Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

03 May 2013


Reflection of Afternoon Sun, iPhone 4s, February 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

1. Reflection of Afternoon Sun, iPhone 4s, February 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Tulip, iPhone 4s, May 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Tulip, iPhone 4s, May 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

Let me know which you prefer and why.


“From Above” is the theme for WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. It had me contemplating rushing to the city, and climbing scores of steps to stand atop and watch the throngs of urbanites parading below.

While interpretations for this challenge are aplenty, I have posted two in the Lens section that are true to the literal interpretation.

The first image was taken at the crossroads between a road and a creek. The bridge hovers above, and daily I am able to ponder its changes: the water reflecting, the flow rearranging, the wildlife appearing, the trees unfolding. I gaze below and much is revealed.

On this day in February the sun mirrored itself as the ripples moved around its glow. As usual the scene gave me a calm moment to meditate and be at one with nature.

The second image is part of an ongoing series of experimentation with the iPhone and its many apps. In the beginning of the week this tulip caught my attention as it stood in the afternoon sun. It’s flowerhead heavy, and yet it’s beauty was evident. I played with PhotoStudio and converted it to black and white.

In each photograph I’ve selected an example from Mother Nature, which is another tribute to her abundance and bounty. Earth Day may be beyond us, but my reverence for nature never waivers.

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

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42 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

  1. Which iPhone apps do you use? I have a 4S too and would like to use it more creatively.

    • Actually, I use the iPhone camera the most. It depends on composition and light. Here is a list: Camera +, Hipstamatic, Snapseed, PhotoStudio, and Lenslight. There are a gazillion apps. It takes using them to find the ones that you like, and are suited to your own style. I’d suggest starting with the first three. There is duplication in these apps, and I try to find ones that do different things. But I do not do extensive editing either with my Nikon DSLR or iPhone.

  2. The first image just had me all curious. Captivating.

  3. vastlycurious.com says:

    Definitely the first I LOVE reflection photos, nice work!

  4. Fossillady says:

    I love the first reflection . . . so peaceful

  5. I like them both, too. They feel very different to me so it’s difficult to decide which I like better.


  6. Marianne Green says:

    The first picture is a really quirky interpretation of the scene and I like it a lot (though I like the tulip, too!).

  7. scsurfbutler says:

    Hi Sally, I like the first photo, it took me a bit to look through your brillant lens and see the sun’s reflection of the sky above. Just a great shot! The second photo is awsome as well, I just have not acquired the taste of photo #2,. Looking forward to check out Photo Studio.

  8. thirdeyemom says:

    Love them both but especially love the photo and words for the creek. We sound like-minded as I too find so much peace in nature. Great entry!

  9. marialla says:

    Ooooooooooooooh, soooooooooooooooo coooooooool stuff!! You certainly have an interesting eye!! Thank you for the view!

  10. Nancy Gray says:

    The light in photo 1 is like a celebration. Thought about in another way, it is the cover to a mystery!

  11. Gallivanta says:

    I love the first photo although it took me awhile to work it out ie were you lying down and looking up at the sky, or were you looking down at a reflection from above. Your words confirmed the latter.

  12. Rosemarie says:

    I like the water and and the trees.

  13. Gracie says:

    wonderful interpretations, Sally. The first shot I really like, how the heavens is reflected on the water below. Great shot!

  14. veraersilia says:

    I prefer the sky in the woods not only because it is a near perfect image, but because I am a nature lover. The reversed tulip is nice example of “applied geometry.”

  15. Nice choices today Sally. I always enjoy looking up through the trees to the sky and really like how your first image turns the view upside down, yet reflects the same perspective.

  16. Seyi sandra says:

    I love the first pic! It’s full of mystery!!! Have a great weekend!

  17. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I like both photos, but the first one really captures my attention. I am a sucker for silhouettes and mirrored images and this one has both, plus it turns the challenge upside down showing a view from above shot from below — a great take, in my opinion.

    The second one is not as strong as the first one for this challenge, but it is a wonderful application of illustrative techniques. I would be happy to be able to draw that picture.

    Thanks for sharing both with us,

  18. scillagrace says:

    Coincidentally, I also posted a bridge shot “From Above”! Nice job on both of these.

  19. Both images are lovely Sally, but the tulip is my favorite- I especially like the light and texture you have used here. I so enjoy seeing your work.

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