As I am inching closer and closer to finishing my first week of DS 106, completing the Photo Safari assignment is one that challenged me to break out of my comfort zone. I decided to do my photo safari at a nature trail near my house because I knew there was going to be a lot that I could see and photograph. When walking the trail there is a river that runs alongside it and a slope of trees on the other side. The side that has the river contains a lot of little points where I can walk on the rocks and be closer to the water. After taking my photos, I compiled an album of photos on my Flickr that I thought best represented the themes that I was trying to portray in the assignment.
The inspiration that I got while taking my photos was not only derived from the area that I was in, but listening to Grateful Dead’s “Box of Rain.” Whenever I hear this song, the lyrics make me feel like I am walking through a forest of endless possibilities and that I can take anything that comes my way.
“Walk out of any doorway/ Feel your way, feel your way like the day before/ Maybe you’ll find direction/ Around some corner where it’s been waiting to meet you…” –Grateful Dead
While taking in what the lyrics were saying, I paid close attention to what was around me and made sure to follow the tips highlighted from David duChemin’s book. One tip that I mainly focused on was to be pickier and more selective of what I was photographing. I kept in mind not to take advantage of where I was and remember to tell a digital story with my photos. Additionally, what also kept running through my head was what I learned about in Brian Kennedy’s video about visual literacy and how important the photos we take are to create a meaningful understanding of the bigger picture.
During the process of my photo safari, I ran into many spider webs and slid in a lot of mud to get the photos that I was satisfied with. Therefore, I believe that this process humbled me, not only because I looked crazy freaking out every time I ran into a spider web, but appreciating the effort and time it takes for a photographer to get the right angle or lighting. With that being said, the three photos that I am most proud of are the ones that I had to be imaginative with.
These three photos are where I think I displayed my best effort of being more creative and telling a story. With that being said, I am especially proud of the shadows on the rock that appear to look like two people sitting and having a conversation, but it is actually just a shadow from a nearby rock formation. I think this photo is the most inventive because it makes the audience think that one thing is going on, but when you look closer at it is just a couple of rocks next to each other. Before taking that photo, I was just walking along the trail, saw it in the moment, and took the photo. I took a couple of variations of it, but I decided to be selective and highlight the one that I felt best represented what I wanted to be seen.
On the other hand, pertaining to the photo in the middle, I had to make an inanimate object look alive. So, it took me a couple tries to get the rock in the frame without my hand in the photo, and by using the timer feature on my phone, I was able to make a rock appear that it was flying on its own.
Overall, I had a lot of fun with this assignment and being able to have the opportunity to gain experience with the techniques that I learned from the videos and articles to produce my photo safari. I believe that if I had more time, I would have been able to capture a lot more photos, but I feel that this assignment revealed that there is more than you think that you can take pictures of in 15-minutes.