OCTOBER 3, 2007  


Well. Yesterday I proudly announced the site's new look and improved coding, asked for comments, and waited for them to swamp my Inbox (OK, not swamp, but drip into). But I got no comments, and in fact Google Analytics for yesterday shows fewer visitors and dramatically shorter time spent on the site. Maybe I've gone astray somewhere. Or maybe I just need to be more patient.

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One of the things we talk about in Intro to Visual Communication class at this point in the semester is Tonality, how we see the world primarily in patterns of light and dark. Yesterday at Edgewater Park there was a slight haze in the air, creating a perfect example of distinct layers of scenery growing lighter as they recede in the distance:

Edgewater beach looking westIt was a perfect example of how tonality helps us understand our environment by giving a sense of depth.

Here you can see at least three layers of trees/cliff that get progressively lighter as they approach the horizon.

In class students learn about tonality by taking a photo, tracing it, and with black,white and gray paper, creating a simplified tonal version of the photo. It's a challenging assignment, but one that student often name as the one from which they learned the most.

Mountains, valley receding into distanceIn the past we've used this photo of mountains in Norway as the starting point. Maybe next semester we'll switch to Edgewater.


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