Due Oct. 30th – Inquiry conclusion

Write a three paragraph conclusion for your inquiry question.

  1. What is the answer to your question based on your annotated bibliography
  2. Cite bibliography sources in your conclusion
  3. Post your conclusion as a comment to this post.

Start your comment with your full name followed by your inquiry question followed by your conclusion

 

12 Comments on “Due Oct. 30th – Inquiry conclusion

  1. Elissa Munsterman

    Inquiry Conclusion

    “Photography is the story I fail to put into words” -Destin Sparks. Based off of my research and my annotated bibliography, I learned that in order to take great pictures you need to have great sense of lighting, direction and quality.
    Lighting gives your photos that dreamlike, golden look that photographers love. In addition, when you get the sun and the focus on just the way you want it, you can get the bokeh effect. The blur that’s produced in the out of focused parts of an image. There are many different types of lighting, the few that I learned was harsh and soft lighting. Harsh lighting is the very bright, directional lighting thats found in mid-day. This casts strong shadows and creates very defined lines on your subject in photos. However, soft lighting is the light that tends to wrap around the subjects and cast diffused shadows with soft edges. Lighting is the key factor in taking a successful image, it determines the brightness, darkness, tone and mood.
    Direction has a major part in creating the sense of shape and texture in your images. The direction of light controls the width and shadows in your photos. Shadows are important because there are used to help focus the viewers attention by removing detail from the less important parts of the images. Direction is essential for taking the photo because direction informs the viewer what to look at in a photo.
    Lastly, the definition of a good picture is the quality of the photo. Quality highlights the level of your professionalism while improving your character as a whole. The better quality you have when you take your photos, the better your photos will tell a story and it is a great way to connect with people that view your photos. Photography helps you capture anything that you feel is significant. It is powerful enough to not only remind you of a detail or event but pictures brings you back emotion, feelings, smells, sounds of that moment you lived in. Furthermore, helps you bring yourself back to that day that you truly want to relive again. The thing to always remember when taking photos is it’s the little things that count the most.
    Gagnone English. Photography.
    https://gagnonenglish9research.weebly.com/conclusion.html(Accessed by October 27th, 2019).

    Finding the Light. Cole’s Classroom.https://www.colesclassroom.com/finding-light-part-4-shoot-harsh-light/(Accessed by October 27th, 2019).

    Photography Composition. Eric Kim Photography.
    https://erickimphotography.com/blog/2018/08/29/photography-composition-which-direction-is-your-subject-looking/(Accessed by October 27th, 2019).

    9 Reasons why photography is important. The Clickin Moms.
    https://www.clickinmoms.com/blog/9-reasons-photography-great-hobby/(Accessed by October 27th, 2019).

  2. Overall, being outdoors improves our mental health, physical health and our academic performance.

    Being outdoors can have significant benefits for our physical health such as being outdoors boosts our energy, once we spend 20 minutes outside, the open air gives our brain an energy boost comparable to one cup of joe. Bikers feel less physical exertion and more positive moods than regular person with cars. Trees, grass, and plants might add psychological energy boost to our workout. Breathing airborne ( chemical produced by plants) , increases our levels of white blood cells, and helping us fight off infections and diseases. Being outdoors gives us our daily dose of vitamin D, which help us absorb calcium and reduces inflammation. More than 90 percent of our vitamin D is from casual exposure to sunlight.

    Being outdoors can help us improve our academic performance. Our creativity can be enhancing just by going outside. Student who spend more time outside are more likely to be creative than those who spend more time indoors. In addition, being outdoors can also help students to restore their focus. Studies have shown that walking in nature helps restore our focus. Most importantly, exposure to nature help students to shrug off societal pressures, allowing them to remember and value more important things like relationships, sharing, and community that will eventually help them in their future studies. Moreover, being outdoors directly correlated to better reading fluency, reading comprehension and arithmetic skills. The children who lead more sedentary lives has poorer skills in both reading and math.

    Being outdoors can help us improve our mental health. Natural scents like the smell of the roses, freshly cut grass, and pine can make us feel calmer and more relaxed. Spending time outside can lessen SAD’s severity even if the weather is cold or overcast. SAD is Seasonal Affective Disorder that is marked by symptoms of anxiety, exhaustion, and sadness. Being exposed to sunlight reduces our stress levels and marginally less pain. Since our brains are easily fatigated, when we are surrounded by natural surroundings, our mental performance improves. We experience less anxiety and rumination while increasing our positive emotions such as happiness.

    ` 11 benefits of being outdoors ,http://mentalfloss.com/article/70548/11-scientific-benefits-being-outdoors,
    5 benefits of being outdoors, https://www.huffpost.com/entry/5-benefits-of-being-outdoors_b_5938266ce4b014ae8c69dce0, Jill L. Ferguson, June 10.

  3. Samantha Scicchitano
    Inquiry Conclusion

    Hiking is a fun and easy activity that anyone can participate in. Either if it is taking an advanced hiking trail or just wandering around for fun everyone can get something out of going on a hike. I wanted to know how to find the best places to hike around me and just in general. In exploring this topic I’ve learned the best ways to find a perfect trail to hike on.
    If anyone is looking for a great place to hike around the greater DC area there are a lot of different options. Theodore Roosevelt Island and Rock Creek Park are two hiking locations in Washington DC. They are both forest covered trails with water and rock scrambles. In the Virginia area outside of DC there then comes a list of trails like Mount Vernon Trail, Scotts Run Nature Preserve, Dark Hollow Falls, and Whiteoak Canyon. With this range of different trails some show the DC skyline, waterfalls, and beautiful mountaintop views.
    With this topic I explored outside the DC area and found the best places to hike in this world. They range from easy, intermediate, and difficult. Miller Point Caves Loop located in Nevada is classified as an easy hike. While Hidden Lake Overlook in Montana, Great Head Trail in Maine, Cliff Trail in New Jersey are all considered intermediate. Then there comes trails that are labeled most difficult like Angel Falls Overlook in Tennessee and Looking Glass Rock Trail in North Carolina.
    As much fun as hiking is it isn’t that easy to just go out and hike, making sure that you have the right resources is important. First decided what type of hike you want to go on, either a short or long hike, or a rocky or smooth hike. Next decided if you want to go alone or with a friend. It is ideal to go with someone so that if you get lost or fall and get hurt someone will be there for you. Making sure you are wearing the right hiking material is key like hiking boots, pants and preparing yourself for the type of weather you are going to take your hike in. Always having a rough idea in your mind of where you want to go,what you are going to wear , and what level hike you want to adventure before you actually plan your hike is the smartest thing to do because it prepares you and gets you in the right mindset for your hike.

    A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking: Everything You Need For Your First Hike!.https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/hiking/ (Accessed October 29th 2019).

    Bauer, Laura. “The Shortest Hikes With The Best Views”

    A Beginner’s Guide to Hiking: Everything You Need For Your First Hike!.https://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/hiking/ (Accessed October 29th 2019).

  4. In response to my question, I have learned that there are many benefits to going outdoors. Going outdoors can increase one’s health in many ways and overall make a difference in one’s life. I have learned that taking time out of your day to go outside and explore nature can only positively affect your mental and physical health.
    After doing research, the sources I discovered focus on how natural environments allows one to relieve stress they may of had throughout the day. Specifically, in the book the Nature Fix, Florence Williams discusses her own experiences and research. She says that going outside makes one feel better and is relieving (Williams 1). Another source, discusses examples of how the outdoors has benefits. Jolanada Maas talks about how nature allows one to rest and relax from anxiety they may have (Maas 1). Going outdoors is a source of relaxation and recreations that helps emotionally and physically.
    Overall, the sources I found emphasize the importance of going outside for one’s health. Experts on the topic use evidence and research to display the benefits of being in green environments. Going outside can alleviate one’s stress and be a place where one can relax during the day. I have learned that going outside is a very important aspect of one’s mental and physical health. We should be going outside everyday because it makes a difference and has a positive impact.

    Maas, Jolanda, et al. “Green Space, Urbanity, and Health: How Strong Is the Relation?” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, BMJ Group, July 2006.

    Williams, Florence. The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative. W.W. Norton & Company, 2018.

    • Lauren Cunningham
      Are there health benefits for going outdoors?
      In response to my question, I have learned that there are many benefits to going outdoors. Going outdoors can increase one’s health in many ways and overall make a difference in one’s life. I have learned that taking time out of your day to go outside and explore nature can only positively affect your mental and physical health.
      After doing research, the sources I discovered focus on how natural environments allows one to relieve stress they may of had throughout the day. Specifically, in the book the Nature Fix, Florence Williams discusses her own experiences and research. She says that going outside makes one feel better and is relieving (Williams 2). Another source, discusses examples of how the outdoors has benefits. Jolanada Maas talks about how nature allows one to rest and relax from anxiety they may have (Maas 1). Going outdoors is a source of relaxation and recreations that helps emotionally and physically.
      Overall, the sources I found emphasize the importance of going outside for one’s health. Experts on the topic use evidence and research to display the benefits of being in green environments. Going outside can alleviate one’s stress and be a place where one can relax during the day. I have learned that going outside is a very important aspect of one’s mental and physical health. We should be going outside everyday because it makes a difference and has a positive impact.

      1.Maas, Jolanda, et al. “Green Space, Urbanity, and Health: How Strong Is the Relation?” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, BMJ Group, July 2006.

      2.Williams, Florence. The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative. W.W. Norton & Company, 2018.

  5. Margaret Lilly
    My response to my question, is there are plenty of great places to hike around D.C for many diffident types of people. I learned that many of the trails are not that long which it perfect for people with dogs or someone who can’t walk as far. One of the parks Henson Creek Park is super friendly trail for family’s and has a great nature view.
    Another thing I learned is places you can go that have history to them. For example, the Piscataway Creek has lot of great historical sites to see alongside the hike. The hike is about 18 miles long but the reviews on it said it’s a hike that everyone should go on. Something else that I learned is that most of all the hikes around D.C or not all of them are surrounded by bodies of water. Most of the hikes are along side the Potomac River, which is a pretty nice if you climb to the top. You have to be careful because some trails will have a fee to get into the park. For example, Great Falls and Chesapeake National Park have an entrance fee of 2 dollars. Not all of the places have fees most of them are free parks that you can go to.
    Lastly, I learned that just being outside on a hike with a great view is the most important part about this question. Most of theses hikes are a great escape from the real world. The hikes are very peaceful places to go and a good source of exercise. The outdoors is also someone where you can go an adventure, there are no right and wrongs when your hiking. Someone can just go on a trail an adventure and see where it takes them. Most people take the outdoors for granted and don’t spend enough time outside.

    “Henson Creek Trail.” MNCPPC, MD, http://www.pgparks.com/Facilities/Facility/Details/Henson-Creek-Trail-110

    “Fort Washington Marina.” Fort Washington Marina–Potomac River Guide, http://www.riverexplorer.com/details.php?id=361.

    Dreher, Beth, and Nichele Hoskins. “Hike through History.” Health (Time Inc. Health), vol. 18, no. 6, July 2004, pp. 96–98. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=awh&AN=13600304&site=ehost-live.

  6. As humans we are evolutionarily wired to gravitate towards nature, however, as individuals started moving towards urban areas they became more depressed. Research shows “living in Urban areas can cause more negative feelings and thoughts, causing a higher percentage of depression and anxiety” (Kane, 2018). Also since more individuals work in office spaces, they are getting outside less.
    Studies after studies are proving that nature “can help reduce stress, improve self confidence, help with having a stronger memory, and have a better sense of community” (Treatment facility). In general nature is very relaxing and is considered a natural high because it releases endorphins. This is why office workers hang pictures of the ocean and outdoors on their walls because even pictures can have a calming effect. Another positive aspect of nature is it is a great way to get exercise. Newer studies are proving that even a single plant in a room can help with an individual’s wellbeing.
    With all these new studies showing nature’s benefits, doctors are starting to prescribe the outdoors as cures instead of pills. A 2015 study showed that people who walked outside for 90 minutes had lower activity in the prefrontal cortex, which controls negative thoughts. It’s even proven that hearing outdoor silence is proven to lower stress hormones and blood pressure.

  7. Shayla Wynder
    Inquiry Conclusion
    How does being outdoors improve a person’s mood and mental health?

    Being outdoors has always been seen as a physical benefit. It was always known to just have benefits for a person physical, but research shows that that is no longer the case. Walking, exercise, and hiking outdoors has many mental benefits. Being outsides in nature has proven to have positive effects n a person’s mental health and mood. Being in nature for a minimal of five minutes can better a person’s mental health. Nature can decrease or help improve many types of mental diseases, mental health issues, and decrease negative issues.
    From my annotated bibliographies I learned that being in the outdoors helps three main issues many people suffer from. One of the issues being outdoors helps improve is anxiety. According to the Mental Health and Benefits of Getting Outside article when being outside “Our minds calm, leading to physical changes including a reduction in heart rate and blood pressure.” Similar effects also occur when people are stressed or have depression. These three issues alone are very common among teenagers meaning it is only more imperative that young people get plenty of time outdoors.
    The research behind the positive effect still is not 100 percent but evidence shows that there definitely is a link between being outdoors and the brain. A study in 2015 compared the brain activity of healthy people after they took a 90-minute walk in a natural vs urban setting. Those who walked in the natural setting had lower activity in the prefrontal cortex, which is reported to generate more negative feelings and emotions. This research proved that being in the nature and outdoors has a even greater and positive effect on a person’s mood and health.
    1.) Sowa , N. (2018, October 31). Mental Health Benefits of Getting Outside. Retrieved from https://healthtalk.unchealthcare.org/mental-health-benefits-of-getting-outside/
    2.) Harvard Health Publishing. (n.d.). Sour mood getting you down? Get back to nature. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/sour-mood-getting-you-down-get-back-to-nature

  8. inquiry question: How can a photographer take beautiful scenic photos?

    Based on my research, I was able to answer my question “How can a photographer take beautiful scenic photos?”. Through my research, I found out that in order to take nice pictures, a photographer needs to pay attention to lighting, shutter speed and angles. I found an article about different places to go to take landscape photos. an in-depth article gives useful advice on how to set up your camera in order to get extraordinary angles. They also talk about shutter speed and how to use it. I was also able to see the dangers and risks of being a photographer. It is dangerous to be a photographer because photographers could either be robbed or killed.

    “15 Dream Locations in the U.S. for Landscape Photographers.” Loaded Landscapes, 26 Sept. 2017, loadedlandscapes.com/iconic-photo-destinations/.

    How to Take Great Landscape Photos. https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/how-to-take-great-landscape-photos.html

    Mason, Scott, et al. “The Biggest Dangers Photographers Face.” Fstoppers, 28 Oct. 2018, fstoppers.com/education/biggest-dangers-photographers-face-299728.

    Elizabeth T. Schoch, The Everything Digital Photography Book: How to Take Great Pictures, Send Them to Your Friends, and Post Them on the Web. Adams Media Corporation ©2001.

    Tom Till, Photographing the World: A Guide to Photographing 201 of the Most Beautiful Places on Earth, October 10, 2012

    Scenic beauty of river views in the Grand Canyon: relating perceptual judgments to locations.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204603001154

    Gio Bartlett Productions, BEST PHOTOGRAPHY INSPIRATIONAL SPEECH, youtube, June 12, 2016, 2:58

    Sean Tucker, How to become a better photographer through ‘visual exercise’, youtube, August 14, 2016, 6:40

    Tour and tourists, basic rules of photography, youtube, April 2, 2016, 6:22

    Mansurov, Nasim. “Nasim Mansurov.” Photography Life, 2016, photographylife.com/photography-case-studies.

    Jae Young Choi , Seungji Yang , Yong Man Ro , Konstantinos N. Plataniotis, Face annotation for personal photos using context-assisted face recognition, Proceedings of the 1st ACM international conference on Multimedia information retrieval, October 30-31, 2008, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    Diehl, K., Zauberman, G., & Barasch, A. (2016). How taking photos increases enjoyment of experiences. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 111(2), 119-140. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspa0000055

  9. Dustin Lund
    Professor Erdeljon
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    26 October, 2019
    Inquiry Conclusion:
    After conducting some extensive research on my inquiry question, “How do you take better photographs, and why should you?” I found many sources pointing me in a similar direction. In my thirteen sources each one had valid and similar views on the topic at hand. They all seemed to point in the direction of simple tips here and there while using a camera set up that is too expensive to purchase unless you are a serious photographer or considering being one in the future. To break down what was most important to my specific needs to the class and the reason I choose this question in the first place I will put my findings into two categories, first tips and tricks for photography and second reasonings for photos you take.
    The first way to improve your photography skills falls under the category of tips and tricks. The majority of my results involve this topic for improvement, there are many rules to add style and diversity to your photos. These tips for improvement are as follows, lighting, angle, colors, and diversity. There of course plenty of more tips to greatly improve your skills but I choose these to break down because I feel they hold the most value to my situation. Lighting is more than just bright or dark, lighting effects colors in your picture and set the mood that you’re looking for in your photo. Angle helps add a different and original style to your photographs, it adds depth, height, emphasis and more on the subjects you are trying to capture. The third tip, color, this is definitely a tone setter for your pictures, with either vibrency, gloominess or nouns surrounding these words you can portray a certain feeling with your photography. Not to mention you can add so much pop and a wow effect with color to really catch a viewers attention. My fourth and final tip is class specific and that is the use of diversity when taking photos for our uploads. We often have very similar photos as a whole in our discovery class, but by adding these tips to your approach along with many more you can add your own spin to your uploads on our website and instagram.
    My second way for improvement on your base as a photographer is to know and add purpose to your photos. When taking a photo for class we have a set purpose behind each photo we take usually just following the set list of points were supposed to hit when taking our pictures. You can always take it a step further by treating your photos as if their art, and a lot of serious photographers think of their pictures this way. This will bring diversity to your photos helping you stand out and go father than just taking picture of a shadow or a reflection. When you put a purpose behind your photo is brings structure to you skill set and a meaning your trying hit, this coincides with the classic saying a picture can say a thousand words.

    Work Cited:
    Nigel Danson. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAk_xhs0Rcw. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 16 2019.
    Flore Zoé. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j8QVfNwZf8. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 16 2019.
    Gary Arndt. Youtube. https://everything-everywhere.com/. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 16 2019.
    Nasim Mansurov. Case Study. Bird Photography. https://photographylife.com/
    Photography-case-studies. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 16 2019.
    Nasim Mansurov. Case Study. Image Quality https://photographylife.com/
    photography-case-studies/4. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 16 2019.
    Nasim Mansurov. Case Study. Exposure at Night. https://photographylife.com/
    photography-case-studies/7. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 16 2019.
    Alixandra Barasch, Gal Zauberman, and Kristin Diehl.How the Intention to Share Can Undermine Enjoyment: Photo-Taking Goals and Evaluation of Experiences. https://academic.oup.com/jcr/article-abstract/44/6/1220/4627834. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 20 2019.
    Julie Palakovich. Science Photography: Communicating Research through Photos. https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/62/5/458/236369. Visited by Dustin Lund Oct 20 2019.
    Bruce Prideaux, Alexandra Coghlan. Digital cameras and photo taking behaviour on the Great Barrier Reef – marketing opportunities for Reef tour operators. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1356766710372244. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 20 2019.
    5 Expert Photographers Share Their Best Portrait Photography Tips. https://www.shutterstock.com/blog/portrait-photography-expert-tips. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 23 2019.
    Mike Browne. An Interview with the UK’s Friendliest Photo Expert. https://iso.500px.com/an-interview-with-the-uks-friendliest-photo-expert/. Visited by Dustin Lund on Oct 23 2019.

  10. Max Gorman

    Inquiry Conclusion (Question: How to become a better photographer)

    Ansel Adams once said “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” This statement is very true, as photography is an art. With art, it is not so much about what tools or materials you have but how you use them. I love photography because of the simple fact that you only require a camera, and the world is your canvas. However, I wish to get better at photography, as I have been slacking off as of recent.

    I learned that in order to take good pictures, you must have practice and repetition. You might take a thousand photos that you don’t find appealing, but for some reason, one of them turns out to be majestic. When you have many photos, the chances of having more good ones increases. Practice is something you get with repetition. When you get good practice you become more experienced, which will show in the quality of your photos.

    Some more specific things I learned include material about black and white photography, like how it is easier to balance colors while shooting in black and white, how to shoot better on an iphone by adding depth or using different angles, and how to incorporate small yet meaningful detail within photographs. I find that one of the most interesting things about photography is that the smallest details can make the biggest difference.

    Creative Black and White (2nd Edition): Digital Photography Tips and Techniques – Harold Davis
    https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=vgmXDwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PT12&dq=photography+tips&ots=aqXWmeO2UM&sig=8ygpn0ywX0FLeHq7Rp6E3cOjHeQ#v=onepage&q=photography%20tips&f=false

    Iphonephotographyschool.com – 10 iPhone Photography Tips To Quickly Improve Your Photos: By Emil Pakarklis https://iphonephotographyschool.com/iphone-photography-tips/

  11. Inquiry Conclusion

    “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” — Dorothea Lange
    I can conclude that taking good scenic views pictures is not an easy task, but if we use the correct photography techniques we will reach it. The sources that I used taught me how to take landscape pictures by using my cellphone and when we can get the best shot. For instance, photographers recommend taking these types of pictures in the very early morning at sunrise or in the evening at sunset. In my opinion, finding a unique perspective with an excellent brightness or darkness was kind of difficult to find when I did the hike of choice assignment. The weather of that day didn’t help me to get a good picture of the shadow. The technique that I often use is to unfocus the background of the element and highlight the main object. This method is used every time that I have to take a close up image. According to experts in the photography field, they conclude that having a high-quality image it doesn’t depend only on the different angles that the subject can be captured. It depends too on how the person uses the filters to enhance the quality of the image. The last technique that I think was useful in all of my assignments is the rule of thirds. This technique makes the photo more interesting and engaging because the subject will be placed along the lines of the grids.

    40 Tips to Take Better Photos. (2014, January 25). Retrieved from https://petapixel.com/2014/01/24/40-tips-take-better-photos/.

    Kolowich, L. (n.d.). Phone Photography 101: How to Take Good Pictures With Your Mobile Device. Retrieved from https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/good-pictures-phone-tips.

    Photolemur. (n.d.). 5 Fantastic Photography Tips from Famous Photographers Around the World. Retrieved from https://photolemur.com/blog/5-photography-tips-from-famous-photographers.

    Chen, B. X. (2019, October 15). The Reason Your Photos Are About to Get a Lot Better. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/15/technology/personaltech/google-pixel-photography.html.

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