Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro

13 July 2015


I. Geranium from my Summer Garden, 2015

Geranium; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Geranium; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

II. Hydrangea from florist, 2014

Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Let me know which you prefer and why. Click on image to enlarge.


A wisp of summer light grazes time.

            Transporting phrases aloft.

Toss a petal.

Catch a scent.

            Pause action. ~~ Sally W. Donatello

The words echoed back at me. It’s time for a proverbial break.

Plans are made. Serendipity awaits as summer holiday begins tomorrow. I’m on the edge of a two-week hiatus from the usual. I’m about to partake in part travel, part cyber-less retreat, part watching, part exploration, part adventure, part listening, part simply being.

Many of you are on your small, medium or large junket too. I wish wherever you are that we’ll return rejuvenated to continue our blogging journey. Bon appétit. Bon voyage. Bon soir. I’ll be back on 03 August 2015.

Tip of the Day:

With macro photography simplicity in composition helps the viewer to appreciate the qualities revealed. With little or nothing in the background to distract, the subject becomes the centerfold. Close ups uncover the unseen, undiscovered, visually concealed. Your perspective is vital to the success of a macro shot. Can you find the details that perk the viewer’s attention? Did you place the subject in the best lighting–lighting that gives focus on the areas that unveil details that stun and seduce the eye and mind? Macro photography is a genre that takes extra feats of patience. Diligence pays to avoid out-of-focus images (unless that’s your aim). There is a point of reckoning where clarity unfolds and a point when it dissolves. Happy shooting.

View other entires for this week’s challenge:


As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

1st Monday: Nature.

2nd Monday: Macro.

3rd Monday: Black and White.

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.

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58 Responses to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro

  1. Dina says:

    Both are my favourite flowers, but I go for the red one, it’s fabulous.
    Happy and safe travels, Sally, have a wonderful time.
    Dina & co x

  2. RMW says:

    Have to go with the red. First of all, geraniums are my favorite flowering plants. And the color is so vibrant it jumps off the screen. I like the delicacy of the white flowers but the geranium is no contest!

  3. elisa ruland says:

    The geranium is divine. It’s almost draped, the curves graceful. But I have to say I’m a sucker for hydrangeas! Both are gorgeous.

  4. I hope you’re having a fabulous vacation, Sally! Your red geranium is striking and a beautiful example of summer’s best and brightest colors.

    • Lisa, today is the first time that I’ve connected for a week. One more week of vacation ahead of me. Geraniums are a summer “must” for me. They are summer. See you soon. Thanks.

  5. Wow – the geranium is just like velvet. A fantastic macro this week, Sally.

  6. Madhu says:

    The geranium is my pick. Love the shadow and the pop of colour against the white.

  7. I do like both pictures but that red geranium is absolutely gorgeous! I love it! Have a wonderful vacation! Here is my contribution:

  8. Amy says:

    The geranium is gorgeous, Sally! I just came back from our 10-day vacation and am refreshed. Enjoy your wonderful summer vacation. 🙂

  9. inesephoto says:

    I love the Hydrangea – the way it disappears into shadows.

  10. I love the geranium! beautiful words to go with!

  11. Maria F. says:

    Both are striking flower details Sally.

  12. Badfish says:

    Very nice. I think I like the first, red, one best. But I don’t know why…composition, color?

  13. Jane Lurie says:

    The vivid red geranium really caught my eye, Sally. The softness of the hydrangea is quite beautiful, too. OK, can’t decide. 🙂

  14. Su Leslie says:

    Hi Sally. I love both these images and think they work really well as a pair. The flowers are beautifully accentuated by the backgrounds of dark and light. Enjoy your time away.

  15. Lovely photos. My favourite is the second one. They have changed our reader so am not sure if I did a pingback to you or not.

    • Raewyn, yes, I know about the Reader. I do not like it. The rearrangement definitely is not a visually pleasing or makes it hard to sort out the information. I did not get a Pingback. See you soon. Thanks.

  16. Angeline M says:

    Good Monday to you, Sally. I love the hydrangea in its elegance against the black backdrop. Something so sophisticated about white against black. I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and I am sure you will come back with some wonderful photos to share.

  17. LaVagabonde says:

    I like the mystery of the second photo. Have a fabulous vacation!

  18. Flower fire works!!! Both work for me. Yeah Summer!

  19. Gorgeous geranium–and a very space-age feel to the background. Unexpected composition that really works. 🙂

  20. Oh wow, Sally! I’m in love with the first photo. What a rich red!

    Safe travels, and have an enjoyable and rejuvenating vacation.

  21. Oh! My! Stunning reds, Sally.

  22. pattimoed says:

    Hi Sally. Wow. The geranium is such a vibrant and rich color. Love it! And have a wonderful vacation!

  23. Gallivanta says:

    Love the boldness of the geranium. Have a wonderful refreshing break. 🙂

  24. PedalWORKS says:

    The first one. It’s the colour.

  25. Sally, no doubt at all today: I love the first one. I love the color, the composition, everything about it. 🙂


  26. The geranium! The color and zoomed in detail.

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