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

19 September 2016

Lens:

I. Taken with Camera+ and edited in Snapseed:

1. Black-and-White Abstraction; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Black-and-White Architectural Abstraction; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

II. Taken with Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr:

2. Black-and-White Abstraction Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Black-and-White Architectural Abstraction Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Let me know which you prefer and why. Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.

Pens:

Recently, I watched a video with Ansel Adams, the legendary master of black-and-white photography. The turning point in the execution of his art was the discovery of a process that he called visualization–a process that changed the course of his photography and life.

As Adams explained his idea, I realized that over the last few years most of my work emanates from a similar place…that interior space. It is the place where an instinctual force weds with the internal eye to create the image before it is taken: the precise idea that Adams’s advocated and taught. This reliance on the inner senses has become more and more a drive in my own photography.

As an example I selected the photograph in the Lens section. I took it in 2014, a time when this kind of seeing was becoming more and more apparent to me. While I might be able to envision the subject through my own inner lens, the reality is not always as it would seem.

Statistically, I cannot even state the number of images that I forecast, as opposed to the ones that actually are realized as equivalent to my internal vision. Regardless, the architectural abstraction was exactly as I imagined it. I knew that it had to be converted to black and white, that the light hit the building in just the right angle and place, that it sang with a cadence and rhythm. It was the confluence of a vision between the scene and me. The image became fully actualized in the instant of the seeing and reality in print.

The second image is a photomontage that came to mind as I revisited the image this week. I could see nature wrapped around the graphic lines and shapes. The architectural abstraction became a nod to Mother Nature, a consistent theme in my work.

Visualization is a legacy that has remained a force in the practice and teaching of photography. It’s worthy of the attention that it gets.

Tip of the Week:

Here are a few quotes by Ansel Adams. His poignant words are followed by a link to a YouTube video where he explains his philosophy of visualization.

“In my mind’s eye, I visualize how a particular… sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.”

“…one sees differently with color photography than black-and-white… in short, visualization must be modified by the specific nature of the equipment and materials being used.”

“We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium.”

“To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces.”

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.”

“A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.”

Click here to watch the short film (5:45 minutes) where Adams discusses his theory, which is a way of seeing with the mind’s eye and applying it to the external subject. I suggest that you skip the ad, and click onto the red-orange box to see the updated version.

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park by Ansel Adams

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/09/19/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-white-from-the-cia/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2016/09/19/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-curiosity/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2016/09/19/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2016/09/19/kings-cross-train-station-in-black-and-white/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-white-landscapes/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/09/19/playing-with-goddesses-for-sally-ds-monochrome-challenge/

https://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-2/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/a-cube-of-sunlight/

https://christinejrandall.wordpress.com/2016/09/22/a-daily-walk-in-greyscale/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/09/22/the-act-of-life/

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 would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

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, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

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

Posted in Abstraction, Architecture, Art, Black-and-White Photography, Mobile Photography, Photography, Photomontage, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 32 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (Hibiscus and its Seasonal Finale)

12 September 2016

Lens:

I. Taken with Camera+ and Edited in Snapseed

1. Rose-Mallow Hibiscus; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Rose-Mallow Hibiscus; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

II. Taken in Camera+ and Edited in Snapseed

2. Rose-Mallow Hibiscus; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Rose-Mallow Hibiscus; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Let me know which you prefer and why. Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.

Pens:

The native hibiscus that launch themselves in my gardens during the summer months are as strikingly gorgeous in their dried stage as they are in full bloom. Each flower is short-lived, lasting at most a day and a half as a blossom. Then they fold into themselves in a slow metamorphosis. Usually I rescue a few and bring them inside to watch this extraordinary transformation. It’s not just that they glacially dehydrate, but they become as fascinating in this final stage as they were facing the sun and radiating brilliant orangey-red coloration or white with crimson centers or pink with cranberry hearts. As they dry, they seem to become wings of fancy, wings of eternal truth, wings of desire.

My hope was to show you what I see in that final resting stage. I took close to one hundred images, and none, I mean none, showed what enlivened my spirit and soul.

In the Lens section is another hibiscus that was in bloom this week. I wrapped my thoughts around its seductive ways. Its design awed my senses and drew me into its color, lines, shapes, and tones.

There is a truth in the way that we see what is in our visual universe. What attracts us fills our mind’s eye for seconds or minutes or hours. Still, there are times when what appears in front of us can never ever be reproduced as our brains and minds imagine. Those dried native hibiscus will remain in view as a reminder of this connection and disconnection. With clarity I find it comforting that sometimes the experience is much more vital than the desire to record and try to replicate it.

Tip of the Week:

Indonesian photographer Nordin Seruyan is well-known as a professional artist who specializes in macro photography. Seruyan creates a magical small kingdom that seems unreal in its reality. He captures the natural world that surrounds us, and allows us to see all the unnoticed aspects that are not privy to the naked eye. His photographs speak volumes about the invisible world that surrounds us. View his work here and here.

macro-photography-by-nordin-seruyan

Macro Photography by Nordin Seruyan

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-heart-of-a-rose/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/mobile-photo-challenge-macro-kimono/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/sally-ds-macro-challenge/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-fallen-leaf/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-up-close-and-personal-with-a-fungi/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/macro-2/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/facts-and-memories-what-you-recall/

https://christinejrandall.wordpress.com/2016/09/18/arctotheca-calendula-capeweed/

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 would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

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, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

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

Posted in Art, Inspiration, Macro Photography, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 40 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature: (Geranium and Hibiscus Photomontage)

05 September 2016

Lens:

Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved.

Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.

Pen:

This summer I’ve mused about  my passion–really an obsession–for the floral beauties geranium and hibiscus. They enter my visual language and will not relent. For so many reasons this attention to their seduction brings a sense of freedom to me. Stilling their presence has become part of the season’s mental and photographic palette for my work.

It may not surprise that each blossom from a geranium or hibiscus generates ramblings about time. They seize my thoughts and words land. Stages of their summer flight builds. In bloom geraniums last for days. Hibiscus, however, are briefly here, blooming large and vibrant and gone overnight.

“Paean to Geraniums and Hibiscus”

Liberating time’s extension                                                                                                                 Is there a refuge for the past                                                                                                               Where memories hide                                                                                                                      Where they rest for eternity.

The morning raining of blossoms has its own liberation                                                                                   Freeing thoughts, allowing the present to take hold.

Purity reigns where compulsion usually stands                                                                   Soothing a soul to linger.

Freeing the body to stay exactly where it has been for hours                                                 Knowing that a lazy ushering of the day is a blue-moon occasion.

Surrendering to her magical spell, enchanting my spirit                                                          And arising with a new sense of her hold on me.

A hold that is enriched with heavy sounds of life’s cycling                                                                       I am comforted, all anxiety dissipates.

Being is being                                                                                                                                Breathing with new slow thoughts, emotions growing.

Soul lapping the moments of clarity. ~~ Sally W. Donatello

In the Lens section is a tribute to the geranium and hibiscus, joining them in color and design elements. They dance together and fuse in harmony.

Tip of the Week:

If you haven’t seen Ami Vitale’s work, then you must. Vitale is a Nikon Ambassador and a National Geographic photographer. Her photographic philosophy centers around “living the story.” Here is an interview that is found on  National Geographic’s website and part of their From Through the Lens series. The article is “Why Photos Should be ‘So Much More than Beautiful” (published 09 August 2016).

Excerpts from the interview. Click here to read more and see more of her work on her website.

What is the perfect photograph? “I see lots of technically beautiful images. They are perfect in every way, but for me, it has to be so much more than just beautiful. The image needs to have soul. It needs to make me think and have meaning behind it. I also look at how images work together. It’s not just one perfect photograph that matters. Visual storytelling is different from making a single, ‘perfect’ image. The images must work together to create an understanding of a place and culture.”

What is the most important advice you can give emerging photographers? “You’ve got to find a project you really care about and work on it for years. Make it yours. Make it unique. Don’t shoot what you think people are going to like. Shoot from your heart and find your own style and passion.”

Ami Vitale, NIkon Ambassador

Ami Vitale, Nikon Ambassador

View other entries from this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/sally-d-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-mountaintop-experience/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/sunset/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/fire-in-the-sky-sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2016/09/05/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-natures-farewell-to-summer/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/sally-ds-smart-phone-nature-challenge-introducing-the-watermelon-cactus/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-cornwall-park-in-silk-painting/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-wild-flowers/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/seasons-of-life-nature/

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 would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

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, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

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

Posted in Art, Macro Photography, Mobile Photography, Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, Photomontage, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 43 Comments

Sally D’ Mobile Photography Challenge: Editing and Processing (Photomontage: Heart Lands)

29 August 2016

Lens:

Seasonal Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Spring and Summer Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.

Pens:

28 August 2016

“Heart Lands”

Meticulously, each season unfolds into the “heart” lands.                                                           Pumping with a gentle energy that courses through the soul.                                         Teaming with a determination to push through the earth’s layers.

Spirit, ego, disposition, behavior.                                                                                             Spring, summer, autumn, winter.

Each a harvest of the “heart”lands.                                                                                                    Each a remnant of the past in the present.

A petal, a flower, a place, a time,                                                                                                Spatial planes reveal everything and nothing.

Questions arise, continuing,                                                                                                        Never fully answered.

Simply inciting and instigating. ~~ Sally W. Donatello

In the Lens section is my latest experimentation with photomontage. “Heart Lands” combines spring and summer floral beauties. They become a landscape of the heart—my heart. But they also are forms and lines and symbols of the seasons–seasons whose rhythms chart our lives through the earth’s bounty.

Tip of the Week:

“I wish to blur the firm boundaries which we self-certain people tend to delineate           around all we can achieve.” ~~ Hannah Höch

“[She] rejected adult-world conformity in favor of youthful nonsense (which) offered a means of circumventing the strict and serious rules that govern thought, language, and meaning.”
Nicole Rudick (managing editor of The Paris Review) on Hannah Höch

German-born Hannah Höch (1889-1978) was a photographer, specializing in photomontage. She studied art in Berlin, and later joined the Dadaists. Höch’s work was deeply embedded in the technique of photomontage, which she refined through a cut-and-paste approach. Pablo Picasso’s Cubist artwork was an influence. Mostly, it was her passion for photomontage that allowed her to speak about her ideology, both politically and socially, especially her criticism of the Weimar German Government. Her signature series was the Dadaist dolls, which echoed her views about gender roles. In many ways she was a pioneer in the early feminist movement.

The Art Story, which is a website about modern art and its style and philosophy from 1860s to the 1970s, has the following to say about the early modernist Hannah Höch:

“Höch was a key progenitor of the self-conscious practice of collaging diverse photographic elements from different sources to make art. This strategy of combining formerly unrelated images to make sometimes startling, sometimes insightful connections was one that came to be adopted by many Dada and Surrealist artists of her era, and also by later generations of ‘post-modern’ conceptual artists in other media, including sculptural installations, mixed media and moving images, as well as in still photography. Höch also helped expand the notion of what could be considered art by incorporating found elements of popular culture into “higher” art. She was one of many Dadaists to take advantage of such means, but she was both among the first, and one of the most self-consciously explicit in describing the goals and effects of doing so.” I hope that you are inspired by her philosophy and photography.

 

Hannah Hoch

Hannah Hoch

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-editing-processing-windmill/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-editing-the-sunset/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2016/08/29/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/sally-ds-smart-phone-challenge-editing-street-life/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-seeing-things/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-having-fun-with-editing/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/sally-d-mobile-photography-challenge-editing-and-processing/

https://artalsolife.com/2016/08/30/

https://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-editing-a-photo-with-apps/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-mind-the-cognitive-gap/

https://christinejrandall.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/bees-in-equalized-colour/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/discover-what-you-look-for/

 

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 would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

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, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

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

 

Posted in Art, Macro Photography, Mobile Photography, Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, Photomontage, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 53 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Travel from Coast to Coast)

22 August 2016

Lens:

Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

The World on my Shoulders Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Dreamscape Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Pens:

I close my eyes and its tomorrow. Where is that moment that I was just experiencing? Where is yesterday’s dream today? It’s partly there and here, which makes for a truly esoteric and ethereal thinking point. Part of this philosophical small rant leads me to contemplate a mystical image that has been floating in my thoughts for years.

Most of my adult years I’ve longed to view the earth from above and through cloud covering, where I could fawn over colors and designs of the (variegated) terrain and waters below. There have been times that a vantage point gave me a prominent place to recreate the visual state in my mind. Still, that vision has not been realized in its fullest.

To cite a few threads of my experiences, I’ve been on mountain tops, peered from airplane windows, been entranced by views from atop skyscrapers, floated in a hot air balloon, basked in the wake of flight in a small two-seater plane, zip lined through giant redwoods… I am not an adventurer of the daredevil sort. Simple grasping opportunities that sometimes test my mind’s definition of “I can do” or grasping the experience.

Most of our lives are lived in the shroud of search—search for place and self. Who we are, where we are, what we do, what we want to do, how to do it, who to share our lives. That search never dissipates, or at least if it does the passion often reduces or subsides.

I believe my passion for nature in high and low places is much about my own journey for self-discovery, self-direction, self-exploration, and self-management. I’ve always believed that if we love and nurture ourselves, then we can extend that ourselves to others.

The dream of camera in hand and edging my way on cloud formations has not materialized. And so I imagine that this attention to photomontage is part of my search for life’s meaning, meaning for me that emanates from the connection between nature and human nature.

I believe that experience is one of the best lessons of life. Maybe those past vantage points were preparation for my current attention to photomontage. Still part of me was stunned when I created a close replica of one of my dream-like visions of the real and surreal world seen below from on high.

Photography is noticing. Photomontage takes multiple ways of seeing and joins them as one.

In the Lens section is that composite image that reaches to the place of my dreams. One photograph was taken on the East Coast and the other on the West Coast of the United States. Together they are more complete.

Awakening drifts of thought.                                                                                                     Climbing toward beneficent clouds of glorious unfolding.                                                          Ledges to rest, to sit and contemplate the horizon below.                                                          Filled with instructions to live life, maybe even the good life.                                                     Human invention escapes patterns to create celestial platforms.                                              Allowing the mind to peek through eons of time and space. ~~ Sally W. Donatello

Tip of the Week:

Photographer Tom Ryabol is known for his rooftopping in urban areas, camera in hand and shooting the world from city buildings. In my dreams I want to be him. A few words from Ryabol to explain his view as a voyeur of urban places through his lens:

“For me, photography will always be closely tied to travelling. I like to travel, see the world, where I hope to learn something, grow, and maybe leave something behind. Naturally, somewhere along the line, I wanted to capture some of these moments. The camera allowed me to capture beautiful places, interesting people, and sometimes even myself. Over time, taking pictures has become closely associated to that blissful place in my mind reserved for traveling. So now, when I’m not traveling, the camera has become my tool for escape, to places I’ve been, and places I want to go.”

Click above onto rooftopping to see some of his prints and here to see a time-lapse video about the city of Toronto called “City Rising (2012).” Hope that you were inspired by his work.

P.S.:*************************** Today I am adding photomontage as a category for Challenger’s Choice. To read more about this photographic technique, please return to my last four posts, beginning 18 July through 15 August. If you have any question, please contact me.

Rooftopping, 2012, Tom Ryabol

Rooftopping, 2012, Tom Ryabol

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-casual-intensity/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/sally-ds-mobile-challenge-photographers-pick/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2016/08/22/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-morning-shadows/

https://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengees-choice/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/08/25/food-food-glorious-food/

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 would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

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, Photomontage, 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, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 38 Comments

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

15 August 2016

Lens:

I. Photomontage Converted to Black and White: Taken in Camera+, edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

1. Raindrops and Sunset I; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Raindrops and Sunset, Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

II. Photomontage Prior to Conversion to Black and White: Taken in Camera+, edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

2. Sunset and Reflections, Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Sunset and Reflections, Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Let me know which you prefer and why. Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.

Pens:

Reflections of raindrops linger throughout the day and night, throughout the seasons, throughout life’s seesaw-ing moments. They infiltrate my visual journey. Instinctively, I watch for those mirroring formations. I survey my universe in a discreet manner, really not consciously. When I stumble upon or serendipitously discover various formations of those tiny globes, I am lured, attentive to their mysterious performances.

Months ago while the sun cast its light upon afternoon droplets that were clinging to the garden’s bounty, I was drawn to a single stem with a duet of reflections. Each droplet seem to hold the universe in its interior. The world inside seemed a microcosm that incited inspection. Sometimes that world is so simple that it is extraordinary in its plainness. Those tiny spheres revealed a microcosm of nature, one that inspired inventiveness and playfulness.

In the Lens section is an original photograph (#2) of a photomontage made from the combination of a summer’s sunset and those two droplets. The two images blended together as though meant to accompany each other’s journey, mostly in my head.

Reflections conjure more than what is before our visual awareness. They ask us to go deeper into our psyche and search for meaning, to not necessarily take the image for face value.

As I combined the two images, the reflections with their small earthscapes reminded me of the fragility and strength of the land. Those water droplets exemplify the confluence between nature and human nature.

While the globe of cosmic space would be real whether I saw it or not, my recognition of its existence binds our connection. These teeny mirrors express whatever is before them, sizzling or subtlety acknowledging the universe’s dynamics.

Tip of the Week:

Quotes about water that inspire:

“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.” ~~ Kahil Gibran

“I must go seek dewdrops here, And hang a pearl on every cowslip’s ear.” William Shakespeare

“We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” Jacques Cousteau

“Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.” The Buddha

“All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was,” ~~ Toni Morrison

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” ~~ Rumi

View entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-black-and-white-beans/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2016/08/15/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/sky-watch-sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-marine-parade-napier/

https://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white/

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-whitelandscape/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/over-in-a-second/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/in-deepest-shade/

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 would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

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.

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (and Summer Flowers)

08 August 2016

Lens:

I. Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed:

1. Hibiscus in Morning Light; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Native Hibiscus in Morning Light; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

II. Each photograph taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed, Polamatic and combined using Pixlr:

2. Still Life with Hibiscus and Hydrangea and Geranium Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Native Hibiscus, Hydrangea and Geranium Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Let me know which you prefer. Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.

Pens:

Please allow me to indulge my latest diversion where I am deeply immersed in the exploration of photomontage. This genre of photography builds images that also can be called a photographic montage or composite photograph or photo collage or photo montage or… I seem to navigate toward photomontage; it says how I define my own work.

In the past I thought about photomontage more in terms of double exposure and collage, but historically there are a wide range of possibilities. And in the current digital age there is even a wider array of techniques with editing software. Experimentation is the key as well as discovering the tools that blend with one’s sensibilities.

These multi-layered stories have a long history of capturing the attention of image makers. The artist that is given accolades for first using this photographic technique was the Victorian photographer Oscar Rejlander (1813-1875). He combined images in the analog darkroom, using multiple negatives. In the beginning most results circled around superimposing one photograph on top of the other. Or bits and pieces of an image selectively placed (very much like we cut and paste today). Over centuries innovators have pushed the boundaries, and the work amazes and startles. Mostly, the narratives draw the viewer to delve into an imagery world that is created with photographs taken in real time.

The Dadaists (e.g., John Heartfield, Hannah Hoch, Kurt Schwitters, Beatrice Wood) and Surrealists (e.g., Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Andre Breton) from the twentieth century furnished their own interpretation of composite images. Here are others from the twentieth and twenty-first century who have different styles and vision of joining images to create one anew: Scott Mutter, George Grosz, David Hockney, Jerry Uelsmann, Peter Kennard, Paul Cava, Romare Bearden, Adrian Brannan.

Since I am a semi-purist the enticement for this technique was not clear until I stepped inside its dimensions–dimensions that continue to curl around my spirit, and encourage my own way of joining two or more images. One of the benefits of this technique is how much concentration is needed to create and then meditate on the outcome. Silence is mandatory. Excitement and surprise demanded.

In the Lens section is an example. Since it is macro week, the first image is the close up view of a particularly colorful and elegant native Hibiscus. Last week this base of the hibiscus flower shouted brilliance with a subtle and triumphant touch. Its flare worked well along side of a still life from last month: geranium and hydrangea up cozy and friendly in a mason jar. In combination the image is celebratory jazz: a bouquet of optimism.

Tip of the Week:

Quotes by some of the most noted photomontage photographers:

“I’m a pilgrim on the edge, on the edge of my perception. We are travelers at the edge, we are always at the edge of our perceptions.” ~~ Scott Mutter (American, 1944-2008)

“I go and see anything that’s visually new, any technology that’s about picture-making. The technology won’t make the picture different, but someone using it will. ” ~~ David Hockney (English, b. 1937)

“It’s equally hard and labor intensive to create an image on the computer as it is in a darkroom. Believe me.” Jerry Uelsmann (American, b. 1934)

“I would like to show the world today as an ant sees it and tomorrow as the moon sees it. ~~ Hannah Hoch (German, 1789-1978)

"Cut with the Kitchen Knife Through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany, 1919-1920, Hannah Hoch

“Cut with the Kitchen Knife Through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany, 1919-1920, Hannah Hoch

View entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-reflections-in-a-drop/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/fossils-sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/sall-ds-mobile-photography-macros-of-a-different-motiv/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/up-close-look-at-this-summer-bounty-for-sally-ds-macro-challenge/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-corn-tassel/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/08/11/macro/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/08/11/resilient-like-a-flower/

https://rfljenksy.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/nature-and-people-and-places/

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 would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

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.

 

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park)

01 August 2016

Lens:

Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park; Copyright © 2014 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park; Copyright © 2014 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Pens:

Recently, I was contacted by a member of the Light team to submit an image to their Vantage Point Project that is seen on Pinterest. Light is a new compact camera that combines digital technology (aka Smartphones) with single lens reflex optics. The L16 camera is sold out before it’s even packaged for shipment, which is scheduled for early next year. As I perused their website to learn more, I understand why people are awaiting its debut: its technology breaks the boundaries of past DSLR cameras. [This post acts as my submission to the Project.]

I was asked to choose an image that evokes place—a place that has had immeasurable influence on my life’s journey, especially visually. My photographic archive is stacked with thousands of images. How to select one?

I am a relentless critic and editor of my work, both my photography and writing. If I take hundreds of images, for example, I may like a hand full and love maybe one or two.

Throughout my personal journey life-changing moments have circled around place—place that is at the intersection of human nature and Mother Nature. There is a trio of epiphanies that are a wellspring of these memories. Each occurred in a national park, but they could just as easily happened in my backyard. And they have.

The ones that bubble to the top were in the Southwest and West, where the land alone can build one’s spirituality, and it certainly did mine. That trio happened in Zion National Park (Utah), Cedar Breaks (Utah) and, most recently, Yosemite National Park (California). Yosemite easily has moved into first place as the experience of all experiences.

On a road trip with a dear friend in 2014 we pointed our destination southward to Yosemite. Our starting point was Nevada City, California. Since my first sighting of Northern California, I was in love—in love with the raw land, the effect of the internal visual landscape and the lifestyle. But Yosemite brought those feeling of unflinching reverence for nature to an inner place that stilled and rocked my soul all at once. Tears welled and my soul expanded.

The image that I selected for today’s challenge and Light’s Vantage Point Project is the quintessential memory of that occasion: my first sighting of this remarkable national park. But even as the photograph freezes and punctuates a moment in real time, the image as story boldly marks more than a visual replica. This single image of Yosemite had a transformative effect: one that is forever engraved in the mind’s way of seeing and interpreting.

I selected this image for its lasting effect, but also because it evokes a specific message: nature is the quintessential master of the universe, and human nature is but a small element in Mother Nature’s wonderment. I decided to convert the photograph to monochrome, because stripping the color removes distractions and helps to emphasize scale. While I had my Nikon DSLR, I used my (then) iPhone 4s, which did capture the sense of place and its majesty.

[On my return from travels to Northern California in spring 2014, I posted about my days at Yosemite National Park, which can be viewed here. The following two paragraphs are my own and included in that 26 May 2014 post.]

With master photographer Ansel Adams’ portfolio and the government’s protection of Yosemite’s wild, this area has become a haven for the world to admire and embrace. It’s a place to disconnect from a world bent on constant connection. It’s a place longing to survive the newness of life and the history of glacier intervention. I felt privileged to bask in the monoliths that hail from the past and live in the present.

For me there is a riveting sense that accompanies the notion that I stood gazing at an expanse that Ansel Adams and environmentalist John Muir coveted. That I saw what they saw. Truly, I could sense a modicum of their emotions and reactions to the bounty of a place that defies what is real to our mind’s eye.

**** If you are interested in participating in Light’s Vantage Point Project, click here and express your interest on their website. Under the header view their Support page, and you’ll find information to contact them. ****

Tip of the Week:

Hope that you read and reread this quotes by environmentalists from the twentieth century who were unquestionable two of America’s greatest advocates for the conservation, preservation and protection of the wild.

John Muir (1838-1914)

“Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.” from Our National Parks, (1901)

“Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. Here grow the wallflower and the violet. The squirrel will come and sit upon your knee, the logcock will wake you in the morning. Sleep in forgetfulness of all ill. Of all the upness accessible to mortals, there is no upness comparable to the mountains.” from John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938

“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”

Ansel Adams (1902-1984)

“When I’m ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my mind’s eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I’m interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.”

“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”

“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.”

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-mist-and-flowers/

https://christinejrandall.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/natural-abstraction/

https://roamingurbangypsy.com/2016/08/01/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-evening-at-the-lake/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/a-change-in-the-weather/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/sally-ds-smart-device-challenge-nature-the-wonders-of-central-mexico/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/sally-ds-mobile-photography-proud-to-be-ge-free/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-natures-queen/

https://christinejrandall.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/natural-abstraction/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-lemon-tree-blossoms/

https://lumar1298.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-spider/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/mobile-photography-challenge-macro-bees/

https://raleighcatdaddy.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/sally-ds-mobile-photo-challenge-nature/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/nature-of-love-2/

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 would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

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.

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Still Life in Nature)

25 July 2016

Lens:

Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

Forest Primeval Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Ever-Changing Forest, Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.

Pens:

A human trait that keeps us re-imagining and re-inventing ourselves is reflected in self-expression and self- exploration. We search and find, find and search for those bits and pieces of our life’s journey that not only spark our creativity, but also keep us afloat with what we can be and do individually. This short diatribe re-introduces my latest quest to push my own level of possibilities.

Photomontage has taken over my thoughts. It has opened my path to see beyond what I usually see. I began this adventure about a week and a half ago, and have immersed myself in its various dimensions. To still a moment in time and space is to memorialize the visualization and its layers of meaning. A photograph can be seen for the obvious, or can expose its components.

In a photomontage those components multiply and are made of either desperate or inextricably linked images. In my brief jump into this genre (that is, through the digital darkroom), I have blended two images and as many as five. For me it’s not about the number of images, but the re-interpretation of the original. Sometimes my intention is blown away. While at others the completed image fulfills my intent. And sometimes the result moves vastly past my thoughts. One of the most compelling parts of this creative process is the unknowing.

What will transpire in the re-imaging of that framed moment? How do I know when to curtail the process, doing just enough to produce an image that actually is (to me) more powerful or intriguing than the original? Why even make a photomontage? My responses to these queries are being examined as I experiment.

What I can say is that it is a completely energizing experience. It’s as though my inner lens is mining for the visual story that builds the elements of the past into the present. It’s remarkably intriguing.

Photomontage is a continual aesthetic and method class: construction and re-construction and construction anew. The final image is a still (life) image made by the  re-interpretation.

This direction places me on a new trajectory. It lifts me into the world of my inner seeing, building layers within and outside of my visual universe. Regardless, my photographic eye continues to define and refine. As part of this evergreen process, a composite photograph is created using intertwined stories—stories that mirror life’s journey.

In the Lens section is an image that reflects nature as the past and present. The composite image was created with four photographs: each portrays nature. The final photomontage is an ever-changing forest: a reflection of nature and human nature’s tinkering. The original image is part of the entrance to a path that moves along a creek. The area is maintained by the city, and the foreground of my composition is a mowed area, showing human nature’s hand in the natural world.

“We” think that there is a separation between nature and human nature, but humans always have been entwined with Mother Nature. In those seamless times we measure and value all living things as one.

Tip of the Week:

Gary Winogrand (1928-1984) was an American photographer who recorded everyday urban street life from the 1950s through the early 1980s. He also is an icon in the history of documentary photography. During his life he had champions of his images, but his early death occurred before his work was fully appreciated. Read more about Winogrand and view his work here. The following are a few of his quotes that make me think deeper about the photographic moment. Whether you agree with Winogrand or not, each quote does evoke a response.

“There is no special way a photograph should look.”

“You have a lifetime to learn technique. But I can teach you what is more important than technique, how to see; learn that and all you have to do afterwards is press the shutter.”

“Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed.”

“The photograph should be more interesting or more beautiful than what was photographed.”

"John F.Kennedy, Democratic National Convention, Los-Angeles," 1960, Gary Winogrand

“John F.Kennedy, Democratic National Convention, Los-Angeles,” 1960, Gary Winogrand

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-still-life/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2016/07/25/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/challenges-choice-pop-sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/10646/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/smart-device-photos-from-mexico/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-alone-on-the-road/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/turning-the-lights-on-for-matariki/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/

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 would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

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.

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White (Experiment with Photomontage)

18 July 2016

Lens:

Both photographs were taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr.

1. Hydrangea with Beam of Light; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Hydrangea Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Hydrangea with Beam of Light; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Hydrangea Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Let me know which you prefer. Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.

Pens:

Lately, I’ve had the urge to delve into photomontage, which I enjoyed during the analog days. Whether incorporating two photographs or more, the results (surprisingly) can be rewarding to the image maker and viewer.

My first experience was overlaying one image onto another and creating an intriguing otherworldly scene. The second experiment had five images and became a story of deep personal meaning. A feature of this method is a built-in continuum of possibilities that are difficult to realize with one image. Still, one does not want to make the final photograph too complex.

Questions arise. Will the viewer be able to discern the layers of introspection? Or even see the palette of time included? Why create multiple images that drift across the small frame? Does the final image become more aesthetically pleasing than the originals? Why not make a diptych or triptych? Do this technique make a better image? Does it matter?

I believe a worthy photograph must evoke (on some level) an emotional response: curiosity, joy, sadness, surprise, or…The history of the final image may be illusive, the image itself may be illusive, but the photograph must have an appeal in whatever visual arena it inhabits.

The photomontage acts almost as though it is a visual short story where the narrative skips back and forth across the frame. That energy and movement appeals to my aesthetic, which usually pushes the “simpler-is-better” philosophy.

In the Lens section are two images that are the result of my initial experimentation with this technique. The discovery of the app Pixlr boosted my enthusiasm, and a quick tutorial on YouTube gave me the confidence to dive into its features. Over the last few days I have created photomontages that consist of two to five photographs. Each surprisingly appealing, at least to me.

Photographs in the Lens section are made from two images that were taken months apart, and have no relationship to each other. But now they are inextricably bound together, creating a third narrative. It’s quite intriguing.

A few of the others were made with the sole purpose of combining photographs that had a relationship by subject or theme. The blend of several images build another story that now serves as a gateway for reinterpretation.

These experiments sent me back in time to my basement that served as my first darkroom. That space spirited miracles in small doses. To bring an image alive in the dark is beyond description. In that space time seemed to halt as I discovered a world of black and white–a world that is simulated (not replicated) in today’s digital darkroom.

Still, as an image maker I feel immense joy as I build a photomontage and reach the apex of my intentions or step into serendipity. This experimental phase tests my perceptions and understanding of how I see the world and record it. The experience gives me pause to consider the direction of my photography.

The creative process is a limitless exercise in self-expression, self-directedness, and aesthetics. It has no bounds, only possibilities to re-imagine, re-invent, re-create my individual way of seeing the journey called life.

Tip of the Week: The master photographer Robert Frank (b. 1924) is immortalized in a recently-released video called “Don’t Blink–Robert Frank” (runs an hour and 22 minutes). I’ve written about Frank’s contribution to the oeuvre of photographic history, and this post re-emphasizes how important his body of work continues to be. Frank has influenced and inspired scores of artists and non-artists. Now in his 90s he especially is known for his ground-breaking documentation of Americans–people who can be described as everyday folk. That was the 1950s, and the result was The Americans (1958). This book changed the trajectory of modern photography. That work continues and became his signature. He also developed a keen sense of the landscape that he first discovered driving across the United States, and visiting small and larger towns to record the nuances of American life that are found in The Americans. Later in his career he became know for his avant-garde films. To read a review about the video, click here. The film was released in theaters on 13 July 2016.

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-casting-a-long-shadow/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-b-w-bells/

https://inthezone2001.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/details-summer216-a-to-z-letters-i-j-k/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/smart-device-black-and-white-challenge-summer-grasses/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-white-impressions/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-on-the-road/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white/

https://lumar1298.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-sand-dunes/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/mobile-photography-bnw-and-iphone-fun-facts/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/07/21/days-of-daisy/

https://christinejrandall.wordpress.com/2016/07/24/bw-rural-living-scenery/

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 would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

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.

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