What did you enjoy about the experience?
I really enjoyed that we could find something that we felt motivated about, and to spend a huge portion of the year doing it. It encouraged me to think that I can do things that I want to do outside of school, and that I don’t have to just be a student while in high school. I have time to be creative too.
What was the most challenging aspect of your Twenty Time project?
I am not a self-motivated person, so keeping myself motivated was very difficult for me, especially in January and February when there was no final goal to keep in mind or the original motivation left.
What is one thing you learned about yourself by participating in your Twenty Time project?
I have learned that I can be a patient person with something that I care about, like my photography.
What are you most proud of? Why?
I am proud of the number of photos that I took. It seemed like I only took a handful each time I went, but when you look at it over the course of a year, it is a lot of photos that I’ve taken.
What lessons did you learn from your successes?
I’ve never really understood the important of patience before this project. I always just knew it as something that was good, but I didn’t understand why. As a result of the project, I’ve learned that when I have the patience to do something, it can turn out really well.
What lessons did you learn from your failures?
I’ve learned that a failure is not always a bad thing. It can set you on a track that you were meant to be on to do the project. For example, the microlens aspect of my project was a failure, but it set me on a new track that taught me how to take pictures for my trip to the grand canyon.
What is one thing about this project you believe you’ll remember for a long time to come?
I’ll have an increase sense of appreciation for art in general. Art museums have never been something that I have loved, however, I understand now what it is like to take pictures. I understand the blood, sweat, and tears (not literally) that go into making a photo look its best. That is something that I will hang onto forever.
I wish we had more class discussions more often about our twenty time projects. That way we would have to have more to show for our projects more often so we could not fall behind.
For my last twenty-time, I took some photos of fruits and vegetables that we got from the grocery store. It is something that I wished I had done earlier, but I had just come up with the idea the week before, so I could not do much between the two class times. I think this is an area that I need to explore more because the photos weren’t that great, but I can definitely work with them to get the photos better, I just wish I had more time to take more pictures.
I had a wonderful time learning how to take photographs. I wanted to take pictures of smaller objects, though I changed it as I moved along in the year because I realized that goal was too specific to a more explorative option where I tried different types of photography. Whether that was landscapes, close ups, food or anything else.
Today was a day where I decided to just take some pictures. It was a long and busy week for me, so I really wanted to take a relaxing twenty time of random pictures in my back yard. There really isn’t much I can say about what I did other than that…
For the next (and last) twenty time, I want to wait until the weekend and take pictures of food. I haven’t really done this before, so I want to try this as more of an experiment. We shall see if it works. I should have done this earlier in the year, but I hadn’t thought about it until a few days ago, but I thought it was a good idea to try because I had the time to try it. I haven’t decided what I’m going to take pictures of yet, but I’m sure that I can come up with something to make for the weekend.
I’m doing this later than I should, but that is only because I am now just making up the twenty time. I assumed it would be better to do a post after doing a lot of things for the project rather than just saying that I was catching up with work during the class time.
As I mentioned above, I was doing work that I needed to make up immediately following the absences that I had during the week. I only just made it up on Friday (April 8), and I was unable to take the pictures that I wanted only because I had a debate tournament the next day. But even so, I sorted through more pictures from my trip, which I have now counted to be between one thousand and two thousand. It was a lot of exercise for my fingers to continually click on the pictures that I wanted to go into the folder for the trip. I’m sure there is an easier way for tech-savvy people, but not for me.
I included a picture from the trip only because I was obsessed with the sky. I used to live in another state, and the one thing that I have loved seeing the difference in is the sky, and this is no exception. The sky and cloud formations in New Mexico is so different than the sky here. It almost looks like a starfish in the sky.
Today, I spent forever going through my photos of my trip (to Southern US) and sorting them into where they were taken so I could keep track of everything. I was expecting to take pictures, but the process took much longer than I anticipated, so the entire class time was used just trying to get my phone and laptop working in sync. Furthermore, I have 600 photos on my phone alone, and more on my mom’s phone (only because she has a newer phone and a nicer lens). That took longer. When I got home, I had to deal with two phones at once and a laptop that is a little slow when trying to import over 600 pictures.
After I loaded these onto my laptop, I had to put them away from the rest of my photos and delete the ones that just were not supposed to be there because they weren’t needed for the project. Next week, I intend on continuing to go through these, then taking more photos of the school and my home.
I took this at a slot canyon near Page, AZ called Antelope Canyon. It is very photogenic and corporations use pictures from the canyon as screen savers.
I got home late from practice today, which I thought was going to be a problem, but it actually provided a nice lighting that I frankly was not expecting, so I took some photos of the very few things in my yard that had color, which was mostly just interesting looking leaves and very organic shapes that I just happened to see. I included a picture that I took today of buds that was on a bush in my yard. I thought they were interesting, especially seeing as the buds are only going to be there for a few more weeks because spring is just around the corner. I was drawn to the plant because of the very strange leaf shape that might be just visible from behind the pod bunch. I tried to take some pictures of this, but none of them turned out well at all because the background blended in with the leaves.
Today I did not get to take photos. I had a test today, so I studied for that, planning on taking photos at home, rather than at school. However, that did not get to happen because of a tornado warning and I had to go home early. The weather was very sketchy this evening, so I was not able to go outside, or outside the laundry room (and still in there). However, I had some time to think to myself about what I want to do next class. To make up the time missed, I am planning to spend time at school and time at home so I can take some pictures there, when hopefully there is not terrible weather. If it gets better later, I might sneak out to get some pictures before it gets too dark, but right now it is not looking good for that. We will see though.
Today I uploaded all of the photos on my phone to my laptop, which took a significant portion of the fifty minute block that I was given. After I loaded the pictures, I categorized them on my laptop into folders titled with the main subject of the piece.
After this, I took some photos outside and even though, these photos have not been loaded onto my laptop yet, I shared a few pictures that I have already taken this year that were of my backyard/garden area. Most of them have a blue fountain in it that was given to my dad for his birthday. I really love the color and irregular shape of the fountain, especially as a backdrop, so I like to take pictures of something near it. The formatting may be a little weird with the text/picture combination.
Today, I did not take pictures, but rather I talked about my twenty time with two other classmates, who seemed very invested in what they were doing.
This year I started off really enjoying what I was doing, but in November and December, I entered a slump. During that time, I did not really want to take photographs as much as I used to. It became something that I had to do rather than wanted to do. I wish there had been some way to put pressure to continue forward because there was no reason for me to keep taking photographs toward the end of the first semester.
Now, though, my parents just bought the tickets for our spring break trip, and I came very excited for that to come, so I am going to practice my photography so I can document the trip in the best way that I can.
Today, I went home and took some photos of the snow, even though it was a little sloshy. That being said, I wish I got the opportunity to take them earlier (my bad, I realize). Oddly enough the pictures did not turn out that well, which is why I’m not going to post them today. This could be for a variety of reasons, the first being that I took them at an awkward time to photograph. I took them at sunset, but there was no sun in the sky, only the reflected light that the sun shadowed. Overall, it was very dark, but not too dark that I could use flash successfully. As it did get darker, I tried to use it more and more than the straight lens, so instead, I am going to try some in the morning light and not use these ones for the final display.
Next class, I am planning on using it to convert a massive amount of photos into black and white.