Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Nature (and the Egg)

02 March 2015

Lens:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pens:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tip of the Week:

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

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

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

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

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note:

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

If you’d like to join the Photo Challenge, please click here for details. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

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

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

 

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

23 February 2105

Lens:

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

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

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

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

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

Pens:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note:

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

If you’d like to join the Photo Challenge, please click here for details. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

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

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

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

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

16 February 2015

Lens:

Part One: Afternoon Light in the Parking Garage

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

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

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

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

II. Through the Looking Glass

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

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

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

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

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

Pens:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tip of the Week:

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

"Istanbul," Alex Webb

“Istanbul,” Alex Webb

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

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note:

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

If you’d like to join the Photo Challenge, please click here for details. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

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

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

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

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

09 February 2015

Lens:

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

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

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

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

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

Pens:

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

The Cook's Garden catalog, 2015

The Cook’s Garden catalog, 2015

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

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

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

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

Tip of the Week:

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

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

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

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

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

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note:

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

If you’d like to join the Photo Challenge, please click here for details. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

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

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

Posted in Abstract, Art, Human Nature, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Macro Photography, Nature Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 72 Comments

Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Nature (in Black and White and Creative Tension)

02 February 2015

Lens:

1. Snow on Mills Pond,  Carpenter State Park; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. Snow on Mills Pond, Carpenter State Park; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Snow on Mills Pond,  Carpenter State Park; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Snow on Mills Pond, Carpenter State Park; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

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

Pens:

I was reminded this week about the four seasons—the way that Mother Nature keeps me attentive and hopeful. While the entire planet does not experience lyrics that create summer, winter, spring, and fall, the flow in my small universe from one to another is a dance of highs and lows that make me tremble with pronounced emotions.

Self-expression and exploration are responses to the usual and unexpected that accompany seasonal momentum. Now climate change brings an even greater focus on the swings in fluctuating weather and its effects on the planet’s health.

Winter’s paramount duty is freezing the layers of the soil, giving it a taste of dormancy and hibernation. Some will end their existence as the season takes them. The solid crust reaches down and down, hardening some living organisms that will be reborn with a new vibrancy for Spring’s renewal.

And while the previous years have wavered in their responsibilities, this season’s winterizing has done its job—weeks of frozen ground. In this seesawing of one year to the next a sense of polarity surfaces. These opposites also occur in everyday life, and are jammed with tension—tension that has pronounced effects upon the creative process.

Black-and-white photography is steeped in this paradox, the paradox of contradictions. Certainly, monochromatic images are perfect examples. The most accomplished images in black and white are those that push the limits of tension: grey scale, contrast, tone, negative and positive spaces, and so much more.

These opposites are more honored in Eastern philosophy than Western. Duality works against and for the whole, the complete. Natural forces are at work, and often incite imagination and innovation.

This constancy of pull between nature and human nature are analogous to the two hemispheres of the brain that work separately and together. They keep us wedded to the notion that, for example, yin and yang, good and evil, dark and light, thought and action, north and south, sun and moon are forever part of life. To resolve (momentarily or longer) the tension can bring harmony: certainly a conscious and an unconscious mission.

In the Lens section are two images that spiked my thoughts about tension–tension that can be more obvious and noticed in monochrome than color. The dichotomy created by the push and pull can bring greater drama and movement in an image. Without the distraction that technicolor usually exhibits, a viewer can more easily discern the true value and poignancy captured (the intention of the photographer): the story that resonates behind the photograph’s tension.

Tip of the Week: Matthew Smith is an accomplished nature photographer who specializes in wildlife images. His documentation of the undersea world are extraordinarily captivating.

Physalia, Australia by Matty Smith, 2014

Physalia, Australia by Matty Smith, 2014

Smith was last year’s Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year The above image of a Portuguese Man-o-War is his winning photograph.

“This photograph stops you in your tracks – the shock of electric blue against the black background is arresting and on contemplation the viewer can become lost in the cosmos like complexity of the bluebottles tentacles. The image is hard to fault. It is superb on all fronts: artistic, technical and choice of subject. The central composition and use of over-under photography allow us to take in the full visual impact of the bluebottle and it’s environment.” –  Australian Geographic

“Honoured, humbled and bursting with pride at being named the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer if the Year 2014! The quality of work from the other finalists was so high I can’t quite believe I’m up there!” – Matthew Smith

Click here to see more of his photographs.

Other entries for this week’s challenge:

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

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/phoneography-challenge-nature-in-a-tank/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/hunt-the-good-stuff/

https://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/fiery-nature-2-photos/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/02/02/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-4/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/phoneography-nature-challenge-what-the-tide-brought-in/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/phoneography-challengenatures-confusion/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/phoneography-natures-colours/

http://artifactsandfictions.com/2015/02/03/creative-tension/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2015/02/02/october-in-big-sur-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

https://badfish2.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/phoneography-non-slr-photo-challenge-nature/

http://pilotfishblog.com/2015/02/03/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature-signs-of-spring-from-australia/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-photo-challenge-nature-4/

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

http://ohmsweetohm.me/2015/02/04/zentangle-sky/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/02/03/phoneography-challenge-nature-city-trees-in-winter-and-the-bw-challenge-day-1/

https://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/phoneography-and-non-slr-challenge-nature-9/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/4102/

https://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature-3/

Note:

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

If you’d like to join the Photo Challenge, please click here for details. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

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

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

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Challenger’s Choice – Abstraction (at the Pond)

26 January 2015

Lens:

1. Ice at the Pond near the Reservoir; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. Bubbles and Ice at the Pond near the Reservoir; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Ice at the Pond near the Reservoir; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Bubbles and Ice at the Pond near the Reservoir; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

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

Pens:

Fundamentally, Mother Nature is abstract and concrete, complex and simple, bold and shy, fragile and strong, quiet and loud–she is the quintessential model for us to emulate. By brief or lengthy observation we can learn a continuum of truths, which we can infuse into our everyday lives as well as the life we hope to inhabit.

Much of my adult years have been spent as a voyeur of nature’s omnipresence. There is always a lesson to be tucked inside my heart and soul. There is always a meditative quality that eases the day. Mostly, I feel blessed to have such close access to her attributes.

But much is changing, and much is deeply bothersome. Still, I believe my hope is not an empty place, but a space of immense possibility for the planet’s recovery. The news is not all depressing.

In the Lens section are two images that represent the small in nature: those minute details that we see from afar. They take extra effort to delineate their character and contribution to the whole.

Each photograph is a tiny section of the frozen and defrosting pond that shirts my town’s reservoir. This site is relatively new, and created to assure that our community is prepared for water shortages. The pond is down the hill, covered in cattails and grasses, and almost like a sentinel watching the reservoir above.

The bubbles and ice are a sort of juxtaposition for what we have and might not have. Reports abound about creek beds lowering and rising; areas completely devastated by drought; seesaw weather patterns. The future of water is uncertain.

Still, where I live on in the Mid-Atlantic, USA, we’ve had an abundance of rainy weather, and our water table, for now, is overflowing its boundaries. We’re fortunate, very fortunate.

Tip of the Week: Robert Frank’s The Americans is probably one of the most influential photography books of the 1950s, and maybe even the most informative of the second half of the twentieth century about everyday Americans. Frank (born 1924 and became a naturalized citizen after immigrating) was so enamored with the American way of life that he travelled across the country amassing over 25,000 images. He chose eighty-three photographs to represent his historic journey, which became the essence of The Americans. His visual acuity was drawn to real life, not a sugar-coated version. This raw documentation of Americana eventually changed views of other photographers and the public. If you have not seen Frank’s work, please do. Here is a short podcast from NPR about an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art that celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of that book–a book that became a milestone in art history. From NPR: ‘Americans’: The Book that Changed Photography,” heard on 29 September 2014, runs 08:02 minutes. Click here for the Website. For additional information, turn to the National Gallery of Art’s site to delve deeper into his work. The Museum has a major collection of Franks’ work as a photographer and filmmaker, which includes the years 1937-2005.

Street Car, New Orleans, 1955, Robert Frank

Street Car, New Orleans, 1955, Robert Frank

In 2004 Frank said, “The kind of photography I did is gone. It’s old,” I couldn’t disagree more. His work inspires with an energy that prods a deeper look into his ability to see the invisible in daily living. He was a master of black and white and of the human condition.

View other entires for this week’s challenge:

http://helpalongthepath.com/2015/01/26/nights-eye-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-challengers-choice-animals/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/01/26/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-3/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/phoneography-architecture-at-the-golden-hour/

https://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/secret-garden-totem/

http://austindetails.me/2015/01/26/self-expression/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/phoneography-challenge-golden-sunset/

http://uniqueartchic.com/2015/01/26/japanese-florals/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/phoneography-challengeeveryday-americans/

http://ohmsweetohm.me/2015/01/27/challengers-choice-toonography/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/01/26/iphoneography-monday-street-quotes/

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/phoneography-photo-challenge/

https://toweararainbow.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/lens-and-pens-by-sally-the-lone-tree/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/love-thy-enemy/

https://slamonthebreakspullover.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/phoneography-people-of-caffe-trieste/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-photo-challenge-your-choice/

http://pilotfishblog.com/2015/01/27/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-challengers-choice-winter-white-still-life-at-the-pantlind-hotel/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/out-out-out-on-the-street/

https://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/phoneography-and-non-slr-challenge-abstract/

https://theyyouandme.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/phoneography-and-non-slr-challenge-abstract/

https://badfish2.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/phoneography-photo-challenge-animals/

https://lumar1298.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-animals/

https://claresphotospace.wordpress.com/2015/01/29/soldiers-are-back-in-town/

Note:

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

If you’d like to join the Photo Challenge, please click here for details. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

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

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

Posted in Abstract, Art, Human Nature, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 81 Comments

Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Black and White (Refractions, Series III)

19 January 2015

Lens:

1. Refractions, Series II; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. Refraction, Series III; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Refractions, Series II; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Refraction, Series III; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Photography, iPhotography, Inspiration, Refractions, Light, Black-and-White Photography, Art, Inspiration, Writing

3. Refraction, Series III: Copyright 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

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

Pens:

Refractions appear daily in my home, and never never seem trite and unimportant. They are ethereal mysteries of natural light that make me quiver with visual pleasure.

As they glide across the wall, I glide with patience to observe the performance that will occur–a performance that is not duplicated or tiresome. The whimsy keeps me attentive; nature’s play is addictive.

I pause to ruminate upon Mother Nature’s genius. This everyday entertainment is startling to behold. Every sighting is evergreen. It’s new and old all at once. Elements remain similar, and my devotion is steadfast. On cloudy days I find disappointment lingering.

My curiosity heightens anticipation. Even when they are not actively present in my thoughts, a refraction’s appearance raises a kind of euphoria. The light moves through a second-story window, bends through the glass and lands with a gentle movement onto the wall. It’s design is ephemeral, and only made permanent by my stilling the moment.

In the Lens section are three (0f ten shot) of this week’s fanciful images, which were taken over a twenty-minute span. The metamorphosis always intrigues, the metamorphosis always instigates desire for more. As the sunshine edges forward into space and time, it disappears.

To view other posts about refractions, click here for Series One and click here for Series Two.

Tip of the Week: Last week I discussed the idea of flow, which was introduced in the 1990s by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who contributed to the greater understanding of the creative process. The myriad of ideas and theories that circulate about creativity are bountiful. I doubt whether there will be a time when new views on the subject cease. I intend upon occasion to offer my readers slices of the literary and visual arts as well as social science about creativity. Regardless of one’s field of study and interest, the continuum for new ways of seeing and innovation are limitless, and, therefore, the impetus and products of the creative mind are infinite. History proves that a single leaf or a bunch of wires and circuits can lead to unimaginable inventive results. Here is a few favorites quotes about creativity by the author, journalist, political activist, and winner of the Pulitzer prize Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980):

“Perhaps in time I shall learn to live more deeply and consistently in that undistracted center of being where the will does not intrude, and the sense of time passing is lost, or has no power over the imagination.” Katherine Anne Porter, Notes on Writing, 1936 

“Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist–the only thing he’s good for–is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning. Even if it’s only his view of a meaning. That’s what he’s for–to give his view of life.” Katherine Anne Porter

“You do not create a style. You work, and develop yourself; your style is an emanation from your own being.’ Katherine Anne Porter

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-black-and-white-skin/

https://toweararainbow.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/refraction/

http://pilotfishblog.com/2015/01/19/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-trump-in-black-and-white/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/01/19/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-2/

https://angleandviews.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/another-monday/

http://ohmsweetohm.me/2015/01/19/heavy-chevy/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/phoneography-challengeunder-a-waterfall-in-black-and-white/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/phoneography-challenge-black-and-white-3/

https://theyyouandme.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/tiger-tiger-on-the-wall/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/phoneography-black-and-white-challenge/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/not-an-easy-path/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/01/19/iphoneography-monday-winter-fog-on-the-waterfront/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2015/01/19/laundry-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

https://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/phoneography-and-non-slr-challenge-black-and-white-6/

https://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/phoneography-and-non-slr-challenge-black-and-white-6/

Note:

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

If you’d like to join the Photo Challenge, please click here for details. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

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

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

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Macro (and Silence)

12 January 2015

Lens:

1. Two Equal Size Decorative Balls; Copyright © 2014 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. Two Equal Size Decorative Balls; Copyright © 2014 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Two Equal Size Decorative Balls; Copyright © 2014 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally.JPG

2. Two Equal Size Decorative Balls; Copyright © 2014 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally.JPG

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

Pens:

Silence filled my mind, letting me immerse myself in the moment. On that late evening photo shoot two small decorative balls of equal size filled the frame of my iPhone. The process, which creates one singular frame after another, takes me out of myself and onto a platform, a quiet spatial place that empties and flows with uncanny unconscious.

Movement occurs, but I cannot grasp it. Composition completed, but I am in the future before the past is understood.

After stacks of books devoured about the creative process, the subject continues to be a mysterious and ungraspable concept. We know it happens, and still it continues to be somewhat elusive in expression and explanation. Certainly scores of artists and writers have devoted reams of paper to delineate their point of views about creativity.

I liken it to a silent flow, a river of synapses that are in the correct cross currents, not testing but executing their strut, their bold decisive moment (similar to Henri Cartier-Bresson’s decisive moment). I am captive by this powerful lure: the need to focus and still the visual.

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ~~ Maya Angelou

“Passion is more than one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.” ~~ Yo-Yo Ma

“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.” ~~ Ansel Adams

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.  When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” — Buddha

Tip of the Week: Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi became world-renown for his book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1990). His ideas center around the notion that if you become completely engaged in whatever you are doing (e.g., art, play, and work), the result will be a state of happiness–a place of creativity that gives meaning to our lives. He contributed to our better understanding of the creative process. In 2004 Csikszentmihalyi gave a TED Talk to continue his exploration about flow. The title of the 18:55-minute talk is “Flow, the Secret to Happiness.” You can click here to view it. Since I first read his work and subsequent books, the idea of flow continues to influence me as I contemplate the human animal’s creative abilities. But I’m never quite sure of the correlation between the creative process and happiness. It seems that flow is more about a state of being where the unconscious can release its better self–or at least a non-judgmental self.

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View other entries for this week’s challenge:

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-macro-sharp/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/living-large-macro-style/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/phoneography-macro-calico-nose/

http://slamonthebreakspullover.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/carols-smart-challenge-follow-the-light-challenge/

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/01/12/phoneography-and-no-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-1/

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/phoneography-and-non-slr-devices-photo-challenge-macro-fly/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/01/12/iphoneography-monday-a-light-in-the-dark/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2015/01/12/pen-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-photo-challenge-macro-3/

https://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/cha-ba/

https://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-macro-6/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/choice-and-obligation-language-as-a-tool-a-balme-or-as-a-weapon/

http://artifactsandfictions.com/2015/01/14/the-wasteland/

https://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/phoneography-and-non-slr-challenge-macro-9/

https://toweararainbow.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/seashells/

https://lumar1298.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-macro-and-silence/

Note:

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

If you’d like to join the Photo Challenge, please click here for details. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

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

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

 

Posted in Art, Black-and-White Photography, Design, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Macro Photography, Mobile Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 80 Comments

Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Nature (Gerber Daisy and the New Year)

05 January 2015

Lens:

Gerber Daisy; Copyright © 2014 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Gerber Daisy; Copyright © 2014 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

I welcome comments about my photograph.

Pens:

The first day of the New Year will be remembered for our family exuberance echoing from the walls of my dining room, and then the silence of quiet rooms and empty hallways with lingering memories. Each giving me a wealth of savory moments–moments that are in contrast yet bestow nourishment.

The second day of the New Year will be noted for my personal attention to the reverberations of nature: the water flowing with intention in the creek bed, birds skirting in the trees with melodies following their pathway, an almost indistinguishable breeze waving slowly across my face, the Earth swaying but not felt. I was gloriously content. I could sense this day’s meaning and cherish its early accomplishments.

Regardless of the character of a day’s agenda or its flow, I always defer to Mother Nature: that’s my instinct and has been for as long as my adult self emerged. She orients and reorients my inner compass, setting the here and now, working not to go too far astray, and yet letting life happen as it will. Nature is omniscient.

In the Lens section is a single Gerber daisy, which symbolizes the trajectory of my personal philosophy. In the flower’s design and composure are remnants of the past, present and future of the Earth’s magical abundance–an abundance that seems to be redefining itself with staggering help from humanity.

I gave the graceful Gerber a patina that represents: changes in the landscape, reductions in the glaciers, shifts in population of species, extremes of weather, depletion of the ozone, alterations of the coastlines, stresses on food production, loss of biodiversity…The floral sweetness of the Gerber is a vantage point for nature as a spiritual guide–a guide that always has something profound to offer. We must listen to her.

The layer of our planet’s ills seem to overwhelm the comparison of one flower’s innocence and purity, but the Gerber was discovered in the 1880s and has survived more than my juxtaposition. French essayist and philosopher Michel de Montaigne says it with brevity: “Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.” It’s a simple and straightforward declaration of Mother Nature’s overarching presence, one that the Gerber daisy understands: one that the human animal needs to heed.

Tip of the Week: Meg of “Move the Chair” (click here) invited photographers to participate in a 12 x 12 project. This event had 12 photographers, who also are bloggers, taking 12 photographs on 12 December 2014. Each of us had the freedom to curate our own portion of Meg’s online mobile photography exhibition. The Gerber daisy in the Lens section is one of the 12 floral images that I submitted for the project. Please visit Meg’s site and savor each individual’s contribution.

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View other entries for this week’s challenge:

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature-in-the-city/

https://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com/iphoneography-challenge/

http://streetsofsfphotos.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/nature-opening-up-2-photos/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/phoneography-challengenature-in-a-flower-shop/

https://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/a-couple/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/phoneography-nature-challenge-three-days-in-monterey/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/perspective-is-everything/

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature-sunshine-coast/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/01/05/iphoneography-monday-nature-pike-place-market-flowers-in-december/

https://angleandviews.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/blue-hour/

http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-photo-challenge-nature-rambutans/

http://neomanu.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/phoneography-challenge-nature/

http://artifactsandfictions.com/2015/01/07/mt-elephant/

http://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/phoneography-nature/

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-nature-3/

Note:

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

If you’d like to join the Photo Challenge, please click here for details. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

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

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

Posted in Art, Inspiration, iPhoneography, Nature, Nature Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 72 Comments

Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Editing and Processing (The Light of Day)

29 December 2014

Lens:

1. Morning Light,  Longwood Gardens; Copyright © 2014 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

1. Morning Light, Longwood Gardens; Copyright © 2014 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Morning Light, Longwood Gardens; Copyright © 2014 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

2. Morning Light, Longwood Gardens; Copyright © 2014 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

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

Pens:

Year-end conjures more and more introspection: analyzing where we have been, where we are and where we want to take our next steps. Mostly, we become voyeurs who watch the world as it turns on its own axis of humanity.

Henry David Thoreau said, ” It matters not where or how far you travel…but how much alive you are.” His words are an example of my current state of mind, which has been influenced by time’s hands: moving as they will from moment to moment, one year to the next.

The human animal keeps edging back and forth from light into dark, and then swerving into the light. So I dedicate this year’s last post to radiant, glowing beams that are brought by figurative and literal light, and cast brilliantly upon our inner and outer journeys.

Ode to the Light of Day: Light filters through the trees, spreading truth, ignoring lies. Hope leaps forward and surprises. Silence provides calm, listening to the earth’s vibrations, listening to a child’s growing bones. Listening. Responding. Respectful. Choice: clearly to abide by nature’s majesty, her grace, her persistence in the face of our onslaught. Hope leaps forward and surprises. Exhaling for the new and unexpected.

In the Lens section are two photographs. Each taken in Hipstamatic. The first is the moody, darker original that shows the burst of morning light. The second fills the image with omnipotent hope. They speak to the ambience of this year-end post. I wanted to use a duo from my 2014 photographic archive to take my blog into the unknown of 2015. They are my token of appreciation for what has transpired, and also are a pledge for what is yet to be inspired.

The silence of each photograph is made vocal by its storytelling. This quiet duet of light and dark has its own voice that carries a message of unbridled energy and radiance. They signify my trust in Mother Nature’s wisdom; she is my hope for day-after-day of light; she is my hope for the New Year.

Tip of the Day: Many of you are familiar with TED Talks, which is an online lecture series that introduces the power of ideas. The talks are short, almost snippets of the speaker’s subject. You may or may not agree with the concept, but each topic is thought-provoking. Recently, I watched Pico Iyer’s “The Art of Stillness” (view it here). Iyer’s is a well-known travel writer who explores unconventional aspects of local and global cultures. It seems appropriate to introduce you to his short video (15:37 minutes), because it relates to my commentary about the quiet appreciation of the light of day. Iyer “talks” about how moments of stillness can infuse rich rewards into our lives, even travel. He suggests that sometimes going Nowhere is most beneficial to become aware of everyday quiet journeys that take us nowhere and everywhere.

TED Talks

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://angleandviews.wordpress.com/2014/12/28/finally-snow/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-editing-and-processing-with-various-apps-just-for-fun/

https://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/you-are-what-you/

http://uniqueartchic.com/2014/12/29/christmas-review-2014/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/phoneography-how-to-create-a-labyrinth/

http://motherwifestudentworker.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/sign-of-the-times/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/phoneography-challenge-out-and-about-in-hastings/

http://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/phoneography-challenge-wk-5-editing-and-processing/

https://architar.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/shadows-and-lights/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/little-tweaks-make-the-difference/

http://ohmsweetohm.me/2014/12/30/editing-processing-photo-challenge/

http://pilotfishblog.com/2014/12/30/phoneography-and-non-slr-photo-challenge-editing-and-processing-found-objects/

http://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/weekly-photo-challenge-playing-with-pattern/

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/rosemaling/

Note:

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

If you’d like to join the Photo Challenge, please click here for details. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

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

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

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