Phoneography Challenge, The Phone as Your Lens: (The Exhilaration of) Nature

02 September 2013

Lens:

Part One: Nature from Afar

1. Morning Clouds, iPhone 4s, July 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

1. Morning Clouds, iPhone 4s, July 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Reflections in the Park, iPhone 4s, August 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

2. Reflections in the Park, iPhone 4s, August 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

Part Two: Nature Up Close

4. Blades of Grass, iPhone 4s, August 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

3. Blades of Grass, iPhone 4s, August 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

4. Native Hibiscus, iPhone4s, August 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

4. Native Hibiscus, iPhone 4s, August 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

5. Native Hibiscus Pod, iPhone 4s, August 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

5. Native Hibiscus Pod After Bloom, iPhone 4s, August 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

Let me know which is your favorite and why.

Pens:

Gracie (http://graciebinoya.com), Polly (http://watchingthephotoreels.com) and I sponsor the Phoneography Challenge. If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details.

Finally, I did it. After hours of struggle to get an updated logo, I was able to change the challenge’s badge to reflect our relaunch in June. We went from iPhoneography as the focus to the more current Phoneography usage. Here is the URL for the new badge: http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/2458/1unb.png/

Phoneography Badge, 2013

Phoneography Challenge Badge, 2013

I’ve been a long-standing card-carrying member of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF),  whose work is honorable and noteworthy. Their tireless work on behalf of nature and human nature is exemplary. They diligently work to conserve and protect, to save species and restore habitats. Their work inspires and transforms.

World Wildlife Fund, Google Images

World Wildlife Fund, Google Images

This quote is printed on a bookmark (Yes, I read only handheld books.) that was enclosed in some literature from WWF (read about them here).

“Look deep into Nature, and then you will understand everything better” –Albert Einstein.

While it may surprise some that he said those insightful words, Einstein was a pacifist–a pacifist who respected Mother Nature and the “structure of the world.” It is his monumental scientific gifts as well as his personal philosophy that make him one of my top-tier thinkers.

In the Lens section are examples of moments that spark my exhilaration for nature. Whether a single blade of grass gleaming from a touch of sunlight or a long view of a pond encircled by a natural meadow, I feel my best self as I observe Mother Nature’s artistry. It is a universe that I enjoy inhabiting each and every day. It is a universe that I honor and respect each and every day.

Tip of the Week: Arts Eye combines a brick-and-mortar gallery (Tucson, Arizona) and an online gallery. They collaborate with artists and art lovers to exhibit photography and works on canvas and paper. While they rotate photographs of phoneographers from around the globe, they also feature Phoneographers. Patricia Katchur, Lisa Jo Roden and JP Westenskow are currently part of their digital presence. Click here to see Arts Eye’s latest group of artists using their phones to still the world.

View other entries:

http://blogagaini.com/2013/09/01/bee-in-flight/

http://weliveinaflat.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/dog-cat-bushes-sorrel/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/phoneography-challenge-nature-leading-me-on-photos-and-haiku/

http://ohmsweetohmdotme.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/phoneography-challenge-nature/

http://thepalladiantraveler.com/2013/09/02/phoneographic-challenge-nature-rooftop-of-the-apennines/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/night-butterfly/

http://streetsofsfphotos.com/2013/09/02/eucalyptus-forest-8-photos/

http://goomfh.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/phoneography-challenge-the-phone-as-your-lens-the-exhilaration-of-nature/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2013/09/02/phoneography-monday-9-2-13/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/phoneography-nature-out-of-africa/

http://watchingthephotoreels.com/

http://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/phoneography-show-and-tell-lichen/

Note: Here’s a reminder of the weekly schedule and themes for upcoming Phoneography Monday 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 Phoneography Challenge, The Phone as Your Lens: (The Exhilaration of) Nature

  1. belsbror says:

    Stunning cloud photo. 🙂

  2. I especially love your close-ups because of their unique viewpoint. If you gave the same subject to 5 different photographers, you’d come up with 5 different pics. And, of course, I am in love with color and nature!

  3. Stunning images! Our phone is the most accesible, practicle lens that pretty much capture the things we see from a day’s early Sun rays to Nature’s constant beautiful changes. Have a great weekend.

  4. munchow says:

    Two wonderful series of phoneographs. I love how you are able to play with the cell phone camera both far and close-up. My favourite this time is the blades of grass, it has those subtle tones and a smoothness that brings stillness and peace to mind.

  5. Gallivanta says:

    I love the native hibiscus 🙂

  6. Su Leslie says:

    Sally; these are stunning photos (as always). I really love 3-5; and I guess that reflects my love of close-ups. Take away the context and it allows the viewer to focus in on the colours and textures. Your shots are sculptural and quite sensuous. I’m trying to avoid the “spring is here” cliche with this week’s contribution: http://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/phoneography-show-and-tell-lichen/

  7. Reflections in the park…the processing on this with bringing in the reds…delightful!

  8. EvaUhu says:

    I’m most inclined towards #2 and #3, I really like the red hue in those two. Greetings from a fellow longtime WWF-supporter 😉

  9. The hibiscus shots are definitely interesting and vibrant 🙂 Have a great week ahead Sally 🙂

  10. I love these! The second is my favorite! What app did you use to edit these? They are gorgeous with gorgeous shapes and form and light! Happy phoneography Monday to you!

  11. I am fond of pictures of clouds: It’s clouds’ illusions I recall… The first picture is my favorite.

  12. No.2 and No.4 are my favorite ones because of their color.

  13. patriciamoed says:

    I love the moodiness of the first shot! Beautiful. Enjoy the holiday

  14. My offering is a photo and a story of how nature helps us feel at home no matter where we live. http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/phoneography-nature-out-of-africa/
    I’m fond of your Hibiscus pods today and the Einstein quote.

  15. So pretty Sally! I really like #2 – the tree line, water and reflections are so peaceful.
    My nature photo can be seen here: http://nwframeofmind.com/2013/09/02/phoneography-monday-9-2-13/

  16. elisaruland says:

    Beautiful photographs and thoughts, Sally. I could read about Einstein all day – talk about multi-faceted! Brilliant, yet so down to earth. I guess that’s how he was able to see the simple things so clearly.

  17. I like all the images. They are all stunning; all different; all appreciated!

  18. Sally — They’re all nicely framed shots, but I’ll lean toward frame #4. The see-through effect through the red into the green has a nice soft feel to it. Here’s my iThingie offering for the week, Rooftop of the Apennines: http://thepalladiantraveler.com/2013/09/02/phoneographic-challenge-nature-rooftop-of-the-apennines/

  19. All lovely images Sally, but it is the clouds that really caught my eye-beautiful!

  20. marialla says:

    WOW!!! all my favourite subjects but expecially the clouds! Mari

  21. Forgot to mention that I like all your photos, but something about the colors in the second one draws me to it this morning. I’m enjoying the cooler temperatures that followed the storms moving through the Chicago area last night and am heading off to open all the windows…finally!

  22. Sally, I love nature, too, as the photos in my “file” reflect. And like you, I like nature from afar (the grandeur and breadth) and close-up (the amazing detail and color.) What a blessing that God’s given us so many choices, choices that are new each and every day!!

    http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/phoneography-challenge-nature-leading-me-on-photos-and-haiku/

    Happy Labor Day to all in the US and a great day to all the rest of you! I’ll be getting the new logo up soon (I hope, as move-in day in Wednesday!!)

    janet

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