iPhoneography Monday: Macro

11 March 2013


1. Yellow ZInc Screws, 1 ¾ ,”  iPhone 4s, March 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

1. Yellow ZInc Screws, 1 ¾ ,” iPhone 4s, March 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Yellow ZInc Screws, 1 ¾ ,”  iPhone 4s, March 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Yellow ZInc Screws, 1 ¾ ,” iPhone 4s, March 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

3. Black Screws, 1 ¼”,  iPhone 4s, March 2013;© Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

3. Black Screws, 1 ¼”, iPhone 4s, March 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

Let me know which you prefer and why.


Experimentation, experimentation, experimentation: I’m constantly playing with the notion of the minuscule. This week’s iPhoneography Challenge is another opportunity to search for a subject, and try to show its magnified side.

Macros are tough boundaries to conquer. Whether it’s my DSLR or the iPhone, it’s a never-ending road to travel–a road filled with lots of toss outs.

Macro photography is a process of discovery and extreme challenge. It’s ability to deliver precise details of the subject is always a surprise and visual treat.

The hardest aspect of this technique is being able to get a clear delineated image, one that shows a part of the whole in a new perspective. How to zoom into the heart of the subject, and get results that are worthy? It’s on my list of continual photo shoots.

In order to accomplish any image that is worth saving, I must use a tripod with my DSLR. With the iPhone I must steady myself—either against something or lean the iPhone on a surface. To get a sharp result the camera must be stilled.

I did purchase a tripod for my iPhone, but I’ve only used it a few times. Mostly, I improvise.

As with any form of photography, lighting is a key factor. I must decide whether to use back, front, side, bottom, or top lighting, because it’s important to the details rendered.

For me the joy of this form of photography is its ability to see what I cannot. I can take the ordinary everyday object, and it becomes something entirely new.

This version of an object can, for example, give a distinct characteristic to an otherwise nondescript item. Or provide a tiny aspect of an already glorious subject.

In the Lens section are my macro shots of yellow zinc and black screws. Certainly these utilitarian objects are heroes in their own right, but we never truly see their other sides: curves, lines, angles, shapes, designs. In their magnification they become familiar and unfamiliar. They even have a touch of beauty.

Macro is supposed to show the subject as a close up: a portrait of the whole enlarged or a portion really close up and personal. Flaws can be apparent and the scale can make the subject other worldly. But when captured with gusto, they can be unforgettable.

Tip of the Week:

P1xels, The Art of the iPhone, Google Images

P1xels, The Art of the iPhone, Google Images

P1xels is an online “global salon for iphonic art and iphone photography.” As a promoter of the art of the iPhone, it highlights iPhoneographers and their work. From its website they describe it as a “gallery of the most beautiful and ground-breaking iPhone art on the web and home to an ever-increasing number of visionary pioneers in the exploration and development [of] this nascent and vibrant new medium.” Do take time to browse through this current array of artists who use the iPhone as their camera. Click here and also check their guidelines to submit your work.

Please see these other entries:







Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. The following is a reminder of the weekly schedule and themes for upcoming challenges.

1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro

3rd Monday: Black-and-White

4th and 5th Mondays: Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel)

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50 Responses to iPhoneography Monday: Macro

  1. Geoff says:

    I love number 3. The silhouettes beautifully black and sharp 🙂

  2. Your work always inspires me. How you turned screws into works of Art through your lens truly breathes beauty and wonder.

  3. marialla says:

    Very interesting perspective!! Thank you very much.

  4. ideflex says:

    Industrial close-ups are always fascinating! Please have a look at

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  6. thirdeyemom says:

    I like the third one best and first one second best. Just appeals to me for some reason. Great subject matter!

      • thirdeyemom says:

        I need to spend a bit more time reading that post as I’m not so good at Macro shots. For your challenges, can you chose any subject for a macro shot? The only things I’ve had success at are flowers so I could do an entry on that if it works. 🙂

      • All themes are open to interpretation. Any subject that you want to show as a macro will then work for you. Check the entries at the bottom of my post. It seems to me that none of the themes limit. Even nature is a subject with great depth and breath. We’re beginning to build participates. Please do join us. Thanks.

      • thirdeyemom says:

        Thanks! I did check them out and they are really cool! I’ll have to make sure I keep the lookout for this upcoming Mondays theme and I’ll join in. I may do it with my other blog, thethirdeyeworld, which is more just photos rather than lengthy posts. 🙂

      • Please do. Just let me know, and I’ll add you to my list on my post on the day of the challenge. The theme is black-and-white. Enjoy the week.

      • thirdeyemom says:

        Ok will do! I need to get organized so I remember to do the challenge! 🙂 Looking forward to it!

      • Happy to have you join the challenge.

  7. These are wonderful subjects for macro!! I love the last photo and its tones. And thank you for the writings on macro and macro Iphonography. I find it difficult at times with the IPhone, but I love how the iPhone allows you to tap on the screen and tell it what to focus on… And then it adjusts the shadows, etc. great post!!

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  9. Gallivanta says:

    You have given me a new appreciation of screws. Useful and beautiful too.

  10. munchow says:

    It’s clear that you had fun and enjoyed this challenge. It is indeed hard to show a part of the whole in a new perspective, as you point out, but you did very well. My favourite is absolutely the last one. The colours and the graphics are so beautiful.

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  13. scillagrace says:

    I also thought the first might be a trumpet mouthpiece, and I liked the jazzy feel of the colors, but I like the second even better. An architectural jungle to an ant…the tight space and the open space…a way past sharp edges and out to broader horizons.

  14. I like the first image best but like them all. The first has wonderful colour balance and remind me of listening to jazz music.

  15. Gracie says:

    Nice one, Sally!

  16. I also loved the first one. I thought it was the mouthpiece of a trumpet. Loved the gradual show of what it really was.Brilliant! 🙂

  17. Angeline M says:

    That second photo grabs me immediately; the color, the curves and lines, the opening on the head of the screw. Fantastic!

  18. wisejourney says:

    Number one for me. It is an explosion of sparkling firey colour- almost firework like . Joyous and it fits my mood today. I think tomorrow another picture could work…..but today…at this moment : it is zinc screws 1

  19. I am partial to the photo of the black and white screws- very strange and disquieting.

  20. I am not a photographer but I am an artist so I will go ahead and answer here. I like the first one because it could potentially *be* anything but strikes me as lyrical – perhaps a part of an instrument. The second is too busy and the third a give-away. So mystery wins (for me anyway)

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