Photography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Macro (Barely Spring, Barely Budding Magnolias)

13 April 2015

Lens:

1. Budding Magnolia; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. Budding Magnolia; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Budding Magnolia; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Budding Magnolia; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

3. Budding Magnolia; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

3. Budding Magnolia; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Let me know which you prefer and why. I strongly encourage you to click each image to enlarge for better viewing.

Pens:

The seasonal change moves sunrise by sunset. Spring has an intention to restore the balance in the visual landscape, and the seesaw variations that we are continuously witnessing.

To keep the vigil going as well as limit frustrations, I play voyeur and spy everywhere that I meander. Sensibilities are on alert, and small rewards result. One day is lyrical with sunlight and weather to strip outer layers of coats and sweaters. The next retreats to cold, grey, moody, and windy. Then days seem to be on the side of inevitability—the calendar ticking toward fields of wildflowers and their cunning blooms.

So with each day that passes, I built self-talk, embracing the forecast for days of cooler temps. I pivot and throw myself into cleaning my gardens, caring for spaces that were ravaged by winter’s wrath—debris and all. I think about planting early crops of Spring, and I feel rejuvenation spreading through me. I envision seeds of plenty sprouting fresh life for consumption and viewing.

After a respite I venture on a long walk. I noticed magnolias still had not released their petals, but the tips of their blooms were evident. I decide that they are exactly what I need to demonstrate Spring’s reputation for towering potency.

Each bud is a precursor to a tree’s worth of pinks and whites. That palette will stun onlookers, and keep them steadfast for the short breath of a flower’s life. Still, the magnolia, even in its very short existence, is a near perfect Spring jewel.

In the Lens section are three images plucked from that walk. I converted them to monochrome, just to observe their tiny transformation. I settled with that change, because it suited my obsession with Spring’s edging toward a full-blown explosion.

Nuances of the seasonal shift are apparent, and they teasingly perform with a slow cadence. I salute Mother Nature for her ability to keep us in our place, which is exactly where we belong.

Tip of the Week: Excerpts from the exhibition #MobilePhotoNow, which ended on 22 March 2015, can be seen at the Columbus Museum of Art’s website (click here). It showcased examples of works by today’s mobile photographers. Here is a description from their site:

“Columbus Museum of Art, and the #JJ COMMUNITY, one of the largest photo communities on Instagram, present #MobilePhotoNow the largest mobile photography exhibition ever organized by a museum… (It) highlights the emerging art form of mobile photography, and the power of social media and smart phones as a means of creative expression and connection. The … exhibition co-curated by CMA and #JJ community features more than 320 images from 240 photographers representing nearly 40 different countries.”

MobilePhotoNow Exhibition

MobilePhotoNow Exhibition, Columbus Museum of Art, 2015

For additional information go to The New York Times online to read a (10 February 2015) article called “From Smartphones to Museum Walls, ” which discusses the exhibition. Click here to view.

View other entries for this week’s challenge.

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-macro/

https://angleandviews.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/spring-close-up/

http://nadinetomlinson.com/2015/04/13/macro-phoneography-challenge-raindrops-on-leaves/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/phoneography-challenge-macro-rust/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/phoneography-macro-challenge-the-roses-are-ready-for-their-close-ups/

https://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/tiny-beauty/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/perspective-can-make-all-the-difference/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/phoneopgraphy-challenge-macro/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/phoneography-challenge-macro-in-the-kitchen-2/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/04/13/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-12/

http://thoughtstalesandwhatnot.com/2015/04/14/phoneography-challenge-i-choose-to-bloom/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/phoneography-macro-and-cees-bw-close-up/

https://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/photography-and-non-slr-digital-photo-challenge-macro/

https://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/phoneography-and-non-slr-challenge-macro-11/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/04/16/iphoneography-challenge-macro-spring-trillium/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/04/17/summer-no-more/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.

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

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

Posted in Art, Black-and-White Photography, Design, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Macro Photography, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 56 Comments

Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Nature (and Spring Pansies)

06 April 2015

Lens:

1. Pansy; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. Pansy; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Pansy; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Pansy; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

3. Pansy; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

3. Pansy; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Let me know which you prefer and why. Click onto each image to enlarge.

Pens:

Spring 2015 is a constant tease. She keeps tossing small gestures that are all too alluring. Winter seems to have faded and this slow dance into one of nature’s most exhilarating seasons makes each sign a step toward its reality.

But I’m exercising caution, but not too too much. Days seem to vacillate between the tail of winter and the nose of spring.

I bought tiny pots of pansies, whose edges are slightly scalloped, whose configuration sways in today’s high winds. These floral dainties are an early signal of the season ahead. They are an adaptable species, and I’m trying to mimic this quality.

Everyone is longing for warm weather and sunny days, and I believe this sidetrackes our attention. In this state of emotional distraction we just might miss small interactions: Those slight moderations gliding toward us.

In actuality there were years that brought the heat of summer before spring even had a chance to please us. So I’m settling into the soft glacial steps of this year’s change over.

Those small pots of pansies are precisely what I need. Each bloom is gently enticing with its reddish-purple to pink to deeply pink variations. While they love cool weather, once I plant them, they’ll keep producing through much of the summer. Soon I’ll buy more and these dainties will give much more than their exuberant disposition and visual appeal.

As they grow, I’ll use the petals as an edible ingredient in my daily salads. Their relatives, which will be appearing later, the viola and violet also are perfect additions to seasonal greens.

These gems are one of numerous beginnings of Mother Nature’s rejuvenation and revitalization of the landscape. And I’m ready to participate as a gardener and a voyeur.

Tip of the Week: A few months ago I subscribed to the iPhone Photography School’s e-mail tips, which are created by iPhoneographer Emil Pakarklis. They come weekly and give short and to the point suggestions about iPhoneography. Mostly, the tips are applicable to anyone using a Smartphone as their lens, or photography in general. Check the Website (here) of the school, which offers tutorials, interviews, contests, and news & updates. You can scroll down the Homepage and on the right side, you can sign up for the e-mail tips. Here is an example of a tip (click here) that was posted by Kristen Radden who shared ten iPhone photography habits that always keep her challenged to shoot more: ideas that may be new to you or reminders.

View other entries about this week’s challenge:

http://steve-says.net/2015/04/06/the-loch-the-castle-the-monster/

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/phoneography-challenge-nature-yellow/

http://nadinetomlinson.com/2015/04/06/nature-phoneography-challenge-clouds/

https://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/striped-green-tree-pretty-please/

http://blogagaini.com/2015/04/06/phoneography-nature/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/phoneography-challenge-the-nature-of-spring/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2015/04/06/violet-carpet-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/phoneography-challenge-nature-6/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/04/06/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-11/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/phoneography-challenge-the-nature-of-the-earth/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/phoneography-challenge-nature-peek-of-spring/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/phoneography-nature/

http://thoughtstalesandwhatnot.com/2015/04/07/phoneography-challenge-reflection-on-still-waters/

https://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/the-deep-blue/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/04/08/on-cultural-imagery-and-scary-dreams/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/little-things-hurt-or-make-all-the-difference/

https://lumar1298.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-pansies/

http://austindetails.me/2015/04/08/like-about-photography/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.

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

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

Posted in Art, Design, Human Nature, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Macro Photography, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 75 Comments

Phoneography: Editing and Processing (Morning Golden Hour)

30 March 2015

Lens:

I. Converted to Black and White in Snapseed:

1. Early Morning Light at the Creek; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. Early Morning Light at the Creek; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

II. Post Processed in Mextures:

2. Early Morning Light at the Creek; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Early Morning Light at the Creek; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Let me know which you prefer and why. Click on image to enlarge.

Pens: This week I’ve taken a leisurely approach to arise each morning. The time between my mind being fully awake and day dreaming ebbed and flowed until I stepped onto the carpet floor.

Yesterday as I amassed thoughts to guide me through the day, I was stirred by a reach for my iPhone to check the weather. The pulsing of its electronics made me contemplate it as a living breathing entity. That was scary and an illusionary truth.

It seems the world is at my disposal the minute I awake. The iPhone is like an encyclopedic force that talks about all subjects and tries to fulfill all needs.

Obviously, it lacks what human require most. You know those intangibles that shore our soul and spirits: like my morning stroll as the sun rose through the creek.

Our lives include digital maneuvering that must be countered by the slow ascent into our own minds. That place can never be supplanted by the stuff of cyberspace and its naughty lure.

I stood by the creek bank and was covered in subtle rays of the dawn’s light. The view was seductive and tranquil. The combination of slowly entering the day and slowly appreciating the gift by Mother Nature made for a cup runneth over from head to toe and toe to head. I was fully awake, yet fully drifting into a meditative state.

The hour of golden light appears twice every day–somewhere and everywhere in our vast universe. Since it needs sunlight to be visible, the sunrise and sunset ease into it or reduce it. The time after sunrise and just prior to sunset are the magical moments of  splendid radiance. It’s a parcel of visual glitter that becomes a palette of low softer (though it can be very bright) light to freeze-frame in place. And it’s an apt time to hunt for landscapes.

In the Lens section are two images from the morning’s meanderings. Since it’s editing and processing week, I converted one of the dawn’s early light to monochrome and the second view to layers of fluid liquid-like colors.

Each reminded me of the morning’s acknowledgement about my interdependence upon nature and human nature and technology. It’s the good, the strange and the transformative.

Tip of the Week: When I discover a person who has found their life’s passion, I am drawn to learn more and more about their motivations. While reading about our national park system, the work of Mary Hunter Austin (1868-1934) was brought to my attention. It made my day. Now I’m awaiting the singular publication by snail mail that made her a well-known figure. Her recognition for The Land of Little Rain (1903 and reissued 1997) is a gem in the environmental world. Austin studied the California desert and dedicated herself so deeply into its language that it seems part of her ancestral lineage. She focused on the land “between the high Sierras south from Yosemite—east and south over a very great assemblage of broken ranges beyond Death Valley, and on illimitably into the Mojave Desert.” Her advocacy was directed at issues about the preservation of natural resources, especially water and national parklands. She even collaborated on projects with the master photographer Ansel Adams. Her contribution to the early environmental movement will be in my mailbox on Monday. Think of me curled up with a cup of tea and paging through her most coveted writings.

The Land of Little Rain by Mary  Hunter Austin (1903)

The Land of Little Rain by Mary Hunter Austin (1903)

View other entries from this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-editing-abstract-in-the-kitchen/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/phoneography-challenge-editing-and-processsing-slinky/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/phoneography-challenge-editing-and-processing-at-the-car-wash/

https://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/free-your-mind/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/phoneography-a-garden-walk-in-the-noon-day-sun/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/phoneography-challenge-a-rainy-morning/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/03/30/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-10/

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/phoneography-challenge-editing-and-processing/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/phonegraphy-nature/

http://tishfarrell.com/2015/03/31/bridge-what-bridge-only-the-worlds-first-cast-iron-one/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/replicating-memories-or-editing-the-image-to-the-mind/

http://ohmsweetohm.me/2015/04/01/phoneography-editing-and-processing/

https://debooworks.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/rainy/

https://lumar1298.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/phoneography-challenge-editing-and-processing-water-lily/

http://blogagaini.com/2015/04/03/phoneography-editing-and-processing/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.

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

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

Posted in Art, Black-and-White Photography, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Mobile Photography, Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 68 Comments

Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Abstraction in Architecture)

23 March 2015

Lens:

I. Original

1. Barn Door; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. Barn Door; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

II. Post Processed in Mextures

2. Barn Door; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Barn Door; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Let me know which you prefer and why. Click on each image to enlarge.

Pens:

Truly, any subject can be recreated as an abstraction. Take a discrete part of the whole, and a non-representational force emerges. Compose a sliver of this or that, and the image becomes something unlike the original.

What occurs is a calculated or random redefinition of the known into an unknown rendition. That slice of the whole defies the first encounter. In  architecture it crops the subject into patterns of surfaces that are usually seen as alcoves, ceilings, doors, hallways, stairways, tiling, windows, exterior views, or… Areas unnoticed by the casual eye.

So why create an image that is unrecognizable? Out of context? Maybe it’s to seize intrigue and mystery that shows a new way of seeing the old. Maybe it shows a more interesting portion. Maybe it says so much more than the intact object. Maybe it’s a challenge to view a human innovation with fresh perspective.

Just maybe the new visual language is more enticing, more complex or more simple than the original. Or it does not have to be. It just may be a fleeting scenario that pleases the eye as a frozen moment of insight.

Maybe the reason is irrelevant. Maybe the final image is all that matters. Maybe it does matter. Maybe the impetus counts. In truth it’s all in the eye of the beholders.

In the Lens section are two parts: An original abstract image of a section of a barn door (which I discovered during a walk in a local preserve), and the same image post-processed.

My choice to select that portion of the barn door was intentional. That section reminded me of Abstract Expressionist paintings, art that swept through America in the 1950s-60s, and has never really completely dissipated.

The exposed wood, peeling paint and rusty areas played with color, form, line, space, and visual language in similar ways that those artists did and today’s artists continue to do. They also add an emotional response that very much inhabits what I see: an impulsive response to the visual universe.

Tip of the Week: For those of you who live in the southern California, there is an exhibition in Santa Monica called “Kaleidoscope: abstraction in architecture” that runs from now until 16 May, 2015. It is being held at the Christopher Grimes Gallery, and includes five of the artists that the gallery represents. The artists use various media, including photography, to interpret architectural features through abstraction. From the gallery’s website:

“Today, abstraction as an artistic strategy has reinvented itself for the 21st century, and the fragmentation of form is a common denominator within the majority of the works featured in this exhibition.”

The artists come from the United States, Brazil, Portugal, and Chile. Click here to view more about the show.

"Pine-Tree Window,” 2012 photograph by Veronika Kellndorfer

“Pine-Tree Window,” 2012 photograph by Veronika Kellndorfer

View other entries from this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-challengers-choice-color/

http://nadinetomlinson.com/2015/03/23/my-photography-adventure-writing-with-light/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/finding-a-canyon-realizing-my-strength/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/phoneography-challenge-fire-truck/

https://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/in-the-window-2-photos/

https://toweararainbow.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/temporary-architecture/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2015/03/23/pinecone/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/phoneography-three-view-monday/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/phoneography-challenge-trompe-loeil-california-style/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/03/23/street-photography-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

http://ohmsweetohm.me/2015/03/23/challengers-choice-abstract-architecture/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/phoneography-challenge-all-creatures-great-and-small/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/03/23/iphoneography-monday-3-23-15-travel-underground-in-seattle/

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/phoneography-challenge-challengers-choice-abstraction-poinciana/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/on-the-collision-of-theweek-curated-and-the-entirely-accidental/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.

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

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

Posted in Abstract, Architecture, Art, Design, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Mobile Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 58 Comments

Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Black and White (Icicle and Reflections)

16 March 2015

Lens:

1. Icicle on Raspberry Vine; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. Icicle on Raspberry Vine; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Icicle on Raspberry Vine; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Icicle on Raspberry Vine; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Let me know which you prefer and why. Click on each image to enlarge.

Pens:

In seven days at 6:45 p.m. Spring will usher herself onto the stage of the East Coast, USA. Her performance may be snail-like or as quick as a cheetah’s gallop. It matters not to me, because we have passed the onslaught of this winter’s wrath.

That season is done as far as I am concerned. I am now possessed by all thoughts of renewal. Daffodils have pushed upward. Crocuses are naturalizing. Wildflowers are appearing. Signs of Spring are unfurling.

Still I could not help but show the images of the icicle that recently accompanied one of my raspberry vines. We’ve had many days of freezing and thawing, and temps that did not surpass low 20s. Those conditions led to the large icicle that held small bubbles and reflected colors as well as shapes. When I discovered its presence, I was held captive. Truly, it was a sight that was born through this winter’s grasp.

Every season has memories that are locked into place. Up and down the East Coast many storms will be memorable from winter 2015. But I will push those moments aside, and instead remember this tiny gift that trumped those other feats of Mother Nature.

That one icicle seemed to hold the entire season within its boundaries: the ripples of winter’s quiet and rage. Here is the image in color, which has an entirely different effect upon the senses.

3. Icicle on Raspberry Vine; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

3. Icicle on Raspberry Vine; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

The icicle mirrors the metamorphosis of seasonal change. It is here, and then disappears to become something else that will become something else. This winter is fading. Spring’s foreshadowing and next week’s appearance will bring scores of elation from onlookers—elation that will completely change the visual landscape and our emotional well-being.

Tip of the Week: I am an avid reader, and I continue to be enthralled by handheld print materials. A book, a magazine and The New York Times are part of my daily routine. The only print NYT that I peruse is the Sunday edition, but I draw out its sections throughout the week. (I read the other issues online as a salute to the environment.) Often I do not complete the print NYT until the end of the week. It is sandwiched in between books and magazines and online material. Aperture, is one of the magazines that is a visual treasure. This international quarterly journal is visually luscious and savory with a goal to present contemporary photography as art. And it succeeds with gusto. Aperture was founded (among others) by the master photographers Ansel Adams and Minor White. White was its editor from 1952-1976. Yesterday I was grazing the February issue. If you’ve never seen this journal, it’s a must. You certainly do not have to be a photographer to appreciate its content, which includes well-written features and reviews. Click here to see it online. It’s beauty can be fully realized on the Internet. But I cannot help slowly turning the extra-heavy coated sheets that give each image its due. I receive a certain amount of pleasure in the stacks of photography and other magazines that are piled here and there (and not necessarily on shelves). There are a few really stunning photography publications, and Aperture is one of them.

Editorial & Photo Credit: Aperture Magazine's Website.

Editorial & Photo Credit: Aperture Magazine’s Website.

View other entries from this week’s challenge:

http://blogagaini.com/2015/03/16/black-and-white-2/

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/phoneography-and-non-dsl-digital-devices-photo-challenge-black-and-white-moon-and-clouds/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/phoneography-challenge-black-and-white-fake-fern/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/phoneography-challenge-black-and-white-end-of-night/

https://toweararainbow.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/phoneography-and-non-dsl-digital-devices-photo-challenge-black-and-white/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/flowers-in-black-and-white/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/phonepgraphy-black-and-white-challenge-concert-for-international-womens-day/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/03/16/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-9/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-photo-challenge-black-and-white-3/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/phoneography-challengeblack-and-white-petunias/

http://pilotfishblog.com/2015/03/18/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-black-and-white-totem-at-the-smithsonian/

https://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/phoneography-and-non-dslr-challenge-black-and-white/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/03/19/iphoneography-challenge-black-white-afternoon-light-on-the-washington-coast/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.

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

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

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Phoneography and Non-DSL Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Macro (and Geranium Leaves)

09 March 2015

Lens:

1. Backlit Geranium Leaves; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. Geranium Leaves; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

 

2. Backlit Geranium Leaves; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved:Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Geranium Leaves; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved:Lens and Pens by Sally

Let me know which you prefer and why. Click on each image to enlarge.

Pens:

The setting sun was an inspiration, pushing its way through my kitchen and spreading a brazen spectrum of light over the faces of geraniums. The discovery startled and urged me to take action. I could have simply savored the way the radiance backlit the geraniums, but compulsion set into play. With awe and determination I raised my iPhone to record the scene.

The leaves were not only covered with beams, but also some were edged with that glorious light. Each leaf already had its own personality, but with the sun’s assistance: hues softened or popped, shadows became evident, colors exaggerated themselves, details were more apparent, and shapes strutted. Tiny hairs were easily identified on  stems.

Immediately after the shoot, this poem floated through my synapses:

My Ode to Afternoon Light:

Translucent waves,                                                                                                               Alternative perceptions.

Color, details, reverberations.                                                                                                 Scattered and landing.

Subtleties obeying, sprinkling respect.                                                                          Borrowing hope far from the distance.

Encountering dreams.                                                                                                                       As lines converge with absurdity.

And life is edged in light’s desires.

Tip of the Week:

It’s macro week. I thought that I’d list some areas that I heed in the process of planning and executing a macro shot.

*Focusing on the parts that make the whole.

*Using a tripod or coerce a VERY steady hand. Or lean iPhone onto or against a surface.

*Paying attention to the light, experimenting from all sides. Most important, at first sighting raise lens of choice and take shots, because often in seconds the scene that attracted you is history. In essence act immediately. Or savor the moment and just enjoy.

*Finding the sweet spot where I’m close enough, but not too close to the subject.

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-macro-pretty-in-pink/

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/phoneography-and-other-nonslr-device-challenge-nature/

https://toweararainbow.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-macro-dried-flower-and-a-haiku/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/03/09/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/phoneography-photo-challenge-macro-grape-hyacinths/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/phoneography-challenge-macro-5/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/phonography-macro-images/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/phoneography-challenge-macro-in-purple/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/macro-steps-to-change/

http://blogagaini.com/2015/03/10/marco/

https://lumar1298.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/phoneography-and-non-dsl-digital-devices-photo-challenge-macro-house-plant/

http://uniqueartchic.com/2015/03/11/quoteography-all-one/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/03/12/iphoneography-challenge-macro-cork-it/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.

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

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 (and the Egg)

02 March 2015

Lens:

1. Yolk of Brown Egg; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. Brown Egg; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Yolk of Brown Egg; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Brown Egg; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

3. Reflections in Yolk of Brown Egg; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

3. Reflections in White of a Brown Egg; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Let me know which you prefer and why. Click on each photograph to enlarge.

Pens:

Winter continues to drive the daily dialogue and monologue. But the finale of this season’s wrath is set to wane in a matter of weeks. I breathe a huge sigh of relief and more and more enthusiasm for the work ahead in my gardens. True that energy does not dissipate, it just must be coveted inwardly, only to be let loose in the pre-dawn of Springtime.

More than memory’s stronghold, I cannot recall a recent winter that had so many fixated on the weather. It’s invasive and restrictive mechanisms (to hold us captive emotionally and physically) have been too pervasive.

Still this very intrusion gives pause for other kinds of introspection: the lore of hibernation and survival as well as thoughts of renewal and rejuvenation. These ideas lead to the mind’s play with the circadian rhythm (nature and human nature’s response to light and dark) and the life cycle, beginning with the egg.

As I began to make an omelet this week, one of the eggs came from the carton with a small teardrop gently appearing on top. I paused.

Then I set up a photo shoot, slowly cracking its shell to reveal more and more of the egg white or albumen. As the light was caught in its path, it reflected the tree that hovers outside my kitchen glass doors. It mesmerized my attention. The symbolism was palpable.

The egg became the voice for my dreams of seasonal change. My romantic bent was surfacing, but I didn’t care. It seemed an apt sign of what spurs the human spirit: all that Spring incites, all that Spring promises.

Then I sipped my morning tea, and there they were. Small songbirds seemingly ready for new life. As if forecasting what is to come, they were in a ritual dance chasing and darting in a small group of three. It was a glorious signpost–a signpost that my birdhouses will be filled with hope: tiny eggs of nature’s bounty.

Tip of the Week:

Since I tend to be a purist, I like being exposed to artists who push boundaries farther than I ever will. Jerry Uelsmann (born 1934) is an accomplished photographer who specializes in photomontage. He has spent his career mastering darkroom techniques. His mission circles around the magic of photography through alchemy. His work is very Man Ray-like. Long before digital tools were the rave, Uelsmann was creating photographic assemblages that combine frozen moments of reality with dream-like components. He uses multiple enlargers to make a single image that grabs the viewer to discern just what he has made. As more and more digital image-makers bring numerous apps to their work, Uelsmann’s work is important to study. He continues to use the chemical darkroom in the age of the digital one. But his influence is well-known, even in the technological age of continual change. View his work here.

Journey into Night (Hands with Nest), Jerry Uelsmann, 2006

Journey into Night (Hands with Nest), Jerry Uelsmann, 2006

 “ The camera is essentially a license to EXPLORE.” ~~ Jerry Uelsmann

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature-winter-splendor/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/phoneography-challenge-nature-frozen-mist/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/the-perception-of-reinvention/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/03/02/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-8/

https://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/thunderstorm/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/phoneography-sky-story/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/phoneography-challengenature-at-our-feet/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/phoneography-challenge-nature-5/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2015/03/02/crimson-winter/

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature-norway/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-photo-challenge-nature-3/

http://tishfarrell.com/2015/03/03/life-imitating-art-imitating-life/

https://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/phoneography-and-non-slr-challenge-nature-10/

http://artifactsandfictions.com/2015/03/05/in-the-middle-of-nowhere/

http://blogagaini.com/2015/03/05/nature-2/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/03/05/iphoneography-thursday-nature-spring-blooms-in-february/

http://uniqueartchic.com/2015/03/06/the-promise-of-spring/

https://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2015/03/07/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature-4/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.

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

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: Challenger’s Choice (Architecture of Nature)

23 February 2105

Lens:

1. Snow-Covered Creek; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. Snow-Covered Creek; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Snow-covered Creek; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Snow-covered Creek; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Let me know which you refer and why. Click on to each image to enlarge.

Pens:

It’s staggering as if Siberia has magically landed on the East coast. Winter 2015 has become memorable for its single-digit days—days that can steal my daily meanderings at the creek or local parks or strolling through street life or… At the end of last week Mother Nature brought a minus 19-degree early morning welcome. The midday high broke into double digits at 10 degrees. It was time for sipping tea and hot chocolate, reading, reading, reading, and sorting through my collection of photographs.

Snow is scattered and melting slowly with more in the forecast. We’ve had weeks of hard frost, which makes me happy. Now the chatter is always about the weather, meaning that people are at least noticing nature’s role in our lives. That may seem like a strange statement, but in reality most of “us” are fixated by the daily glue of technical innovations.

Still I could not be happier with the spread of Smartphones as a mechanism for people to see the natural world and, well, just notice (with intention or not) their external visual arena. I hope that the constant documenting of one’s individual universe does open one’s awareness about our visual culture. But I’m not holding my breath.

Without question the numbers of Instagram users and photography blogs speak volumes about the current absorption. This attention to personal photography is a relatively new-found embrace of the world beyond as well as inside ourselves. (Can you tell that I’m sequestered inside.)

In the Lens section are two images that relate the narrative of our weather—ice, snow and contrasts in the landscape. The creek was a maze of various patterns and tones brought by the day’s afternoon light, which cast a particular magic across the surface of the frozen water. The cold affects the sunlight and even sunsets have been ablaze with drama.

Each image is viewed with a slightly different perspective. The architectural features of the various elements bestowed by nature are made clearer or less so by the angle of the shot. Expanse, light, shadow, shapes, shading, lines, point of view are evident or not.

I am obsessed as a watcher of our creek that runs a mile from my home. It forges a path through a long-standing sub-division and offers habitat and refuge for scores of wildlife.

The bend in the creek bed forges a distance that lures and keeps me returning to explore its mysteries–mysteries that have a depth to their patterns and textures. I am privy each day to the usual and the unsuspected. It’s a boost to my daily adrenaline.

Tip of the Week: While studying the works of other photographers is essential to become a better observer of life through a lens, it also is necessary to study the other arts. Art criticism and literature are two areas that add cohesion to my own views. Paul Valery (1871-1945), who was a French poet and philosopher known for his commentary about art and history. He also won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here is one of my favorite quotes by Valery:

“To see is to forget the name of the thing one sees.”

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://artisticlicenseoflife.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature-3/

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/phoneography-and-non-srl-digital-devices-photo-challenge-and-5-day-black-and-white-challenge-architecture/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/phoneography-challengers-choice/

https://claresphotospace.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/mode-mannequins/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/antisocial-enjoyment/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/phoneography-choice-challenge-nature-and-people/

https://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/anything-is-possible/

https://toweararainbow.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-challengers-choice-architecture-of-nature/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/phoneography-challengethe-green-green-grass-of-home/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/phoneography-challenge-nature-4/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/02/23/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-7/

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/phoneography-challenge-challengers-choice-street-photography/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2015/02/23/frozen-architecture-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/02/23/iphoneography-monday-animals-fun-with-finn/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-photo-challenge-you-choice/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/architecture-of-difference/

https://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/phoneography-challenge-architecture-of-nature/

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-challengers-choice-2/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.

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

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

Posted in Architecture, Art, Black-and-White Photography, Human Nature, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 58 Comments

Phoneography and Non-SRL Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Black and White (and the Afternoon Light)

16 February 2015

Lens:

Part One: Afternoon Light in the Parking Garage

1. Afternoon Light in Parking Garage; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. Afternoon Light in Parking Garage; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Afternoon Light in Parking Garage; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Afternoon Light in Parking Garage; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

II. Through the Looking Glass

3. Through the Looking Glass; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

3. Through the Looking Glass; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

4. Through the Looking Glass; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

4. Through the Looking Glass; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Let me know which you prefer and why. Click each image to enlarge.

Pens:

I fancy myself a skywatcher: mostly clouds and light. Of the two light is my most constant muse. I follow it as though it’s food for my soul. Sunset and twilight are deliciously enticing. But I found myself this week courting early afternoon beams.

The rays of sun flowed into the day with such vengeance that I was forced to find its landing. The dark became exaggerated with contrasts and tones widely visible inside and out. Silence gave me the chance to focus on my pledge: find a place to see, really see, the profusion that I suspected.

American photographer Robert Frank said it with such heart that it’s hard to top these sentiments.

“I’m always looking outside, trying to look inside. Trying to say something that’s true. But maybe nothing is really true. But what’s out there. And what’s out there is always changing.” ~~  from Robert Frank, Moving Out (1994).

Photography gives us the opportunity to fulfill more than the creative act. It allows us to discover the gifts of the everyday. To me some of that learning comes in watching the street: the day-to-day that keeps replicating and yet is evergreen.

I am continually fascinated by street life, passing the same corner or restaurant that is the same and yet different. So much in our pathway is overlooked, is vanished by distractions or concentration on this or that. So as an epiphany rises to seize my attention, I am embraced by a world that seems new. It’s a staggering sensation.

In the Lens section is such an experience. The walk through the parking garage is something that I do occasionally, just for the way the light infuses the space. It’s located on the edge of the main action of my small town’s university campus and Main Street.

While time can conceal an expanse of radiance, this afternoon offered me space to gaze upon what was hidden to so many, at least in this particular spot. Windows lined the lower floor where I wondered to freeze the incoming light.

Part One and Two each have two images that were taken with just slightly different angles. I found each held me captive by the brilliance of the afternoon light. Each pays tribute to the light that continuously casts a spell upon me.

Tip of the Week:

…street photography does not necessarily mean photographing in the streets. For one thing, the street is not always where the heart of the culture lies. More than anything else, I think street photography suggest a photographer’s particular stance or attitude towards the world: a kind of open-ended exploration with an emphasis on discovery, a sense of wandering that’s driven by curiosity rather than an idea or goal.” Alex Webb, photographer and author on many books about photography

"Istanbul," Alex Webb

“Istanbul,” Alex Webb

Read more about Webb’s street photography here. His work focuses on a particular vision of multiple cultures through street life.

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/02/16/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-6/

http://eclecticoddsnsods.com/2015/02/16/writing-201-water/

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-black-and-white-airport-au-natural/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/memories-of-mom/

https://theyyouandme.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/walls/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/phoneography-how-black-and-white-saves-the-day/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/phoneography-black-and-white-at-ahuriri/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/phoneography-challenge-in-black-and-whitea-tray-of-miracles/

https://nelkumi.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/i/

https://artisticlicenseoflife.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-black-white/

https://mamamaitri.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2015/02/16/snow-day-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/02/16/iphoneography-monday-a-black-and-white-dragon/

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/phoneography-and-non-srl-digital-devices-photo-challenge-black-and-white/

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/phoneography-and-non-srl-digital-devices-photo-challenge-black-and-white/

https://claresphotospace.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/mannequin-mondays/

https://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/phoneography-and-non-slr-challenge-black-and-white-7/

https://manylikeit.wordpress.com/2015/02/21/black-white-encroaching-mist/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.

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

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

Posted in Art, Black-and-White Photography, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Mobile Photography, Photography, Street Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 63 Comments

Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Macro (and a Single Flower)

09 February 2015

Lens:

1. Geranium Blossom; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. Geranium Blossom; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Geranium Blossom; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Geranium Blossom; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Let me know which you prefer and why. Click onto image to enlarge.

Pens:

They’re arriving daily. Those early signs of Spring. A large pile is accumulating by the kitchen window. It’s as if the sunlight will sprout and the rain will nourish selections. Yes, seed catalogs are keeping my spirits perked with chatter about flowers, herbs and vegetables. In fact, I mailed my order to The Cook’s Garden last week. I’ll be blissfully awaiting their arrival.

The Cook's Garden catalog, 2015

The Cook’s Garden catalog, 2015

The landscape is resting and its solemnity sometimes forces much contemplation: the cycle of life, seasonal paces, circadian rhythm, movement of day to night. Winter pushes introspection in ways that spring, summer and fall shirt. Though each does have its way with me, giving me deeper or lighter moods to carry me through the days.

I’m always amazed at the genuine effects that Mother Nature has upon me. Each of us is spirited by one or a few or many passions. Certainly the natural world and its teeny tiny and larger gifts has been a mainstay in my adult journey.

At this moment I can hear the bluebirds. Their melodious back and forth is another sign that Spring is not too far in the distance. They are preparing, just as I am. My eyes court their gorgeous markings, and I feel a surge of enthusiasm for this day’s temps that are rising. It’s the same reaction that I have every day when flocks of geese fill the sky overhead on my daily walks. They seem to appear from nowhere to pluck my heartstrings.

In the Lens section are images of the result of one of my winter indulgences (hot chocolate is another): a geranium blossom that I snipped this week. Geraniums are brought inside at the end of each summer’s season. They fill my kitchen with their scent and bring color occasionally throughout the winter months. This tiny blossom was another beacon of hope in my week.

Tip of the Week:

As part of my mission to introduce competitions, here is a photography contest that honors nature: the International Garden Photographer of the Year, Macro Art category.

From their Website: “The competition is open to everyone, amateurs and professionals alike. Entries are welcome from any country in the world. There are no restrictions on the type of camera you use, or the techniques you use to produce your final image. You have to pay a fee to enter. But unlike free competitions, we provide feedback on request (after the judging), we have a huge range of cash and other prizes available to winners and to runners-up, together with the unique prize of having a photograph exhibited in our exhibitions.”

Ethereal Beauty, Anna Omiotek-Toott, Third Place Winner, 2014

Ethereal Beauty, Anna Omiotek-Toott, Third Place Winner, 2014

While the competition has closed for this year, you can check back this month for the results. Click here to see their website, They have other categories that might urge you to enter next year.

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-macro-spiky/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/its-all-in-the-details/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/phoneography-macro-amethyst/

https://mamamaitri.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-macro/

https://theyyouandme.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/eyes-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-macro/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/phoneography-macro-challenge-and-day-3-black-and-white-challenge/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/02/09/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-5/

http://uniqueartchic.com/2015/02/09/macro-tulips/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/phoneography-challenge-macro-4/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2015/02/09/keyboard-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/02/09/iphoneography-monday-macro-velella-velella-on-the-washington-coast/

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/phoneography-and-non-slr-device-photo-challenge-macro/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-photo-challenge-macro-4/

https://artisticlicenseoflife.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature-2/

https://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/phoneography-and-non-slr-challenge-macro-10/

https://manylikeit.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/macro-lichen-on-a-drystane-dyke/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/things-to-see-and-places-to-be/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.

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

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

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