Week 5

This week we made more paper emulsions in chemistry. In Humanities, I got to reading more of cannery row. There was a lot of interesting things to think about when you read it. On Monday & Tuesday, I was sick and didn’t come to school. Wednesday we made more emulsion paper. On  Thursday, I continued to select my photo that I wanted to print.


Draft of Dorothea Lange Photo Analysis

UCSD Photo Analysis






Week 4

This week we had a Photoshop workshop about how to make a better black and white picture. We got into the contrast and brightness which really makes a difference. In chemistry, we talked about light and how its made.  In humanities, we are reading cannery row and also finished our first full draft of our 1000 word essay about a Dorothea Lange photo.


First full draft of Dorothea Lange Photo Analysis


This is the first B&W draft before the workshop.

This is the second B&W draft after the workshop.



Week 3

This past week we looked through photos from  Dorothea Lange who was a photographer during the Great Depression.  On Wednesday we learned about composition in photos and got to experiment by trying it out ourselves. We also set up the dark room to get ready for our upcoming experiments. On Thursday some students started the book, “Cannery Row” and continued work on our first benchmark. In chemistry, on Thursday we created our emulsion to begin work on our photos. On Friday we looked through our portraits and I was able to take some portrait photos.


Benchmark #1 Drafts

Response to Steinbeck Novel: Cannery Row


How and why did we set up the dark room? What was your role?


Describe the apparatus for photo emulsion and how it lets us do our work.

Week 2

This past week we mostly focused on portraits with and without staged lighting. On Monday we worked on taking portraits with natural lighting.  On Tuesday we built soft lighting and learned how to create the ideal dark room. On Wednesday we learned about how to find the “good side” of different types of faces and got to experiment through taking photos of our classmates. Thursday was a crazy day with many unexpected events. Some of the team was able to take headshots with the guidance of Andrew. On Friday we talked about the current events taking place in America. We also talked about the New Colossus and the Statue of Liberty. We designed t-shirts related to, “The New Colossus” poem.



Societal Dependence on the Creation and Maintenance of the Peon Class Through the Lens of First Person Accounts




“New Colossus” T-shirt





Chemical Process of Phase #1


Week 1

This week in Humanities and Chemistry we went over a few rules in photography. Those rules were light, leading lines, and the rule of thirds. For each rule, we learned we had a photo outing. We then put our favorite photos in our class digital gallery. We also went over lab safety and pseudo-science in chemistry. In humanities, we went over the connection of photography and literature.


Little 9 Rock Through Social and Technical Lenses



My image using light and different perspectives.




My image using the rule of thirds and leading lines





My image about fire safety in a lab environment.



A.A.A #1


This assignment was the first of two that I would need to complete. The assignment consisted of reading an article and finding 5 vocabulary words, then identifying the thesis, next was to find 3 statements that support the thesis, and finally what you had learned from reading the article.

While reading this article I learned that the authors of this article are mayors of three very large and very culturally diverse cities in different parts of the world. I learned that opening programs that allows immigrants to participate in municipal actions and decisions allows for more things to be done in the city of which they pertain to. The article also mentions about opening a deradicalization center in Paris. Which by opening this center allows for people to come forward and seek assistance in deradicalizing themselves.

Immigration Graphic Organizer

Immigration Graphic Organizer

For this piece of work we had to create a graphic organizer according to an article we had read in class. We had to identify the thesis, give 3 main arguments from the article in our own words, and then finally find evidence from the text that supported what we had chose as our main arguments.

I learned from this piece of work that taking time to identify the thesis of the article is ok. It also taught me how to organize an argument properly.



This was the second reflection piece of the year. The prompt was about our SLC’s. It was explaining our strengths and weaknesses that we have in school.

I learned that self-reflection is important in order to identify where I lack and what I can do to get better. This reflection piece was important for me because I learned about myself.

Reflection #2

CNN Photos


For this assignment, we had document four photos each week from the times we had seen CNN photos. We had to give a description of the photo, record the date of when the photo was taken, and what details from the photo struck us.


By looking at CNN photos this year I learned how important it is to learn and stay up to date with current events. It was interesting seeing every so often what was happening around the world. I learned that an image can sometimes show more than a whole paper. The photographers sometimes are lucky and sometimes the photo is staged.  


Response to Article: Schools of Wisdom

In response to brooks writing, I think that his views are skewed partially because I don’t think he fully understands the whole way that High Tech High has its learning system. The system at High Tech High is meant to prepare for the life after college. I do agree with his views that we need to learn more solid skills and not just touch on them briefly. I think that he has not seen the full capabilities of a High Tech High graduate that has a job god career.