Developing Your Eye Day Seven

A year or two ago, I was frustrated with the photos I took and a couple of blogging friends (great photographers) advised me to put more thoughts into my photos. They told me “try to shoot from different angles”, “don’t rush to press the release button”… etc. I understood what they said and I knew their advice was exactly what I needed to do, but most of the time, I felt like I had only one second to take the photo and there was no time to think.

While working on the assignments for this course, to my surprise, I did put a lot of thoughts into each photo, and I had taken photos from different angles. I suddenly realized that instead of not having time to think, my problem, the real problem, was that I wasn’t able to see things from a different angle. Deep down, I thought I had taken the photo from the best angle; there was no better angle as far as I knew.

Of course, I was wrong. Now I know. 😉 And I enjoy photographing more after I finally got it. I am sharing this with you hoping it will help some people, even though I am not sure how much it will help. (And I do recommend the course. 😉

Developing Your Eye I, Day Seven: “Big”

I have taken at least 15 photos of this Kuan-Yin, but never got a good one. This morning, I opened the front door to let light come in. I think I like the result.

Developing Your Eye II, Day Seven: “Glass”

Before my brother Shao passed away, he had been bedridden for many years. I tried many ways to keep him busy during the day. In one attempt, in year 2008, I gave him a blank note book because I knew he liked to draw.

A week ago, my nephew came to visit me, and gave this notebook to me. He said Shao had written me a letter.

So, I read Shao’s letter, 6 years after he wrote it, 6 months after he passed away. I had a mixed feeling and I feel sad… just like that withered flower.


Let’s end this post on a positive note (I mean photo). After drinking a glass of wine, this great-aunt got an interesting photo. 😉


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About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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17 Responses to Developing Your Eye Day Seven

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    You last photo is simply adorable. 😀

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Cee. I am a little crazy about my great-niece and great-nephew. They are so fun to play with… as long as they go their mom when they need change diaper or hungry. Ha.


  2. Amy says:

    Wow, 15+ photos for the Kuan-Yi! It’s always good to know what it takes to get a great photo, like this one. Thank you for sharing, Helen.

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  3. loisajay says:

    This is a most beautiful post, Helen.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. 庭风 says:

    U have sentimental and loving eye to the surrounding!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. niemolens says:

    Hello Helen, I like your bronce, limited focus, concentrated on the eye, perfect. I am just a bit puzzled abut the Theme I choose, Developing your Eye II, I find hardly any post on that particular
    10-day course. But then, I am not the most computer – savvy guy.
    Greetings, Thomas

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Thomas. You were right. Most people are doing Developing Your Eye I. I only saw a couple people working on II. Sometime after seeing how others interpret the theme, I realized that I had gotten it all wrong, but I was having fun and I think that’s the most important part.
      Take care.


  6. Prior-2001 says:

    Hi H – so I was scrolling posts “not” signed in – you know – just casually perusing some blogs I like while I am on my blog break – it is so enjoyable (for me) to go into a different blog mode and I think is good for me to do-
    Anyhow – I mention all that because this post – and the others – made me log in to comment – 😉
    So I am going to leave a couple other comments today as well – Hope it is. It too much of “moi” – but I will take the Chance.

    The wine glass photo – amazing!
    I kept going back to it. And it was a positive way to end – I even now just realized it was also this youth angle that was captured – but the artsy flair and joy feeling was what grabbed me! A bit of refraction too – and so creative – like how did this shot unfold?
    I so wonder.
    Did the glass nuts get emptied ? Was it sitting a while – how did you look thru it – ahhhhh
    You do not have to answer that – but truly one of those images that had me all over the place –
    And all of your recent challenge posts were just wonderful with the bit of commentary and phenomenal photos – and I use that adjective deliberately !
    Lastly – the reading glasses and letter shot – so nice – the writing is so cuiture rich and what a treasure to have that – (letter and now photo) – and my condolences to you 🙂 ❤️💕

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    • Helen C says:

      Yvette, I enjoy reading your comments a lot… almost feel guilty for taking so much of your time 😉
      It was a wine glass. I like to look though a wine glass, I don’t know why. Maybe it is because I like the frame it provides me. Maybe it reminds me of Cinderella’s glass slipper.. If the light is right, you can take a picture of yourself reflected on a glass, and I like that too.
      Thank you so much, my friend.

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  7. Ah such a sweet photo. So sorry about the letter bringing sadness back.

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