Twenty Time Reflection

  • What did you enjoy about the experience?

Twenty Time served as a section of the week where I could slow down and enjoy myself. I was able to lose myself in something that I really enjoyed but rarely have time for. I also found that Twenty Time served as a measuring stick for how relaxed and happy I was during the year. If I was able to truly enjoy myself that meant I was doing well mentally.

  • What was the most challenging aspect of your Twenty Time project?

I often struggled to find a way to be creative when I did not have the motivation to actually try and find a new angle for a subject. I found myself putting off taking quality photos until I felt like it. Instead, I would take mediocre pictures and promise myself to take enough decent photos to make up for my laziness. When I did not feel the artistic vibe on a Twenty  Time day I would put off taking pictures to the next day hoping that I would want to take them. Often times I was daunted by the fact that my pictures might not be good enough for my presentation. This was not exactly motivating me to take pictures because I felt like I might not even incorporate photos I took on a particular Twenty Time. None the less I eventually got around to taking them with quite a few mental pep talks.

  • What is one thing you learned about yourself by participating in your Twenty Time project?

I found out that I love to prioritize. My dad has always told me to consider my priorities wisely and I think I may have taken it a little far. During the year I tended to put off taking pictures because I had more important and demanding things to do. Usually I would put off taking my Twenty Time pictures until seven or eight o’clock. By then I would tell myself that I could not possibly take pictures when it was dark because the lighting would be yellow, or my subject was outside. I ended up shooting the next day because I knew my blog post was due within twenty four hours. By the end of the year I was able to complete Twenty Time in a more timely fashion because of the impending presentations. Twenty Time has made me recognize that I should be careful in putting off lower priorities because there are consequences.

  • What are you most proud of? Why?

I am surprisingly most proud of the time-lapse video I showed to document my day to day work. When I complete larger projects that require some form of physical evidence of work I usually never give any insight into my process. Even though this video was not my end product I was exceptionally proud that I recorded a section of my hard work over the year to share with the class. When I watch presentations the process of the creator is often overlooked or passed over briefly and I like to see progress in addition to a final end product.

  • What lessons did you learn from your successes?

Success is the reward to hard work and failure, and is one of many motivating factors for me. My successes usually came in the form of photos, these photos were usually used as targets to beat. I would challenge myself to take a better picture than I took last time, this is what kept me going even when I felt like doing nothing. Over the course of this year I learned to use successes as targets to improve my work. Critiquing my own successes made me expect more from myself in and out of Twenty Time.

  • What lessons did you learn from your failures?

One particular realization struck me about half way through the year. I was limiting myself by taking pictures to represent words, having to keep in mind directions while trying to be innovative was not working. My creativity level was suffering because of a self imposed restriction. The goal of taking pictures for these words was so that I could have a more concrete plan for my final product. One thing that I was able to take away from this failure was that deciding the end result of something before it even happens takes away from new opportunities and possibilities. In the future I plan to have a vision for my final products but not restrictions.

  • What is one thing about this project you believe you’ll remember for a long time to come?

Having structured time for doing something that I love this year has been a blessing. I have enjoyed myself more during this year because I am pursuing photography. Twenty Time has helped me find myself when I was getting lost in school work, and escape from the pressure. After seeing the positive effect that following my passions has had, I will always try to make time for things that I enjoy most, even when there seems to be no time at all.

  • What is something the teacher could have done to make this project better?

Incorporating a quick reflection every quarter would help some of the students that are struggling to use time wisely get back on track. Include questions that show students where they are in relation to others as a motivational tool. Even reflecting with classmates at tables and sharing their experience would help people gauge their trajectory for the year. Also encouraging students to do something that have never tried before would be helpful, I  really liked keeping up with photography but at the same time I wish that I had explored other regions of interest.

Twenty Time 4/26

This twenty time I was able to finalize my outline for Wednesday’s in class essay, I was also able to start my homework for Spanish. I made a very thorough Quizlet for our next set of vocabulary. At home I uploaded the last of my pictures and sorted through most of them. I have pared down my selection for the slide show I will show and I also made a few tweaks to the time lapse video I took earlier. As we near the end of the twenty time project I look back and notice how nice it has been to have a break and enjoy something that I do not usually invest time in. Getting back into photography outside of class has given me stress relief and enjoyment of free time instead of staying inside cooped up.

In the upcoming week I will finalize my photos in my presentation. In addition I plan to evaluate how well I stuck to my original proposal for the twenty time project. Similarly I want to reflect overall on the successes and failures of my project this year, gaging how well I used my time. I will use this information when drafting my lose script and slide show.

Twenty Time 4/19

Today in twenty time I read and annotated an article for World Cultures and I made a quilt for my Spanish quiz. I was able to work ahead anticipating that our game at NRCA would make it hard for me to finish my homework. Over the long weekend I was able to take some pictures to add to my collection of pictures. I finished editing my time-lapse video that I will show in my presentation. My late arrival home tonight means that I had to avoid taking pictures. I will take more pictures to conclude my twenty time when I have free time during this week. Lately, I have chosen not to include pictures  so that I will have some photos that are new to show in my presentation.

Next twenty time I plan to evaluate how effectively I stayed true to my plan to represent words I found in photos I loved. My prediction is that as the year went along I tried to be creative and not limit myself to what I had written down on paper. Hopefully I am also able to start collecting my final pictures out of all the pictures I have taken for twenty time. I will start to sort through the best of my pictures that have accumulated and pick the most appealing to show in my presentation.

Twenty Time 4/7

During class time I studied for a math test. I was able to squeeze in some extra practice during a very busy start to the fourth quarter. Today I took portraits of my sister, trying to capture good lighting to accentuate her features. As twenty time comes to a close I chose to take a time-lapse video of the photo shoot so I could show people my process. I hope to take more pictures over the weekend so that I can fill the last word requirements I have. I’m hoping to shoot in my yard, we have some interesting vegetation growing, and we also have lots of trees that cast interesting shadows.

Next twenty time I plan on editing the time lapse video and doing a final check on all the pictures I want to include in my final presentation. I will pair my photos with the words I chose, and start to format them in a final presentation. I hope that sequencing my photos in chronological order will show my growth over the school year as a photographer. However, I am disappointed because in day to day life whenever I see a photo worthy scene I never seem have my DSLR camera. I feel that my creativity and quality of images could have been better I had taken photos daily rather than every Day Seven.

Twenty Time 3/24

This twenty time I spent the class learning my groups dance for PE. I missed PE earlier that day, so Ani caught me up with the rest of our group. It was nice to just hang out during twenty time knowing that I had the weekend to work on the minimal homework I had. At home I uploaded photos that I took in Colorado over spring break. I managed to take a couple of nice pictures, however I spent most of my time enjoying the mountains. With the few quality pictures I took over the break, I see that I still need a few back up option pictures.

Moving forward, I need to take a couple portraits of people in order to fill my last word requirements. One of the portraits I will take is going to be filmed (time-lapse) so that I can use it to show my process in my upcoming presentation. Next time I will take picture and evaluate the last steps of my project.

Twenty Time 2/27

This weekend I was able to sort through all of my photos on my camera and start deleting some of the 6000 photos on my SD card. I admit I have been procrastinating as the amount of photos grows rapidly, but I spent 20 minutes going through them and deleting a lot. I pulled out three photos that I took recently, and I am planing to use all of them in my final presentation. I only have to take a few more photos before I have a picture for all my words. I think I want to make a time lapse video of me taking a staged photo to show the process behind my project. Hopefully this will carry over into my final presentation as well.

As the end of twenty time approaches I am scrambling for ways to show what I have been doing this year. I am exploring what my friends are choosing to do, and then I will chose how I want to display information. Next twenty time I hope to brainstorm more presenting ideas, delete photos off my camera, and of course take pictures for the last couple of words.

Twenty Time

Yesterday during Twenty Time I worked on finishing my reading for history because I got home really late from my basketball game. I also used this class period to read part of Life of Pi to get ahead. This was a nice time for me to catch up on work time I lost the previous  day. I appreciated that I could count on having time to finish my homework the next day, so I could go to sleep at a reasonable hour.

Over the snow days I took pictures in anticipation of an upcoming twenty time, and I sorted through them and picked out a few to contend for one of my chosen words. I don’t have the new pictures downloaded yet, but I hope to as soon as I have a chance. Next twenty time will be the midyear evaluation… but the next work day we have, I will dedicate to freely taking pictures and assessing which pictures account for which words. I also hope to focus more on pre-set scenes instead of arranged pictures.

Twenty Time 9 2/13

This twenty time I just relaxed. It was a nice change of pace, and a good break from a long week. Looking back at my photos I have already taken, I need a good deal of quality photos to share. I am hoping to get out of the house next weekend and down to the beach. This weekend I was cooped up inside doing homework!

I am hoping I can squeeze in a few more quality photo sessions before I have to work on my presentation. I am still contemplating how to share my (few) photos that I am proud of with the class. Because I don’t have a large amount of them, I want to find an engaging way to share them. I seem to accumulate a large amount of failures rather than successes.

I have also realized that I have stopped shooting for the words I chose originally. Now I find myself shooting for pleasure and relaxation as the years work rate picks up. Lets hope I can fit in more photos to include in my presentation.

Twenty Time 9 2/3

Today was the midyear check point for twenty time, it was really interesting to hear about how other peoples projects were coming along. Kristina, Neil and Jack H. were sitting at my table. Each of their projects was vastly different, and they all sounded very interested in the topic they were investigating.

Kristina was redirecting her focus to replicating the character Rey from the newest Star Wars, instead of drawing or replicating a drawing. Neil was starting to brainstorm what game he might make using his newly acquired knowledge of Python coding. And Jack H. was continuing to take pictures and figure out his final presentation.

Because we were evaluating progress last twenty time, I have made plans to continue shooting for the next four twenty times. Trying to shoot over the weekends will be important so that I have enough interesting photos to compile for my final presentation. The last three twenty times will be spent on formatting all of these photos into a final collage that is visually appealing using software, and possibly making a large print for my final presentation.

Twenty Time 8 1/27/16

Yesterday during Twenty Time I worked on finishing my reading for history because I got home really late from my basketball game. I also used this class period to read part of Life of Pi to get ahead. This was a nice time for me to catch up on work time I lost the previous  day. I appreciated that I could count on having time to finish my homework the next day, so I could go to sleep at a reasonable hour.

Over the snow days I took pictures in anticipation of an upcoming twenty time, and I sorted through them and picked out a few to contend for one of my chosen words. I don’t have the new pictures downloaded yet, but I hope to as soon as I have a chance. Next twenty time will be the midyear evaluation… but the next work day we have, I will dedicate to freely taking pictures and assessing which pictures account for which words. I also hope to focus more on pre-set scenes instead of arranged pictures.