In-Depth Post #4. Jeez it is happening fast.

Well a lot has happened in regards to my in-depth project over the past 4 weeks.  To get us started I have had evaluations all over spring break.  These were a lot of fun and made me learn a lot.  I also got to learn a bit more about the coaches and introduce myself to the girls that I’ll be playing with.  I have also discovered my strength and weaknesses in how I play.  For example as per most of the sports I play, I am way better at defense then offense.  It is weird but defense always seems to click in my brain easier.  So I didn’t get to meet with my mentor a lot over the break since he went away, but he was at the first couple of assessments and he talked to me afterwards and gave me some helpful tips on what I need to work on.  Since he has gotten back on his vacation we have met up for a meeting once.  This meeting we went over basic offence because I struggle to grasp this concept the most.  I definitely feel more confident with my offense skills but I am still nervous about are first game which is next Friday. Now to switch over to the questions.  While I was reading this weeks criteria thing, I really like the four stages of mentorship.  The more I think about it the more I realize how many of these things I have already covered.

1. What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far?  Why?

The most difficult mentoring challenge that I have faced with my mentor have mostly centered around the both of us being really tired when we get to the meeting.  We both have fairly busy schedule and that is making , at least me, really exhausted.

2. What is working well? Why?

The thing that is working really well with my mentor has been the communication.  I have gotten a bit more comfortable and I don’t act nervous anymore.  We also talk about a lot of sports not just lacrosse and of course that lowers down my shields.

3. What could be working better?  How can you make sure this happens?

What could be working better is something I can control by myself.  I want to learn about what all these lacrosse terms mean because I have been a little lost during practice when the coach is explaining a drill and is using lacrosse terms that I do not understand.  This also goes for mentor meetings, I have realized hw clueless about this sport.  I just need to study or remember fast all these different terms that could help me with understanding this sport a little more.

Duh de da Duh (cue trumpets) Now Introducing My In-Depth Project

Well lets see; new year, new In-Depth project.  Before I go any further I guess I have to say what my In-Depth project is on.  As many of you know I have a passion for sports, so this year I decided that I would add a new sport to my already growing repertoire.  The sport in question is none other then Box Lacrosse.

I decided on this sport as my project for a couple of reasons.  Reason number 1: my sister started playing Box Lacrosse last year and after watching a couple games I started to grow and interest in not only watching it but playing it.  Reason number 2: the season almost perfectly lines up with In-Depth.  Reason number 3: I thought it would make a really interesting project.  Reason number 3: I had no other ideas.

So after much (not really) thought, Box Lacrosse was the newest sport I will learn.  To learn this subject that will probably prove to be very difficult, I would have to find a mentor.  Here comes the difficult part.  As of right now I do not have a mentor, but I am working quickly to change that as soon as I can.  I hope I will get one soon because I want/need to start right away.

Now to end of my first post of In-Depth as of 2018, I wish all my fellow T.A.L.O.N.S. a good luck with their In-Depth project.

Number 5

I can’t believe it is pretty much April, time flies by so fast.

Right now my In-Depth project is going extremely well.  I am learning so much, the last meeting I had with my mentor was awesome, it was kind of in two parts really.  The first part we went outside a went to a park and took some photos while we walked around.  Now this park that we went to is really cool because it’s for deer, you usually see a couple of deer in it.  I have been to it before and we did see deer, but unfortunately there were no deer or even rabbits we usually are all over that place.  The second part we went inside and she downloaded some photos onto her computer, from there on she taught me how to use Light room, which was awesome because you can do so many different things with Light room.

For the first half of our meeting i didn’t record it because we were outside and you couldn’t really tell when conversation was going to happen, for the most part while we were outside it was silent or just talking about random things.  Although I do remember a lot of the conversations I had with her so I will be adding some quoted from when we went outside.  Most of the conversations I had with my mentor were when she was showing me what I could do with Light room and how I could tweak my photos.  I will be showing you the different kind of hats that were used in the conversation by inserting quotes and snippets of our conversation.

Lets start of with the White hat.  Most of the second half of or meeting was the White hat.  After all she was teaching about something I didn’t know.  She basically taught me how to change colouring/contrast/temperature/highlights/exposure/shadows and the better ways to crop the photos.  When we were working with the colour and all those other things

Next is the Red hat.  Whenever we are looking at my photos or her photos or anyone photos one of the big things she says to me is “what does it make you feel”.  This time around she showed me how you can use Light room to change your feeling for a photo.  “One of the ways you can change how you feel with a photo is by changing the temperature of the photo”.  Temperature is something you can change say you had a photo that had a lot of cooler colours you can turn the temperature up to enhance the warmer colours to make to more of a warmer photo.  When you do this is completely changes the emotions of the photo.

Now onto the Black hat.  This hat came into affect during the end of the second half of our meeting.  At the end she would ask me “Megan what should you do to fix the photo”.  It was kind of like a quiz on how much did I remember of what she taught me and usually I had to think about it for a little bit but then I knew what to do and most of the time it was the same thing she would do.  Another thing she asked a lot was “What is wrong with the photo?”, I learned two months ago what you should do while taking a photo and what you shouldn’t.  I be getting better and it and most of the time i know right when i see it what i did wrong.

Number four is the Yellow.  This hat also appeared frequently in the meeting, especially when we were working on editing the photos we took.  “I like to enhance the exposure and the darkness of the photo.”  This is something my mentor does quite frequently and it works beautifully.  There all other features of Light room that make the photos look so much better.  “Now the photo is ok now, but when you do this it’s a much better photo.”  When she was telling me this she was cropping one of my photos to make it look so much better.  It amazes me how one of the simplest of things can make such a better photo.

Next is the (drumroll inserted here) the Green hat.  This is my favourite hat for two reasons, the first is because it’s green the second is because it’s creativity.  I pretty much had this hat on the whole entire first half of my mentor session.  I like to think outside of the box I’m not even sure I have even seen the box and it is the same when I am taking photos I get as creative as I can and it can be anything from the way I am standing to how the main focus is located in my photo.

Last but not least is the Blue hat.  At the start of the session she told me “For today I was thinking that we could go out and take some photos and then come back and I could show you how you can edit them on Light room.”  This is one of my favourite things about my mentor, among a lot of others, she is like me when it come to planning about what we are going to do.  Learn is a general path to take but we are able to stray from the path but still we are heading in the same direction.  “We can go to deer park(the park we went to) or we could go to this park you’ve never been at before.” I love how she lets me pick some of the stuff that we are doing.

I can’t wait for our next meeting, I know it’s going to me as amazing as this one and probably even better.

1 done, 2 through, 3rd gone like a bird, onto number 4 and I can’t wait for more

So in the span of 2 weeks I have had two different mentor meetings so I am just going to combine them into one post.  The first meeting we talked about aperture and shutter speed and other words that I had no idea they existed.  She talked to me about what they were used for and how they worked.  She even showed me a photographer who used these two components in taking photos so amazingly well.  The photographer that we discussed was Ansel Adams and his photos are just breathtaking.  They are so incredibly detailed.  Aperture is measured in f-stops and the lower the number the more light you let in, the higher the number the less light you let in.  Well Ansel Adams took photos with a very high f-stop, meaning he let in very low amounts of light.  What he did do was let the camera look at what it was shooting for a long time.  This let more light to travel into the camera.  This made the photos be absolutely beautiful and so detailed.  The second meeting we discussed more about other photographers and there styles, what they did differently, and what photography was like when they were taking photos.  I found that so fascinating, all of these photographers were just amazing and so talented.  The whole time she was talking I was just in awe because the photos that she was showing me were just something else I can’t even explain it, they were amazing.  At the end I just had a whole different point of view of what photography is.

After just these past 2 weeks my point of view on photography has changed so much. I thought of photography as a way to capture perfection in the world. Sure some photos are that, but after this little bit I have realized that most photos tell a story somehow or pull you into the photo and leave you wanting more.  Another opinion that has changed for me is that I used to think you took pictures of objects.  Now I realize you take photos of light and the way light moves or how it forms around object.  After just 2 weeks I have learned so much and in so many different ways.  I have learned more about photography by taking photos, looking at other photos and wondering how they did it and starting to understand how they took that photo and listening to my mentor when she explains everything to me.

If I had to choose one DeBono technique I use the most it would probably be listening attentively.  This is something I just do automatically, especially when people are talking about something I am interested in.  For example in my mentor meeting I find it impossibly to focus on anything else other all I do is focus on what my mentor is saying.  If you gave me job to not listen to my mentor even for a minute, I do not think i could do it.  I just find everything so useful and helpful and to drawn in to what she is saying then to pay attention to anything else that is going around me.

So far I am so exciting for what going to happen next and if it is anything like these last couple of weeks I know I am going to enjoy it so much more.

post number 3

If i could use one word to describe my meeting with my mentor, it would be awesome.  I do not think I stop smiling during it.  Everything she said and did just made me so excited for how the rest of my In Depth project will be.

So for this meeting we talked about composition.  At the start I had no idea what that meant.  After explaining what it is to me what it was.  She had a power presentation explaining the different types of composition and what looks good to the human eye.  This was really helpful to me, I understood it way more and I now know what techniques I should use int he future.  Afterward we looked over my past photos I have taken.  I sent her my photos I took last year.  Last year I had to do a passion project and I did Photography but I really didn’t learn anything so the photos I took last year weren’t the best.  So we looked through all the photos I took.  With every photo she explained what I could have done to make it better.  With some of the photos she even explained why she liked them so much and what I did right.  At the end I was starting to point out what I did wrong and I was so happy because now I starting to understand composition and i Can use it for the photos to come.

At the end of the meeting she gave me an assignment to do.  Take photos using composition.  Although I am not allowed to take anymore photos with the sun in it because I took way to many of those last year.  So far that assignment is going really well I have taken plenty of photos. and i really can’t wait to show them to her during our next meeting.

In-Depth #2 (slowly but surely)

Slowly but surely getting through In-Depth right, 3 weeks have already gone by.

During the past 2 weeks I had my first meeting with my mentor.  To summarize the meeting it was amazing.  The whole time I was talking to her, I was smiling.  It was just so amazing.  We sorted out the things I would be focussing in on.  As we went through the meeting we discussed other things like how long should we be meeting and how she could introduce me to other photographers.  Then we discussed all the things that she will be teaching me and in what order.  She asked some questions that I answered, and I asked some questions that she answered.  Overtime i was confused about something I would ask her to clarify and same goes for the opposite way around.  When there was something to work out we had a solution a minute later, or when we had a disagreement on something we would discuss a better route to something we can both agree on.

After we worked out all the kinks in this project she started talking about what kind of ways she could teach me.  She listed a bunch of ideas on how she could mentor me.  All her ideas were amazing and I wanted to do all of them right away.  Sadly I couldn’t do them all at once, so I started out small.  My first assignment was to send her photos I have taken so she can see my skill level is now.  Another thing I had to do was see if I could get skip on my laptop.  The last thing I had to do was find a photographer that has a style that i really like.

So after my first meeting with my mentor I seriously cannot wait for the rest of my In-Depth project.  Hopefully it goes a smoothly as my first meeting.

In-Depth #1 (I can’t think of a clever name(sorry))

Well I made it this far, I can’t back down now.  So here goes my first blog about the one the only In-Depth project.

For this project I have chosen Photography.  Now I did do a project on photography last year, and I really had a lot of fun and wanted to do it again.  I loved taking photos, It’s like a mini time traveling machine to when you took the photo, And it’s kind of amazing how you can capture a moment in time with just a press of a button.  Last year I focussed more on taking photos of nature.  This year I am focusing more on people.  I really nervous because I don’t really like taking photos of people and i would rather be outside away from them, but it’s always nice to step outside your comfort zone.  That’s what In-Depth is about right.  Trying something new you haven’t done before.  Even though I am really nervous I am also really exciting.  I get to learn something that I am interested in.

My mentor for this project is my aunt Susan Rybar.  She is an extremely talented photographer and has been published numerous times and has taken many photos of different events.  I am really looking forward to her mentoring me because when I first emailed her about the idea she was so excited and came up with a bunch of things that we could do together.  She has done this party with a bunch of photographers and they shared some photos that they taken.  She was thinking that I could come with her to one of those parties and she could introduce to me to everybody.  It would give me a chance to learn from different photographers as well as her.

I am so scared for the next five months but I am also really excited.  I can’t wait to show what I have learned during this five months.

Till next time.