Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (and White Lily at Longwood Gardens)

08 February 2016


I. Taken with Camera+

1. Lilium longiflorum 'White Heaven' Flower, Longwood Gardens; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. White Lily, Lilium longiflorum ‘White Heaven,’ Longwood Gardens; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

II. Taken with Camera+ and Snapseed

2. White Lily, Lilium longiflorum 'White Heaven,' Longwood Gardens; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. White Lily, Lilium longiflorum ‘White Heaven,’ Longwood Gardens; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Let me know which you prefer. Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.


“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”                                ― The Secret Garden

Ode to White Lily:

Trace the lines of spiritual revelation. Glance silence. Brush sensation. Move inward.

Racing heart, sees brilliance. Determining a forever journey.

Notice. Be attentive. While piercing the actual, plunge into the possible.                              ~~ Sally W. Donatello

In the Lens section are my interpretations of the white lily–a lily often seen at the world-renown Longwood Gardens. Recently, on a blustery and wintry day that kept most people inside, my grandson and I were in our element strolling through the horticultural center’s conservatory.

The staff was busily preparing for the Orchid Extravaganza, which now fills their exhibition spaces. Orchids are seen in every imaginable way, including orbs that hang overhead and court attention. If you are traveling to the area (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA), the extravaganza runs until 27 March. Click here for to go the  gardens’ homepage.

I found myself charged with showing the white lily’s audacious interior. The center of its blooms are notoriously simple, and yet eloquently expressive. They are on constant duty to lure small creatures and humans to help spread their self-worth. I’ve posted two versions. The second has less detail and is a bit more abstract, but nevertheless recognizable.

Tip of the Day:

It’s macro week, which asks us to accomplish one of the most challenging feats for a Smartphone. There are so many hints to help accomplish those close-up and details usually not noticed by the naked eye. “We’re” told: not to use the zoom, be aware of lighting, use a tripod, get an add-on lens, and more. I found an article that summarizes suggestions to create an acceptable macro image, but it also has additional information that can be helpful. Jack Hollingworth’s How to Shoot Close-Up and Macro Photography with Your iPhone (2014) is worth the perusal (click here to view it). Hollingsworth’s gives a wealth of ideas to inspire your journey into macro photography. His points can be adapted to any Smartphone. Hope that you visit his site.

Jack Hollingsworth, How to Shoot Close-Up and Nacro Photography with YOur iPhone, 2014

Jack Hollingsworth, “How to Shoot Close-Up and Macro Photography with Your iPhone,” 2014

View other entries 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, 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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58 Responses to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (and White Lily at Longwood Gardens)

  1. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely Sally – I prefer the first which looks more simple and clean to me. Have you looked at any of the macro lenses for the iphone? There are some wonderful, simple ones out there that are very reasonably priced.

  2. RMW says:

    Both beautiful in their own way but I like seeing more details and texture of the flower in the original shot.

  3. restlessjo says:

    No contest here- it’s the original beauty, Sally! 🙂 Happy Sunday (and Valentine’s)

  4. Aquileana says:

    Nice one, Sally… I like both photographs, but If I had to choose I´ll go for the first one….
    Have a great weekend. Love, Aquileana 😉

  5. ChristineR says:

    I like the first one best, as you get more dimension and texture. But I like the second one for the artistic merit. Cool.

  6. Seyi sandra says:

    I love the interpretation on the shots! They’re both cute. Wished I could take up photography soon… 🙂

  7. Both images are really pretty spectacular.

  8. thirdeyemom says:

    Wow Sally these photos are so precious and delicate. I am tired tonight but so glad I opened up my email and saw your post. It reminds me of the immense beauty in the every day if we just stop and take a look. It is hard to believe this was taken with a phone it is so intricate. Thank you.

  9. Both beautiful but prefer the simplicity of the second one.

  10. DG MARYOGA says:

    Loved the first one, I was attracted like a bee looking for nectar, I felt the crispness of its white petals. I leave the second one for the experienced eye…
    Just a question : Is “White Heaven” part of the Longwood Gardens?

  11. Maria F. says:

    Beautiful Sally. I like the first one, white flowers have so much detail. I’m really happy with the Camera+ app, although it’s still not as user friendly as I would like it.

  12. What a wonderful winter wander!
    The second Lilly has an interesting abstract quality. The first provides a dive into a new and unknown world. I’ll vote for 1 today.
    Thanks for the poetry and Jacks macro lesson.

  13. A touch choice as both are absolutely lovely Sally-but I find myself leaning more towards the second image-it has a more ethereal quality about it. I have Camera+ but have not done much with it-and thank you for sharing the video-I definitely want to do more macro work with my iPhone-

  14. phoartetry says:

    I like both, but to me, the second one, artistically speaking, fabulous – fine art quality, love love love it Sally.

    Macro photographing opens up a whole new world for the the viewer. Great work Sally.


  15. I love the simple and tight composition in both photos. There is such a dynamic feeling to it. As for choosing between the two versions, I think I prefer the first one, for its more subtle tones and transitions between the tones.

  16. Amy says:

    Beautiful macro! This one gives me some idea of taking macro with my iPhone. 🙂

  17. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I like your photos this week, especially the first one. The subtle detail on the left side adds a lot to the overall composition in my opinion. Thank you for the link to the video tutorial. I have not been using the macro mode in either Camera+ or ProCamera and I am inspired to do so now.

  18. Angeline M says:

    I really like the almost full view of the first photo with the leading lines into the flower accentuated by the green color saturation; it seems more dramatic in that first photo.
    I’ve posted an entry for the challenge today from an iPad I’m learning to use. I wasn’t able to link to your post, sorry about that and hope to figure this out soon.

  19. They are both wonderful images.

  20. Good morning, Sally. I love the delicate beauty of the first/original shot. Thanks for the link. I’ve saved it to look at later. I’m always interested in ways to do better macro (or any other) photography with my phone. I hope your week is filled with beauty.


  21. pattimoed says:

    Hi Sally. Both your shots show exquisite color and detail. I love the “sculptural” look of them. And the Hollingsworth video was terrific. Great tips and great post! Happy Monday–

  22. Your words “plunge into the possible” reminded me of the epigraph that Camus used for “The Myth of Sisyphus.” It was a line from the Greek poet Pindar: “Ô mon âme, n’aspire pas à la vie immortelle, mais épuise le champ du possible.” “O my soul, do not aspire to immortal life, but exhaust the field of the possible.” (I don’t know Greek, so I’ve translated the French, which is the version I first encountered.)

  23. Nato says:

    I really like the detail of the first photo and the brightness of the second. So…I guess I like them both! Thanks for the article link. I have the Camera Plus app, which I purchased from one of your earlier posts. I have really enjoyed it but didn’t realize I could manual focus. I thought I had tried everything. I remember shooting the ice on the windshield pics and the phone app could not figure out where to focus and I was getting frustrated with it. Now that I figured out where and how to manually focus (because of this article link), I am hopping for more frost this week! Thanks:)

  24. I love the somewhat muted details in the first photo, Sally. Now I’m going to go check out that article. Thanks and have a great week.

  25. Cristina says:

    Hi Sally 🙂 I love the first picture…it seems more real to me 🙂

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