Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens: Macro

09 September 2013

Lens:

I. Petals

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

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

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

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

3. Native Hibiscus iPhone 4s August 2103; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

3. Native Hibiscus iPhone 4s August 2103; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2013

II. Leaves

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

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

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

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

Let me know which is your favorite and why.

Pens:

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Macro photography is difficult enough with a DSLR, so the photographer must push the Smartphone’s technology to accomplish a decent image. Each generation of these super heroic cellphones improves our ability to freeze a moment. The introduction of newly-created apps can push the quality even further.

Apps not only give the editor the opportunity to add another dimension to the image, they do, in some cases, improve the photograph’s quality. Some apps allow the lens to stay open longer (Night Cap), allowing more light to move across the frame. Purists find that each shot is a test of acumen and effort; they rely on their own experimentation and experience: no apps for them.

Macro with a Smartphone takes an enormous amount of patience. Any movement of the phone will cause camera shake, and make the results less focused. But maybe that’s what the photographer aims to accomplish–an ethereal sweep across or in parts of the subject.

But the cellphone can be forgiving–that’s as long as you build a thick skin. The ideal is to get as close to the subject as possible. Never use the zoom but inch forward. Sometimes with optimum lighting I can get so close that I’m practically on top of the composition.

Macro can fill the entire frame, and give the viewer a surprising new relationship with the subject. With magnification comes nuances and maybe blur or distortions. But the full throttle close up can be so absorbing as to keep eyes fixed for longer than usual.

In the Lens section are variations on the theme: macro. The native hibiscus, which has just completed its summer run, is a stellar subject. Part One is where I parade petals in their brilliant orangey-red and soft silky patina. Part two is very showy leaves that immediately attract as they foreshadow blossoms that ultimately steal their thunder.

When accomplished, a macro shot can be a radiant expression of the photographer’s vision. When accomplished, the viewer receives a complete dialogue with the phoneographer’s viewpoint.

Tip of the Week: Some phoneographers are using additional equipment to improve the outcome of their macro shots. Some are using a magnifying glass or loupe (traditionally used for viewing negatives, slides and prints. Each will increase the magnification of the shot. I’m planning to find my old loupe and give it a try.

Loupe

Loupe

View other entries submitted to this week’s challenge:

http://weliveinaflat.wordpress.com/2013/09/09/close-up-photo-dried-leaf-and-seed/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/phoneography-challenge-macro-a-sci-fi-beauty/

http://streetsofsfphotos.com/2013/09/09/lemon-blossoms/

http://thepalladiantraveler.com/2013/09/09/phoneography-challenge-macro-macrolazione/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2013/09/09/iphoneography-monday-macro-9-9-13/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2013/09/09/phoneography-macro-image-of-my-favorite-hair-clip/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2013/09/09/phoneography-challenge-macro-2/

http://watchingthephotoreels.com/2013/09/09/macro-challenge/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/the-remedy/

http://waverider12.com/2013/09/09/the-phone-as-your-lens-macro/

http://blogagaini.com/2013/09/12/phoneography-monday-macro/

Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog. Here’s a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Phoneography 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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42 Responses to Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens: Macro

  1. Great close up photos of the petals!

  2. Your phone camera certainly rendered a rich red.

  3. Gallivanta says:

    I have been using the zoom on my phone camera. I am going to try going right up to the subject as you suggest and see what happens.

  4. Brilliant set of photos. Many look like landscapes.

  5. wisejourney says:

    Oh just glorious. I love the hibiscus in all it’s shades

  6. I especially love the last photo. Love the details that I’d probably not notice under ordinary circumstances. I like the color and the texture exposed.

  7. patriciamoed says:

    I love the color of the hibiscus in shots 2 and 3. Gorgeous. It’s true about being patient when taking macro shots. I often miss the mark and the shot is blurry. But I’ll keep trying!

  8. waverider says:

    Number 1. I love the lighting, colours and transparency.

  9. I love the first and last shot! Composition, colors, detail are all fabulous! Great macro finds 🙂

  10. EvaUhu says:

    I go for the first and the last, both in terms of color and composition. Great post. 🙂

  11. elisaruland says:

    The first shot reminds me of an umbrella blown inside out on a stormy day, but a much more welcome sight and far more beautiful!

  12. I like 1 the shadows and transparency tell a story which I am always am in favor of. Here is the miniature world of my favorite abalone hair clip. So clad to have this challenge and be pushed to capture this image, thanks. http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2013/09/09/phoneography-macro-image-of-my-favorite-hair-clip/

  13. Angeline M says:

    Wonderful color and shadow in all of them. I’m happy to see you use some color….it’s beautiful.

  14. Beautiful images today Sally. I think #1 and #5 are my favorites – I’m drawn to your choice of colors and compositions. Macro (especially with a smart phone) definitely requires some patience!
    My image for the week is here: http://nwframeofmind.com/2013/09/09/iphoneography-monday-macro-9-9-13/

  15. Shots #2 and #3-it looks like lovely and sumptuous fabric gliding along-these are spectacular shots Sally-and thank you for the tip about the loupe-I have a couple of those hanging around.

  16. The first 3 came out great. There is also a trick of using a drop of water over the lens for macro. I’ve done it a few times and it actually works. I think someone is sending me a macro lens in a few weeks and I can’t wait to try it out.

  17. (Mustang) Sally — All of your frames are well designed, but I’ll lean a bit toward #5. Love all the color captured on the leaf and the veiny detail. Nicely done. Care to break the fast with me, Italian style? Enjoy my MACROlazione: http://thepalladiantraveler.com/2013/09/09/phoneography-challenge-macro-macrolazione/

  18. suelca says:

    #3 – a delight, sensual & playful

  19. If pressed, I’d choose #1 because there’s something about the angle, composition and colors that catches my eye. But as usual, they’re all lovely and I appreciate the tips you include.

    janet

  20. Number 1 just blew me away…love the tips on using the loupe. Who knew?!

  21. Love #1, #2 and #3… such lovely colours showcased by the interesting composition.

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