Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (2015 and Self-Evaluation)

28 December 2015

Lens:

2. Autumn Foliage Sanctuary; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Autumn Foliage Sanctuary; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Whitney Sculpture Rooftop; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Whitney Sculpture Rooftop; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Afternoon Refraction, ; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Afternoon Refraction, ; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

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

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

1. "Queen of the Night Tulip; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

5. “Queen of the Night Tulip; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

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

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

Gerber Daisy; Copyright © 2014 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

7. Gerber Daisy; Copyright © 2014 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

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

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

Freedom Tower, Lower Manhattan; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

9. Freedom Tower, Lower Manhattan; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Nightscape, New York City; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

10. Nightscape, New York City; Copyright © 2015 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved/Lens and Pens by Sally

Let me know which of these photographs (in no particular order) from 2015 is your favorite. Click onto each image to enlarge. If you decide to leave a comment, please do it from the Homepage.

Pens:

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment”. – Buddha

There is an overwhelming need to push inward, the tail of 2015 is responsible and standing in repose, knowing farewell is imminent. That presence seats my emotional thoughts. Words avoid my tongue, and stay inward where they jostle for permanence and recognition. They prompt action, encouraging a review of my images from the last year; it’s a worthy journey.

I’m the critic’s critic of my own work; I have a VERY difficult time knowing when to curtail the process. Self-evaluation is serious stuff. I decide to view the entire year’s posts, selecting images that meet my standard. It’s a tough exercise.

Not much seems to be what I thought it was. Still, I choose ten photographs that for various aesthetics and other reasons meet some criteria—criteria that mixes this and that and much intuition. But it’s mostly subjectivity about my own photographs and their storytelling.

The present secludes the past and prepares for the future. Most importantly, the present presides over where I am and need to be. No wonder the images of almost yesteryear need to have another glance, and then rest in the past.

I angle my view of the collection in the Lens section, and see the link between architecture, nature, black-and-white photography, and urban culture. But it’s really about the juxtaposition of nature to human nature. That’s my personal philosophical viewpoint; that’s where I reside, places where I find peace and solace but also provocation.

I am forever moving along a continuum toward discovery where a crossover between the creativity process, reality and vision blur and occur. It’s an ongoing journey and one that I fully embrace. It’s my effort to find my voice and at times infuse that voice.

Photography uses its visual language to appeal to our sense of humanity, place and time. Its aesthetics are crucial, but the story must burst out of the frame and grab the viewer.

Please tell me which of those photographs you enjoy the most. Truly, I learn from your eye and interpretation, and I will continue to do so. I value your opinion.

See you in 2016. See you as hope cascades through my spirit, longing for a better day, every day.

Tip of the Week:

My ongoing love affair with street photography continues to hold its grasp upon me. As I viewed The New York Times’ annual “The Year in Pictures,” it seemed an apt series to share with you. Many of them are taken in the streets around the world, and show why this form of photography is necessary to archive the human condition. This year has been a treasure trove of stories that will not be forgotten and many will straddle 2016 and beyond. Click here to view this year’s most poignant and startling images that show visually the stories of 2015.

"Equal Dignity," The New York Times, 27 June 2015

“Equal Dignity,” The New York Times, 27 June 2015

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/12/28/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-street-art-in-the-subway/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2015/12/28/acorns-of-2015/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2015/12/28/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-head-in-the-clouds/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2015/12/28/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-yesterday-is-gone/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/12/29/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-a-recap-of-2015/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2015/12/29/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-shades-of-finn

http://roamingurbangypsy.com/2015/12/28/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choicecan-do-street-art-in-the-subway/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2015/12/31/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-looking-back-on-the-year 

https://inthezone2001.wordpress.com/2015/12/31/2015inreview/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2015/12/31/my-iphotography-year-in-review/

Note:

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, Panorama, 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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62 Responses to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (2015 and Self-Evaluation)

  1. A wonderful overview of where the journey 2015 took you-my favorites are #1, #3 and #5-as much as I enjoy the architectural and people challenges you do, it is your nature images that always speak to me-“Queen of the Night” is magnificent and the tree image I think is one of my favorites overall-#3’s abstract quality and color also caught my attention-

  2. DG MARYOGA says:

    Happy,Healthy and Prosperous New Year,dear Sally!No 4 bears a lot of weight … 🙂

  3. LaVagabonde says:

    They’re all great, but the paperweight is my fave.

  4. Tina Schell says:

    I’m for the gerber Sally. It’s colorful, graceful, and beautifully composed. Happy New Year to you!!

  5. I keep coming back to the flame, the movement and abstraction take it out of “just Photography”
    I have so enjoyed participating in your weekly iPhoto, I have to call, seminars because I learn so much from you and the other photography,
    Wishing you a Happy and safe new year.
    Many Blessings
    Carol

  6. Happy New Year and my best wishes for 2016!

  7. Su Leslie says:

    Please, please don’t ask me to choose. I have loved all of these images in their original posts, and would struggle terribly to select a favourite. Thank you for sharing your art and wisdom over the year, and thank you for hosting this challenge and giving us all a chance to share our own efforts. Happy New Year to you Sally.

  8. Maria F. says:

    It’s hard to decide, I think you architectural work in b&w is very good because you tend to towards minimalism in architecture which is not easy.

  9. Greetings and Happy New Year! Here is my entry for this Photo Challenge. All photos were taken using my Samsung Galaxy cell phone or my Samsung Galaxy tablet. http://roamingurbangypsy.com/2015/12/28/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choicecan-do-street-art-in-the-subway/

  10. What a great selection of images Sally. It’s tough to pick just one favourite but the one I’m drawn too the most is #7 the gerber daisy. Just beautiful. Happy New year.

  11. restlessjo says:

    4 stopped me in my tracks the first time I saw it, Sally, and it’s still a standout for me, but I do like the Freedom Tower very much too. Hope 2016 finds you healthy and happy! I’ve enjoyed my visits here. 🙂

  12. S. M. Page says:

    Gerbil Daisy. Photo 7: Excellent! No. 1 of all. 10 stars. Fine composition. Outstanding subject framing.

  13. pattimoed says:

    Hi Sally. Your photos are beautiful, but my favorite is still the Freedom Tower. (I suspect you knew that already!) The link to the NY Times Year in Pictures was fabulous too. The end of the year does encourage reflection, doesn’t it? Your photo experiments have encouraged me to expand my photography skills. Many thanks! And all the best to you and your family in 2016.

  14. Gallivanta says:

    Number 6 and Number 7 are probably my favourites. How difficult for you to select only 10. It would be interesting to come back to this same 10 in a year and evaluate them. Happy photography for 2016.

  15. Suzanne says:

    All of these photos are excellent. They draw me in to take a longer look – always a measure of whether or not an artwork is strong. All of these are very strong indeed.

  16. Sally, what a strong portfolio to close your year. I’ve enjoyed each one of your top 10 throughout 2015 but #5 stands out as my favorite today. I’ll admit to thinking along the same lines as Prior though and really appreciate the flow from #4 to #5. All my best for a wonderful New Year ahead. 🙂

  17. My favorites were #2 (BW) and #4 (color) but all were gorgeous

  18. I like the Freedom Tower for its stark architectural beauty and the Pansy for its warmth, color and charm.

  19. Your work has been great. I have loved seeing what you have come up with.

  20. Hi, Sally. I really like your last two photos. The crisp lines of the Freedom Tower with the bokeh reflections on the building below work so well together. The last photo could have been taken anywhere from 1935 to 1940. It is one of those iconic in-the-moment photos that document a place and time for years to come.

    Have a great week and an even better New Year.
    Ω

  21. phoartetry says:

    Sally’s although, all your photos had somethings of say to me, the two that drew me in was #4 and #7. The macro, the blend of colors softly merges the subject with the background making them artistically beautiful.

    • Thanks so much for your comment (and putting it on the Homepage). It’s a fascinating process to return to a body of work, which is something that I usually do not do. I appreciate your thoughtful response to my work. Happy 2016 and hope that you build memorable memories.

  22. prior2001 says:

    It is really hard to select just one – and I was going for queen of the night tulip, but then wondered if it was because it followed the paper weight – the colors of the paperweight seemed to lead right into that tulip in this post! I also remember a few photos from earlier this year 😏 – and street photography is something I also love so that NYtimes info is interesting – hard to believe is is almost 2016 – 💕

  23. Nato says:

    I loved pictures #4 and #7. Not that I didn’t like the others of course, but those two looked like prints I would hang on my walls, something I would enjoy seeing daily. Thanks for the review:) I am so glad I found your page and challenge.

  24. Sally, it’s difficult to say which I like best. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of your photos that I didn’t like for one reason or another…or five. I like the stark abstractness of #2, the angle and color of #7, and everything about #9. Thanks for hostessing another year of this enjoyable challenge that’s also a learning experience. All the best in 2016!

    janet

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