Video Blog!

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1) For this project, my partner Josh and I had to find an event to record and make a video on, but not just any video, we had to make one with two interviews and ambient sound, so we decided on The (In) Visible Universe since I was already covering it for my social media project.

2) I loved seeing all of the stars towards the end of the show. After Rachel had shown us pictures and scales of how big stars can get, she turned off all the lights and lit up this orb that had shown specs of light that represented the stars and their locations in our night sky. She then continued to use a laser pointer to draw out common constellations and told us the Greek stories behind each constellation.  I also loved the picture that she showed us of two stars going supernovae right next to each other, which also happens to be extremely rare. The only thing that I didn’t enjoy was the fact she wouldn’t allow us to take pictures even without a flash on the camera so Josh and I had to hide our recording devices.

3) I learned what constellations we have in our Milky Way Galaxy and what Greek mythology had said about each one. The surprising thing that I experienced was the video of an astronaut filling a rag full of water and then ringing it out. The water formed a tube around the rag but didn’t drip or float way, it was amazing. Like i said in my earlier posts, I wish I could have taken pictures of the room and the orb that lit up with stars.

4) In my internship this next semester, I will have to work games and update our University blogging site, so I think that using videos to update it would be a great addition that would gain more viewers.

Twitter!

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1) For this assignment we had to find a U.W. event to attend and while we were there we had to put our social media skills to the test by posting “tweets” on Twitter about the event. After looking for an interesting event to tweet about, I came across two that would be likely candidates. The first one on the University calender was the planetarium’s (In)visible Universe, and the other being a class teaching Kayaking in the Corbett pool. I decided to go with the planetarium because I haven’t been to one since Junior High and was curious if the experience would be the same.
The event that I attended was: The (In) Visible Universe, but we came to find that when we got there that they changed the showing to The Life and Death of Stars.

2) I loved the planetarium because my knowledge about space is very limited. Each time our announcer Rachel Smullen would show a picture, it wouldn’t have any meaning to me, but once she described what the picture was I became entranced by how vast space really was. The only hard part was that the room was completely dark and we had reclining chair so, as you can imagine, a student laying back after a long day of per-finals, it was hard to stay awake.

3) I can’t even describe what I learned! I never knew that there were so many black holes in outer space. I also didn’t know that once a star blew up it would take years for us to see because the travel of light takes so long to reach Earth. It also surprised me that there are other starts in space that could fit 100 of our suns in it.  If I could do anything differently it would be to take a picture before or after the show to put up on twitter so that everyone could see how awesome the room was.

4) I have an internship next semester dealing with blogging for the University Sports page for Wyoming, so I am really glad to get some experience with blogging before I start my job rather than learning on the job.

Soundslide Post

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My partner Trevor and I researched a youth program from the Big Brothers Big Sisters called The Hub. For this assignment, my partner and I were supposed to interview two sources that were familiar with The Hub and then take various pictures related to the club. We were also supposed to record ambient noise, which we chose the noise of children playing in the background. The purpose of this assignment was to not only involve ourselves with the community, but to also to familiarize ourselves with media technology that we have been working on for the past month. Each element of this assignment was something that we have come to perfect over this course. At the end, putting all of our hard work of putting pictures, ambient noise, and interviews together has created a fun and interesting sound slide.

Working with Trevor was a really fun experience. He was a hard worker and had all of the materials that we needed in order to achieve the completion of this assignment. We both coordinated well with each other and our schedules so that everything would run smoothly. While I did one of the interviews, Trevor would take the photos of the facility. Then when I had a full day of work, he would go and take care of the other interview. The only frustrating part for the both of us was the uploading part. With Trevor being the  more technologically advanced partner, and me getting help in class for putting everything together, we just couldn’t seem to overcome the technological difficulties. Other than that Trevor was a great partner.

Doing the interview with Bryan was enjoyable because he was really easy to interview. He was so ready to share all of the things that he enjoyed about his job at the Hub. I didn’t have to try to dig for information or try to pry into him about The Hub.

The Soundslide project was overall pretty fun, I really enjoyed getting to know what The Hub was all about. Before this project I didn’t know anything about The Hub, but after the interviews and walking around the facility I found that it was a really good program. Getting pictures and sounds was fun, but the interviews were the best part because the interviewees gave us the inside information about what The Hub is.

The only problems that we ran into was the fist time we went to interview Carder, the supervisor of The Hub, we had found out that he had sprain his ankle earlier that day and was the doctors office, so we had to find someone else to interview. Also the software for Soundslide was difficult because the audio wouldn’t upload to the Soundslide software which made it frustrating.

The only thing that I would change about the project would be to get more of the technological elements done before Friday because then I could have just had your help with the uploading and then if we had any more difficulties then we could have figured it out right there. Other than that, I think everything else went rather smoothly.

Raw Interview

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Raw Interview

This experience was better than the last one by far because I actually found out more about my friend Gregory Bottoms and I felt more comfortable talking and asking questions than the other times when I took pictures of strangers and would have to get their names and permission to take pictures of their children. As an interviewee, Greg said, “It was stressful to know that what I was about to say was about to be put online, but seeing as I felt comfortable around Brittany, the interview was rather comfortable to conduct and to do.”

Doing interviews is always a good experience because it gives me and the interviewee more experience for when important interviews come up. Also I just learned more about the placement of the recorder, what types of questions to ask and how to interact with the interviewee. Even though he was my friend and I was familiar with him, it was still a good experience for me.

I enjoyed learning about all of the things that I hadn’t known about Greg yet. At first he tried to be formal about this questions, but when he got to talking about things that were vividly fun memories for him, he began to loosen up with what he was saying which made it more fun and interesting for both him and I. Some of the things that I did not enjoy were the questions. I had already knew a lot about Greg so coming up with some of the questions so ask him had proven to be some-what difficult. I also had a hard time transferring the sounds like in the blog before this one. So i had to go through more steps in order to be able to post the interview online, other than that, it was a pretty fun experience.

I don’t think that I should have done anything different with my interview because I was pretty pleased about the questions that I had asked and the responses that I got. I also was satisfied with the timing that it took to conduct the interview.

Counting to Ten

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So in this assignment we had to count to ten out of order and then use Audacity to put them back into the right order.

This is me counting out of order

This was the easy part of the experiment!

The next part was reordering the counting so that it was in the right sequence.

This was the finished product!

The most challenging thing about this whole project was the reordering of the numbers. This project was to teach us how to use audio software in order to edit sounds the way we like them. You are able to do this through variable editing styles on Audacity. The software to Audacity was way too confusing and complicated. My experience with this blog has been a horrible one. This took too much time for the time allotted to us to complete this assignment. I especially think that for the people who are not familiar with this software needed more time in order to collect better noises and to edit in a way that was admirable. Working with the software was very difficult, so much so that I had to have three other friends help me to figure this out.

I have no fears about the editing of audio journalism because my future endeavors will not include audio journalism. Therefore the only way I will ever be using this software at any other point in my life except to entertain the thought of editing noises again. Even though my experience with this project was a horrible one and one that I would never like to repeat, I think that learning this skill would be useful if I were to ever go into the music business or if I would ever like to edit any other sounds. If I do have interest in this in the future, Then I will know where to look.

Beginning Audio Recording and Editing

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Over the past few days I have taken the opportunity to record a few ambient noises, each unique in their own way.

1. Ambient noise of my friends setting their players up for a game of League of Legends

-League of legends is a computer game that is a lot like World of Warcraft, but has small differences. When hearing this, I though it would be a fun and great ambient noise to record.

2.This next one is the sound of my cousin and his friend smoking out of a hooka pipe while we all watched The Walking Dead.

– I don’t know if you know what hooka is, but it’s flavored tobacco that you put into a pipe and smoke from a hose that is attached to water which makes that bubbling noise.

3.This last Saturday my family sat down for a board game of Settlers of Catan. This is a tradition not only for my family, but for my friends and I as well.

– Settlers of Catan is a board game that is much like the game Risk in some ways. This game challenges your thinking and makes for a fun bonding time with your friends.

4.I needed a sound from the outside world, so what better way to capture that than to record the noise of my solo walk back from class to my apartment. Snow seems to be a big thing around these parts.

– Of course everyone knows the sounds of snow crunching beneath your feet. I thought; “What better way to relate to everyone than with the snow that forces us to gather together in warmth?”

5.This next noise was another requirement, so I recorded popcorn popping in my house to help me get through my hunger pains and get my homework done.

– I’m quite sure this sound will make everyone hungry. I was popping some popcorn at my house when I thought that the popping sounds would make for a unique ambient sound.

6.This is next sound was of Kerston typing a report, at the RAC center, for a research project for one of my other classes.

– This sound, I’m sure, is something that not everyone is thrilled about, this is the sound of the key board that my friend Kerston was typing her report for one of her classes.

Photojournalism

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The newlywed couple Ashley and Zachary Gill preparing to cut their first piece of cake to share with each other at their wedding reception on Saturday. This first photo was an opportunity for me to capture the truest act of love, a wedding. This took place in Wheatland, Wyoming on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

The newlywed couple Ashley and Zachary Gill preparing to cut their first piece of cake to share with each other at their wedding reception on Saturday. This first photo was an opportunity for me to capture the truest act of love, a wedding. This took place in Wheatland, Wyoming on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

The title of this photo was “A Taste of Eternity”. The caption included the newlywed couple Ashley and Zachary Gill preparing to cut their first piece of cake to share with each other at their wedding reception on Saturday. This first photo was an opportunity for me to capture the truest act of love, a wedding. This took place in Wheatland, Wyoming on Saturday, March 2, 2013. My grandmother had mentioned that the wedding of her assistant manager was taking place, so I jumped at the opportunity to take photos of this event. This experience was definitely an emotional one because I adore weddings and the thought of romance. So, taking pictures of a couple that was taking a giant step in starting their lives together was great subject matter. The one thing that was difficult about taking these pictures was that everyone wanted to take their own photos, so it was hard getting into a position where I could take a creative shot without interfering with other photo takers. The creative device that I used was experimentation. There were so many other shots of different poses they made while getting ready to cut the cake, but out of all of them, this was my favorite.

 Dwight Howard gets fouled and is allowed two free throw shots, making both shots put the Lakers in the lead during second quarter.

Dwight Howard gets fouled and is allowed two free throw shots, making both shots put the Lakers in the lead during second quarter.

The title for this photo is, ” Dwight Howard’s Free Throw”. The caption included: Dwight Howard gets fouled and is allowed two free throw shots, making both shots put the Lakers in the lead during second quarter. The Denver Nuggets vs. L.A. Lakers game was a lot of fun to go to with my father after he offered me a ticket to have a father-daughter date. The spirits of the arena were so high with excitement and adrenalin while the crowds were cheering for their favorite teams. There were so many great war faces to capture and hands being thrown up in the air over a call they deemed unnecessary. At some points during the game I actually had to remember that my mission was to take photos instead of enjoying all of the excitement. I was so absorbed in the game that taking pictures was the last thing on my mind but, having these great seats made it pretty easy to get the perfect shots of the players and the game. Not having an adequate camera to photograph from made it difficult to capture motion shots because the photos always came out blurry. When I did get decent shots, however, it was fun to look at because I had captured the skill of that particular player. The creative device that I used for this photo was cropping because in the midst of the crazy fan based background, Dwight stood out because I had zoomed in on him in order to make him the main focus, which then made it a fun picture.

Mister Ian and Mrs. Lydia Housers were shopping for a birthday gift for their friend while holding little Tyler at Frontier Mall in March 1, 2013

Mister Ian and Mrs. Lydia Housers were shopping for a birthday gift for their friend while holding little Tyler at Frontier Mall in March 1, 2013

Cute Baby Cheeks was taken at Frontier Mall in Cheyenne while I was looking for other photo opportunities. The Houser family was shopping for a watch to give to their friend whose birthday was that weekend. I was literally walking around the mall looking for cute photo opportunities when I see a Mr. Houser standing Tyler on the display case and talking that cute baby talk with him. Even though I missed that shot, I got the next best thing which was Tyler being held in a loving embrace by his father.  This photo wasn’t hard to get, but with the camera on my phone, the pictures didn’t come out as clear as I had hoped. I felt so happy taking this photo because I love it when fathers are involved with their children and aren’t afraid to make funny noises to make their child smile. the creative device used in this photo was contrast because the family was dark against the light background of the store.

Shawna Lopez was holding her son, Issac's hand while shopping at the mall. She says she loves to come to the mall with her son to tire him out for the night. Mommy's Date to the Mall was taken at Frontier Mall on March 1, 2013.

Shawna Lopez was holding her son, Issac’s hand while shopping at the mall. She says she loves to come to the mall with her son to tire him out for the night. Mommy’s Date to the Mall was taken at Frontier Mall on March 1, 2013.

Mommy’s Date to the Mall was also taken at Frontier Mall that same night. As I entered the mall, I saw this cute photo opportunity. Shawna was holding little Issac’s hand while shopping for some clothes. I love parent child photos so I felt like I had to take that shot because it was so adorable. it wasn’t difficult getting this photo because the opportunity was right there when I walked in. I used experimentation as my creative device.

Big sister Jamie Sullivan holding little sister Kylee Sullivan's hand was telling her to not look at the underwear at Victoria Secrets because they were for mommy at the Frontire Mall in Cheyenne on Friday, March 1, 2013

Big sister Jamie Sullivan holding little sister Kylee Sullivan’s hand was telling her to not look at the underwear at Victoria Secrets because they were for mommy at the frontier Mall in Cheyenne on Friday, March 1, 2013

The Little Angels In the Mall was shot in the same place at the same time as Cute Baby Cheeks. Two little girls were in Victoria Secrets with their parents looking at underwear when they got shy and ran away. I loved shooting this photo because it shows the innocence of little girls. It was rather difficult to get this photo because they moved around so much.

I learned how to interact with others for great photos.

Nothing surprised me about this assignment because I experienced all of it during the photography assignment.

I wish I had a better camera to shoot better photos with.