Developing Your Eye Day Ten

It’s the last day of the course ;-(

I want to thank The Daily Post Blogging University for offering these great courses; I want to thank all my wonderful readers for visiting my blog and leaving encouraging words. Now that courses are over, I am taking a week off for a short family gathering. I think I will be able to read your blog, but posting one will be difficult. Wish all of you have a happy week.

Developing Your Eye I, Day Ten: “Architecture” – Go Monochrome




I took the photo of that white church on a rainy day. It rained hard; we had to wait inside of a hotel for rain to die down. Usually, I wouldn’t bother to take photos in that situation, but I was attracted by that church.

Developing Your Eye II, Day Ten: “Triumph” – Turn Up the Contrast

“What does triumph mean to you?” – we were asked.

At this stage of my life, triumph means I have accomplished something, no matter how small the thing is. For example: when I woke up from a good night sleep, when I managed to park my car perfectly, when I took a picture I really like… Life is good when you are able to appreciate small things.

I like this following photo a lot. I am not even sure I can explain why. All I know is that every time I see it, I have a hard time to click it away.


I learned something interesting about contrast. For a long time, I relied on “contrast” tool to help me do the job and I was ok with the result. While working on my assignments this week, I found out that, sometime, no matter how hard I tried it just couldn’t deliver the result I really wanted. I learned to use “Dodge/Burn” to achieve the effect I was looking for. Closer to what I was looking for, I mean. 😉

Thanks for visiting my blog.


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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18 Responses to Developing Your Eye Day Ten

  1. loisajay says:

    The ‘Triumph’ photo is beautiful, Helen, but what is it? And what is ‘dodge and burn’? Whatever you did to this photo–you did it well.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Lois. I didn’t do much to the “Triumph” photo, only increase the contrast a little bit because the course instruction says so 😉 I don’t think it makes a lot of difference between this one and the original one.
      “Dodge and burn” maybe is Photoshop term. Dodge would lighten, and burn would darken. Sometime, I only want to darken a small part of my photo, then I would use this tool. For example, the white church, I “burned” the roof top (a small triangle) so the detail of the roof would show up more. Another example, sometime I would put on an eye liner for a person in the photo even though I never wear it myself in the real life. 😉
      Have a wonderful evening.

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  2. Helen, enjoyed your set of monochromes. I’ve always felt that architecture benefits (mostly) from conversion to black and white. Then we can truly see the architect’s intent.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Sally. I agree with your statement about architecture photos, but I do find that there is a skill required to do a decent conversion work. I am not at a point that I feel confidence with what I do, but, at least, I know how to appreciate other’s photos… when they were done right (and that makes me happy 😉


  3. Prior-2001 says:

    Helen – I liked each photo and how nice that you waited out the rain – it was worth it for such an interesting bundling –
    I also am curious about the “eyeliner” you mentioned to L – a learned a new term today –
    Anyhow – I know you are on a break – but if you need an idea to kick start your next post focus – maybe you can do the after- before with visual venturing’s one photo focus – not sure if you have ever done it (I just started this year) but stacey sends the photo out during the final week of the month –
    Ok – have a great week and catch back up later Amiga!

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Yvette. I have done One Photo Focus a couple of times, was thinking to go back to do more, but I haven’t 😉 I love seeing how people do their editing. There are many different ways and many look great.
      I think it’s easier to edit our own photo, don’t you think so?

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      • Prior-2001 says:

        Hi H – yes – I agree it is easier to edit our own (big time) – but I sometimes like the challenge of doing the selected one – and I like how Stacey is cool and really invites creativity – if she was snooty- I would not even bother with that challenge – funny how the host/hostess makes a difference….
        And side note – there is a photo to be edited this week and deadline is 8/3 (just in case) xxoo


  4. restlessjo says:

    Looks like it’s been interesting. Enjoy your break, Helen. 🙂

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  5. I love your photos particularly the last one. It is very striking. Sounds like you enjoyed the course I’d love to do one too but sadly at the moment I have no time to do so. Perhaps in the future….

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Marje. You are a busy lady! I am amazed at all the book review you’ve done. It would take me much longer to finish a book.
      There are a lot of fun things around. I think balancing our time is important. As far as I can tell, you are doing well, my friend. Take care.

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      • Thank you Helen. Yes the book reviewing is time consuming! I might have to give it up when I’m published myself! But for now I like to share my book recommendations with my followers. It’s good now that I have an A – Z list, pleased I took the time to do that! 🙂

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  6. Very interesting architecture all around…

    The POV makes it even more special 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Sreejith. You don’t post as often as before, right? (I hope I didn’t miss any…)
      It’s not hard to find interesting architectures when we visit some place new 😉 Everyone’s POV is different, which makes photographing quite enjoyable.
      Take care.

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      • You are right, Helen, I am not been able to spend enough quality time here in this community recently.

        I had a real tough time, both personally and professionally…

        Now, it looks like, things are back on track 🙂

        I really missed this wonderful community and feels great to be back 🙂

        Thank you so much for your kind words and have a nice weekend 🙂

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