Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Macro (Topography of Seasonings) + (Going on Holiday)

14 April 2014

Lens:

Part One: Indian Spices

1. Spices, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

1. Indian Spices, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Spices, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Indian Spices, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3. Tumeric, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3. Turmeric, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4. Indian Spices, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4. Indian Spices, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

Part Two: Table Salt

5. Table Salt, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

5. Table Salt, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

6. Table Salt, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

6. Table Salt, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

7. Table Salt, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

7. Table Salt, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

Let me know which you prefer and why.

Pens:

Typically, early summer and autumn are my ideal travel seasons. But our winter was stacked with day-after-day of grey and wet, forcing the synapses to ponder other destinations. My mind was focused more on pilgrimages than shoveling snow and layering to keep warm.

My wanderlust was climbing to its peak performance. Now I’m a few days from a journey that will combine family, friends and adventure. Descriptors keep bouncing in my head: explore, play, savor, contemplate, float, meditate, watch, listen, GRATEFUL. And allow serendipity and spontaneity to rule.

This post is the last one for April. I will return on Monday, 05 May, to serve up my enthusiasm for this blogging life. Mostly, I want to thank all of you for your readership and support. I’ll miss you, but will be back with lens and pens for your perusal.

Macro week always conjures the chance to visualize a morsel of our universe. Mostly, to represent it differently than its usual context. Macro photography takes the viewer to a brand new place—a place of sizable dimensionality, not in heft but in content.

Macro is a walk through a plot to catch the audience by surprise. It’s a story that visually tantalizes with unexpected splendor in the miniscule. But small does not always aim to please. Truly, it’s a challenger’s challenge.

With my eye to my excursion I wanted to connect this post to my holiday. Topography as the theme seems appropriate. My thoughts turned to my garden and then moved to spices.

In the Lens section are seven images that are divided into two sections: Indian spices and table salt. Whether crystalline or blurred the images evoke the earth’s multi-faceted terrains: a view to landscapes seen from above or ground level.

For me these images simulate the wild with pristine and uninhabited (at least by the human animal) fields of plenty, which are uncultivated arrangements of nature. Some of the images show ground swells and elevations, flats and hills, density and sparsity.

Topography studies surface features that examine the relationship between the sum of the parts. In aerial views, for example, natural elements seem world’s apart from their above-ground archaeology.

While my photographs conjure the land and its contours, forms and shapes, in reality they are seasonings that come from my kitchen shelves. How easily we can be fooled by the visual: our minds interpreting a scene or object based on knowledge or memory. Those differences between what we think and what we actually see can be influenced by depth of field and perspective, editing and processing, and size. In this instance, what the mind doesn’t know can be as persuasive as what it knows.

Until we meet again on Monday, 05 May. Enjoy your next two weeks of summer, winter, spring or autumn–depending on your worldwide location. Here spring will have advanced and I will return to mega gardening tasks, which will give me much time to cultivate the memories built on holiday.

[If you anticipate entering this week's challenge, please get your post to me by Wednesday.]  

Tip of the Week:

Marcus Nilsson’s aesthetic portraits of culinary designs are so enticing as to mesmerize our visual senses. There are many, many food photographers who adequately document plating and styling of the culinary arts, but Nilsson’s work stands far above the majority of commercial and professional photographers. When I gaze upon his presentations, I am reminded of the modernist architects who use creative, crisp, sensual and sumptuous narratives to tell their stories. Nilsson’s work can be seen, for example, in cookbooks such Bon Appetit’s Cook Like a Pro, 2014. Please take some time to discover and enjoy his art. Click here.

Bon Appetit's "Cook Like a Pro (2014). Photographs by Marcus Nilsson

Bon Appetit’s “Cook Like a Pro (2014). Photographs by Marcus Nilsson

Other entries for this week’s challenge:

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/phoneography-challenge-macro-2/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-macro-up-close-in-the-kitchen/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/hello-stranger/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/phoneography-challenge-macro-under-water/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/phoneography-topography-of-sweet-opportunities-to-hop/

http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/phoneography-challenge-macro/

http://steve-says.net/2014/04/14/hit-the-road-jack/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2014/04/14/ants-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

http://firebonnet.com/2014/04/14/l-phoneography-a-mushroom-cap-labyrinth/

http://passionatelybored.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-macro/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/04/14/iphoneography-monday-4-14-14/

http://19planets.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/bamboo-spring-007-april-2014-haigahaibun-phoneography-challenge-macro-plus-napowrimo/

http://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-macro/

http://artifactsandfictions.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/early-morning/

http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-macro/

http://blogagaini.com/2014/04/15/macro-ranunculus-bud/

http://uniquesochic.com/2014/04/16/cherry-tree-awakens-new-buds/

http://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/a-micro-macro-universe/

Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.

If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. If you have any questions about the Photo Challenge, please contact me.

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Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro

3rd Monday: Black and White

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). (Animals and Objects are themes.)

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Nature (Spring’s Renewal of the Landscape)

07 April 2014

Lens:

1. Crocus and Hellebores, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

1. Crocus and Hellebores, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Hellebores, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Hellebores, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

 

3. Hellebores, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3. Hellebores, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

Let me know which you prefer and why.

Pens:

A large portion of my photographic palette is my muse, Mother Nature. I begin my day with a cup of tea in hand and an eye to my birding station. No matter the season spontaneous activities arise from the menagerie of lively creatures that spend much of the day there.

Yesterday I spied a pair of spritely red-bellied woodpeckers. While the male is a usual suspect, the female (to my knowledge) has never appeared. By nature they are solitary. Still, it’s spring and that brings the expected and unexpected. This sighting was enough to bring ebullience to the entire day’s overcast and shadowy clouds.

Not a day disappears that I do not ponder the state of Mother Earth. My anxiety about climate and environmental issues follows me, causing an edginess that will not surrender. Recent reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the American Association for the Advancement of Science makes this unease even more pronounced. To put these Reports in perspective, you can read two articles from The New York Times‘ “Opinion Pages” here and here, which appeared last week.

To buoy my spirits I’ll walk through parkland or wildlife preserves. But I do not have to stray from my personal sanctuary to soothe my concerns. One step into nature heals me at least temporarily.

Yesterday on a walk through my cultivated and wild habitats, I stopped to admire those dependable signs of late winter and early spring: daffodils. My circular grouping and naturalized areas are still in their early stages. These dignified buds are a worthy symbol to usher in spring. When the yellow glow bursts forth, it’s as though winter’s story dissolves, and spring’s glory finally has staked its claim.

In truth daffodils are not at the top of my list. The earlier crocus and hellebores, which awaken my woodland areas with colorful splendor, lure me over and over to gaze at their mastery.

I’m also enamored with the quiet beauty of a bud. Budding trees and spring flowers seem to be spreading with an overwhelming vengeance against the finale of winter.

Typically, at springtime we ponder renewal and re-definition. I also reflect upon nature as one of the epicenters of the planet’s health.

And as each blossom or leaf of this or that surfaces, we realize that no two are ever the same. Individuality is rampant in the natural world. That characteristic is also embedded in the human condition. But there is a place where we come together in  the collective unconscious—a place where the entire world must find consensus to work for the well-being of Mother Earth.

In the Lens section is another one of my salutes to spring’s re-appearance. This week’s photo shoot was one frustration after another. Each session did not produce what I wanted: a gem to represent the rekindle of spring.

I focused on blades and shoots of early spring flowers and herbs. But none gave me those architectural lines that I sought. I cut some daffodils, but the results had me turn elsewhere.

I do not EXPECT from a photo session; I act and do. I let it flow, stay with the moment. To ply some of the morning light was a goal, but the days remained grey and darkened with phases of rain. Images became illusive.

Finally, I found a lone crocus and snipped a few blossoming hellebores. I slipped them into a glass vase, and found an angle that gave the crocus a sculptural freeform. Next to the crocus is a hellebores waiting and watching.

One of the hellebores was slightly darker and exuding more vibrancy. They remain steadfastly one of my most treasured woodland early bloomers.

After peeling away the week’s disappointment, I am able to show two cheery species that forecast spring’s rejuvenation of the landscape. They provide a lesson in the resiliency of Mother Nature–a resiliency that is real yet fragile nonetheless.

Each of us can cultivate a small portion of our world, and return more and more of our cities and towns to natural habitats. I continue to be nonplussed that people have become more and more removed from Mother Nature, who is a source of considerable comfort and spiritual awakening for me. During the renewal of the  landscape I am especially hopeful–hopeful for the continuation of a four-season landscape that is appreciated by all.

Tip of the Week:

“Art Wolfe’s photographs are a superb evocation of some of the most breathtaking spectacles in the world.” ~~ Sir David Attenborough

Nature photographers are known to be conservationists and environmentalists who work tirelessly to protect vanishing wildlife. American landscape photographer Art Wolfe (b. 1951) is the epitome of this kind of advocacy. For over three decades he has been interpreting and recording landscapes across the world. Wolfe combines art and journalism to educate and motivate others to get involved with issues that matter most to him. Here is a quote by Wolfe that summarizes his photographic philosophy: “When we confront a landscape, we are surrounded by a chaos of visual elements. The scene challenges us to extract a unique composition that encapsulates the character and emotional impact we sense at that moment. We need to get past the overt subject, the postcard view, to pick out the unobvious yet significant aspects.” To read more about Wolfe, click here.

"Snowy Owls," by Art Wolfe

“Snowy Owls,” by Art Wolfe

View other entries for this week’s Photo Challenge:

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-challenge-nature-2/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature-lettuce-alone/

http://passionatelybored.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/two-yellow-leaves/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-challenge-nature-strikes-a-pose/

http://steve-says.net/2014/04/07/2012-a-greg-odyssey/

 http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-irresistible-clouds/

http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-challenge-nature/

http://19planets.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/banana-blossom-004-april-2014-haiga-and-haibun-for-napowrimo-and-the-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature/

http://architar.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/the-greeting-corner/

http://firebonnet.com/2014/04/07/f-from-the-back-of-a-motorcycle-5-mountains-on-fire/

http://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/caught-in-the-moment/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2014/04/07/signs-of-spring/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/04/07/iphoneography-monday-4-7-14/

http://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature/

http://uniquesochic.com/2014/04/08/cherry-laurel-iphonography-challenge/

http://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature-apr7/

http://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/phoneography-and-non-slr-challenge-nature/

http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature/

http://artifactsandfictions.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/seeds-of-renewal/

http://ellisgoesonholiday.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/phoneography-challenge-nature/

http://wisnuwidiarta.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature-view-from-above/

http://irenewaters19.com/2014/04/14/phoneography-and-macro-monday-moss/

Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.

If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. If you have any questions about the Photo Challenge, please contact me.

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Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro

3rd Monday: Black and White

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). (Animals and Objects are themes.)

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.

 

 

 

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Editing and Processing (Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2)

31 March 2014

Lens:

1. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Photo Studio, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

1. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Photo Studio, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Glaze, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Glaze, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Glaze, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Glaze, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Photo Studio, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Photo Studio, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

5. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Original, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

5. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Original, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

 

Pens:

“Creation begins typically with a vague, even a confused excitement, some sort of yearning, hunch, or other proverbial intimation, of approaching or potential resolution. Stephen Spender’s expression is exact: “a dim cloud of an idea which I feel must be condensed into a shower of words.” ~~ The Creative Process, edited by Brewster Ghiselin (1955).

The creative process is a wide and broad continuum of self-expression. Image making, for example, is accomplished with various levels of convergence (happenstance, planning, spontaneity, or…).

Immersion does not necessarily equal success. Anything is possible. Results may disappoint, satisfy, or stun. Or be unforgettable.

Even when that creative space is stilled through photography, the dialogue between the photographer and the subject is so personal that the result is uncertain. The image may be close or far apart from intention, which can be a benefit or not.

The dance of light can provoke, the sleight of hand of an animal’s leap can inspire, a person’s lean against a weathered wall can attract, a dimly lit window can provoke casts of characters. The simplest and the complex can ease or force the mind toward a photo opportunity.

The creative process builds on the dimension of time and place. It’s a swath of stories that are boundless with experimentation. Cinematic vistas, quiet sunrises, the birth of a flower, the flight of a hummingbird, the pause of a smile, the gesture of a friend, violence against humanity, the buzz of inventions, or…They can evoke a meditative pause or a ripple effect or inaction.

The creative process offers us a lifeline to be and see more than we ever imagined. But the journey is an ever-changing path of personal evolution. As a phenomenon studied over and over, it continues to incite discussion about its internal and external origins.

This energizing need to encourage my imagination is a continuum that provides a path to seek and find, find and seek. That’s what is miraculous and unwavering about this constant push in my life. It’s never done. It’s never complete. It’s omnipresent.

In the Lens section are my entries for this week’s editing and processing challenge. The single leaf adds to my series on leaf street graffiti (see my other post with Series #1 here).

Series #1 displays shadowy images of two leaves on the street. Negative spaces are occupied where leaves had been. Series #2 shows a leaf (maple, maybe) at rest where  it’s decaying and withering, viable nonetheless.

I’ve processed the original (image #5) with the apps Glaze (images #2 and #3) and Photo Studio (images #1 and #4). The digital darkroom is a safe place to experiment. No chemicals to mix or breathe. Just a chance to re-conceive these images.

The most difficult part is selecting the effect that renders the original into a work that fulfills the image maker’s intentions. Sometimes the original stays true to the initial intention, and an app will reduce its authenticity. Other processing techniques will bring a new force to the image.

In this case image #3 seems to bring an ethereal quality that reminds me of Japanese paintings on rice paper. The app Glaze gave the photograph another dimension, which instantly became my favorite.

Tip of the Week: More than three decades ago I was introduced to a tiny but powerful book that continues to be a source of inspiration: The Creative Process, which was edited by Brewster Ghiselin and has remained a classic for anyone who is interested in the birth or spark or drive or need or compulsion to create an original concept. I’ve read and reread my copy so many times that it’s barely there. As a paperback, it’s done its duty over and over again. As a compendium filled with ideas by literary artists, performing artists, visual artists, mathematicians, scientists, and educators, it was an early reference for creativity and the human impetus behind it. If you’ve never read it, I recommend that you dive into this richly-filled anthology. If you’re familiar with it, I urge you to revisit its offerings.

"The Creative Process," edited by Brewster Ghiselin, 1952

“The Creative Process,” edited by Brewster Ghiselin, 1952

View other entries in this week’s challenge:

http://ellisgoesonholiday.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/phoneography-weekly-challenge-street-photography/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-editing-processing/

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/phoneography-challenge-editing-and-processing/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/phoneography-challenge-editing-and-processing/

http://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-theme-architecture-editing-and-processing/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/the-distinct-color/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/03/31/iphoneography-monday-3-31-14/

http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/pheneography-non-slr-photo-devices-photo-challenge-photo-editing/

http://watchingthephotoreels.com/2014/03/31/editing-and-processing-objects/

http://firebonnet.com/2014/03/31/phoneography-kaleioscopic-cattle-dog/

http://artifactsandfictions.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/photo-editing-processes-and-creativity/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/phoneography-one-photo-many-images/

http://19planets.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/familiar-sounds-013-march-2014-haiga-and-haibun-for-the-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-editing-and-processing/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2014/03/31/gluten-free-sliced-sausage-jalapeno-pizza-from-dominos-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-editing-and-processing/

http://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/phoneography-photo-challenge-editing-and-processing/

http://wisnuwidiarta.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-editing-and-processing-foodography/

http://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/imagining-the-void/

Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.

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If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. If you have any questions about the Photo Challenge, please contact me.

Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro

3rd Monday: Black and White

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). (Animals and Objects are themes.)

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week

Posted in Art and Creativity, Black-and-White Photography, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Mobile Photography, Nature, Nature Photography, Phoneography, Photography, Street Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 75 Comments

Celebrate the Challenge’s New Title=Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Object (Light and Shadow)

24 March 2014

Lens:

1. Study of Bench #1, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

1. Study of Bench #1, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Study of Bench #1, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Study of Bench #2, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3. Study of Bench # 3, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3. Study of Bench # 3, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4. Study of Bench #4, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4. Study of Bench #4, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

Let me know which you prefer and why.

Pens:

With Spring slowly capturing the landscape, redefinition is prevalent. This tipping point between winter’s grey and spring’s hues is an apt point to introduce the challenge’s third title change: Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge. Mostly, it conveys a direction that photography is following through innovation to spirit one’s visual creativity.

For weeks this title was a work-in-progress. The final choice was made possible by a collaborative effort with YOU–the challenge’s community. I hope that it expresses the current flow of photography, which allows for a wide and deep consideration of stilling the moment.

Photography as an art form has evolved with such gusto that the present is but a sample of its legacy to humanity’s aesthetic and technical innovation. We are pawns and playthings in this transformation that will overflow into the annals of art history.

I’m having a difficult time getting the challenge’s new badge uploaded onto my homepage. I’ll keep at it. Meanwhile you can try one of these URLs: http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/320x240q90/844/x7dj.png/smaller version or http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/640x480q90/713/irgh.png/medium version.

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Hope one works for you. I can get the badge as a widget onto the Homepage, but getting the right size and position are another matter.

In the Lens section is an ode to nature’s constancy in my life: a bench made into a sculptural object by light and shadow. The third element–snow–is a tour de force to emphasize the combination. As I walked in a local park, the symbiosis between them  drew me into their design.

Light and shadow are the photographer’s companion. Light cast a silent proclamation about (for example) positive and negative spaces, chaos and symmetry, the small and the large, the suspected and unsuspected, the known and unknown, variations in shades, and the continuum of our visual universe.

So I follow light to find shadows. I let them seduce my sensibilities and lasso my intentions.  Sometimes it is impossible to give a likeness to its magnificence. Sometimes the watching is enough. Or the image is too mammoth in character and size to fixate through my mind’s and camera’s lens.

Soft traces of shadows at twilight produce the slightest of hints, and it can be mesmerizing. Those sighs and signs of the day’s end also can be overly or subtlely dramatic.

Reactions to these evocative, illusionary and temporary absences of light are dependent on intensity and subject. The photogenic ones hold the lack of light, and expose the dark side. This duo of light and shadow provide ranges of whites and blacks, defining or ill-defining its subject.

Shadows whisper their folly or strength. They allude, seduce and temper our attention. Mostly, they form contours, silhouettes, outlines, profiles, and shapes that even in their reality intrigue us.

Each shadow becomes a memory–a memory of its temporary story. But a photograph records the observer’s vantage point, and insinuates what drew the eye to give it permanence.

Tip of the Week: I continue to revisit photographers that engage my attention, and discover new ones that enthrall. A favorite from the twentieth century is Harry Callahan (1912-1999), who had no formal training. Although Ansel Adams’ monolithic landscapes influenced his art, Callahan’s inspiration was found in any subject. He was known for experimentation in double and triple exposures, ethereal abstractions as well as emphasis on light and shadow. His legacy included groups of students that he taught at the Institute of Design in Detroit and the Rhode Island School of Design. In the March 18, 1999, obituary from The New York Times, Andy Grundberg said, “…he never believed that formal experimentation was an end in itself. Instead, he subscribed to the notion that the camera was a tool of personal revelation and expression, and all his experiments with the formal potentials of his medium bear the marks of a singular sensibility.” To see some of his masterful photographs, click here.

Harry Callahan, from masters of Photography website

Detroit, 1943, Harry Callahan, from Masters of Photography’s website

View other entries for today’s photo challenge here:

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/phoneography-challenge-architecture/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-any-three-can-play/

http://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/pink-victorian-3-photos/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/the-lost-faith/

http://thepalladiantraveler.com/2014/03/24/photography-architecture-italy-veneto-vicenza-parco-querini-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/phoneography-challenge-light-and-shadow/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/phoneography-tracking-animals-in-the-setting-sun/

http://steve-says.net/2014/03/24/do-have-a-cow-man/

http://irenewaters19.com/2014/03/25/phoneography-photo-challenge-the-german-shepherd-dog-convention/

http://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/phoneography-challenge-abstract/

http://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-architecture/

http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

http://ohmsweetohmdotme.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/light-and-shadow/

http://watchingthephotoreels.com/2014/03/24/update-to-phoneography-challenge/comment-page-1/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2014/03/24/enlightened-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/03/24/iphoneography-monday-3-24-14/

http://19planets.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/vase-light-009-march-2014-haiga-and-haibun-for-the-new-title-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-object/

 http://pilotfishblog.com/2014/03/25/phoneography-challenge-grand-rapids-architecture/

http://artifactsandfictions.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/house-hunting/

http://denasgoodlife.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/phoneography-challenge-architecture/

http://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/non-slr-challaenge-light-and-shadow/

http://blogagaini.com/2014/03/28/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-choice/

Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.

If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. If you have any questions about the Phoneography Challenge, please contact me.

Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Phoneography Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro

3rd Monday: Black and White

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). (Animals and Objects are themes.)

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week (31 March 2014 will be the first challenge for this new theme).

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Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens: Black and White (and Winter’s Waning and Spring’s Arrival)

17 March 2014

Lens:

I. Snowstorm

1. Shoveling in a Stormstorm, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

1. Shoveling in a Stormstorm, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Shoveling in a Stormstorm, iPhone 4s,, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Shoveling in a Stormstorm, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

II. Icicles on Leaves

3. Icicles on  Leaves, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3. Icicles on Leaves, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4.Icicles on Leaves, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4.Icicles on Leaves, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

III. Leaf Street Graffiti

5. Leaf Street Graffiti, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

5. Leaf Street Graffiti, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

6. Leaf Street Graffiti, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

6. Leaf Street Graffiti, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

Let me know which you prefer and why.

Pens:

This month I asked participants and readers to give their opinion about choices for the challenge’s new title, which is meant to reflect the evergreen quality of today’s photography. Many have strong opinions about their selections. With two titles as semi-finalists number one received more votes.

Still, I remain ambivalent about how it will be received by the wider readership searching to join this photo community–a community that the challenge seeks to attract and nurture. Here are the finalists.

1. Photography Challenge, Using Nontraditional Digital Devices as Your Lens

2. Photography Challenge, Using Mobile Non-SLR Digital Devices as Your Lens

After a bit more internal deliverance on the subject, I have come up with another approach. Most of us are in agreement about the importance of a title to draw attention on the Internet.

I’ve done a bit of research, and Phoneography is here to stay. It remains a popular search word, which is a good reason to keep it as part of the title.

I awoke yesterday after having written a totally different title that seemed to say what is needed. I created an acronym, but realized that the title was too cumbersome. Then I forged this title: Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Challenge.

So this new, new one is an attempt to bridge the current title with the ever-changing tools available to photographers. Here are three choices:

1. Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Challenge

2. Photography Challenge, Using Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices

3. Photography Challenge, Using Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices as Your Lens.

Let me know if this makes any sense. Or if you have further suggestions. I believe these are a better transition. What is important is differentiating this challenge from other photography challenges.

I hope that we can use one of them. I tend to think that # one is the best (shorter), but I really like two. Three is just too long, but more precise. Please give me your opinion.

No doubt the title will morph again to meet the “new” in photography’s creative expansion. Photography keeps upending the norm, and technology is simply a tool that we use in the creative process.

“Behind is a forest that goes to the Arctic                                                                                   And a desert that still belongs to the Piute                                                                                 And here we must draw                                                                                                                  Our line.” From Front Lines, Gary Snyder (b. 1930), American essayist, poet and environmentalist.

As I arranged the set of images for this week’s black-and-white challenge, the theme of Winter’s waning and Spring’s arrival was prevalent. This Thursday promises the equinox, a perfectly divine day where day (light) and night (dark) are as close to equal as is possible by nature’s wand.

There are two equinoxes: spring and autumn, which are the only time the earth does not tilt away or towards the sun. Where I live in Delaware, U.S.A., sunrise will be at 7:06 a.m., and sunset will glide forward at 7:14 p.m. As the dark appears, Spring will be a day old, and Winter will have climbed into hibernation for three more seasons.

The human spirit is immeasurably soothed by this renewal and visual alterations that appear day by day. As green shoots begin their ascension, one’s gaze is transfixed for progress. We wait for blossoms and colors to carry the past into the present.

Because photography is less dependent upon “gear” than on the visual acumen of the photographer’s eye, I am buoyed by the ease of my iPhone 4s as I roam through local preserve, pristine trails, and mature neighborhoods. I am particularly drawn to the untamed. During this phase of seasonal transition, there is much that is raw and wild.

Mostly, it is remarkably reassuring the discoveries that can be made during my daily walk–a walk that criss crosses suburbia and protected creeks, forests and wetlands. Even though the elements may be there, I must stay alert to see even one unusual example of the boundless surprises that exist. Some of the awe is realized when a color slice of nature can be rendered more inviting in monochromatic tones.

In the Lens section are three sets of images that fit this week’s theme: there is much to be noticed in the vast array of seemingly bare bones of winter. There also is a particular quality to a scene that is made more lively by black-and-white conversion.

Part I shows two of the same image that was taken during a February snowstorm. The day was hardly visible, but I could see my neighbor framed by a massive pine tree. He was shoveling, and I caught him in my sights through the curtain of snow.

In Part II are two different shots of leaves covered in icicles. Within an hour the sun had melted the crystalline covering. But the early morning had given birth to a glaze of ice that in my backyard transformed a spent plant’s frond into something worth my spying.

In Part III are images that were found on two consecutive days. Each brought a startle reflex: leaf street graffiti. Each was a negative of a leaf made by its frozen autumn form and sunlight. As if drawn into the street, the result is a positive of each etched into the macadam.

One such discovery is enough to make a day’s momentum flow, but more is pure joy. It reminds me that nature’s artistry plays with human intervention, and she always has the last word.

Tip of the Day: Black-and-white photography is a mainstay in art history. The masters are visual magicians at capturing and controlling tonal values. When a decision must be made whether to keep an image in color or convert to a grayscale, considerations very much depend on the  monochromatic tones. The goal is to impress our sensibilities. No one did it better than Ansel Adams (1902-1984). I continually revisit his work, because his ability to capture emotional resonance of the Western landscape astonishes. His work has a profound effect upon me, and his record of the monochrome gives the world a breathtaking archive of the majesty of the wild in the twentieth century. Visit his work here.

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/phoneography-challege-black-and-white-beauty-in-simple-things/

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/phoneography-challenge-black-and-white/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/the-overcast-sky/

http://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/phoneography-challenge-the-phone-as-your-lens-black-and-white/

http://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/gingko-at-dusk/

http://amarnaik.com/2014/03/17/phoneography-challenge-the-phone-as-your-lens-black-and-white-springs-arrival/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/phoneography-challenge-black-and-white-in-the-bar/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/9194/

http://steve-says.net/2014/03/17/a-letter-from-god/

http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/phoneography-challenge-black-and-white-4/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/03/17/iphone-monday-3-17-14/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2014/03/17/horse-of-a-different-color-phoneography-challenge/

http://firebonnet.com/2014/03/17/phoneography-bw-philodendron-bipinnatifidum/

http://blogagaini.com/2014/03/17/phoneography-challenge-black-and-white-3/

http://19planets.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/this-winter-a-language-006-march-2014-haiga-and-haibun-for-the-phoneography-challenge-black-and-white/

http://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/phoneography-challenge-black-and-white-arrival-of-spring/

http://vastlycurious.com/2014/03/21/lens-pens-phoneography-winter-waning-and-springs-arrival/

http://wisnuwidiarta.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/phoneography-challenge-the-phone-as-your-lens-black-and-white-someone-is-sleepy/

http://fontsandfrosting.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/phoneography-challenge-black-white-3/

http://uniquesochic.com/2013/12/17/iphoneography-black-white-dramatic-light/

Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.

If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. If you have any questions about the Phoneography Challenge, please contact me.

Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Phoneography Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro

3rd Monday: Black and White

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). (Animals and Objects are themes.)

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week (31 March 2014 will be the first challenge for this new theme).

Posted in Art and Creativity, Black-and-White Photography, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Mobile Photography, Nature, Photography, Street Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 64 Comments

Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens: Macro (Everyday Objects)

10 March 2014

Lens:

1. Stainless Steel Sponge, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

1. Stainless Steel Sponge, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Stainless Steel Sponge, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Stainless Steel Sponge, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3. Stainless Steel Sponge, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3. Stainless Steel Sponge, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4. Stainless Steel Sponge, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4. Stainless Steel Sponge, iPhone 4s, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

Let me know which you prefer and why.

Pens: My frustration level heightened. The more that I delved into the current evolution of photography, the more that I remain puzzled about the verbiage for the challenge’s new title.

After last week’s post the consensus swirled around the title that most of us elected: Photography Challenge, Using Nontraditional Digital Devices as Your Lens. It seems an apt choice.

As I read about terminology that current photographers and sites use, these can be found: iPhoneography is hot; Mobile photography is hot; Phoneography is hot; Photography remains and always will be hot. So I’ve come up with another suggestion: Photography Challenge, Using  Mobile Non-SLR Digital Devices as Your Lens.

Photography will continue to blend computers, the Internet and cellphones. It is  anyone’s educated guess how future technologies will morph and prevail as innovations are carved into our lives.

Now I’m tossing two choices into the arena for your response. Please select the one that you prefer, or make another suggestion. I’m certainly open to continue this conversation.

1. Photography Challenge, Using Nontraditional Digital Devices as Your Lens

2. Photography Challenge, Using Mobile Non-SLR Digital Devices as Your Lens

So I’m feeling better, because these two seem to reflect more of the current and future wave of technology that is not SLR based. As always I welcome your comments and suggestions. It’s never over until the collective “we” are satisfied with the challenge’s new title.

Now today’s challenge: Everyday objects fill considerable mental space as I consider aesthetics and design in my life. I am a visual thinker and tinkerer, and what surrounds me is paramount to my well-being.

As I was contemplating the subject of my next photo shoot, the perfect plaything popped into sight as I meandered through display shelves at a local paper and kitchen store. A spherical 3 1/2″ stainless steel sponge simply made its way into my hand. I floated with enthusiasm, wanting to see the way the light cast upon an object found at the kitchen sink.

Stainless Steel Sponge, 3 1/2"; Google Images

Stainless Steel Sponge, 3 1/2;” Google Images

I was drawn to the interwoven web of stainless steel where hard and soft converged into ribbon-like coils that sat in concentric circles. How would the light intrude upon this utilitarian scrubby? How would it filter through the dense tensile strength?

Objects seen through a macro lens often flip in perception. That reversal is like turning a page in a book, because that action often reveals a plot twist and unveils characteristics of the familiar and unfamiliar.

When this switch occurs, new words enter the psyche. They proceed to relate a different story, for example, about an everyday object’s hidden elements. That’s a key reason that macro is such an arresting genre of photography. Surprise and wonder always become part of the process of its effectiveness.

During the photo shoot I had the idea to pull and tug at the sponge, elongating the coils and adding more opportunity for light to accentuate its design. Macro also offers the chance to appreciate the engineering of an object. The mid-day sunlight was beaming its way through my set-up, and I moved the sponge into position to take advantage of the natural light’s brilliance.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, it’s particularly important in Smartphone macro photography to turn off the flash. Natural light is the optimum choice.

The elasticity of the coils made it easy and difficult to stretch its body into other shapes, because it kept returning to a slight likeness of its former self. Still, light traveled its journey, and patterns appeared.

In the Lens section is the result of my efforts. The four images represent the design elements rendered by the intertwining ribbon-like coils. Image two and three are the same image. Image two was taken in Camera +, and the third was processed in Photo Studio.

This experiment proves that the everyday is really so much more. The everyday is a wonderland of discovery that inspires noticing the unnoticed.

Tip of the Week: I’d like to introduce you to Scoop.it!–a site devoted to building “engaged audiences through publishing by curation.” Yes, I got scooped by curator Arcangel. He selected my Photograph #4 from my 03 March post, and it can be found in Scoop.it’s iPhoneography section (04 March). Click here to view. Mostly, I was charmed by the site, and its wealth of information, sources and especially tutorials. I encourage you to browse through its treasure trove of offerings.  

Scoop.it!

Scoop.it!

View other entries to today’s challenge:

http://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-monday-challenge-nature/

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-challenge-macro/

http://irenewaters19.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-monday-and-macro-monday/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-challenge-macro-milkweed/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-challenge-macro-in-red/

http://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-monday-challenge-macro/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-cute-wisdom/

http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-challenge-macro-4/

http://blogagaini.com/2014/03/10/green-and-orange/

http://steve-says.net/2014/03/10/what-time-is-it-its-ten-to-spring/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-macro-nature-images-and-opinion/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2014/03/10/latch-phoneography-challenge/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/03/10/iphone-monday-3-10-14/

http://fontsandfrosting.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-challenge-macro/

http://firebonnet.com/2014/03/10/phoneography-macro-bouquet-central/

http://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/phoneography-challenge-the-phone-as-your-lens-macro-2/

http://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/phoneography-challenge-the-phone-as-your-lens-macro/

http://thepalladiantraveler.com/2014/03/12/photography-macro-foodie-pizza-weekly-phoneography-challenge/

http://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/phoneography-challenge-macro-2/

http://wisnuwidiarta.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/phoneography-challenge-the-phone-as-your-lens-macro-a-bugs-life/

http://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/03/15/turning-the-lens-on-my-kitchen/

http://19planets.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/flute-and-stone-003-march-2014-haigahaibun-for-the-phoneography-challenge-macro/

http://uniquesochic.com/2014/03/15/spring-florals-iphoneography-challenge/

http://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/black-and-white/

Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.

If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. If you have any questions about the Phoneography Challenge, please contact me.

Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Phoneography Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro

3rd Monday: Black and White

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). (Animals and Objects are themes.)

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week (31 March 2014 will be the first challenge for this new theme).

Posted in Abstract, Art and Creativity, Black-and-White Photography, Design, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Macro Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 58 Comments

Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens: Nature (and Winter’s Colors)

03 March 2014

Lens:

Part One: The Actual

1. Afternoon Sky and Sun,, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

1. Afternoon Sky and Sun,, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3.  Afternoon sky and Sun, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Afternoon Sky and Sun, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

Part Two: The Possible

3. Afternoon Sky and sun, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3. Afternoon Sky and Sun, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4. Afternoon Sky and Sun, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4. Afternoon Sky and Sun, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

Let me know which you prefer and why.

Pens:

This challenge was created to bring together a photo community who use digital devices that are not considered cameras per se. What differentiates this online event from other photography challenges is the notion that a traditional camera is no longer the central theme of photography, and is not used to create work for this weekly challenge.

While “we” still shoot with SLR and DSLR cameras, “we” are turning with a vengeance to other technology to still the universe. This trend is embedded in the discussion about the mechanics of the camera versus a photographer’s personal lens or way of seeing. I strongly believe that the key to a successful photograph emanates from the vision of the individual. Equipment is secondary.

Digital devices produce frozen moments that bring as much attention as a traditional camera’s images. These nontraditional sources are filling today’s photographic toolkit–a toolkit overflowing with choices.

During February the participation in Phoneography Challenge began to increase. As we move forward with the selection of a newly-minted title, I am hopeful that this online photography event will continue its blossoming with new and regular participants and readers. The reason for renaming the challenge is the expansion and use of  filmless, non-SLR digital devices as a lens.

With a re-definition of the challenge’s purpose we welcome technology that unfolds and produces additional methods and techniques to still the moment. The new title will acknowledge and reflect the blend of iPhoneography and Phoneography plus other devices such as iPods, iPads (and other tablets), scanners and a future of inventions that have yet to be conceived.

Below are the candidates for the newly-annointed title that was gleaned from your suggestions. If you have other ideas, I welcome them.

Currently, there are three finalists. I did not include mobileography or mobile photography, because mobile has mixed reactions from many who live in various parts of the world. Additionally, mobile has tended to mean Smartphones, and this challenge is broader and wider than that technology.

1. Nontraditional Photography Challenge: Non-SLR Digital Devices as Your Lens

2. Photography Challenge, Using Filmless Nontraditional Digital Devices

3. Nontraditional Photography Challenge: Non-SLR Filmless Devices as Your Lens

Please let me know which is your favorite. Or suggest another combination or entirely new one.

The month of March has arrived, and those of us who have had and continue to experience a bitter cold and precipitation-filled winter LONG for Spring. Here is my ode to the weeks that are left of this seemingly prolonged season.

Crystal teardrops from the wintry sky,

saturated by chromatic hearts.

Baffled by invisible leaves,

and hushed by the clever perfumes of Spring’s forecast.

For most of my adulthood I’ve been buoyed by the restorative powers of Mother Nature. She lifts and shores by spirits. She enchants, waxing and waning as I watch.

Today I pondered her colors. How can I ever describe her palette, and show the depth and breath of her quiet and loud hues?

In my small parcel of the universe a four-season existence keeps a syncopated presence, conjuring the abstract, deliberate, profound, and seamless. On a recent excursion the sky began its usual late afternoon metamorphosis, bringing curious elements together.

While the timing is seasonal, daily alterations are unique. On this particular afternoon colors ranged from pale peachy pink to almost invisible grey. It reminded me that winter is not always bare and dismal. It has its color bursts, and gives radiance each day in some small or larger act of continuance. The sun followed with its triumphant gaze, realizing that it was part of Mother Nature’s memorable schemes.

These exquisite silent transformations occurred with a slow cadence that never let me detach. The final overcast sky was in charge of the day’s visible sunlight, and then it disappeared into the dark of night.

That performance had me focused with a time-lapse effect. Each color, not at all dappled, was covering the entire skyline. It transformed into a widespread coloration: a visual skyward landscape that required adoration. The realism was ephemeral and magical.

In the Lens section I tried to show the scene that transpired. Since I was so attentive to the moment, I only took a few images. In Part One the first two photographs recall my mind’s interpretation of the change. The lightly almost bare sky would not let me leave its various stages. I was especially drawn to the lines of the branches that seem to reach toward me, embracing fleeting time, and creating soft lyrical patterns.

In Part Two I was compelled to do something that is not usual for me. Normally, I see nature in her pure form, just as she is. So I rarely use apps to alter her. But something compelled me.

Image one in Part Two was done with PhotoStudio, and reminds me about Japanese aesthetics and watercolor-like elements of the sky. Image two, which also was created in PhotoStudio, is my interpretation of the ozone layer and the hole in the universe that has much to do with climate change. It’s a commentary on what we’ve done to our planet and ourselves. Sermon done.

Winter’s glaze has not retreated. Today another snowstorm pushes through the Mid-Atlantic, and the cold pervades.

But it’s March and the rhythms of Spring are beginning to converge. I watch and wait, and wait and watch. My vigilance will be rewarded.

Tip of the Week: Nature photography offers bountiful opportunities that never require any enthusiasm from me. It’s simply part of my spirit and soul; I seek ways to savor Mother Nature each and every day and night. A nature photographer whose work I often re-visit is Edward Weston (1886-1958). Whether the human body or the hills of California or shells from the sea, his images encompassed a visual architectural landscape that focused on angles, lines and tones. His use of black and white heightened the brilliance of his vision. Even as he captured other subjects, I see nature when I view his portfolio; it moves over the edges of his images. His pictorial photography was simple in composition and steeped in the American experience, especially the Northwest, Southwest and West. Click here to view the 1948 documentary about this American photographer and his work. Also please visit this website (click here), which refers to him as one of the “most influential photographers of the twentieth century.”

Here are other entries for this week’s challenge:

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/phoneography-challenge-nature-around-two-lakes/

http://irenewaters19.com/2014/03/03/phoneography-challenge-black-swans-nature/

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/phoneography-challenge-nature/

http://19planets.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/a-natural-palette-001-march-2014-haigahaibun-for-the-phoneography-challenge-nature/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/colours-on-the-ground/

http://weliveinaflat.com/blog/phoneography-weekly-sunset-cove/

http://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/mockingbird-in-tree/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2014/03/03/winter-to-be-continued-phoneography-challenge/

http://steve-says.net/2014/03/03/attack-of-the-giant-spiders/

http://pilotfishblog.com/2014/03/03/phoneography-challenge-nature-2/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/phoneography-just-before-the-wipers-came-on/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/phoneography-challenge-the-nature-of-small-things/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/03/03/iphone-monday-3-3-14/

http://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/phoneography-challenge-nature-3/

http://architar.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/spring-is-here/

http://firebonnet.com/2014/03/03/phoneograpy-nature-tree-smile/

http://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/phoneography-challenge-the-phone-as-your-lens-nature-3/

http://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/phoneography-challenge-nature-2/

http://blogagaini.com/2014/03/05/phoneography-challenge-nature/

http://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/celebrating-nature-in-my-backyard/

Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.

If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. If you have any questions about the Phoneography Challenge, please contact me.

Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Phoneography Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro

3rd Monday: Black and White

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). (Animals and Objects are themes.)

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week (31 March 2014 will be the first challenge for this new theme).

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Phoneography Challenge, Your Phone as Your Lens: Food Photography (Bubbles, Series One: Oil and Water)

24 February 2014

Lens:

1. Oil and Water with Paper, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

1. Oil and Water with Paper, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Oil and Water, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Oil and Water, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3. Oil and Water with Paper, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3. Oil and Water with Paper, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4. Oil and Water, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4. Oil and Water, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

5. Oil and Water with Paper, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

5. Oil and Water with Paper, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

6. Oil and Water with Paper, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

6. Oil and Water with Paper, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

7. Oil and Water, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

7. Oil and Water, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

Let me know which you prefer and why.

Pens:

During my last post (click here) I discussed the evergreen quality of photography, and its current metamorphosis that allows non-traditional digital cameras and filmless devices to create images. This technology has turned the photograph into something recognizable as well as foreign-like. Even in the wake of ongoing innovation and invention, photographers are fearless, staying true to their own vision and developing or maintaining a personal style.

Over the last year those considerations changed the iPhoneography Challenge into the Phoneography Challenge. To make this weekly event more inclusive and sensitive to the reshaping of photography, it’s time to re-title the Challenge and dovetail more fully with the transitory technology-induced nature of this medium.

The convergence and divergence of the digitally-printed or uploaded image also has made for an impressive reign of technology. Still, photography has been unyielding as an art.

The new title should be able to accommodate and reflect the scores of photographers who are exploring these devices and techniques to create their photographs. Additionally, responses to my questions from the 03 February post included a desire to add (along with Smartphones) other devices such as iPods, iPads (plus other tablets) scanners, and various digital tools for photo capture and manipulation.

This challenge is a tribute to the new, which illuminates the SLR and DSLR as a tool for the creative process. Here are a few titles to consider. I welcome variations on them or other suggestions.

Here is the list in no particular order. PLEASE VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE. OR LET ME KNOW YOUR IDEAS about current trends that encourages greater latitude in photographic techniques and tools.

1. Mobileography Challenge, using Digital, Filmless Devices as Your Lens

2. Mobile Photography Challenge using Digital (non-SLR/DSLR), Filmless Devices

3. Mobile Photography Challenge using Non-SLR/DSLR Digital, Filmless Devices

4. Photography Challenge using Filmless, Non-Traditional Digital Devices

5. Mobileography Challenge, using Alternative Filmless, Non-Traditional Devices for Photography

6. Photography Challenge, Using Non-SLR Digital, Filmless Devices as Your Lens

My hope is that increasing inclusion in the challenge will broaden participation and readership. This transition from analog to digital has become part of the collective unconscious, and now mobile masters are becoming more and more part of the world of fine art.

Other reactions to the questions from the 03 February post focused on my inquiry about a virtual juried exhibition as well as introductions and interviews with well-know photographers that have bridged the new and old technology. Those who responded were enthusiastic about both ideas. Stay tuned for them to be developed within the next year and a half.

I have not embraced other social media besides WordPress. This forum to build interaction with other online photo communities was mentioned by a few participants. For the present, I will stick with WordPress, but certainly consider other social media engagement in the future. Comments anyone?

If you are sequestered for a period of time in your home, there will always be a subject to capture. Think about shooting still and moving objects that produce a likeness or abstraction of the object. For months I’ve been contemplating bubbles–that marvelous activity that indulge children’s fancy and laughter. Truly, all ages are intrigued by the seemingly magical surprise that they induce.

While thoughts of tiny and larger floating spheres continued to percolate, another notion was inspired by other photographers’ recent images. I wanted to explore the combination of oil and water, and the way the oil stays on the surface, creating bubble-like circular shapes. I took the minimalist approach for this initial plunge into a slice of food photography.

In the Lens section is the seven images that show a range of results. I choose these two ingredients for their yin/yang relationship. Each is a commonplace source for culinary cooking. Together they are seen entirely differently, especially up close.

Series One is the starting point. Bubbles provide a subject that has a seemingly never-ending potential–a potential that has me contemplating multiple photo shoots.

Oil and water are known for their aversion to each other, yet they blend into a team in the culinary world. Each of the seven images shows a miniature universe of the everyday and its brush with the mysteries of the unseen.

Tip of the Week: Here are some suggestions for photo shoots whose subjects are food. Think about the general photographic techniques that you use regularly, then add some extras. Food photography is a popular genre that has special elements to ponder. It calls for extra sensitivity to design and subject within the lens’ frame. But the subject can easily turn from freshly ripe to discolored by lights and time. Food photography calls for a tripod as well as the following: if possible, use natural lighting; still life is only as inviting as the single or numerous foods selected for the scene; consider temperature of the room and its effects; consider the intersection of form and function in your decision to make a still life; find an original approach to show the aesthetic qualities of the subject; be a purist; or, process the images in various apps to add appeal. Below are two examples of my images of garlic cloves. The first I used a black background and direct lighting. Then I processed it in PhotoStudio.

Garlic Bulbs, Nikon DSLR, 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

Garlic Bulbs, Nikon DSLR, 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

Garlic Bulbs, Nikon DSLR, 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

Garlic Bulbs, Nikon DSLR, 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

http://wisnuwidiarta.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/phoneography-challenge-the-phone-as-your-lens-sleeping-on-a-hammock-wannabe/

http://blogagaini.com/2014/02/24/phoneography-weekly-challenge-architecture/

http://fontsandfrosting.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/phoneography-challenge-still-life/

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/iphoneography-choice-2/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2014/02/24/surprise-phoneography-challenge/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/phoneography-challege-edible-delights/

http://thepalladiantraveler.com/2014/02/24/photography-phoneography-foodie-weekly-phoneography-challenge-food/

http://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/phoneography-challenge-your-phone-as-your-lens-object/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/how-to-see-sun-rising/

http://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/gates-2-4-photos/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/phoneography-challenge-architecture-of-the-city/

http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/phoneography-challenge-challengers-choice-art-deco-weekend-napier/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/phoneography-watercolor-shadows-series/

http://steve-says.net/2014/02/24/if-the-queen-was-made-of-vegetables-this-is-what-she-would-look-like/

http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/phoneography-challengers-choice-animals/

http://blogagaini.com/2014/02/24/phoneography-challenge-street-photography/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/02/24/iphone-monday-2-24-14/

http://lauraemerges.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/abstract-or-pasta/

http://firebonnet.com/2014/02/24/phoneography-portraiture-timothy/

http://weliveinaflat.com/blog/phoneography-weekly-kitchen-table/

http://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/phoneography-challenge-abstraction/

http://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/phoneography-challenge-your-phone-as-your-lens-challengers-choice-food-fruits/

http://amarnaik.com/2014/02/25/phoneography-challenge-your-phone-as-your-lens-drops/

http://19planets.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/soft-winter-sound-011-february-2014-haigahaibun-for-the-phoneography-challenge/

http://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/phoneography-challenge/

http://uniquesochic.com/2014/02/26/winter-branches-photochallenges-iphoneography-thedailypost/

http://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/memorable-meals-or-making-memories-of-food/

Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.

If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. If you have any questions about the Phoneography Challenge, please contact me.

Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Phoneography Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro

3rd Monday: Black and White

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). (Animals and Objects are themes.)

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week (31 March 2014 will be the first challenge for this new theme).

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Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens: Black-and-White (and “What is a Photograph?”)

17 February 2014

Lens:

1. Ice and Snow Melting, iPhone 4s, January 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

1. Ice and Snow Melting, iPhone 4s, January 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Ice and Snow Melting, iPhone 4s, January 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Ice and Snow Melting, iPhone 4s, January 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

Let me know which you prefer and why.

Pens:

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”  – Ansel Adams

In its infancy the film camera with its printed photograph drew admiration, caution, confrontation, gasps, praise, reflections, and respect. Those responses remain steadfast, only now reactions more fully focus on images from digital devices.

With the advent of digital cameras that same ingenuity, which induces gazes and wonder to capture daily life, became deeply entrenched in worldwide popular culture. While we know the mechanics of the camera, digital technology is real and surreal. Still, we are amused, bemused and spellbound by the digital darkroom and the devices that take us there.

The photographer has stayed both artist and innovator. In the twenty-first century this constancy has gone beyond a trot to a canter.

The current state of the photographic arena is explosive, and certainly not decisive. Questions keep surfacing: Is that a camera? What effect is mobile photography having on the art of photography? What is a 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st-century photograph? When is a photograph considered art? When is an imagemaker considered an artist? a photographer?

This art form is experiencing another tipping point. The definition of a photograph is in metamorphosis. Layers are being added and, at same time, peeling away.

Of course, the Smartphone is only one of the candidates that is on this continuum. And photography is embedded in everyday life in both good and intrusive new ways. Even the world of galleries and museums are being redefined by art driven by this new and old medium.

On 26 January 2014 Philip Gefter wrote a New York Times article, “The Next Big Picture,” that plows into this subject. Revelations abound.

Until 01 May you have the opportunity to view an extraordinary exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York City. The show raises the question: “What is a Photograph,?” This commentary on the past, present and future of the photograph is edifying and illuminating.

The exhibition and current trends in photography are the subjects of Gefter’s feature. Here are three quotes from his article:

“As digital technology has all but replaced the chemical process, photography is now an increasingly shape-shifting medium: The iPhone, the scanner and Photoshop are yielding a daunting range of imagery, and artists mining these new technologies are making documentation of the actual world seem virtually obsolete.”

“Questions swirl: Can the “captured” image (taken on the street — think of the documentary work of Henri Cartier-Bresson) maintain equal footing with the “constructed” image (made in the studio or on the computer, often with ideological intention)?”

“Mr. McCall, of Pier 24, acknowledged that a curatorial consensus on the photography’s future has not been reached. ‘There has to be some photographic process involved, some piece of technology that we acknowledge as photographic, but I don’t think it means it has to be lens-based,’ he said.” [Christopher Mc Call is the director of Pier 24, a private photography center in San Francisco with a museum-like reputation.] To read the entire article, click here.

Since reading Gefter’s enlightening reportage, I am considering another change in the challenge’s title. I will pose this idea a few times throughout this month and into next. I definitely want your opinion. I believe this change will open the path for participation by those who use a range of filmless digital devices beyond the Smartphone.

My suggestion is to shift the title to express this evergreen quality of today’s photography. The new title would be: Mobile Photography Challenge, Using Non-Traditional Cameras. Let me know what you think about this change. It also responds to some suggestions by those who answered my questions from the challenge’s anniversary post (click here to read it), and would allow them to use iPods, iPads and other tablets. A summary of the nine questions will be covered in next week’s post.

As photographers climb another mountain toward discoveries, experimentations and rewards, Ansel Adams’ vision is as apt today as it was in the twentieth century. Photography remains at the apex of the unforeseen and unrealized. Photographs have after all garnered a trove of debate and dialogue that will continue to escalate as technology expands its perimeters.

In the Lens section are two images that exemplify winter’s powerful presence this season on the East Coast, USA. The weekly, seemingly daily, deluge of ice, sleet, snow, and wind has pushed deep within our psyches. We’re beyond our quotient of nature’s wintry display.

To me it’s appropriate to show the effects in monochrome, because the landscape has become awash and tethered by tones of blacks, greys and whites. It’s a black-and-white vista that beckons one to focus even more on the weather’s legacies.

When the sun intercedes across the landscape, puddles and rivers appear. While many across the planet are suffering from drought, the East Coast has the opposite: unexpected amounts of water. This seesaw is the future.

“We” must address this crisis and quickly. “We” must prepare ourselves as one global and united community, because water is the most precious life-sustaining resource–a resource necessary for life as we know it.

Tip of the Day: Black-and-white photography is the back and front story of the photographic movement. Here are two videos that I found worth viewing. You can view them on their YouTube links:

Title:20th Century Black and White Photography: a 3.50-minute video that shows a continuous slide show of six of art history’s most renowned photographers. Click here.

Title: Shooting Digital B & W: A Lighting Tutorial: a 6:19-minute video that details uses of light to make B & W images. Although it’s meant for digital camera users, it’s lessons and suggestions are apt for all devices. The video is worth watching, because it shows and tells. The points about conversion from color to B & W are particularly helpful. Click here.

Here are other entries for this week’s challenge:

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/phoneography-challenge-black-and-white-3/

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/iphoneography-black-and-white-2/

http://weliveinaflat.com/blog/panorama-shot-using-galaxy-note-3/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/the-beginning-of-the-end/

http://streetsofsfphotos.com/2014/02/17/paints-in-black-white-and-color/

http://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/phoneography-challenge-black-white-2/

http://pilotfishblog.com/2014/02/17/phoneography-challenge-a-black-and-white-tale-of-love/

http://fontsandfrosting.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/phoneography-challenge-black-white/

http://steve-says.net/2014/02/17/peeping-steve/

http://thepalladiantraveler.com/2014/02/17/travel-italy-photography-phoneography-challenge-black-and-white/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/phoneography-a-black-and-white-love-story/

http://slamonthebreakspullover.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/phoneography-black-and-white-challenge-what-is-it/

http://watchingthephotoreels.com/2014/02/16/black-and-white-gatlinburg/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/02/17/iphoneography-monday-2-17-14/comment-page-1/

http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/phoneography-challenge-black-and-white-3/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/phoneography-challenge-black-and-white-6/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2014/02/17/crystal-candlesticks-phoneography-challenge/

http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/iphonegraphy-challenge-black-and-white/

http://amarnaik.com/2014/02/17/phoneography-challenge-the-phone-as-your-lens-black-and-white-clock/

http://19planets.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/this-scent-007-february-2014-haigahaibun-for-the-phoneography-challenge/

http://uniquesochic.com/2014/02/18/monotone-sculptures-iphoneography-black-white/

http://denasgoodlife.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/phonegraphy-challenge-black-and-white/

http://blogagaini.com/2014/02/17/phoneography-challenge-black-and-white-2/

http://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/black-white-friday-scenes-from-my-office/

Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.

If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. If you have any questions about the Phoneography Challenge, please contact me.

Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Phoneography Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro

3rd Monday: Black and White

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). (Animals and Objects are themes.)

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week (31 March 2014 will be the first challenge for this new theme).

Posted in Art and Creativity, Black-and-White Photography, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Mobile Photography, Nature, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 82 Comments

Phoneography Challenge, Your Phone as Your Lens: Macro (and Check New Themes Added to the Schedule)

10 February 2014

Lens:

1. Bluejay Feather, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

1. Bluejay Feather, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Bluejay Feathers, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Bluejay Feathers, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3. Bluejay Feather, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3. Bluejay Feather, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4. Bluejay Feathers, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4. Bluejay Feathers, iPhone 4s, February 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

Let me know which you prefer and why.

Pens:

We stroll day by day in a world of imperfection—a world where what we see is not always what is there. Macrophotography boosts that awareness. It’s a strong hand that allows us to be privy to the land of known and unknown. It forces us to uncover nuances, and missed opportunities that would elude.

There are many features that draw me to the small. Each is a mystery that unfolds with grace, surprise, wonder and even tenderness. There is a moment when something is revealed and unveiled that truly stuns. The simple act of moving closer to the center or edges or a small sliver can unearth a spectacle or wisp. The silence of the unnoticed suddenly becomes loud.

It’s as though we are reinventing the understanding of the subject. The macro then presents a chance to encourage broader interpretation and new visions.

The disconnect between what the eye sees and the mind’s interpretation can: disappoint, inspire, surpass, calm, excite, or…Possibilities abound.

In the beginning we only have our individual voice. Photographers use their images to vocalize the way they view their immediate environment. Macro is a source of pure joy and pushes patience as well as observation.

Some focus on insects. Or passionately photograph flowers. Or patiently find water elements. For me objects are enchanting, because the closer I move into them the more they are rearranged into something mysteriously different. I find great pleasure in these discoveries.

In macro the ratio of the image to the real is often 1:1, which means it’s a life-size rendition. But in macrophotography you can easily loose context, and the subject can become an abstraction that is unrecognizable and still enticing.

In the Lens section are stills of two bluejay feathers that I found under my bird feeders–scattered and identifiable. I brought them inside, where they rested for two weeks.

We’ve had more than our share of grey, overcast days, and I wanted to use natural light. On Saturday the sun appeared briefly, I grabbed my iPhone.

Images one and two are true macros. Image three and four are meant to show more life-size views. These feathers are perfect examples of nature’s unparalleled beauty and persistence. The monochrome also forces me to appreciate them on a different level.

Historically, plumage has been used as clothing, decoration and objects of favor. They seem to have endless appeal and usage. Their role in the lives of my avian friends draws me to examine, and explore closely their secrets.

Here are a few results from questions that I posed during last week’s anniversary post for the challenge, which you can read or re-read here. I was overwhelmed with the response, and the suggestions truly are welcome. I’m still pondering them. Here are ones that seem to rise to the top of the list, and those that immediately will be implemented.  

First, my sincere thanks to everyone who visited the post, and special gratitude goes to those who made comments and suggestions. Next week I plan to give a more comprehensive summary of the questions that were posed.

This week is devoted to three changes, which alters the Challenger’s Choice. We’ll start this month with these additions.

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). (Animals and Objects are new themes.) 

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week (31 March 2014 will be the first challenge for this new theme).

I hope that everyone is pleased with these slight shifts in the challenge. Personally, I find it a burst of new energy to add a few new themes.

As the second year of the challenge proceeds, I continue to encourage you to make suggestions. Mostly, thanks for your visit (whether a participate or reader), and stay tuned for photographs that have been frozen in time by our Smartphones or non-traditional cameras (more on that next week).

Tip of the Week: Here is a quick tip that will benefit you as you explore the world of macrophotography. Be ultra aware of light flow as you take your subject with your device. Turn off your flash to minimize shadows: determine if that allows for a better image. Try to use natural light, which is my favorite setting.

View Other Entries for This Week’s Challenge Here:

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/iphoneography-macro/

http://weliveinaflat.com/blog/whoever-thought-that-blue-filters-could-work/

http://burgerbird.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/phonography-using-your-lens-as-macro/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/the-shells-and-the-sea/

http://streetsofsfphotos.com/2014/02/10/daisy/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/phoneography-challenge-macro-desert-color/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/phoneography-capturing-the-rain/

http://steve-says.net/2014/02/10/keep-your-chin-up/comment-page-1/

http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/iphoneography-challenge-macro-2/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/phoneography-challenge-macro-in-the-kitchen/

http://denasgoodlife.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/phoneography-challenge-macro-monday/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2014/02/10/through-cookies-eyes-phoneography-challenge/

http://fontsandfrosting.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/phoneography-challenge-macro2/

http://lauraemerges.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/ball/

http://firebonnet.com/2014/02/10/phonegraphy-challenge-macro-it-bugs-me/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/02/10/iphoneography-monday-2-10-14/

http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/phoneography-challenge-macro-3/

http://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/phoneography-challenge-your-phone-as-your-lens-macro/

http://amarnaik.com/2014/02/11/phoneography-challenge-your-phone-as-your-lens-macro/

http://leahjwordtrips.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/a-macro-view/

http://19planets.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/brief-notes-003-february-2014-haigahaibun-phoneography-macro-challenge-a-review-of-my-haiga-book-this-is-not-that-they-are-just-connected-nahaiwrimo-haiku-days-5-through-9/

http://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/phoneography-challenge-macro-2/

http://uniquesochic.com/2014/02/11/dreamy-flowers-iphoneography-photo-challenge/

http://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/phoneography-challenge-your-phone-as-your-lens-macro-and-check-new-themes-added-to-the-schedule/

http://wisnuwidiarta.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/phoneography-challenge-macro/

Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.

If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. If you have any questions about the Phoneography Challenge, please contact me.

Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Phoneography Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro

3rd Monday: Black and White

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). (Animals and Objects are themes.)

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week (31 March 2014 will be the first challenge for this new theme).

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