Bang!

Nothing like seeing a fiery explosion in the middle of the night accompanied by an earsplitting sound to liven things up, don’t you agree?

If not, it might pain you to find out that, historically speaking, many cultures have embraced the use of fireworks to celebrate their most memorable occasions. Taken from Wikipedia, “The earliest documentation of fireworks dates back to 7th century China, where they were invented. The fireworks were used to accompany many festivities. It is a part of the culture of China and had its origin there, eventually it spread to other cultures and societies.Important events and festivities such as the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) and the Mid-Autumn Festival were and still are times when fireworks are guaranteed sights. China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world.

As you can see, not only is the China the birthplace (or if you prefer, the place with the oldest record of fireworks in their history) of our explosive fun, but also the worlds current leader infirework production. Quite impressive, don’t you think?

Anyway, I just wanted to give some substance to a simple thought I had and wanted to share as I was skimming through pictures of fireworks that I took (during various times). Image

That thought was simply: “Fireworks are awesome!”

 

Let me know of your experience with fireworks in the comments below! Thanks!

A Ceaseless Seaside Sunset

Sunsets are beautiful, aren’t they?

In this DS106 assignment, A Sunset, one was supposed to “Take a picture of a beautiful sunset. Nothing fancy, just a nice picture”.

But are pictures ever that simple?

The photo you see above was taken in Japan in Yokohama (I think that’s where I was). I remember the day’s events vividly as I walked with my friend down the beach. She, too, was taking pictures of the sea (or whatever this large body of water was), while walking down the beach getting her feet wet in the tide. I remember a little boy ran around her and fell forward in the oncoming tide. Quite unlucky, I thought, as it was rather windy, and the temperature was dropping as night fell. He seemed to rebound quickly, as I remember, for he soon ran back into his mother’s arms after his somewhat tragic fall.

I remember as the tide swept in and cleared all the footprints away, I saw a figure further down the coast staring into the setting sun. I felt at the time that this was quite a symbolic pose, and I was compelled to take this picture. While the setting sun is beautiful, the anonymous person to the right, perhaps the most central part of this picture, is what makes this picture special. The feeling of looking to the horizon, not sure if there really is an end to the vast sea before you, is what I wanted to convey, among other things.

Lastly, I’d like to say that I hope you enjoyed viewing this quaint photo of the sea as much as I have enjoyed taking it. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.

Thanks!

Cartoon Me


Yup, for those of you who are familiar with what I look like, that’s me alright.

Quite a striking visage, don’t you think?

Thanks to the help of one my good, yet wishes to remain anonymous, friends I was able to get myself drawn in a very anime-like way. For this DS106 assignment, Cartoon You, one was tasked with transforming one’s self into a cartoon character through the use of drawing and photo manipulation to obtain the desired cartoon like effects.

I’m not sure if my photo is exactly like the typical American cartoon, instead, it has the more definite Japanese anime style to it. To complete this assignment, all I did was take a photo of the picture that was drawn, uploaded the picture and opened it in Photoshop, did some cropping, and applied various filters and changed the lighting of photo until I got what I liked.

We were also encouraged in the original post to write a comic-like story to go with our picture if we are able to think of one, but, sadly, I cannot think of anything dramatic enough to go with this picture (that doesn’t have to deal with a floating head).

So, let me know what you think of this cartoon me in the comments below. All your replies and comments are much appreciated. If you have any questions regarding photoshop, I can try to help you out with that as well.

Until next time!

Living Freely

For my next DS106 assignment, Design the Cover of Your Autobiography, I chose to work with my own photograph (taken in Yokohama), as an autobiography is something of a personal matter, fiction or not.

This picture may seem quite spartan, however, the subtle meaning it has beat out other images in my collection that had much more action going on inside them. While I feel my life has been quite exciting since I came to Japan, I hoped that by gazing on this photo you get the sense of freedom that I have felt in my life, in contrast to a photograph of something that I had actually done.

You may be asking: Why is that? Wouldn’t it be more interesting the other way around?

Words and pictures are very similar, so it is necessary that in order to transmit the concept and feeling that I have in my mind to you, the reader, it is important that my picture is something that everyone who sees it can relate too. How many times can you recall looking up into the sky seeing birds pass above you?

I’m sure many of you can think of at least a couple instances where that has happened. Do you remember any thoughts or feelings of wanting to fly away, to be free like those birds you saw passing overhead into the horizon?

Again, I can almost positively say that everyone at some point in their life wanted to defy gravity, to fly away from the earth, to be unrestricted by borders or boundaries.

This picture, I hope, can help transmit that feeling of freedom more than anything. The text, as you may notice, is merely supplemental in getting you, the viewer of the image, to think towards that end.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my picture of what my autobiography cover would look like.

Please feel free to comment below and tell me what you think! I’d love to know if you ever dreamed of flying away to somewhere new before, as well!

Thank you!

Pipe Dream

Pipe Dream

“When the storm surged and their pipe sanctuary was crushed, all hoped seemed to be lost for Stick Figure Person 1 and Stick Figure Person 2. Not only did their pipe of hope get destroyed but Stick Figure Person 2 was plunged into a most perilous situation! As the situation progresses, will Stick Figure Person 1 be able to save Stick Figure Person 2? Or will Stick Figure Person 2 be sent to a cold wet grave at the hands of merciless fate?”

Tune in next time to find out!

Or better yet make your own ending! =P

This is my finished DS106 assignment for Stick Figures and Sticky Situations. I hope you enjoyed it! The plot I tried to come up with is really random, but you’re welcome to come up with your own ending in the comments section if you want!

Just for your information, I used Photoshop to put in these stick figures using the paint brush and that’s pretty much it!

Once again, I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know what you think! =)

Flower Power III

Hey! It really is a flower, right?

If that’s what you thought, then I am pleased to answer that this is, indeed, a flower.

Not to mention a very provocative looking one at that!

By now, I am assuming you’re probably wondering what the name of this flower is.

Unluckily for me, I was a bit curious, too, but had no idea what it was.

Luckily for you, I was able to do some comparisons through Google Images and research in Wikipedia to determine what precisely this thing is. Or, at the very least, I was able to determine what this flower might be.

So before all the built up suspense kills you, let me share with you the fruits of my labor. This flower is humbly named the Pink Anthurium or, if you wish, you may also call it the “Flamingo Flower” or “Boy Flower”.

Now, I’m guessing it’s called the “Flamingo Flower” since it comes in a variety of colors and one of which, much like the one in my picture, is (flamingo) pink. So, therefore, it must be called the “Boy Flower” because of the…wait a minute. It says here that both names refer to the structure of the spathe and spadix.

Ahh, should of known that one all along.

For the uninitiated into the world of botany (or those who refuse to click on the links) let me give you a quick and simple definition of the two terms. The spathe is that petal thingy around the spadix. The spadix being the protruding rod shaped pointy thing in center. (Thingy is such a useful word…)

So yeah, you’ll probably want to be clicking on those links right about now.

Anyway, there’s tons of stuff to say about these flowers, but instead of summarizing everything right here, I’m instead going to recommend reading the Wikipedia page about them if you’re interested in learning more.

I hope you enjoyed my picture, and had at least a little fun reading my post. Please tell me what you think of my picture, and as always, feel free to leave a comment.

Thanks for reading! =)

*Notice* I actually ended up writing and rewriting this post a total of three times, definitely not out of choice. I had to do it out of the fact that whenever I chose to save the completed post or submit it, my browser gave me an error message and sent me back to the very beginning of my post. WordPress didn’t even auto save my work once after an hour of typing so now I’m pretty tired and extremely irritated that I had to type this post in Microsoft word to ensure it saves/submits properly. Sorry for the lack of more detailed information. I hope you don’t mind, but I don’t think I can write everything again and stay sane tonight. Thanks for reading this too, I feel slightly better after typing this. 笑笑笑。*End of notice*`

Flower Power II

Flower Power II

Pictured above is a solitary, deeply colored…flower.

If you read my previous post, I’m not very good with flowers, or flower names to be exact, so if you have any idea what this is (morning glory?) let me know. It’s definitely not something exotic, if that helps.. I took this picture in my backyard a few summers ago when I saw them blooming on the side of my house.

Maybe (eventually) in the Flower Power series, I will start giving more details about what the flowers actually are. I mean, not knowing anything about them is giving me the urge to do some research later anyway. So I might as well kill two birds with one stone and post that info on here!

(Maybe…maybe…)

Let me know what you think please, and post the name if you know!

Thanks!