of the video is a different puppy. I recommend watching the gif a few times and messing with the lengths to achieve desired results.
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If you continue to scroll down the page if gives you options to add captions and tags to your gif but I did not feel the need to do that. All that is left is to click “Create Gif” at the bottom of the page.
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It will load and take you to another page. This page gives you the option to share your completed gif!
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My Creation

My second gif now shows the story of a golden retriever swimming for the first time and specifically one puppy jumping into the water.

Stop *Sticking* Around!

Background

For my first animated gif assignment I decided on “Best Sports Play” which is worth 3 stars. My boyfriend and his family are huge Pittsburgh fans. Be it the Penguins, Steelers, or Pirates they watch every game and go to multiple games every year. So it is only fitting that I have also had to take part in these rituals as well. Especially recently with the Stanley Cup quickly approaching I have been watching lots of Penguins hockey games. I’ll admit I wasn’t very familiar with hockey until recently (I just went to my first game this year, it was the Capitals vs. the Flyers on April 22nd) so I’m no hockey expert but I think I’m good enough to make a gif about it. The scene I chose to make a gif of is from the Penguins vs. Capitals game on April 28th, 2016 where a hockey stick got stuck in a players helmet. I had never seen this happen before and I don’t think this is a common occurrence so I felt it would be the perfect play for the job. I’m not sure if the opposing team did this on purpose to create distress for the player so that they could have an advantage, but if they did it was genius.

Process

To start off my gif I have to choose a website to make my gif. I am very familiar with giphy.com and have used it multiple times in the past so that is the generator I will be using today. Giphy doesn’t require you to have an account so I simply clicked “Create” at the top right and started making my gif.
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The next step is to retrieve the url of the video you want to create and insert it into the white box at the top of the page and it will automatically load the video below.
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After this I scroll down the page and decide when I want the gif to start and how long I want the gif to be. For this I decided to start at 10 seconds which shows the fight that causes the stick to get stuck in his helmet. I made the gif 10 seconds long to show him trying to remove the stick from his helmet and then continue to play. I recommend watching the gif a few times and messing with the lengths to achieve desired results.
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If you continue to scroll down the page if gives you options to add captions and tags to your gif but I did not feel the need to do that. All that is left is to click “Create Gif” at the bottom of the page.
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It will load and take you to another page. This page gives you the option to share your completed gif!
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My Creation

So here is my finished gif. It shows the the fight that causes the notorious sticking and then the player attempting to keep playing but having difficulties. I think this gif captures this interesting play and also includes some humor.

The Devil Went Down to Woodbridge

Background

For my first design assignment I decided to tackle “Are we there yet?” which is worth 3 stars. I decided on this picture of my yorkie named Jake from Halloween 2015 in a devil costume.
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My Nana was trying to get him to pose with our bloodhound Emmie who is seen walking away in the background. He was really unhappy about having to take a picture so this gave me the perfect opportunity to edit him into a funny picture setting. While thinking about what the background would be I decided I want there to be a real devil in the picture since he is just in a costume. This way I could show him being afraid of the real devil. Recently, I have been watching a lot of Futurama so I decided on inserting him into a picture of Beelzebot, better known as the Robot Devil. The specific photo I decided on is this one of the Robot Devil looking mischievous while standing in a doorway. I picked this photo because I wanted one of him standing up so it would be Jake quivering looking up at him scared. I mean, the Robot Devil is pretty evil and looks like he is up to no good in this picture.

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Process

To start off I needed to decide what editing software I wanted to use. For this I actually decided on PowerPoint since it is easily available and I know it can do what I need it to do. My first step of editing is to start off with a blank template.
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Next I clicked “Insert” -> “Photo” -> “Picture from File” then selected the pictures I wanted to use.

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From there I have both of my pictures in PowerPoint and can start editing.
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I begin by clicking on the picture of Jake in his devil costume. I then click “Remove Background” so that I can make the picture just of him. I adjust the lines of box so it is just around Jake and then click any parts that are highlighted in purple that I want to be shown. Once I’m happy with what is being shown I just click “Remove Background” again and it saves my changes.
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I can then drag the box to place Jake where I want him to be. I decided to put him to the bottom right of Robot Devil so that it shows him looking up towards him scared.
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My Creation

So here is my final image. Overall I’m pretty happy with it and I think that it accomplishes the humor and fear that I originally set out to create. It ends up changing the concept from “scared of a picture” to “scared of Robot Devil” and changes the story of the picture.
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Am I a photographer now?

While I’m no pro photographer I am pretty good at using autofocus and bursting. After reading about some basic visual principles from TEN: Ten Ways to Improve Your Craft. None of Them Involve Buying Gear by David duChemin it made me reanalyze my photographs to see if I had been using these values. One picture I found of mine that I decided had the most promise is this one I took of my friends.

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In this image I was creating depth with the positioning of my friends. The one in the front was the focal point with one on each side of him farther back. This photo is also looking towards the light and features shadows going towards the right of the photo. Overall I think this photo is very balanced in regards to positioning, action, colors, and shadows. Balance and contrast are the most important parts of the photo and create the interesting images we see which is mentioned in the ‘Becoming Better Photographers’ section of “Telling Stories in Photos”.

What I learned in boating school is…

For DS106 I had to do some things I hadn’t done before. Prior to this class I already had a YouTube and other social media but I went and had to create things like a Flickr and SoundCloud so that my creations have a platform. Creating these accounts were pretty easy overall and were the quickest parts of my work this week. I also had to edit my domain. I had already created the basic outline of my website for Digital Studies 101 last semester but it needed a little tweaking. I had already made an ‘About Me’, ‘Portfolio’, and ‘Contact Me’ section of my website. For DS106 I made the decision to put my whole blog into one tab since I still use this website for other uses. I went and created all of the tags and categories so my work will be seen. The main challenges I had this week were simple problems I was just having difficulties answering. The first one was logging into my website. I had removed the login button due to atheistic reasons but could not remember where I login to edit my work. I eventually found it and have since added the login button back to my website since that makes my life easier. I also have still not been able to link my blog to the DS106 page so others can see my blog but I am working on trying to contact someone to fix it.
Overall I think this has been a productive first week overall and I have done a lot of work to better my digital skills. I believe I completed all of the assignments to the best of my abilities. I had the most fun time doing the scavenger hunt and it forced me to think outside the box. I’m not a artsy person so creating things that I can be proud of is something new to me that I’m still working.

Here are some links to things I did this week:

Mutlimodel Introduction
Photo Safari and Reflection
Visual Assignment 1 (#190)
Visual Assignment 2 (#1674)
Visual Assignment 3 (#1660)
Visual Assignment 4 (#1549)
Daily Create 1 (#1592)
Daily Create 2 (#1593)
Daily Create 3 (#1596)
Visual Storytelling Photo Reflection

Warning: Bad Wifi Connection!

Background

An important part of my daily life is the internet. I use it to do homework, watch my shows, play video games, talk to friends and family, almost everything relates back to the internet. So for #VisualAssignment1549 I decided to making a warning sign about bad wifi connection to warn others from the horrors of bad wifi. I wanted to include parts that are relevant to everyone such as Netflix and also add a comical twist.

Process

To start out this process I decided to use Microsoft Word. This allows me to add images and text easily so I felt it would be the most fitting. I added my text first so that I would know what I was working with. I used a center alignment with my font in all caps.
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I then used Google to find the images I wanted to use for my warning sign that would fit into the overall aesthetic. I also changed the font to bold and Avenir Black for all of the words.
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Finally, I rearranged and resized my images and text until it all fit on one page and looked pleasant to the eye.
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My Creation

Here is my finished warning sign. I think it is relatable to most people I know and it also has a since of humor. Netflix has become a stable of entertainment and Starbucks is also widely used for wifi and not coffee so it warns people of a not big problem and gives them a solution.
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Woman of Many Faces

Background

I decided to do #VisualAssignment1660 because in the modern age of the selfie I knew I had many pictures of myself to use and plenty of interesting faces. I thought this would be a good way to capture the many faces of Morgan Moncrief to look at in the future.

Process

For this collage I will be using the same collage maker as my previous collage assignment on dream vacation spots which is Photo Collage Maker- CollageFactory Free available on the iTunes App Store.
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From here I chose ‘grid’ which is the third options under ‘collages’. I then selected ‘grid 8’ and pressed ‘ok’.
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After this I dragged all of the images I wanted in my collage to the left side of the screen.
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I then changed the rows and columns to 5 and pressed ‘fill at random’ which is the second option from the left at the top of the screen.
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My next step was to go to ‘Layout’ on the top right and open the drop down menu and choose ‘Free Style’.
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My final step is to arrange the photos by dragging them until I am satisfied with the finished product. After the collage is finished I just exported it to my computer
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My Creation

Here is my final collage of all my different faces. There are a total of 25 faces in all.
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Wish I was there…

Background

With the creation of the internet it has become much easier to learn about and see places you may not have seen otherwise. Any time I go on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter my feed is always filled with pictures of exotic destinations which gave me the idea to do #VisualAssignment1674. While I have many dream vacation spots I decided to cut it down to the 5 necessary for this collage assignment.

Process

To start off my collage I started to look for interesting locations. While a simple “vacation spots” Google search turns up images of bright blue lagoons so I decided to search for some more specific locations for my collage. The places I decided on were England, Fiji, Hawaii, Iceland, and Santorini. After deciding on these images I need to choose a collage maker. For this I used Photo Collage Maker- CollageFactory Free available on the iTunes App Store.
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After downloading this app I opened it on my computer. I clicked on ‘FreeStyle’ which is the second option on the left under ‘Collages’. From here I clicked on ‘Free Style 5-1’ and pressed ‘ok’.
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Then I clicked the image at the bottom left side of the screen which is a box with a green plus sign on it. After clicking this you choose what images to upload. After adding them all of your images will appear on the left side of the screen.
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I then dragged each image into a box on the right side of the screen. Then I changed the margin lines by dragging the scale to zero. After this my collage is complete.
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My Creation

Here is my finished dream vacation collage.
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Give me those chips!

Background

To start off my spubble for #VisualAssignment190 I first looked through my own images until I came across one that I thought was funny on it’s own but would be even funnier with a text bubble. For this I decided on a screenshot I had taken of my boyfriend while on Skype of him making a funny face with 2 Pringles in his mouth while his german shepherd Diamond is sitting beside him looking at him longingly. I always see funny pictures of dogs with their owners so I felt like this gave me a lot to work with.

Process

Creating my spubble started with a simple Google search. I searched “how to add speech bubble to photo” and clicked on the first result which was for www.lunapic.com
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After clicking the website link I was brought to a page showing a variety of speech bubbles. I clicked the ‘cloud r’ one because I thought that bubble would fit best with the photo I chose.
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Next I clicked ‘choose file’ and clicked the photo I wanted from my computer and then pressed ‘upload now’.
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After it was uploaded it takes you to the next page where I adjusted the size of my speech bubble by dragging the corners and moving it into place then pressed ‘apply’.Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 7.14.04 PM

It then takes you to the next page with the completed image. On the lefthand side of the website there are other ways to edit photos so this is how I will be adding the text into the bubble by clicking the ‘T” which is the second option on the left.
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On the next page it gives the option to change the text size, color, font, and other options. Here I changed the font size to 9 and the color to black by clicking ‘pick’ and then the top left color. I then clicked ‘apply text’ which by clicking the text in the image allows you to move it into position.
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After this you press ‘save’ at the bottom of the page and the image is done.

My Creation

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This is my finished spubble. I decided to add the text “What big lips you have..” in a way to spoof the Red Riding Hood tale where she says to the wolf “Grandma, what big teeth you have.” I thought this was fitting since it is a human looking funny and a dog being confused.