Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (Leaves and Reflections Photomontage)

05 December 2016

Lens:

1. Autumnal Leaves and Reflection Photomonatge; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Autumnal Leaves and Reflections Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Autumnal Leaves and Reflection Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Autumnal Leaves and Reflections Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

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

Pens:

There is a point within the later days of this season when the landscape is saturated with autumnal presence, and the promise of warmer days are stilled for months. The shorter days affect moods, and usher into our lives a rearrangement of outdoor activities. Oh, only a few weeks before the days begin their ascent toward spring.

The land is no longer alive with hues that perk our visual universe. We must be satisfied with more monochromatic tones. Scenes of plenty are quiet, and it’s time to concentrate and focus on an inner culture of hibernation and transition.

Today, as in the last few, is encumbered by winds and grey skies. But sway in the treetops take my thoughts away from the chill, and push my sights to the last of the acorns and leaves bouncing and drifting downward. The winds are fierce and strip the trees almost bare of foliage.

On the ground and coating my gardens leaves continue their various stages of coloration, and relinquish their original duty for a new one. For a while I will be spreading these golden treasures and placing them into compose bins. I secure certain ones for drying and to watch their transformation from one kind of captivating beauty to another.

It helps to divert the mind from winter’s forecast and center on autumn’s gifts. It helps to divert my mind and center on nature as sanctuary no matter the season, no matter her apparent visual expressions and underlining stories. She is omniscience.

Tip of the Week:

“I am interested primarily in what Emerson called the integrity of natural objects. Natural places too have their integrity. They express wholeness and individuality, and it is this sense of place that is the foundation of my work.” –Philip Hyde

Along with Ansel Adams photographer Philip Hyde (1921-2006) had a strong influence on the environmental movement in the United States. From the Sierra Club’s website and description of its history, here is Hyde’s contribution: “He first photographed for the Sierra Club in 1950 as official photographer on the summer Sierra Club High Trip with David Brower. Many people refer to Philip Hyde as the underappreciated master landscape photographer of the 20th century. His photographs participated in more environmental campaigns than those of any other photographer. At the birth of the modern environmental movement, he was one of the primary illustrators of the groundbreaking Sierra Club Exhibit Format Series. He dedicated his life to defending western American wilderness, working with the Wilderness Society, National Audubon, and others. His color photographs changed landscape photography as they helped to establish color photography as a fine art…. Hyde dedicated his life to the portrayal and protection of wilderness chiefly through photography.”

Hyde’s photograph, “Cathedral In The Desert, Glen Canyon, Utah, 1964” was cited by American Photo Magazine as one of the top one hundred photographs of the twentieth century. To read more about him and see his work, click here.

"Mountains and Deserts: A Portfolio of Twelve Lithographic Prints," 1973, by Philip Hyde

“Mountains and Deserts: A Portfolio of Twelve Lithographic Prints,” 1973, by Philip Hyde

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-early-morning/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-falling-leaves-at-sunrise/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2016/12/05/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/back-lit-trees-sally-ds-nature-challenge/

https://rfljenksy.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/smiles/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/natural-light/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/mobile-photo-challenge-nature/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-false-olive/

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.

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

28 November 2016

Lens:

I. Taken in Camera+ and edited in Hipstamatic, Stackables and Pixlr

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

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

II. Taken in Camera+ and edited in Hipstamatic and Stackables

2. Autumnal Scenario; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Autumnal Scenario; 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:

Years of palpable uncertainty are in my country’s future. Everyone needs an instant escape mechanism to shelter their souls from the day-to-day news—news that carries an unsettling forecast of what is yet to be. What to do? Lately I’ve longed to believe that I had awoken to a parallel universe, and all I had to do was wait until sleep came again and I arose in my real world. Alas, to no avail. Then I began to invent a monumental science fiction scenario that in few ways was healing. Meta-narratives continued to enter my mind’s neediness.

Last week on a crisp morning I set out on my daily walk in blustery weather that mimicked my mood. Suddenly, I spied flattering clouds swiftly crossing the skyline, giving me a dose of supreme contentment for a nanosecond. That illusion of a sweet state of mind was followed by an autumnal scene that was simple in its storytelling. Still, my thoughts were diverted by the natural wonders before me.

Nature is my sanctuary. She is the repository of the world’s ambition, even in the path of human intervention.

In nature I loose time, the sense of boundaries release themselves. I no longer care about time, its dimensions and meaning. It’s the equivalent of flow in photography or any creative endeavor or activity where the mind becomes one with the doing. Some inner force becomes in charge, and I am tranquil.

I am relieved of the ticking. Time is relinquished, it’s on its own as it should be.

Tip of the Week:  Daisy Gilardini is an accomplished wildlife photographer who is widely known and respected for her work documenting nature in extreme environments. She is especially captivated by the polar bear. From her website:

” Many times I tried to understand this irresistible attraction to the Polar Regions, which I would define almost as an addiction or obsession. These extreme adventures transport me out of my ordinary worldliness leading me in a voyage of self-discovery….If human kind wants to survive and evolve with our planet we have to act responsibly, by acknowledging with humility that Nature is not depended by us but we are dependent by Nature….While science provides the data necessary to explain issues and suggest solutions, photography symbolizes these issues. Science is the brain, while photography is the heart and we need to reach people’s heart and emotions in order to move them to action, for Nature and for us.”

The results of Gilardini’s environmental expeditions can be seen in her books such as Bear Tales and Polar Wonders.

"Hitching a Ride," Wapusk National park, Canada, 2016, by Daisy Gilardini

“Hitching a Ride,” Wapusk National Park, Canada, 2016, by Daisy Gilardini

View other entries for this week’s challenge :

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-all-ears/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/west-facing-photomontage-for-sally-ds-mobile-photo-challenge/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-the-tea-house-goddess/

https://netdancer.com/2016/11/28/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-landscape/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/chihulys-basket-series/

https://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice/

https://artalsolife.com/2016/11/30/the-fernery-2/

https://lumar1298.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-nature-of-flowers/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/12/01/13601/

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 Digital Art, Mobile Photography, Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, Photomontage, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 39 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White (and Washington Square Park Photomontage)

21 November 2016

Lens:

Taken in Camera+ and edited in Hipstamatic and Pixlr

Reflections Where There are None; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Reflections Where There are None; 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:

To escape the pre-election uncertainty, two weeks ago I went northward to visit my grandson in the city that melts, pumps and secures our hearts: New York. It’s THE urban center that has cradled most human experiences and always, always has a way to dazzle.

As a young child my frequent trips by airplane were made to spend a few days with relatives. Today I-95 carries me there in the time that it takes to read half a book or have a lengthy conversation or …

Because of my state of mind, Washington Square Park would be a priority on my last day. This greenspace is a mainstay and respite for residents and the curious. This prized landmark conjures and represents democracy and freedom, culture and diversity, dissent and voice, and historic and historical events.

From the park’s vantage point I surveyed that day’s unfolding, and gazed in comfort upon the Freedom Tower, which boldly stands in distant Lower Manhattan. Since its completion I noticed that this symbol of democracy seems to be visible wherever I wander in New York’s cityscape. Its stellar design and significance magically gives hope.

For a little longer I sat and observed: a deflating balloon sculpture resting against the arch and probably from a previous day’s festivities; the Second Amendment chalked on the path near the fountain; a father playing soccer with his son in the empty fountain; youngsters reading and sunning on the grassy area; dogs strolling with their caretakers. Essentially, people being people.

The day was bright as though good news was to follow. There in that moment and in other places people were feeling that good, mostly optimistic. Only a few days later, that changed.

In the Lens section is the image that stole my attention at Washington Square. The sunlight casting its rays onto the building, which houses bathrooms. Its design and features were emboldened by the light. The strong morning glow gave its angles and lines emphasis to capture my gaze.

On the other side of the park the archway that leads into Washington Square had its own illumination from the morning light. Its guardian came out of the shadow of the arch to salute the symbolism of America’s beginning. George Washington himself was listening and watching; his statute standing high above to inspire all that pass by him and notice.

That arch was built 1889 to commemorate the centennial of Washington’s inauguration. It has seen many cultural and political celebrations and events. Prior to the election Madonna surprised New Yorkers with an impromptu performance to encourage people to vote.

Later in the morning clouds surfaced with a chill in the air. Already the universe and I had an escalating emotions. And so my photomontage has a soft layer of clouds and other shadows that shows Americans’ moodiness and feelings of uncertainty on that day, the days that  followed, now, and those yet to come.

Hope stills looms somewhere in human history’s lessons, and I very much want to latch onto its dimensions.

Tip of the Week:

When I first held my iPhone 4s, I had no inkling that it would within six months become my camera of choice. No offense to my fabulous Nikon DSLR; you will always be part of my photographic tool kit. It’s just that my infatuation with its technology’s abilities grew with it and my current iPhone 6. I always loved that 4s, that is, until it began to self-destruct. Today the 6 is just as much a part of me, an extension of my inner lens.

When I explored the possibilities with that first iPhone, I succumbed (almost instantaneously) to its magical charms. In the honeymoon stage I spent much of my time using the native camera and relying on my instincts. Months later I discovered a few apps that incorporated features of value to photo shoots and others that I could use as part of my digital darkroom–a darkroom that over the last few years makes experimentation a daily occurrence.

One of the earlier apps on my iPhone 4s allowed immediate conversion of the image to black and white. I was smittened. But after a year or so I realized that was not a benefit. I kept stumbling upon articles that reminded me that a color image produces details that are needed to translate accurately an image to black and white. Much is lost if the shot is immediately created in monochrome. I tossed the app, and began to shoot in Camera+. Then conversion to black and white was and is to this day done in another app, usually I’ll use Snapseed. So my suggestion is to use your native camera or other camera app to shoot in technicolor. Then conversion will be oh so much better and more accurate.

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-fountain/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/mobile-photography-challeng-bw-space-needle/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/black-and-white-lilacs/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-hawaiian-flower/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-green-point/

https://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-3/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-bw/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/glory-of-the-moment/

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 Architecture, Black-and-White Photography, Digital Art, Human Nature, Mobile Photography, Photomontage, Street Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 22 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (“Shadow of our Former Selves” Photomontage)

14 November 2016

Lens:

Taken in Camera+, Mextures, Hipstamatic and Pixlr

Shadow of our Former Self.Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

“Shadow of our Former Selves” 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:

As I completed my latest photomontage, I realized the greater role that my subconscious inserts in the image making. A few days later I gave the completed image the title, “Shadow of our Former Shelves;” the connection with this week’s historic campaign and election in my country suddenly was obvious.

My “subconscious” needed to create the composite photograph to reflect my inner voice’s texture and tone in the aftermath of America’s election. It’s a prime example of how the conscious can be influenced and swayed by the other layers of our brain/mind. It’s a complex and mysterious interaction.

During my walk in the beginning of the week my eye was caught by a leaf in a stage of decomposition, on the sidewalk and for the moment suspended in time. I was entranced with its aestheticism, its fanciful display in the last phase of its existence.

While the leaf still was recognizable, it was a shadow of its original self. Eventually, it would be without definition, and yet at that moment of discovery it spoke loudly about the life cycle, the autumnal season, and forces that conspire to change perception and perspective.

As I was contemplating the image’s transformation into other forms, I realized that it was a tout de force for my reactions to this week’s historic election—an election that catapults my country into a future that will carry a shadowy cloud for four years, and will undoubtedly redefine what our nation represents. I am anxiously agitated at the unknown, the possibilities of human rights and civil liberties being reduced. But also I am profoundly concerned about the health of the planet.

Clouds can exude all kinds of outcomes. There is no crystal ball that can predict America’s future. I only know that day-to-day life will be on the edge for many of us.

Still, I have the promise of nature’s offerings and her steadfast majesty. I plan to advocate more on her behalf, and through image making record her beauty and omnipotence

Tip of the Week:

“Sometimes I spend all day trying to count the leaves on a single tree… Of course I have to give up, but by then I’m half crazy with the wonder of it–the abundance of the leaves, the quietness of the branches, the hopelessness of my effort. And I am in that delicious and important place, roaring with laughter, full of earth-praise.” ~~ Mary Oliver

For something a little different I am introducing Mary Oliver (b. 1935), who is a popular American poet and essayist. Through her observant eye Oliver explores the natural world. The New York Times has called her poems “thoroughly convincing—as genuine, moving, and implausible as the first caressing breeze of spring.”

Here is a sample of her lyricism and devotion to nature:

I thought the earth remembered me,

she took me back so tenderly,

arranging her dark skirts, her pockets

full of lichens and seeds.

I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,

nothing between me and the white fire of the stars

but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths

among the branches of the perfect trees.

All night I heard the small kingdoms

breathing around me, the insects,

and the birds who do their work in the darkness.

All night I rose and fell, as if in water,

grappling with a luminous doom. By morning

I had vanished at least a dozen times

into something better.

from “Sleeping In The Forest” by Mary Oliver

© Mary Oliver

You can read more about Mary Oliver here. Recognition for her writing is wide and broad. She has, for example, won the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work is a gentle and strong reminder of Mother Nature’s power to change our own lives.

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-clinging/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/sally-ds-macro-photo-challenge-the-world-has-become-surreal/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-palm-frond/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/sally-ds-mobile-photography-macro-tools/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/mobile-photography-macro-butterflies/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-gazania/

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 Digital Art, Macro Photography, Mobile Photography, Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, Photomontage, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (and Longwood Gardens Photomontages)

07 November 2016

Lens:

Taken with Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

1. Longwood Gardens Photomontage #1 ; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Longwood Gardens Photomontage #1 ; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Longwood Gardens Photomontage #2 ; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Longwood Gardens Photomontage #2 ; 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:

In this election season that has induced much anxiety and stress, nature becomes even more crucial to my day. And so it was easy to transport myself to Longwood Gardens, which is a frequent sanctuary for my well-being.

While strolling the grounds and meandering through the conservatory, I was struck with a particular plant that evoked a deeply-felt response. I was a voyeur that witnessed the delicacy of time through a bonsai’s glacial growth. A pomegranate tree (Punica granatum, Southwest Asia), whose training began in 1910, astonished my sensibilities and rationality. I’ve seen this plant on many occasions, but this visit I really saw it.

There on this miniature tree was a sizable fruit, similar to what one would purchase during this season. Because of its juxtaposition to the plant that one fruit seemed larger than life itself. I was pulled into its story and its longevity. Time stood still with the bonsai’s minimalism, and yet it was wearing a centenarian’s coat.

In the Lens section are my two responses to that scene–that scene that made the other bonsai trees nearby fade into the background, as the pomegranate stood boldly statuesque. My interpretations are layered in a soft and more pronounced seeing of its aged stoicism.

Time shapes our language and our lives. We speak and think and know that time ticks to a certain cadence. Nevertheless, my concept of time and someone’s else tracks differently. It’s not simply one’s perspective that makes time’s meaning slide along a personal continuum. But it’s the rhythm that sways, for example, from a clock’s hand to a sundry of possibilities, including Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

My vision of time runs with certainty through nature’s pathways. On most of my days its story transcends the expected, and situates itself in an untouchable realm—a realm that teeters between irrationality and rationality.

That makes perfect sense to me. While I can feel the weight of time in increments, I also can be lifted to new heights with its intangible gifts.

Tip of the Week:

Self-taught artist Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902-2002) was a noted Latin American photographer who was considered one of the founders of modern photography. His Mexican roots were a signature for his work. During his earlier days of photography he met and worked with such other luminaries as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Tina Moditti, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. He has been praised as a “poet of the lens,” especially telling the story of Mexico, its culture and people. He was feted and honored worldwide, and his work was exhibited in hundreds of exhibitions. Throughout his life he continued to produce work, the greatest volume being done between 1920s and 1990s. In an obituary from The New York Times (“Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Photographer, Dies at 100” by Jonathan Kandell, 21 October 2002; view here) Kandell wrote,

“…Mexican artists emerged as the vanguard and political conscience of a revolution whose radicalism was already waning. Such muralists as Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros strove to depict the socialist country that they hoped Mexico would eventually become. Rivera said, ”The painter who does not feel attuned to the aspirations of the masses — this man may not produce a work of art.” Mr. Alvarez Bravo shared that ideology. Before the 16th-century Spanish conquest of the Aztecs, he wrote, ”all art was of the people, and popular art has never ceased to exist in Mexico.” His subjects became workers and peasants and Indian life in the provinces. But Mr. Alvarez Bravo almost always managed to portray them in unconventional ways and through compelling images.”

Quotes by Bravo:

“The word ‘art’ is very slippery. It really has no importance in relation to one’s work. I work for the pleasure, for the pleasure of the work, and everything else is a matter for the critics.”

“I just get the will to do it.  I don’t plan a photograph in advance…  I work by impulse.  No philosophy.  No ideas.  Not by the head but by the eyes.  Eventually inspiration comes-instinct is the same as inspiration, and eventually it comes.”

“The Daughter of the Dancers,” 1933, by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Throckmorton Fine Art Gallery

“The Daughter of the Dancers,” 1933, by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Throckmorton Fine Art Gallery

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-leaf-it-alone/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/mobile-photography-nature-sunset/

https://netdancer.com/2016/11/07/

https://dancingpalmtrees.com/2016/11/06/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-seeing-nature-in-new-ways/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/sally-ds-mobile-photography-storm-clouds-are-gathering/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/withered-glory/

https://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/sally-d-s-mobile-photography-challenge-nature/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/the-bells-that-still-can-ring/

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, Digital Art, Language, Mobile Photography, Nature, Nature Photography, Photomontage, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Editing and Processing (Forest Light Photomontage #2)

31 October 2016

Lens:

Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

Forest Light Photomontage #2; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Forest Light Photomontage #2; 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:

Storytelling grows from oral, visual and written traditions. Most of us are better at oral storytelling, which is how our families pass down rituals and secrets and much that needs to survive the ancestral tree of lives lived.

Most of my life has been centered around written language. I’ve been an advocate of words, and how they combine and recombine to express my own inner compass. While I’ve been a practitioner of photography for more than fifty years, it’s only in the last twenty that it has gained as much momentum in my days as the words on a page (post-it notes or digital screen or any writing surface available).

Language is the source of our ability to save and retrieve and share our stories. Each method breathes symbolic life into the syntax/rhetoric/linguistic monologue dance in our heads. Now life’s journey is inspired by photography and words as a means to vocalize my interpretation, and guide my curiosity, passion and vision of the world.

As the days spin into the next I am driven to re-imagine and re-create my universe. I am a sort of hermit by inclination, and still I crave banter and discussion. I also am by nature a questioner, it’s a trait that I own and salute.

Last week I planned a photo shoot at a local park where my presence has been remiss. It is part of the local White Clay Creek State Park system, and has ambience and charm, winding trails that move up and down with ease of rigor. I was quietly ebullient to return to this forest haven. Mostly, I sought the light.

Even as a walk is vital to my daily nourishment, it offers much more than the physical jaunt. From previous experience at this park I knew the autumnal patterns that appeared from mid-day through mid-afternoon. It’s such a densely treed landscape that the piercing mid-day sun–sweeping through at various vantage points– would be perfectly in tune with my imagination and memory. Branches, leaves, tree trunks, and other characteristics of the vegetation would be outlined or ablaze or subtly touched by luminous sun rays at harvest time. I was not disappointed.

In this park, which is tended by seriously dedicated park conservators, I am transported back and forth through time as lush greens and muted colors are now mixed with autumnal variations. While I am present in its splendor and the minimalism of seasonal change, this serenely tranquil place also can be reached through thoughts about nature—nature being the quintessential master of my universe.

So with that re-visit I asked myself: How much of the past is in the present? A question that I can never truly answer, a question that requires more and more questioning. Still, each walk in nature’s sanctuary always brings me to a place where I am nowhere and everywhere. Curiouser and curiouser.

The photomontage reflects my idea of what I wanted to see and what I actually did. It showed the broad spectrum of autumn’s light that temporarily tattoos itself onto tree trucks. While light was dancing up and down the tree’s tall body, thoughts of spring (as reflected in the tree’s embellishments) already entered my imagination.

Tip of the Week:

I thought that it was time to reintroduce one notable photography competition. The Sixth Annual Mobile Photography Awards is accepting entries until 04 December. Even if you are not inclined to enter, it’s worth viewing winners’ work. Here’s a description from their website: “The Mobile Photography Awards were founded in 2011 to recognize and celebrate the talent and imagery of the mobile photo & art communities. Alongside our annual competition (October-December), we produce themed exhibits with international open calls throughout the year.” Click here to peruse their site.

From the Mobile Photography Awards website about the 2015 winner: “When we look for a Grand Prize Winner we gravitate toward an artist with a strong sense of their own photographic strengths, someone who expresses those strengths with clarity and conviction. Jian Wang has an eye for pattern and a talent for placing humanity in context with the designs he finds everywhere, all around us. From architecture to landscapes to street photography, the vision is consistent, the same photographer with the same internal aesthetic. Working with his iPhone 6Plus, Jian raises the mobile photography bar for technical excellence, compositional skills, and storytelling. Really exciting work.” Daniel Berman, Founder MPA.

"The China Red," by Jian Wang

“The China Red,” by Jian Wang

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/10/31/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-autumn-light/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/10/31/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-the-fields-of-autumn/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2016/10/31/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/10/31/which-witch-sally-ds-mobile-editing-challenge/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-spooky-photo-montage/

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-trees/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/7988/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/11/05/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 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.

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Photomontage (Ocean Beach, California)

24 October 2016

Lens:

Taken with Camera+ and edited in Snapseed, iColorama and Pixlr

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

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

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Pens:

I stood observing a scene that had characteristics of early landscape paintings with its classic style and purity of subject. It’s late morning spring 2016 and the sky turned from  ominous to lightly cheerful at Ocean Beach, California. Although a teenager is obvious from my vantage point, he still seems invisible: head covered, face not available for my gaze, and partially hidden (from the opposite side) by the dunes. He’s reading and seemingly unaware of his surroundings. One of few on the beach he blends with a sort of  pastoral grace.

But the man standing on the dunes at the top of the frame and almost spying from above echoes my interpretation. He stares at the ocean below, listens to the sounds of the waves in the distance, watches other beach visitors scattered below.

All the while the sands of time reflect countless cloud-filled days. And stones salt-and- peppered everywhere are as though they prompt ideas, one by one. In this place and time there’s a dance between the human condition and Mother Nature’s repose. I extrapolate that the man is trying to connect to all that is before him.

My view melts into the quiet and quietly calm scene before me. There are small numbers of others meandering the beach, mostly heading in the other direction toward the heavy fog.

Nature is strong and fragile, mystical and real, renewable and dying, omnipresent and missing. It’s a scene that needed a brighter palette of hope. Thus I added another part of nature’s bounty to the layer upon the layer in the distance and the tide moving inward, the solemn sky boasting in silence.

Nature is always on the move. The ocean, the shoreline, the waves, the wreck line are places that recall the past in the present. I sense others who have had similar views of this ever-changing landscape.

This combination of nature and human nature cruising before me reminds me that this moment masks a portion of reality. To be sure the coasts of my country are on a course of monumental alteration, and those changes will have lasting effects on human and natural habitats.

My photomontage was born from that grey morning, knowing that the sun would burn through the day and reveal a glorious light to brighten thoughts and move through this stretch of California coastline. Without doubt the beach and the ocean are primeval sanctuaries. They conjure birth, death and revitalization. They’re also places of contemplation where the future has enduring possibilities.

Tip of the Week:

Recently, I discovered the work of Spanish paper artist Malena Valcárcel. She rescues old books that have been thrown away or used, and then recycles them to make works of sculpture and jewelry. Her 3-D constructions are beautifully executed and bring new life to old printed materials. Used paper becomes a fantasy land with her imagination and skillful techniques. View her work here. Please enjoy this talented book artist’s creations.

"House on a Tree," by Malena Valcarcels

“House on a Tree,” book sculpture by Malena Valcarel

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/10/24/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-sharp/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2016/10/24/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/10/24/creepy-crawlies-for-sally-ds-mobile-photo-challenge/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-reflections-at-the-pekapeka-wetlands/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/10/24/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-fall-prayer/

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2016/10/24/sun-shining-on-fall-leaves/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/time-for-you-to-go-out-to-the-places-you-will-be-from/

https://lumar1298.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-photomontage-beach-pictures/

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-travel/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/love-me-but-dont-touch/

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.

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