13 July 2015
I. Geranium from my Summer Garden, 2015
II. Hydrangea from florist, 2014
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.
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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.
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
Thanks so much.
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!
That’s lovely. I’m on vacation and will be back in the beginning of August. I appreciate your comment and visit.
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.
Elisa, you’ve brought a smile to my holiday. Will return 03 August. See you soon. Thanks.
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.
Wow – the geranium is just like velvet. A fantastic macro this week, Sally.
Amanda, I appreciate your comment.
The geranium is my pick. Love the shadow and the pop of colour against the white.
Madhu, I appreciate your comment and visit.
I do like both pictures but that red geranium is absolutely gorgeous! I love it! Have a wonderful vacation! Here is my contribution: https://livingwithmyancestors.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro/
Linda, thank you for your thoughtful comment.
The geranium is gorgeous, Sally! I just came back from our 10-day vacation and am refreshed. Enjoy your wonderful summer vacation. 🙂
Amy, first time in a week that I’ve connected. One more to go. See you soon. Thanks so much.
I love the Hydrangea – the way it disappears into shadows.
I appreciate your comment. Thanks.
I love the geranium! beautiful words to go with!
I appreciate your comment. Thanks so much.
Both are striking flower details Sally.
Maria, thanks so much.
Very nice. I think I like the first, red, one best. But I don’t know why…composition, color?
Lovely to hear from you. Thanks.
The vivid red geranium really caught my eye, Sally. The softness of the hydrangea is quite beautiful, too. OK, can’t decide. 🙂
Jane, you brought a huge smile across my evening. Thanks.
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.
Su, I’m touched by your comment. Thanks so much.
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.
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.
Angeline, hydrangea are (as you said) elegant, and have a certain appeal in each stage of its existence–even dried. Happy Photo Challenge.
I like the mystery of the second photo. Have a fabulous vacation!
Julie, I appreciate your comment and visit. Thanks.
Love the red! 🙂
Thank you, and welcome to the challenge.
Flower fire works!!! Both work for me. Yeah Summer!
Indeed, summer also brings the unexpected and the exuberant. See you soon. Thanks.
Gorgeous geranium–and a very space-age feel to the background. Unexpected composition that really works. 🙂
Lori, I’m humbled. Thanks so much.
Oh wow, Sally! I’m in love with the first photo. What a rich red!
Safe travels, and have an enjoyable and rejuvenating vacation.
Nadine, that’s lovely. Thanks.
Oh! My! Stunning reds, Sally.
Jann, I have various hues of geraniums. They are favorites that I tend inside and outside year round. Thanks.
Funny about geraniums. Never have been on of my favorite flowers . . . but in macro, you sure make them look good!
Jann, each of us has our favorites. Geraniums woo me because each floret has its charm. Then the entire flowerhead has a strong presence. Thanks.
Hi Sally. Wow. The geranium is such a vibrant and rich color. Love it! And have a wonderful vacation!
Patti, thanks, see you soon.
Love the boldness of the geranium. Have a wonderful refreshing break. 🙂
I appreciate your comment. I spend you a lovely geranium floret to cheer your days. Thanks.
The first one. It’s the colour.
I appreciate your comment. Thanks.
Sally, no doubt at all today: I love the first one. I love the color, the composition, everything about it. 🙂
Janet, good morning, the sun is strongly shining and its lovely summer light. Enjoy your week. Thanks so much.
The geranium! The color and zoomed in detail.
Thank you for your comment and visit.