This week in DS106 had an intense focus on visual assignments, with photography being a major focus. I started the week by reflecting on my previous experiences with photography. I then reviewed a few resources on the Becoming Better Photographers page and accompanying storify before evaluating a few of the photos in my phone using some of the things I learned from there.

On Tuesday, I completed my photoblitz and made a Flickr album to contain all of my images. The rest of my week was spent finishing Daily Creates and working on Visual Assignments. This week, I made a cover for a Romance Novel, a piece of pixel art, a fictional TED Talk starring Bob Ross, a test pattern, and an edited photo with only two colors. I am overall satisfied with my work this week. I am really proud of my text design for the romance novel. I think I did a very good job replicating the style I wanted to emulate. I enjoyed doing my piece of pixel art and I believe I did a sufficient job placing Bob Ross into his TED Talk. I’m a little disappointed with the test pattern, I wish I had done something more original than just tracing over an existing one. Likewise, my edited photo does not come close to the one that inspired it, but I still feel like mine works on its own. I was also able to maintain my commenting goals for 6 out of the last seven days, which I feel is a great improvement over how I did the week before. The only day I missed was yesterday, and I don’t feel particularly bad about that since I had a lot of obligations that day. I think my only major regret this week was not trying any of the gif assignments, but at the same time, I also know that there were still a few of the visual assignments that I had wanted to try (such as multiply yourself and create a warning poster) but simply didn’t have the time for.

I was also able to maintain my commenting goals for 6 out of the last seven days, which I feel is a great improvement over how I did the week before. The only day I missed was yesterday, and I don’t feel particularly bad about that since I had a lot of obligations that day.

The time crunch that I was expecting with the beginning of rehearsal hasn’t come down as hard as I had worried it would, but it is still a very present force constricting me. That, coupled with my upcoming obligations at the SCPA still have me on edge, but I have more faith in my ability to balance all of these commitments now than I did last week. I hope that as the assignments get more complex and step further outside my comfort zone, I will not lose my ability to manage them.