Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Editing and Processing (Hipstamatic)

31 August 2015

Lens:

Restaurant Lounge; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

New York City Restaurant Lounge; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Let me know what you think about my photograph. Click to enlarge.

Pens:

One of my favorite apps is Hipstamatic: the app that promises surprises with each image. Many in the challenge’s photo community have discovered its charm and boundless possibilities. Allan at Ohm Sweet Ohm (click here) experiments with this app and the results intrigue.

I particularly enjoy that images are dependent upon interchangeable lenses, flashes, and films. The number of combinations are seemingly endless. But it means that selection requires thought or it can be serendipitous. Lisa at Northwest Frame of Mind (click here) regularly has fun with the “shake” feature in Hipstamatic.

With its square format it recalls vintage-era sensibility where color was romantic and saturated. Maybe that’s why I instantly knew that a recent scene in New York City needed a Hipstamatic moment.

In the Lens section is that shot taken in a sweetly-decorated women’s lounge. It’s Victorian color range suited Hipstamatic’s retro style. Additionally, multi layers of the still life drew me into the image, especially my reflection that is almost too small to notice.

Truly, this app’s unknown quality likens it to the original Polaroid, which has been in my photographic tool kit for decades (SX-70). Maybe that’s why it’s popularity keeps growing. It has character that dares the photographer to not only experiment, but make singular and multiple choices that can be classic, sacred, or sassy. Possibilities abound.

Tip of the Week: Beside its lenses, films and flashes, Hipstamatic has more to offer. Here’s a description from its webpage: “Through a variety of offerings, including Hipstamatic, Oggl, IncrediBooth, and Snap Magazine, Hipstamatic encourages its community to tap into their inner artist and use photography as a gateway back to creativity.” Social media is a part of its packaging. and gives the photographer options to participate or not. Choices are the usual: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, and Tumblr. Visit the Apple store (click here) to read more about this app that never disappoints. The cost is $1.99 with each Hipsta package $.99. Click here to read more about Hipstamatic, whose analog character seems perfectly suited in our evergreen digital age.

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://angleandviews.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/seals-at-la-jolla-beach/

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-editing-fun/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-editing-and-processing-buttons/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/08/31/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-editing-and-processing-2/

http://ohmsweetohm.me/2015/08/31/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-editing-and-processing-2/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/editing-extravaganza-for-sally-ds-monday-mobile-digital-photography/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-editing-fun/

https://pawcificpurrsea.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/magic-monday-mobile-photography-editing_processing/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/snapshots-from-an-afternoon-by-the-sea/comment-page-1/

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-editing-and-processing/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming 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, Panorama, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

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

Posted in Art, Inspiration, Mobile Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 46 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice: Night Photography (NYC)

24 August 2015

Lens:

Nightscape, New York City; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Nightscape, New York City; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Let me know what you think about my capture of a nighttime scene in New York City. Click onto image to enlarge.

Pens:

To combine night photography and street photography is an area that I long to cultivate. During my recent trip to New York City, I had the opportunity to explore this desire.

Truly, it’s appeal is often shaken by the difficulty of success. Truly, it’s appeal sets the stage for anxiety and enthusiasm. This photographic challenge is made even more arduous with a Smartphone, even the sophisticated iPhone 6, which are habitually problematic in low light.

Manhattan is an ideal place to exercise this wish. City nights are flooded with light and shadows of all sorts, and spiced with architectural forms and shapes. Contrasts of blacks and whites are apparent and hidden.

The forces of movement are everywhere, stirring chance and opportunity. Light shifts and streams through various levels of heights and widths.

Some areas are so well-lit that it blows the chance for a shot. In other areas low light becomes dangerously prevalent and takes over the framing. Nevertheless, suddenly balance can confront or emerge around the corner.

There are few photographs from my archive that satisfy my idea of what a nocturnal frame should hold. In the Lens section is the only one from the NYC trip that met most of my criteria. While composition, subject, controlling the light, and the unusual splendor of the night show promise, it’s really about the immediate effect. Happenstance won me over as we ordered an ice cream treat, and I had an apt photo opportunity.

Tip of the Week: Several experiences have coerced me to consider adding another category to the Challenger’s Choice. And it definitely seems time to add a perk to the challenge. Over the last few months I’ve berated myself for not using the panorama feature on the native camera of my iPhone 6. There are many times that a scene warrants a taller or wider version of the subjects before me. So I began to ask myself: What’s keeping you? Mostly, it’s that I hardly ever use the native camera. I automatically go to Camera+, an app that has stellar qualities. And so it was on a walk this week that the morning sky was covered in fast-moving moody to sinister grey formations. Those clouds were so strongly inviting that I had to kick myself for not having my iPhone (hardly ever happens). Still, I took the occasion to relish the range of emotion that I felt scouring the drama swiftly going northward in rapid motion. But I also was captivated by the palette of whites to deep grey that carried rain clouds above me. It easily was a perfect setting for a panorama–a swath of horizontal clouds that seemed to be cantering above the horizon. They also were extremely low across the skyline. That sealed the thought that panorama is a genre to investigate. Starting today, please add it to the Challenger’s Choice. I hope to see some of your work in this category soon. Visit this website for “5 Tips for Taking Panorama Photos with Your Smartphone:” click here.

iPhone panorama-shot; bgr.com

iPhone panorama-shot; bgr.com

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-portraiture-indian-independence-day/

http://pilotfishblog.com/2015/08/24/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challengers-choice-urban-architecture/

https://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/iris-mural-2-photos/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-happy-birthday-duke/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/edges-of-summer-for-sally-ds-photo-challenge/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/08/24/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-2/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/sally-ds-mobile-challenge-abstract-waters/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/on-enjoying-the-art-of-light/

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-panoramic-view-of-sea-beach/

http://ohmsweetohm.me/2015/08/25/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-abstract/

http://debs-world.com/2015/08/25/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-travel/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/mobile-photography-challengers-choice/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/08/27/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-from-under-the-sea/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-evening-panorama/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming 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, Panorama, 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, Night Photography, Photography, Street Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 44 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White (Times Square)

17 August 2015

Lens:

1. Times Square, New York City; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. Times Square, New York City; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Times Square, New York City; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Times Square, New York City; 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:

The urban landscape seduces in ways that sometimes can be counterintuitive, equally shocking, delightfully informative, inspirational, openly appealing, and mildly pleasant. As a person dedicated to the complexity, extravagance,  simplicity, and triumphs of Mother Nature, nevertheless I  long to be in the city for its wide range of emotional, intellectual and visual swings. I am driven to immerse myself in those experiences that only an urban environment can provide, including its legacies.

New York is one such paradise that has cradled my affinity for above-ground treasures. I have journeyed there more times than any other urban center on the East Coast, USA. Each time I step onto her streets, chills of enthusiasm chase me. There is so much to do, feel and see: the new, the old, the promised, the impossible, and possible.

Barely any other place is as symbolic of a city’s stream of consciousness than Manhattan’s Times Square. It’s infused with a pulse of what makes it such a mysteriously vibrant experience. Whether I am observing or participating, I am engaged in its layers of thrills. Sometimes those citified moments are laughable, and at others seriously serious. Sometimes the rhythm is melodic, and other times shrill.

NYC is a place of juxtapositions that create opposing forces—all of which make for strongly evocative reactions that stick to one’s inner core. I never leave her borders without some quintessential moment: whether it is visiting a new site (High Line) or rediscovering a bakery and restaurant (Balthazar) or stumbling upon a treed park (City Hall Park) or spying odd street life (everywhere) or managing to walk ten miles as easily as the day slips through my thoughts. I am particularly blessed to live within a two-and-a-half-hour drive of this spectacular arena for playful discovery, lucky me.

In the Lens section are two images of Times Square that were taken on a recent trip in July. We stayed on the 33rd floor of a hotel that was nestled in the palm of the action. In the conversion to black and white many of the bustling distractions become less apparent.

Imagining monochrome allowed me to be attentive and examine the myriad of interactions that still were competing. I also envisioned a series of discrete landscapes that might inspire random thoughts about Mother Nature’s embodiment within the urban environment.

The city becomes a mammoth canvas for creativity. Much of which already is embedded in its daily life.  NYC becomes a black-and-white tribute to photojournalism and photography and social media.

Tip of the Day: The National Geographic Society has contributed to the public’s knowledge about the ills and pleasures of the human condition. It covers adventures knee-deep throughout the world. It covers the rural and urban settings. It covers the wild and the tame of Mother Nature. I am fortunate to live only a two-hour drive to Washington, D.C. where the Society is located. Throughout the year you can attend exhibitions and workshops. While I am awed each month as I turn the pages of its magazine (via snail mail), attendance at one of these presentations is memorable and noteworthy. I realize that many people may not know the Society also sponsors these events outside the nation’s capital. While their photography is highly rated, each event is filled with valuable information that pinpoints the significance of the topic. Most of the programs are held in the United States, but they also are found throughout the world. Click here to view the upcoming calendar. Click here to learn more about the Society. To view the National Geographic’s photography is to open up the possibilities of how we each see the world around us and how our world affects the past and present. It’s a fabulous adventure and gift.

National Geographic Society

National Geographic Society

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-milking-it-for-all-its-worth/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/crazy-month-of-work-and-fun/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/dry-and-shadowy-end-of-summer-for-sally-ds-black-and-white-challenge/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-n-white/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-back-in-the-day

http://ohmsweetohm.me/2015/08/17/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-3/

https://toweararainbow.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/prison/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-white-impressions-at-arataki-honey-farm/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/08/17/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-3/

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-2/

http://debs-world.com/2015/08/18/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/mobile-photography-black-and-white/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/08/19/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-on-the-way-to-wallace-falls/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming 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, Mobile Photography, Photography, Street Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 67 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (Edible Nasturiums)

10 August 2015

Lens:

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

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

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

2. Nasturtium; 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:

“Ode to the Nasturtium”

Sassy and spicy paper-thin wings,

Drenched in sunlight’s flares.

Wishing for longevity,

Almost satisfied with the journey. ~~ Sally W. Donatello

From April to November my kitchen garden “spoils” me every single day. It lavishes me with fragrant and vibrant  flowers, scrumptious greens, and delicate and potent herbs.

Years ago I discovered edible flowers that have become part of some of my culinary fare. My favorites are arugula, geraniums and nasturtiums. So it’s not unusual to find those floral beauties atop a salad or soup.

This week the trailing nasturtiums were covered with deep red-orange blossoms that became central to my late evening dinner salads. Nasturtiums are shockingly dainty in appearance but tough in character. They are one of Mother Nature’s flowers that tastes as though it was an uptown radish. It’s peppery layers ingeniously move over the tongue and slide down the throat, creating a lengthy appreciation for this punchy taste.

Nasturtiums are particularly suited for salads where a flower head, petals and leaves can be starlits of a meal. I’m fond of wild food and each time that I pluck and imbibe any edible flowers (e.g., allium, bee balm, borage, dianthus, and marigold) from my gardens, I feel hardily nurtured. Their accents in my meals are like placing bright jewels onto  tableware.

After I wander through the kitchen garden and snip a sprig of this or that, I’m never sure what becomes more satiated: my taste buds, my visual palette, or my spirit. Regardless, these true culinary surprises are one of Mother Nature’s great progeny. To harvest these treats is to set up a challenge of how to use them in new and tantalizing ways. Once a new edible is discovered, they rarely leave my cultivated spaces or my recipes.

I’ve often stated that macro photography can reveal some of the most intriguing parts of a subject. That’s true of the nasturtiums as seen in the Lens section. I was especially stunned by the frilly inside center of this attention-seeker. One can easily miss this characteristic with the naked eye. The two images are apt examples of this flower’s seductive qualities. It has a palette that grabs our adoration. It’s simplicity is a bold statement by nature that is also for human nature’s pleasure.

Tip of the Week:

Here is a relatively short video about macro photography by Gregory Cazillo and called “Basic Flower and Macro Photography” (2012). Hope that you learn one or more lessons to add to your tool kit. Click here to view the eight minutes and thirteen second video. Also here is an article that reiterates some of the pitfalls of macro photography. If you discover one pointer that helps you with your macro shots, it will be worth the read. Click here for “Close Up! Macro Photography and the Pitfalls to Watch out For” by David Peterson from the website: digital photo secrets.

View other entries from this week’s challenge:

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro/

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro/

https://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-2/

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-hanging-in-there/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/08/10/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-paua-eyes/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/august-fruit-and-flowers-for-sally-ds-macro-mobile-photography-challenge/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/mundane-monday-19-and-mobile-photography-macro/

http://debs-world.com/2015/08/12/every-day-is-an-adventure-66365/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/on-beach-walks-and-reading-the-stories-of-the-land/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/08/12/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-robins-egg-blue/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming 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, Gardens and Gardening, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Macro Photography, Mobile Photography, Nature, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 56 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (New York City and the High Line)

03 August 2015

Lens:

1. View from the High Line; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. View from the High Line, New York City; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. View from the High Line, New York City; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. View from the High Line, New York City; 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:

With exuberance the summertime journey to New York City was etched onto the spaces of my calendar and thoughts. NYC can be ultra hot in mid summer, but my illustrious travel companions (aka family) and I could care less. We were on a few missions, and easily could sway this or that with the heat index.

As good fortune shone upon us, it was in the low 80s every day. It was just another magical aspect of the trip.

Memories are vivid, and will remain crystalline. The journey had its own power that we shared. That power was solidified by each day’s jewel-like experiences. No need to tell details; we have enough to toss into the universe for rays of light to be spread to all.

Nature and human nature are the quintessential duo that confront me daily.  So pre-holiday travel plans notoriously are spiced with some sprinkle of Mother Nature. There must be interspersed that time for quiet and silence to savor her natural gifts, and most especially if the destination is urban.

In metropolitan areas human nature is often the go-between to plant, cultivate and maintain the flourish of variety that is discovered in public and private places. In NYC nothing speaks as loud as Central Park, yet the relatively new High Line has become a coveted place where nature and human nature’s bond is tightly sealed.

Upon arrival we spied the new Whitney Museum of Art, which is a tour de force that exhibits the depth and breath of human creativity. The High Line comes right to this Museum. We will spend another time cruising through its collection. Our goal for the morning was to stroll the 1.45-mile-long elevated and linear park, which was created on an old New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line. This gift to Manhattan is thirty feet above street level and gives sensational views of the city’s East Side, which includes views of the Hudson River.

If you frequent my blog, you will know about my devotion to nature. I am very much embedded in a life that includes reverence for the natural world that we inhabit. The High Line gives me hope that residents of such urban areas can immerse themselves in nature.

This crown jewel was developed with much thought, and the project is one that can be emulated for its attention to native plantings, greening practices, and sustainability. From the “Friends of the High Line” website (http://www.thehighline.org/) you can get a sense of the mission of the gardens: “Self-seeded grass, trees and other plants grew on the out-of-use elevated rail tracks during the 25 years after the trains stopped running. These grasses and trees inspired the planting designer Piet Oudolf to “keep it wild.” Nearly half of the plant species and cultivars planted on the High Line are native to the United States. The High Line’s green roof system is designed to allow the plants to retain as much water as possible. In addition, there is an irrigation system installed with options for both automatic and manual watering.”

We walked the winding and scenic path where bounty bounced into sight. As seductive as the design and planning are, the view is spectacular. It’s location above the city makes for a delicious leisurely romp at sights not usually available to bikers, pedestrians, drivers, and tourists. Mostly, its ambience is just what city dwellers need to top off the expansive offerings of this remarkable urban wonderland. It took mental time to savor what was before us.

Of course, you can find many small parks and treed areas in NYC. City life is meant for exploration on foot. We spent most of the time walking familiar and unfamiliar areas. No matter how many times that I visit this city, I am amazed and dazed by its genuine embrace of its visitors, and the areas of green that pop up here and there.

Serendipitously, there was a sweet article in The New York Times on 22 July. It supports the notion that walking in nature nourishes the human condition; it suggests from recent studies that “a walk in the park may soothe the mind, and in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve mental health… (“How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain,” click here to read entire article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/22/how-nature-changes-the-brain/?_r=0/).

Quite honestly, I am delighted about the publication of this piece, but it’s certainly not new information. Anecdotally, I can verify that my life has been eased and shored by my love of Mother Nature. And many of my family and friends have incorporated her value into their lives. It’s not a surprise that Emerson and Thoreau are two of my literary and philosophical heroes.

In the Lens section are images from that adventure on the High Line. I was a true fan of the design of the gardens, but also captivated by the juxtaposition of the wild life to the cityscape.

If you are traveling to one of my top-tier city’s of the world, please do take an afternoon or morning at Manhattan’s beautifully orchestrated High Line. It’s an example of how urban life can bring sweeping landscapes into its heart and soul. We left the walk with emotional, physical and visual-filled memories, which speaks volumes to the success of this dynamic endeavor.

Tip of the Day:

Andrew Hector is known as an iPhone photographer who specializes in landscapes. He is drawn to vistas that show reflections and symmetry. The iPhone Photography School released his e-book that focuses on his passion for landscape photography. Hector hopes to express the majesty of the national parks in his work. To learn more about his art and his personal philosophy, click here to read about him.

Andrew Hector

Andrew Hector

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-reflecting-on-nature/

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-pink-sky/

https://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/tree-spirit/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-looking-up-at-nature/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-arataki-honey-farm/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/08/03/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-2/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/4951/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/sally-ds-mobile-nature-challenge/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/mobile-photography-and-mundane-monday-18/

https://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature/

https://lumar1298.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-pelican/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming 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, Design, Human Nature, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 46 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro

13 July 2015

Lens:

I. Geranium from my Summer Garden, 2015

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

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

II. Hydrangea from florist, 2014

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

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:

A wisp of summer light grazes time.

            Transporting phrases aloft.

Toss a petal.

Catch a scent.

            Pause action. ~~ Sally W. Donatello

The words echoed back at me. It’s time for a proverbial break.

Plans are made. Serendipity awaits as summer holiday begins tomorrow. I’m on the edge of a two-week hiatus from the usual. I’m about to partake in part travel, part cyber-less retreat, part watching, part exploration, part adventure, part listening, part simply being.

Many of you are on your small, medium or large junket too. I wish wherever you are that we’ll return rejuvenated to continue our blogging journey. Bon appétit. Bon voyage. Bon soir. I’ll be back on 03 August 2015.

Tip of the Day:

With macro photography simplicity in composition helps the viewer to appreciate the qualities revealed. With little or nothing in the background to distract, the subject becomes the centerfold. Close ups uncover the unseen, undiscovered, visually concealed. Your perspective is vital to the success of a macro shot. Can you find the details that perk the viewer’s attention? Did you place the subject in the best lighting–lighting that gives focus on the areas that unveil details that stun and seduce the eye and mind? Macro photography is a genre that takes extra feats of patience. Diligence pays to avoid out-of-focus images (unless that’s your aim). There is a point of reckoning where clarity unfolds and a point when it dissolves. Happy shooting.

View other entires for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro/

http://nadinetomlinson.com/2015/07/13/jamaican-national-motto/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/berry-view-for-sally-ds-mobile-device-macro-photography/

http://austindetails.me/2015/07/13/rain-in-maine-woods/

http://kathleenswritings.com/2015/07/13/macro-monday-photo-challenge/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/weird-or-unique/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-by-the-sea/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/sally-ds-mobile-photo-challenge-peony-macros/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/my-age-is-as-a-lusty-winter-frosty-but-kindly/

https://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/07/18/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-boom/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming 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, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Macro Photography, Mobile Photography, Nature, Photography, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 58 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (and Black Maple Seedpods)

06 July 2015

Lens:

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

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

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

2. Black Maple Seedpods; 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:

This summer will be noted for its abundance–abundance that emanates from the lush plenty in my small corner of the world. We are not the only place to witness this profusion. Mother Nature has given us a spring and summer of riches: rain and rain and more rain. Especially in the last few weeks almost daily there have been sprinkles, showers or storms. They keep on thriving, just as the landscape are filled with hues of greenery and lots and lots of wild flowers, known in the vernacular as weeds. I cannot recall such an onslaught of wild things. But I do not complain, and simply do my best to control the plethora.

After all, weeds galore are not the worse problems this season can bring. Usually we are in the midst of heat, humidity and little rain that takes serious adjustment physically and psychologically. These spikes in temps and lack of rain also has different effects on the landscape.

With a tip of my garden hat, I’ve hardly had to water my gardens. This scenario is foreign and takes a bit of mental strategy. We’re usually fanning ourselves with thoughts, not watching puddles and flooding.

Abundance can be a trade-off. It can produce narratives of prosperity as well as cautionary tales. Since this weather is not the norm, it’s a constant topic of conversation: the pluses and minuses. Then, what’s new? Weather has been a serious subject for years wherever I turn.

Since I rant about climate change and sustainability, my predilections toward nature are evident. While I’m thrilled that our landscape is an explosion of summer’s best efforts, I abhor the drought on the West Coast and in other areas of our planet, the extreme weather that has become the usual.

I am more than grateful for the Pope’s words (“Laudato Si!”): his platform for the most critical issue that faces our world in the present and future is staggering and brings hope. A recent article in The New York Times titled “Pope Francis’ Call to Action Goes Beyond the Environment” (click here to read) outlines his commitment to the health of our planet and its effects upon humanity. As a world leader this encyclical may very well be the major kick in the proverbial rear for action that is needed. His support is an unexpected gift toward winning the brass ring of the greater good and worldwide involvement in solutions to the effects of climate change.

In the Lens section are examples of this summer’s abundance: a staggering multiplicity of black maple seedpods. This tree is gorgeous; it literally cultivates my attention with its purple-black leaves that are sweetly clustered and topped with scores of seedpods. But its symbolism is multi-faceted.

That tree’s wealth of life is what we all want for nature and human nature. We want a world that honors all creatures, we want a world that honors our dignity, we want a world that works on behalf of the whole, we want a world that is conscious of the greater good.

Abundance is a tricky word. It can be a hell raiser or a gentle reminder. It can incite conversations. Or silence discussions. It causes reflection. And pushes boundaries. Mostly, it provides a place for contemplation of its meaning and ramifications.

Tip of the Week: Unquestionably, artists use their work as representation of their political and social philosophy. Chris Jordan is a photographer who left his life as a corporate lawyer and became a photographer to make aesthetically-pleasing art. But that perspective changed. Jordan turned to large-format prints to demonstrate humanity’s affection and obsession with mass consumption. He also includes environmental issues as part of his current oeuvre. He created, for example,  “Roundup” (2015) as a visual symbol to show that “213,000 bees, equal to the number of pounds of toxic chemical pesticides … is applied every twenty minutes to plants and soils around the world. [And] Over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are introduced into the environment in the US each year, and approximately 5.6 billion pounds are used worldwide.” Read more about his work and view his photography here. In 2008 Jordan was an international eco-ambassador for National Geographic Society. I find his art inspirational and purposeful.

Circuit Boards, Chris Jordan, 2014

“Circuit Boards,” Chris Jordan, 2014

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-california-dreamin/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/sally-ds-mobile-photography-natural-old-n-new/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-ladybird-ladybird-fly-away-home/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/on-finding-time-to-do-nothing/

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-up-high/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/07/08/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-in-the-stimpson-family-nature-reserve/

https://lumar1298.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-same-tree/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/abundant-summer-for-sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming 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, Mobile Photography, Nature, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 55 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Editing and Processing (Blurred Lines, Part One)

29 June 2015

Lens:

I. Shot in Camera+ without Post Processing

2. Black-Stemmed Hydrangea; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Black-Stemmed Hydrangea; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

II. Shot in Hipstamatic

2. Black-Stemmed Hydrangea; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Black-Stemmed Hydrangea; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

III. Shot in Camera+ and Post Processed in Mextures

3. Black-Stemmed Hydrangea; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

3. Black-Stemmed Hydrangea; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Let me know which you prefer and why. I suggest that you click on each image to enlarge.

Pens:

The state of photography is a topic that sparks words to fill white pages (digital and print) over and over, turning them into black-and-white oddities and wonders. My fingers touch a few letters on my computer. They reappear in front of my eyes as well as countless (numerous, some or few) others’, which seems an unfathomable concept. But here we are witnesses to images and words being spread in seconds across lands and surfaces that mesmerize even the most knowledgeable.

The photograph is an apt example of the never-ending seduction that a cyber-riddled world inspires. Our immediate and distant universes are infused with narrative through instant visual stories. During past centuries word of mouth and oral history enabled stories to survive and flourish. Now we have the digital seemingly silent yet vocal photograph to measure cultural change and evolution, building a new kind of “architectural” pictorial archive.

Daily I consider how social media pivots each framed history. Lately I’ve been reading numerous articles, especially in Aperture (the printed version) that build dialogues about (what I call) the blurred lines created by this new platform—a platform that gives each of us opportunity, sometimes even a few seconds of fame. Even more extraordinary is a person’s work  can be discovered, and catapulted to new levels of recognition and a more sustained notoriety.

I am amazed that anyone has ever found me on the Internet, yet they have. Through this media I’ve had and continue to have some milestones, which surprise me as they wedge their way into my life. Blurred lines is my phrase for this rant. It seems the appropriate combination for photography’s trajectory and each of our own trajectory on this blogging journey. The ethereal, the mystical, the blurred can describe many parts of the whole of our visual culture.

In the Lens section are my subtle and not-so-subtle examples of this theme. A single spring black-stemmed hydrangea has entered a final stage, dried and still gorgeously delicate with its lace-like bravado. It still has much to offer. When the out-of-focus effect takes over its design and shape, it becomes something else, yet recognizable. Some blurred images are totally anew, they convey a true deviation from reality, which is very much what the Internet and its social media can achieve with one touch of our intention.

Tip of the Week: The blurred photograph can be made with a slow or quick move of  your camera or Smartphone. A fast lens can be enlisted (Smartphones in manual mode) to create the effect. Or there are a number of apps that can turn a focused image into a blurred one. Often the final image can have a softer and more visually interesting effect. The out-of-focus can be in foreground, background or the entire shot. FX Photo Studio has a feature to blur an image. Click here to read about it in iTunes App Store. Bokeh is a technique that originated in Japan, and blurs parts of the photograph intentionally. That out-of-focus gives its recipient a patina that incites close attention or no attention at all. It’s a conundrum of the way that individuals view our visual landscape and the real reality or virtual reality of photography.

Bokeh, Jody Dole, NikonUSA.com

Bokeh, Jody Dole, NikonUSA.com

View other entries into this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/sally-ds-mobile-photograph-challenge-editing-and-processing-with-various-apps/

http://nadinetomlinson.com/2015/06/29/when-design-imitates-life/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/perspective-on-life/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-tucked-in-glass/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-processing-nf-incline-railway/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/for-sally-ds-lens-and-pens-processing-challenge/

http://ohmsweetohm.me/2015/06/29/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-editing-and-processing/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-post-processing-challenge-panoramas/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/06/30/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-editing-and-processing/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-editing-and-processing/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/on-the-half-gallon-quarter-acre-pavlova-paradise/

https://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-editing-and-processing/

http://artifactsandfictions.com/2015/07/05/a-blurred-reality/

Note:  As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming 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, Human Nature, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Mobile Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 58 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Architecture)

22 June 2015

Lens:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let me know which you prefer and why. I suggest that you click onto each image to enlarge.

Pens:

“Photography is, and has been since its inception, a fabulously broad church. Contemporary practice demonstrates that the medium can be a prompt, a process, a vehicle, a collective pursuit, and not just the physical end product of solitary artists’ endeavors.” ~~ Charlotte Cotton, Aperture, no. 210, Spring 2013

“Contemporary art photographers are opening up new ways of thinking about the medium.” ~~ Charlotte Cotton, Aperture, no. 201, Spring 2013

Photography and its evolution as an art form has never been more spirited. Its evergreen nature is boundless, and in the twenty-first century shored by the digital age.

Human inventiveness is seen with all its colors and ribbons in the field of technology, which seems to incorporate all disciplines in the guise of its products. Photography is one of its progeny that emulates and exudes triumphant experimentation.

Within the Internet’s reach the art of the photograph continues to escalate into unknown territory, unchartered and even unfathomable. While everyone can participate in this coming of age, there is little doubt that we are on the cusp of more change in the arts with its technical revolution and exponential effect upon art history.

Tip of the Week:

Art is meant to illicit doubt, dialogue, emotions, joy, thought and uncertainty; it is meant to provoke in calming and unsettling ways and everything in between those reactions. It is the artist’s responsibility to give us something to consider, to digest, to ponder, to query.

Talia Chetrit (American photographer, 1982) is known for her individual interpretation of classic subjects such as fashion, life and portraiture. One of her latest projects used her work as a thirteen-year old–work that returned to family albums that she created. It gave her the opportunity to see how her work has evolved, and then “reworking” the photographs for her current aesthetics and perspective. She creates images that fictionalize what she sees without manipulating the image itself.

Chetrit is one of the current photographers who is pushing the boundaries of what we see. The goal,” she says, is to be “limited to what’s actually in front of you. But by isolating it and decontextualizing it, you can present something that never existed.” You can view her work here and here. It’s worth your perusal.

"Hand on Body (Mouth)," Talia Chetrit, 2012

“Hand on Body (Mouth),” Talia Chetrit, 2012

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-sugar-and-spice-and-everything-nice/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-rainbow/

https://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/smile-for-the-camera/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-reflections-of-art/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/06/22/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-design/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/sally-ds-mobile-challenge-a-friendly-fantail/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/flights-of-fancy-for-sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/simple-pure-and-sweet/

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/photography/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/mobile-photography-and-mundane-monday/

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice/

https://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-architecture/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/06/24/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-cold-brew-coffee-on-a-hot-summer-day/

http://ohmsweetohm.me/2015/06/24/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-travel/

Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming 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, Design, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Mobile Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 62 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White (and Simplicity of Design in Technology)

15 June 2015

Lens:

1. Setting Up the Entranceway; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. Setting Up the Entranceway; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Setting Up the Entranceway; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Setting Up the Entranceway; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

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

Pens:

Street photography is known for its cheer and moodiness, light and dark moments, high and low-key sensibility, soft and stark angles and lines, big and small personalities, the mundane and ordinary, the new and the seasoned.

The wonder of today’s inventitveness has at its roots in convenience, efficiency and ingenuity. Much of street life also includes the latest of technological wizardry: moving signs, digitally-driven machines, self-managing money dispensers (ATMs). Innovations abound, especially in urban environments.

Technology has so many applications and forms that I had to gaze at its definition for my own curiosity. This description of technology is from Dictionary.com/

1. the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts, engineering, applied science, and pure science.

2. the application of this knowledge for practical ends.

3. the terminology of an art, science, etc.; technical nomenclature.

4. a scientific or industrial process, invention, method, or the like.

5. the sum of the ways in which social groups provide themselves with the material objects of their civilization.

As I strolled onto UD campus prior to this month’s alumni weekend, I could easily apply some of those definitions to my observations.

I knew that temporary construction would generate my interest, and pre-construction technology used to erect a mammoth entranceway and towers begged for my attention.

Designs were at the intersection of architecture and art and engineering and science. And it is terribly hard to isolate these influences on technological invention and innovation. Truly, the confluence of these outside forces are present in our daily encounters, even in the simplest of objects.

Our technicolor visual universe is a continual distraction to the point that we miss the aesthetics and spirit of what is before us. Our attention is pulled this way and that. Our attention is scattered and sliced.

Since it often is impossible to reduce the instant stimulation of our visual culture,  I find solace in black-and-white photography. It focuses my inner lens on the immediate surroundings. It gives balance and nuance to what could easily be lost and not found.

In the Lens section are two images that reflect the simple yet eye-catching functional and utilitarian mechanisms created to build temporary structures. The machine that allowed a huge entranceway to grace the “green” was built as a welcome passage for thousands of past students to visit their alma mater for a weekend of campus life and reunions with alumni and faculty.

There I stood mesmerized by the heft of talent of a simple tool’s design- a design to execute a huge job efficiently. Immediately, my mind thought about the everyday object that has been a part of my entire life: the scissor (Funny, how the mind makes connections.). As conveniences keep multiplying with the new new, the scissor can hardly be beat in design and efficiency.

Technology has been a drive throughout the human journey. Its history repeats and repeats itself by mimicking designs and improving upon them. But I’m amused by how inventions play upon each other, and we seem to miss that all the time.

Tip of the Week: Monochrome Photography Awards, which is an International Black & White Photography Contest, is accepting entries until 29 November 2015. Categories are in two sections – Professional and Amateur. The winners of the main categories (it’s a long list) will compete for the titles: Monochrome Photographer of the Year (Professional) and Monochrome Discovery of the Year (Amateur). Click here to visit their website. On the site is another feature of the contest: “The work of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners (together with further entries that the judges feel are worthy of commendation) from both the professional and amateur sections will be published in Monochrome Photography Awards Annual Book. All names of the Honorable Mention winners will be also included in the book.” Please do review the winners from past years. The work is extraordinary.

Monochrome Photographer of the Year 2014, Professional, Neil Craver (USA)

Monochrome Photographer of the Year 2014, Professional, Neil Craver (USA)

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

http://nadinetomlinson.com/2015/06/15/the-story-of-an-hour/

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-roll-out-the-barrel/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/see-the-small-feel-big/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/light-in-the-garden-for-sally-ds-mobile-photography-blank-and-white-challenge/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-soaring/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-reflections/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-white-around-hastings/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/06/15/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-2/

http://ohmsweetohm.me/2015/06/15/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-2/

https://lrod1726.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/black-and-white/

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/on-taking-the-sea-air-and-avoiding-winter-rain/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/mundane-monday-and-mobile-photography/

http://steve-says.net/2015/06/16/bunk-beds-for-cats/

https://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white/

https://lumar1298.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white/

https://juliepowell2014.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/sallyds-bw-phoneography-simplicity/

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, Design, Human Nature, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Mobile Photography, Photography, Technology, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 54 Comments