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Developing Your Eye I & II: That’s a Wrap   Leave a comment


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Developing Your Eye I & II: That’s a Wrap


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Hooray!

We hope you’ve enjoyed these assignments, from experimenting with light to editing your photos. In addition to learning some shooting and editing tips, we hope you’ve met your daily posting goals.

Taken both of our Developing Your Eye courses? Congratulations. We’ve introduced you to the very basics of photography, and we hope you’ve begun to look at the world with a photographer’s eye.

If you’re not sure what to do next, not to worry — swing by The Daily Post and participate in the latest Weekly Photo Challenge. New challenges are published every Friday, so we hope to see you then!

Cheers,
Cheri and the WordPress.com Team

PS: We’d love to know what you thought of this course, so we can keep improving what we offer to best support you — would you mind answering three quick questions?

Q1: Do you feel more confident behind your camera?

Yes, definitely.

Q2: How likely are you to take another Blogging U. course?

Likely

Q3: Is there anything you’d like to share? We’d love to hear what was most helpful to you — or what wasn’t!

It would be nice that WordPress.com Team member can make some comments on our submission. Probably they can choose the Best Outstanding or Commendable Photographs so we can progress and develop better in Photography in future. Anyhow, it was a refreshing course to undertake. Thank you.

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Developing Your Eye II, Day Ten: “Triumph”   Leave a comment


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Developing Your Eye II, Day Ten: “Triumph”

 

My submission for this assignment is the triumphant celebration of the victory over the enemies by these Cinese Opera performers. As the Hungry Ghosts’ Festival is approaching in a couple of months, you shall see more of these Chinese Opera snap-shots as it is my favourite photo-shooting time as we can see a variety of these Chinese Opera Troupes performing in Penang.

SP Lim

Developing Your Eye II, Day Ten: “Triumph”

Developing Your Eye II, Day Ten: “Triumph”

 


 

Developing Your Eye II, Day Ten: “Triumph”

Day Ten: “Triumph” — Turn Up the Contrast

Triumph comes in all shapes and sizes: Your short story, accepted for publication in your favorite magazine. Your baby’s first step. Or the reward at the end of a cold winter walk: a massive elm tree standing beautifully in the light.

 

Developing Your Eye II, Day Ten: “Triumph”

Developing Your Eye II, Day Ten: “Triumph”

 

What does triumph mean to you?

Today’s Tip: Triumph usually denotes drama, no matter whether it’s big or small. Playing with contrast is a great way to enhance a photo for a more dramatic effect. Pump up the contrast in today’s snapshot.

Visit the resource page for tips on playing with contrast. Remember to tag your post with #developingyoureye and check the Reader to see posts from fellow course participants!

Publish a new post

Cheers,
Cheri and the WordPress.com Team

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Developing Your Eye, Day Ten: “Architecture”   Leave a comment


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Developing Your Eye, Day Ten: “Architecture”

 

My submissions are in monochrome and colour for the Day Ten theme of “Architecture”. This is the simple arched roof of the old Butterworth Railway Station on the mainland of Penang State.

SP Lim

 

Developing Your Eye, Day Ten: “Architecture” in colour

Developing Your Eye, Day Ten: “Architecture” in colour

 

Developing Your Eye, Day Ten: “Architecture” in monochrome as per assignment

Developing Your Eye, Day Ten: “Architecture” in monochrome as per assignment


Developing Your Eye, Day Ten: “Architecture”

Day Ten: “Architecture” — Go Monochrome

From the geometry of skyscrapers to the ironwork on historical buildings, there are many opportunities to capture the beauty and complexity of architecture.

Walk through this intricate, organic doorway of La Pedrera, a famous building by architect Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona, Spain:

Developing Your Eye, Day Ten: “Architecture”

Developing Your Eye, Day Ten: “Architecture”

Perhaps there’s a grand spiral staircase at your favorite museum. A stunning Art Deco movie theater in your town. Or a futuristic micro-house on your block. How will you interpret this theme?

Today’s Tip: As we explored yesterday, color is a powerful element in photography. But black and white, or monochrome, can also be very dramatic. Today, look for architectural elements that translate into black and white: sharp lines, patterns, defined shapes, large surface areas, and a mix of very light and very dark colors.

Visit the resource page for details on shooting in monochrome. Remember to tag your post with #developingyoureye and check the Reader to see posts from fellow course participants!

Publish a new post

Cheers,
Cheri and the WordPress.com Team

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Developing Your Eye II, Day Nine: “Double”   Leave a comment


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Developing Your Eye II, Day Nine: “Double”

My submission is my ” Double Dragon ” image taken from the roof of a Temple.

From Wikipedia:-

A dragon is a legendary creature, typically scaled or fire-spewing; with serpentine, reptilian and avian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures. There are two distinct cultural traditions of dragons:
European dragon, derived from European folk traditions and ultimately related to Balkans and Western Asian mythologies. Most are depicted as reptilian creatures with animal-level intelligence, four legs and a detached set of wings.
Chinese dragon, with counterparts in Japan (namely the Japanese dragon), Korea and other East Asian countries. Most are depicted as serpentine creatures with above-average intelligence, four legs and wingless.
The two traditions may have evolved separately, but have influenced each other to a certain extent, particularly with the cross-cultural contact of recent centuries. The English word dragon derives from Greek δράκων (drákōn), “dragon, serpent of huge size, water-snake”.

The Chinese dragon (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: lóng) is the highest-ranking animal in the Chinese animal hierarchy, strongly associated at one time with the emperor and hence power and majesty (the mythical bird fenghuang was the symbol of the Chinese empress), still recognized and revered. Its origins are vague, but its “ancestors can be found on Neolithic pottery as well as Bronze Age ritual vessels.”[24] Tradition has it composed of nine different animals, with nine sons, each with its own imagery and affiliations. It is the only mythological animal of the 12 animals that represent the Chinese calendar. 2012 was the Chinese year of the Water Dragon.

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Developing Your Eye II, Day Eight: “Double”

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Developing Your Eye II, Day Nine: “Double”

Day Nine: “Double” — Rotate Your Image

Your twin sisters. Your neighbor’s two poodles. Your vision during a dizzy spell. Your doppelgänger.

Double can be interpreted in many ways. Here’s our take, courtesy of two yellow lines on a street in East London, England:

 

Day Nine: “Double” — Rotate Your Image

Day Nine: “Double” — Rotate Your Image

 

Show us your double take!

Today’s Tip: Sometimes, you’ll want to change the orientation of an image. Maybe you prefer a vertical image to be horizontal, or want to flip your image so your subject faces the other way. If it makes sense, rotate your image to create a more interesting composition.

Visit the resource page for details. Remember to tag your post with#developingyoureye and check the Reader to see posts from fellow course participants!

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Cheers,
Cheri and the WordPress.com Team

 

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Developing Your Eye II ~ Day One: “Warmth” — The Quality of Light   Leave a comment


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Developing Your Eye II ~ Day One: “Warmth” — The Quality of Light

I was photo-shooting at the Heritage Festival some time ago under a very hot sun. Light intensity was extremely strong and I was sweating profusely like just came out from a shower. Tried this shot and hopefully my circuits in my DSLR camera are not fried. My sincere apology for the slower start as my internet at home is unstable and I was unwell too.

This is my submission for ” Warmth “. Feel the heat?

SP Lim

 

Developing Your Eye II, Day One: “Warmth”

Developing Your Eye II, Day One: “Warmth”

 

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Day One: “Warmth” — The Quality of Light

Photography means “drawing with light.” When you take a picture with your camera, you use and record light to create an image. When we’re out and about, we often use the sun — our most abundant light source — to capture our scenes.

The Hagia Sophia is an impressive mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. If you ever find yourself wandering inside, here’s what you’ll see when you look up:

Developing Your Eye II ~ Day One: “Warmth” — The Quality of Light

Developing Your Eye II ~ Day One: “Warmth” — The Quality of Light

 

The spotlights on the chandeliers — combined with lots of ambient and natural light filtering in from outside — create a warm scene of yellows and golds.

For your first shooting challenge, capture an image of warmth, using the sun as your source. If the sun is nowhere to be found today, not to worry — interpret warmth in your own way.

Today’s Tip: Consider the direction and quality of light. Front light is great for outdoor landscapes and group portraits; a front-lit subject faces the light source, making it even-lit. Side light is fun to experiment with: the mix of light and shadow shows more depth and can create unexpected results.

Visit the resource page for details. Remember to tag your post with#developingyoureye and check the Reader to see posts from fellow course participants!

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Cheers,
Cheri and the WordPress.com Team

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Developing Your Eye, Day One: “Home”   Leave a comment


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“Home”

We stayed on the Island of Penang so in the old days when there were no bridges, we took the ferry to cross over the channel towards our home on Penang Island from the Mainland. When we are oustation or overseas and on seeing this ferry, it is “home” again for us. Presently in 2016, we have 2 Penang Bridges connecting the Penang Island to the Mainland. Apology for the late start as my internet was very unstable and I was unwell too.

SP Lim

 

Home with the sight of the ferry heading towards Penang Island.

Home with the sight of the ferry heading homewards towards Penang Island.

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Day One: “Home” — Get Oriented

When you think of home, what do you imagine? You might picture a house from your past, your favorite neighborhood hangout, or a city you miss. And while home is often found on a map, it can also be less tangible: a loved one, a state of mind, a forgotten time.

Here’s a literal (and tiny) interpretation of home:

Developing Your Eye I ~ Day One: “Home” — Get Oriented

Developing Your Eye I ~ Day One: “Home” — Get Oriented

 

What does home look like to you? Share an image in a new post.

Today’s Tip: Before we dive into this course, make sure you’re comfortable with your camera! Brush up and read your camera manual, or explore the features in your camera phone. You’re free to use any type of equipment, from your smartphone to a point-and-shoot, or your dSLR or something else.

Visit the resource page for details on getting started. Remember to tag your post with #developingyoureye and check the Reader to see posts from fellow course participants!

Cheers,
Cheri and the WordPress.com Team

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Pure   4 comments


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Purely of Crystals

As I was unwell for sometime and with my very unstable internet, I had nod submitted my Weekly Photo Challenge for three weeks in a row.
Better late than never as I submit my photograph for the “Pure”-themed Weekly Photo Challenge. This is a photograph of the ceiling lighting of a restaurant.

SP Lim

Purely of Crystals

Purely of Crystals

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For this week’s challenge, share a photo of something pure — it can be a person, an object, or a moment.
Pure: a photo of a child picking wildflowers. Photo by Jen Hooks.
BY JEN H.

“Pure” can convey wholesomeness, something undiluted, or simplicity.

The sky is clear, the air is clean, and a small girl plucks dandelions from a field to make a tiny bouquet. The purity of the afternoon is absolute: from the crystalline blue of the sky, down to the cottony, sunlit curls upon the child’s head. Nothing exists outside of this overgrown meadow, where wildlife thrives, and red thistle and dandelions flourish. And a tiny little girl, pure of heart and intention, picks golden flowers for her mom.

This photo was taken several years ago now, but I can still recall this perfect day. I love finding beauty in the mundane, and purity in the midst of our chaotic, over-connected world. For this week’s challenge, share a photo of something pure — it can be a person, an object, or a moment. “Pure” can convey wholesomeness, something undiluted, or simplicity. We can’t wait to see your interpretation.

Pure

Back to my conditional active blogging   2 comments


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Back to my conditional active blogging

After Wesak Celebrations so back to blogging and extremely slow & unstable internet connections, So complaining will re-start again!!!
“This site can’t be reached
aa-mg5.mail.yahoo.com took too long to respond.
Try:
Reloading the page
Checking the connection
Checking the proxy and the firewall
ERR_TIMED_OUT”

My blogging in my local environment is affected by the slow internet connection – a boasted first world country with third world facilities due to corruption and mismanagement from top to bottom, censorship and threats of arrest & jail if we blog the wrong and unfavourable things (my lips are sealed especially politics which I nearly always avoid) and my laziness that I confess. Owing to the recent internet instability for two weeks, I have an outstanding emails of 1,894 in numbers to go through now. The majority is from my fellow bloggers which I shall not delete nor ignore.

Bye and be tolerant as I shall definitely finish this back-log.

SP Lim

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The Ohara Floral Arts Team decorating the Wesak Main Buddha Float.

The Ohara Floral Arts Team decorating the Wesak Main Buddha Float.

Wesak Eve Night 100

The Blogger is seen with the Former Chairman Dato Khoo Leong Hun of the Wesak Celebrations Main Committee. The other is the Vice-Chairoerson the 2016 Main Committee. The blogger is also the Vice-Chairman of the 2016 Main Committee apart from being Wesak Procession Chairman.

The Blogger is seen with the Former Chairman Dato Khoo Leong Hun of the Wesak Celebrations Main Committee. The other is the Vice-Chairperson the 2016 Main Committee. The blogger is also the Vice-Chairman of the 2016 Main Committee apart from being Wesak Procession Chairman.

Photo 101 ~ My 10 Favourites from the Course   18 comments


Photo 101 ~ My 10 Favourites from the Course

I had finished the Photo 101 Course with a daily post for more than 20 continuous days. In face of some obstacles like having no internet for nearly 16 hours, unstable internet in my area, the unfortunate incident of my dogs “biting incident” resulting with my two bitten fingers on my left hand and the heat wave in the country with temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius, everything ended favourably. If there is a will, there is a way unless one kick the bucket.

Some facts I discovered and learned from the bloggers/photographers are :-

1. The thinking and subsequent action on the given theme is not always the same with the participating bloggers. True, as every human being is different from each other, thus we are see an array of different photographs uploaded on their individual blog. Different thinking on the theme so we have different photographs.

2. Every blogger is usually a loving, caring, kind, compassionate person with the place of residence that is generally peaceful and beautiful in nature. I had seen so many beautiful places, buildings, landscapes, animals, birds, sea creatures, flowers and other interesting things which in my life-time I shall have no time or opportunity to travel and see due to my matured age. Thank you for all these lovely and informative photographs that are shared on these blogs.

3. I was just wondering why the current troubled world cannot emulate the blogosphere we have here – peaceful, loving, friendly, diverse, harmonious and caring community of people from different countries, ideology, religions and culture. War, human conflicts, terror, global warming and climate threats shall result in more problems and troubles for us on this only home we have – Earth.

I end here and crawl back into my tiny space of peace and harmony with my pets. Bye, my fellow bloggers, photographers, viewers, friends, and the people of this planet.

SP Lim

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Hooray! You made it.
(Virtual) high-fives all around! Congratulations on finishing Photography 101 — we’re so happy you joined us for this photo-a-day journey this month, and hope that the daily themes and tips inspired you.

End of Photo 101

A quiet moment among feluccas on the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt.

Feel free to sit back and take it easy this weekend. But if you’re itching for a bit more, consider these projects as we wrap up the course:

Browse your collection of shots from the course, select up to ten favorites, and publish a wrap-up post with a gallery.
Look through your shots to see which themes and tips you enjoyed the most. Did you take a lot of establishing shots? Close ups? Abstract images? Great color shots? Compile your favorites in a post.
Pick one element we covered during the course, then head out with your camera to practice: composition, light, movement, color, or something else of your choosing.
Revisit the themes. Are there any themes you’d like to try again? What would you do differently? What have you learned?
Want to explore photography topics in more depth? Browse the “Craft of Photography” topic on The Daily Post. You can also download our Photography 101 e-book, which compiles resources and tutorials from various photographers on WordPress.com.

The Commons will remain open for posting and commenting for one more week, so you can catch up on anything you’ve missed.

Thank you for joining us this month!

Cheers,
Josh and the WordPress.com Team

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Photo 101 ~ Day Twenty: Triumph & Contrast – “The Triumphant Return to Life.”   17 comments


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Day Twenty: Triumph & Contrast

“The Triumphant Return to Life.”

After the unfortunate incident of the biting incident between my dogs yesterday, the little poodle called Baron was bitten on the throat and neck area. The veterinary clinic was closed yesterday and he was sent to the veterinary surgeon as its neck area has swollen. The Veterinary Doctor immediately perform emergency surgery on Baron’s throat as the trachea has some punctured wounds and the poodle was not breathing properly. After the emergency surgery, baron is back home at 5.30 pm recovering from this critical surgery. The Veterinary Doctor said Baron was strong to survive all these wounds and the subsequent surgery. Yes, it was a triumphant return to his normal life though still a bit tired.

Baron was found running around the busy road near my house. We rescued the poodle with all his fur all cut very short and fed it. We tried to ask around to fing the owner and even telephone an owner who had put some posters about his lost dog. However, he did not show any interest at all and did not attempt to see the dog. Anyhow, Baron joined the discarded dogs in the group. Many thanks to kind doctor who stopped seeing his “patients” and attended to Baron immediately thus saving his life.

SP Lim
Though today is First of April, 2016 – this is NOT an April’s Fool Joke.

Baron the Poodle

“The Triumphant Return to Life.” My little poodle, Baron. is resting and recovering after its throat surgery this morning.

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Day Twenty: Triumph & Contrast

Triumph comes in all shapes and sizes: finding enough coffee to make a full pot. Having just enough gas in the tank to get to the filling station. Finding out your story was accepted for publication in that awesome magazine.

My triumph was fighting inertia to walk through the park on a cold winter day. My reward was this photo of a massive, naked elm tree with a bit of sun flare and bold shadows from thin light.

What does triumph mean to you? It could mean that goal in the dying seconds, nailing “tree pose” without quivering, or any victory — big or small, personal or public.

Today’s Tip: Triumph usually denotes drama of some sort, no matter whether it’s big or small. Playing with contrast is a great way to enhance your photos for a more dramatic effect.

Contrast in photography generally refers to the difference between the lights and darks in an image — and the interplay between white, black, and gray. When someone says a black-and-white photo has high contrast, oftentimes the white and black are prominent, while a low-contrast image includes subtler tones and layers of gray. In color images, contrast might refer to the juxtaposition of two bright colors, or a cold color (blue) next to a warm color (red).

Tips on increasing/decreasing contrast:
Increase to bring out bold accents (a red lantern, a yellow balloon).
Increase to make the blacks blacker, the whites whiter.
Decrease slightly to even out a blue sky.
Don’t boost the contrast too much — you’ll lose the details.
Be careful when tweaking pictures of people — you can easily “wash out” faces.
While you can use Photoshop, Lightroom, or other software to tweak the contrast on your images, you don’t need to spend money to enhance your photos. PicMonkey and PhotoCat allow you to edit photos (including contrast) for free.

Cheers,
Josh R. and the WordPress.com Team

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