Today, we did a light painting experiment. It was definitely very different from the normal experiments that we did. Light painting requires a tripod, low ISO number and the shutter speed set to bulb mode. Kylie, Audrey and I took turns taking the photos and also using our phones to draw. I thought we cooperated together really well and our product turned out to be really successful. I think that light painting is a really creative and cool way to express some sort of message, but our group wouldn’t choose light painting as our final product.
We also had our third mentor meeting today as well. In this stage, I don’t really think that mentor meetings are useful and I don’t really like it. We have to spend a lot of time to explain to our mentor some of the PYP elements (the inquiry cycle, the 6 units and enduring understandings), since he is not a teacher/in the education department. I don’t find our mentor that helpful, what we really do every meeting is that we talk to him about our process and what we’re now doing and then he asks us some questions about our work. I don’t think that’s the purpose of a mentor meeting, but I just don’t feel like we are having our meetings effectively. I feel like there’s a need to improve this problem, I might tell my group how I feel and I’ll just see how the others feel.
Here are some photos that we’ve taken:
Today, we had an interview with Ms. Campbell, she is an expert in photography and in visual arts. Ms. Campbell gave us a lot of useful tips, answered some of our questions and gave me some suggestions to improve my photos. I learnt how aperture works, other modes that I could experiment with on the camera (aperture priority and shutter speed priority), how to use and view the exposure meter. Some of the photos that I took in previous experimentations are either to dark or too light (underexposed and overexposed), so I need to be more aware with the exposure meter and settings when experimenting with the digital camera to prevent my photos to become really dark or really light next time.
In my opinion, I think interviews are actually even more easier and effective to find information and research. It’s because you have an actual expert there which you can ask any questions. The interviewee can even give you an example or demonstrate it to you, it’s easier and effective to understand than just highlighting through pages of books and then taking notes of the key information. All you need to do after the interview is just transfer all your notes that you’ve took to the rest of the research notes and then make a conclusion that answers your supporting questions. Also, in an interview, sometimes I tend to learn more and take out more things, that’s why I prefer interviews.
You can tell that I know what to do (as seen above), but I still need to find some time to do that. I might do it during the Easter break. I can’t wait till my next interview which is on Saturday (with one of my mom’s friend). We are going to do 4 interviews (I don’t know if it’s too much?), and 2 interviews is already completed, 1 with Kylie’s tutor, 1 with my mom’s friend, 1 with Ms. Campbell and the last one with Audrey’s aunt.
Today, we rescheduled our exhibition time together due to the math assembly we had this morning. Unfortunately, Kylie had performing arts during exhibition time, so Audrey and I finished off some work that needed to be done, like the banner, filling in the permission slip and just organizing ourselves. I wouldn’t say we used our time efficiently today, but we did what we needed to do and the work that’s due got completed.
I still have the feeling that I had yesterday, it feels like there’s a lot of work to do and I don’t have enough time to do all the work. The feeling is annoying me. It also seems like I keep on forgetting things, but in fact I’m actually doing well with time. Sometimes I’m just taking things a bit too seriously and I think I may just take a rest and take a step back during the Easter holidays so then I wouldn’t be thinking about exhibition work and working.
So far, I think I need to spend more time doing more research, making sure and trying to do 3 critiques per week and also trying to experiment on different things to improve my photography skills. Even though I need to take a break off from the exhibition work, but I’m possibly going to go around HK and take photos that shows that “global interaction has given us access to many things around the world and it impacts us positively and negatively”.
Today, we chose the enduring understandings that we wanted to focus on for our final product. We also need to form another line of inquiry connected with the enduring understandings, which will be due on Wednesday. Our group is planning to do a total of 2 final products, Kylie and Audrey will work together (since they’re focusing on photoshop) and I will work on taking photographs with DSLRs. Our group is going to express global interactions through photography. I’m not sure what Kylie and Audrey will be doing, but I am going to use photos to express “global interactions that gives us access to many things around the world, which impacts us positively and negatively”.
For some reasons, I have a feeling that our group is falling behind and not getting things done by the due date. Our group is participating, but not as effective and efficient as we used to be, we are more” individual” in terms of doing the researches and experimentations. I feel like we have a lot of things that needed to be done, but I’m not sure if I’m worrying to much though.
I think that there’s a lot of work to do. I need to work on the banner and other group work (research, enduring understanding, actions…). We have so many deadlines to keep track with and other research to do. I feel like I need to spend a lot of time during Easter to finish some work that needs to be completed. I am now on the stage where I get really confused about time and what we’re supposed to do. My goal this week is to try and spend more time at home each day to work on exhibition work and organize myself.
Today, we spent most of our time doing research, some time on experimenting and some time on our mentor meeting. First, in class I organized my process journal. My notes from the tuning in presentations and some of the prior knowledge questions about the exhibition are all in my learning to learn sketchbook. I used to be really confused on where my work is, now it makes it much more easier to find my work, because most likely it’s going to be in my white folder. It is also more efficient for us when we’re finding our work. We also printed some of our reflections on the blog and filed them in the white folders. This way, it’s easier to show my learning/thinking/knowledge developments overtime. After all the organization, it felt like my process journal is more complete and all the bits and pieces are in the folders. I can now access my exhibition work easily in my white folder, which is a great improvement compared to before.
We had our 2nd mentor meeting today. We were mainly focusing on telling our mentor about the dark room experimenting and the times that we’re available (our mentor is going to be our supervisor) . At the end, we had less time to focus on the actual stage of inquiry that we’re now on. I think our mentor is confusing me because he told us to start thinking about the final product and I haven’t even decided what form of expression I wanted to choose to express to the audience at the end. I’m also still on the researching stage, so it kind of freaks me out because it seems like there’s not much time left…
Additionally, we found another primary resource/expert to interview. It’s Ms. Campbell, we are going to interview her next Tuesday during exhibition time. I am looking forward to the interview, we’ve already prepared the questions that we’re going to ask. We chose Ms. Campbell to interview because she came in and did an informative tuning in presentation on photography, and we thought she’s very knowledgeable in photography.
The amount of research that I did this week is pretty satisfying, but I still need to do some more tomorrow and during the weekends.
Today in class (actual class) we talked about some of the possible issues that we might be focusing on. The issues are all going to be 1 or 2 big ideas from the previous unites that we learnt. For example, The Who we are unit (values), one of the big ideas that most of us took away is that values change over time. Everyone might me doing something different that they want to express at the end in their final product. I’m still not sure which one to choose, but I might be doing values (different people has different values), global interaction (impacts people positively and negatively or global interaction gives us access to many things around the world). One of my questions that I’m sure I’m going to have when creating my final product is how am I going to show my certain expression through photography. I also believe that this is one of the challenges I’m going to face when creating the final product.
When we were brainstorming all the big ideas we were in different groups. I thought that we were all participating pretty well together as a group. All of us contributed something at the whole process went by very successfully. Our group was a bit special, we split ourselves with different roles, 2 people discussing and writing it down by memory, 2 people looking through their portfolios, reflection sheet for the end of the unit and process journals, the other 2 finds information on blogs. It turns out that all of us was still doing the job that we’re meant to do and it definitely worked effectively as well.
I can’t really decide on what expression I want to focus on yet, I might need to compare and see which one is suitable to express through photography. I might need more time to do that and hopefully by next week, I know what expression that my final product is going to focus on. If I’m really stuck, I might even ask my exhibition team members or my mom to give me some suggestions.
Today, we spent most of our exhibition time on doing more research and finding people to interview. As I’ve mentioned before, my group wants to experiment around and rent a dark room to develop film in. Therefore, we spent most of our time finding places around HK that we could possibly go to. We found 1 in Central that costs $200 for 4 hours, though we’re planning to only go for around 2-3 hours. Kylie contacted the shop this afternoon and asked them questions that we’ve had and she also got some details as well. We are very likely to go there sometime next week, probably with our mentor (which is still not confirmed yet).
I’ve now got some information on resolution of photos, focus, depth of field, zoom, subject & background, depth of field, composition and taking photos that involves actions. Obviously, I have different amount of information for the skills listed above. I don’t think I’ve done enough research at this point, but it’s an acceptable amount in this stage, furthermore we still need to interview some of the experts. We are going to discuss more on interviewing the experts tomorrow. My goal this week is to definitely try to finish all my research, as well as noting down some of the useful information that I found out. I also need to continue doing critiques of photographs that other photographers take and continue with experimenting.
Today, we shared with a partner from another exhibition group our process journals (how we organize stuff, work that we’ve done, explaining some of the challenging or successful work etc.). I thought that it was a great chance to. However, since our groups are all on different stages, some might be researching, some might be organizing all their resources and some might be experimenting with their art form, sometimes it’s confusing for me to keep track and keep organized on my work. I was a bit worried when I saw that some other groups had done a lot of research, I’m scared that I might start falling behind and end up not being able to finish our work, but then Mrs. Ferrari told us it’s ok because we have different amount of skills and information to research on, so some groups might spend more time to experiment, while others are already thinking ahead and starting to plan their final product.
I think that I need to start working much more effectively and efficiently. I feel like sometimes I might be spending too much time on the minor things and too little for the important things that should be completed in depth. I thought I did pretty well on organizing all my work (especially in my process journal) and keeping track of where my things might be (tuning in presentations in my learning to lear sketchbooks, all my exhibition work filed in my white folder, experimentations in white folder and reflections on my blog). In this stage, I feel like I should dedicate more time to research, not just reading the information, but highlighting and/or taking some notes to help me. 4 more weeks left, I’m not as confident as I was in the beginning, but I’m sure that I could finish all my work in time, but I’m also a bit worried on the time that I have to create my final product.
Today at exhibition time, we started coming up with our lines of inquiry, supporting questions and key concepts. Mrs. Ferrari told us that it’s ok to make some adjustments or changes even though we’ve already came up with the lines of inquiry, central idea and/or supporting questions. I thought of the lines of inquiry and together, we improved my idea and made it into a better one. We also came up with some supporting questions. However, today we had some issues on contributing and sharing our ideas, (aka overall not participating that effectively…). I noticed that my team members weren’t really focusing, maybe each of us occasionally does that, but today we definitely had some problems. The whole feeling of the collaboration environment was gone, it didn’t felt normal. Once I noticed what happened, I first tried to ask them questions of what they thought of and guided them back in, but then they just kept on “ummm….ing”, then I decided that I should just told them how I felt. I said to them that I noticed something’s wrong with our overall participation today. It sort of helped the problems and we got some planning done as well afternoon. I think a lot has happened this week, maybe we’re just really sleepy and busy.
We decided that we are going to start interviewing people/experts in photography. I already have my own list of people that I want to interview, so does Audrey and Kylie. What we’re going to do tomorrow is that we’re going to form a new list of people that we’re actually going to interview (picked from all of our lists). We are also planning to do a dark room experimentation sometime next week, which is going to be outside of school. Tomorrow, we are going to have our 1st mentor meeting, we are ready for it.