Week 1 Summary
1.Setting up the blog and social media
In the past, I’ve used WordPress at UMW. Even though I have used it in the past, it took me some time to get back into it. I struggled at first with how to make multiple pages, only realizing that skill today. I decided to make my website kevinmaccov.com, because I thought it would be easiest for me to find, while not getting traced by certain people who I don’t want to have my content exposed to. After working a little bit on my website, I transitioned my focus to creating my Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and Soundcloud accounts. It was easy for me to make my accounts as I have created accounts for all those websites in the past before. While the website is going to be my main source of documentation for this class, these websites will be great supplementary contributions.
2. My introduction post.
My introduction post was short, sweet, and simple. I wasn’t trying to go for much. Just wanted to say what I had to say. http://kevinmaccov.com/uncategorized/hello-world/
In addition to that, I also made an intro youtube video
3. The creation of my blog
When I created my blog, I wasn’t trying to blow people out of the water with my design. I just wanted something that made everything look smooth. I really liked the ‘Twenty Seventeen” as it gave me the right feeling. I kept the header as my blog photo (for now), as I believed that it was very fitting with my background. In addition to that, I also created an about me page. I believe that this is my favorite thing I’ve done so far because I felt like I had the most freedom regards to expressing myself with that topic.
4. Lessons in Photography
This week I learned a couple of lessons in photography.
The first lesson I learned was to create depth. I did this on my Converging lines photo. I tried to get a picture that was a great representation of the horizon during an ideal sunset. The sky was beautiful, it was nearly cotton candy like. In order to make this make great, I realized that I needed to create as much depth as possible. That’s what I exactly did.
The second lesson I learned was looking to the light. I did this on my photo in which I was looking towards the light. It sounds easy, but if you get the right amount of lighting, it can make a picture look very special. I think that I will now try to use lighting as advantage of mine when I make photos because it can make or break a photo.
5. The Photo Safari
The photo safari was a great experience. I was able to take many different photos with many different shots in a short amount of time. I decided to use my iPad for this assignment, as it was easier for me to upload my photos via iPad. When I took my photos, I was in a hotel. For the majority of the time I was in my hotel room working on the assignment, though I had to go outside and take a shot because it was so beautiful. I thought it was interesting to complete the assignment in a hotel, because in a hotel room you are confined to your room, so expressing yourself can be very difficult. This challenged me to bring my game to another level and I think I rose up to the challenge. I think the photo that was the most innovative was my abstract photo. My abstract photo was really ahead of its time. It was a photo on a photo on another photo. This type of art is not presented enough in today’s world! There needs to be more art like this. The experience was very fun and I hope to do it again sometime soon.
6. My favorite photo of the week is easily my abstract photo. I love the innovation! The concept of the never-ending photo is something I’ve always tried to perfect. I think that one day I will be able to perfect the photo. Not many people appreciate the beauty behind it now, but when I perfect it I think I have the chance to become famous off of it. It is bold, it shows off personality and it is original.
7. Daily Creates
I posted all of my daily creates on my blog and on my twitter. I think that my favorite daily create is the one where I used a Steve Carrell GIF to express how I feel about getting to the milestone of sickness, in regards to McDonalds Big Mac’s. I think that I liked that GIF a lot because it was a great representation of what too much fast food does to a human being, it makes them regret ever thinking that greasy food was a good choice.
9. I think that the biggest thing for me this week was my inability to manage my time well. While I did do work throughout the week, the amount of work I did during each day varied. I think that if I put in a more balanced effort next week, I will reap the benefits. I’m excited because I think I’m now starting to get a hang of things and this will result in me performing better next week. In addition, I also have to spend more time on taking photos. Many of my photos did not come out as nice as I would have expected them to be.
I think that my experiences with all of the social media websites in my past will help me perform well in this class. I am excited to use Soundcloud as it is one of my favorite apps to use. I love being able to express myself, and I really love it when there is a microphone around me. I cannot wait to see what we do with Soundcloud. Only time will tell.
This week I interacted with some of my classmates’ posts. I commented on Leni’s website, where I gave an in-depth response on his photo of the week (comment is awaiting moderation). I also retweeted something from ds106 daily create. In addition to that, I also commented on Marina’s #tdc2001. I think it is important to give and receive responses from your peers as it helps give you perspective on how you can improve.