Written By Tim Gao
This is my first time attending a show features dancing. Long before I went to the show, I’ve already heard about Cynthia Oliver, a famous dancer. Although on that night she did not show up during the show, but her students successfully brought us a wonderful show.
Photo By Tim Gao
Part of the path with the river alongside
Assignment 2 was all about the photo essay. I was pretty eager to start this assignment and hear the criteria for it. It seemed like it was going to be a fair, interesting, and thought-provoking assignment, but then Professor Collins added another twist to the assignment. She challenged us to add themes of fear, afraid, hopeful, and excitement. When this part of the assignment was added, I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I started thinking and had a few ideas. The one I chose to go with was nature-filled and I even got more ideas along the way, which was good.
For our third assignment, we are making a video about something with a start, middle and end. We are still free to be creative with our work, and experiment with our cameras. I named my video “Traffic and Nature.” In my attempt to be artsy, I filmed some scenes of traffic, panned up to the sky and then contrasted the traffic with some scenes in nature. One problem I’m experiencing is having the camera shake when I’m panning in any direction. This is especially problematic when you’re filming something in motion that can’t be recreated. I can’t think of a remedy other than getting more experience at having a steady hand.
Sunflowers at the arboretum
For this assignment I went to the arboretum in Urbana in order to get to know my camera. Before this assignment I was extremely nervous to go out and shoot, as well as complete the editing on time. I didn’t necessarily know what to expect while shooting, and I really didn’t know anything about putting the shots together in a program. After completing the assignment, I am feeling better about shooting and editing, however I am still nervous for future projects. While I learned a lot about my camera during this project, I still feel that I have a lot to learn with my equipment in order to make my projects look more professional. I am hoping to learn more with each new project.
My video can be viewed here.