Celebrate the Re-Launch and Join the Phoneography Monday Challenge (Formerly the iPhoneography Monday Challenge): Using your Phone as Your Lens

03 June 2013


1. Reflections in Nature, iPhone 4s, May 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

1. Reflections of Nature, iPhone 4s, May 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Dew on Maple Leaf, iPhone 4s, May 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Dew on Maple Leaf, iPhone 4s, May 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

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

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

Let me know which you prefer and why.


Gracie (http://graciebinoya.com), Polly (http://watchingthephotoreels.com) and I began the iPhoneography Monday Challenge in February. We used iPhoneography as the theme, because it reflected the mobile photography movement that had spread globally.

Since the launch there have been inquiries from those who joined this trend, but do not own an iPhone. The definition of iPhoneography is crystal clear: the use of an iPhone to take photographs. But Apple’s genius is more than the quality of the iPhone’s lens. The range of apps available for editing makes me believe that I have a darkroom at my fingertips. This aspect of the iPhone influenced our decision to focus on iPhoneography.

Quickly, other companies produced Smartphones with their own versions of built-in cameras, and joined the “iPhone art” movement. Now PHONEOGRAPHY has become the umbrella term to express the integral part that digital technology plays in the arts and popular culture.

No longer is there any doubt about the legitimacy of the Smartphone as a lens to not only capture one’s visual landscape, but produce a viable photograph worthy of recognition. The built-in camera is particularly suited to street photography, because of its size and less threatening presence.

Mobile phone cameras are easily one of the great inventions of this century. It’s hard not to ponder the future of this technology.

On 02 April The Daily Post from WordPress published “Phoneography Favorites,” which mentioned our iPhoneography Challenge and others who showcase photographs taken with Smartphones. The previous month WordPress paid tribute to this trend with a  series on phoneography tips. Click here for those articles. As Gracie, Polly and I saw the use of “phoneography” salt and pepper the Internet, we began to question our exclusion.

As mobile photography expands it boundaries and reach, we want our challenge to be inclusive. We want to accommodate the shift in the culture, and therefore anyone with a Smartphone is welcome to participate in the challenge.

Our revised title reflects the re-lauch: Phoneography Monday Challenge: Using your Phone as Your Lens. If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. Please use the current badge until a new one is created. Happy shooting.

Phoneography, Google Images

Phoneography, Google Images

Since it’s the beginning of the month, nature is the focus of the challenge. Let me start on an existential note: Human nature cannot exist without nature. Literally or figuratively? I thought much about those words as I shot the first image found in the Lens section. It symbolizes the human animal’s ability to mirror nature. In turn nature reverberates onto the entirety of humanity’s presence. This confluence and interaction is (mostly) symbiotic, and boasts both decline and progress.

The next two images are examples of nature’s ability to woo our attention. The maple leaf was basking in the morning sun, having lost its grip in a severe storm. Random dewdrops are sprinkled over its surface, and its colors are calling for approval. I complied.

The last image–the peony–is a sweetly scented and cleverly-designed flower. Its drama unfolds with layer upon layer of petals. Usually a flower head is so heavy that it struggles to stand tall, often drooping with weight. Hues are deeply rendered. Perfume rises from their soft-to-the-feel lush flower head.  It’s like touching silk.

While Mother Nature’s narrative takes a slight turn each season, my view stays steadfast. To me she is a virtuoso that creates masterpiece after masterpiece. It’s no wonder that humans continue to imitate her and be in awe of her progeny. And wonder how we could ever exist without her presence.

Here are other entries in today’s challenge:













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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46 Responses to Celebrate the Re-Launch and Join the Phoneography Monday Challenge (Formerly the iPhoneography Monday Challenge): Using your Phone as Your Lens

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  2. The maple leaf is the one for me – the leathery texture and water droplets add so much.

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  5. I like the contrast between the texture of the leaf and that of the little pebbles surrounding it.

  6. pjdonna says:

    the change to phoneography is cool and love the maple leaf!

  7. marialla says:

    I like them all but I particularly like the first one. Thank you very much.

  8. Tina Schell says:

    I’ m an i-phone guy myself Sally but great idea opening it up. Will be interesting to see how the response grows! Lovely shots BTW

  9. Sally, beautiful photos again today! I like each one you selected but really love the second and third images. I look forward to every phoneography challenge here and want to thank you for encouraging me to post iPhone pictures more often. In fact my Day in the Life post mentioned in the Daily Post Phoneography Favorites, linked above, is now the most viewed post on my blog. Happy Monday. 🙂 Lisa

  10. Gallivanta says:

    The first image is my favourite because of all the reflections and angles and, as you say, that confluence and interaction.

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  12. Su Leslie says:

    I love the wing-mirror reflection. Here’s my contribution: http://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/phoneography-monday-challenge-nature/

  13. Melanee says:

    Nice photos. Although the leaf is a fantastic capture, I enjoy the composition of the first picture. Here is mine for this week. http://simplylifestuff.com/2013/06/03/iphoneography-monday-nature/

  14. Dina says:

    Difficult to pick just one! 🙂 My favourite is number 1. It’s got a fine story in it.

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  17. Angeline M says:

    I also love the leaf with dew drops, thought that red flower captures the attention for its vibrancy.
    Thanks so much for your re-launch to include all cell phoneography 🙂

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  20. lulu says:

    Since you are expanding to include all smart phone photography, it seems the title reflecting that is most appropriate. To your challenges, do you link here or post on your own site?

  21. basiga says:

    Peonies are my all time favorite, but I have to go with the reflection of nature. I like your images and expressions of them. Happy postings to the re-launch of Phoneography Monday Challenge.
    PS. I don’t shoot with a Phone, I am shooting with an iPod and am 98% on a mobile device. All my posts, edits, reads and writes with an iPod. The remaining 2% is on computer. There are a few bugs with the WordPress App that need to be worked out. Thanks for the challenge!

  22. Favorite…dew on the maple leaf! Details details…♥

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