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Thursday, February 27, 2014

ART: A form of expression

ART: A form of expression
When it comes to expressing one’s desire or wants, it can be manifested in the form of art. A free form of expression amongst many talented artists is street art. Today, we can roam the streets and come to find many murals on walls around the city just like this one in Downtown Los Angeles.
            This mural can express many different things to many different people. To some, it may symbolize a woman being brave and just posing. For others, they can see flames and fire behind this woman and perhaps others may see a woman to whom air is being blown at her face making her hair wave in the air. It is all about ones own imagination and perception that can influence our thoughts about what we are being presented with this art.
            Hundreds, if not thousands of people walk by this mural everyday and it can be that every single one of them may find their own definition as to what is being expressed here. Drivers pass by this mural and get a glimpse of it too, this making their perceptions countless.
            This mural stands out to me a lot and that was one of the reasons as to why I chose it. It says more than just a woman being portrayed as a fighter or someone who is set out to fight and show braveness. I see a woman who is running, whose hair is moving as she runs and is trying to bring her hands towards her face.
            In this picture, I was able to capture vehicles passing by as well as people who walk right by this mural, this creating some sort of movement within the picture.

Los Angeles Murals

Murals Of Los Angeles: Conservation Programs

Social and Public Art Resource Center – SPARC

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Downtown LA view from the Freeway

So, just the other day as I was a passenger on my friend's car and while he was driving on the freeway, I decided to snap some shots of the buildings in Downtown Los Angeles. 

I was able to get some real cool shots with my Canon EOS Rebel T2i camera that show some of the buildings, the freeway and the sky with some scattered clouds. This is a new camera I received as a gift and have not had the chance to get to know how to really use it.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

My Picture

Today I am sharing with you one of the photos I was able to take over the past weekend. I was up at the Griffith Observatory and took a shot of the city from above. In this picture you are able to see what I believe is Downtown Los Angeles.

During the process of taking this picture I took about 30 plus photos and ended up choosing this one after dealing with the hard decision of selecting just one.

The clarity of this picture is not as clean and crisp as it should, but all the pictures I was taking were looking like this so next time, I need to get a better camera or work on not taking long shot pictures.

Anyways, lesson learned.


Hello! I am writing to you to let you that I will not be able 
to make it to class tomorrow. I do apologize, but these past few days have been really bad for me. I was in the emergency room just hours ago and am now resting at home. I had severe stomach pain that I have been suffering from for about a year now; but today was way worse. I got pain medication and am waiting for test results. Any movement causes me pain and driving tomorrow will cause even more pain, that is why I am writing to you to notify you of my absence. I apologize to you professor and to my classmates.

Hope to see you soon.

--Cesar Banderas

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Rest In Peace Tom Sherak

This past Tuesday, January 28, Tom Sherak who was a former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences passed away. He lost his battle to prostate cancer, which he was battling for twelve years. As a member of the Academy, I got the opportunity to meet him at various events and I can say that he was a very well respected person with such knowledge and passion for television and film. Earlier before his death he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which he could not attend due to the severity of his health.

The following is a picture I made the night he died, which was posted on my social media sites.

For more information on Tom Sherak, visit his IMDb profile: TOM SHERAK

The rain has come!

Despite a state wide drought in California, we are getting some rain tonight and even though tonight's rain will not make up for the necessary rain we desperately need, it will certainly help in a small way. There is a ten percent chance for some more rain tomorrow with temperatures in the high 60s.

For the latest weather updates: ABC7 Weather

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Friday's Lesson

This past Friday in class we went over our blogs. The professor got to give us constructive criticism and advice for us. I was told to change my pictures in a way they are arranged along with the text, so I have corrected that. I have also added links to my blogs as suggested and today I am writing working on my manifesto, which should be done shortly.
In class we also read a couple of articles on the web that served to prove to us that not everything we read online is necessarily accurate. We learned about an investor who paid thousands a month to just so that his image could be clean and different from what it really is.
Next week we will turn in out manifestos and continue learning about digital journalism.