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A Charming Face

L1000467L (Leica D-Lux 5)

See the charming grinning face of a lady with a big oval eye, long eyelashes and straight hair going round her ear? This shot corresponds to the one featured last week.

Doing street shots on a daily basis does not necessarily guarantee any intriguing shots. To the contrary, one may come up with more mundane ones if the seeing is not combined with visions of the mind's eye. While daily practices can shift a photographer from being adpated to adept about the technical bits, the practising must gradually move from there to the active use of all the senses to see the intricacies in a scene and make manifest the desired message in the final image. A decade ago, I met the niece of the chairlady of an association of Hong Kong's professional photographers. A secret of the chairlady's success is she never takes a shot from the perspectives which have been in existence as she is aware.  For the shot of the same object or subject matter, she always racks her brain to come up with a final image whereby she can give an unprecedented  new message. That requires an extraordinary ability to observe and imagine, making the final images unique in the viewers' eyes.

There is a long way to go before one can be successful in this, but I am determined to move towards the same direction (while I will go on snapping shots on the street though).

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The digital era may make it easier to end up with fave shots. Even lousy photos may be turned likable after a few clicks in the post-processing workflow. But if digital advancement or amendments have any bearing on the cultivation of personal style, no photographers will need to discover his or her own photographer’s eye. Undoutedly, this is out of the question. Only with a trained photographer’s eye can we give a thinking gaze and capture an eternal moment, in our unique style. Style is the soul of a great photo.
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