Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Still Life of Nature)

28 November 2016


I. Taken in Camera+ and edited in Hipstamatic, Stackables and Pixlr

1. Autumnal Scenario Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Autumnal Scenario Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

II. Taken in Camera+ and edited in Hipstamatic and Stackables

2. Autumnal Scenario; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Autumnal Scenario; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

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


Years of palpable uncertainty are in my country’s future. Everyone needs an instant escape mechanism to shelter their souls from the day-to-day news—news that carries an unsettling forecast of what is yet to be. What to do? Lately I’ve longed to believe that I had awoken to a parallel universe, and all I had to do was wait until sleep came again and I arose in my real world. Alas, to no avail. Then I began to invent a monumental science fiction scenario that in few ways was healing. Meta-narratives continued to enter my mind’s neediness.

Last week on a crisp morning I set out on my daily walk in blustery weather that mimicked my mood. Suddenly, I spied flattering clouds swiftly crossing the skyline, giving me a dose of supreme contentment for a nanosecond. That illusion of a sweet state of mind was followed by an autumnal scene that was simple in its storytelling. Still, my thoughts were diverted by the natural wonders before me.

Nature is my sanctuary. She is the repository of the world’s ambition, even in the path of human intervention.

In nature I loose time, the sense of boundaries release themselves. I no longer care about time, its dimensions and meaning. It’s the equivalent of flow in photography or any creative endeavor or activity where the mind becomes one with the doing. Some inner force becomes in charge, and I am tranquil.

I am relieved of the ticking. Time is relinquished, it’s on its own as it should be.

Tip of the Week:  Daisy Gilardini is an accomplished wildlife photographer who is widely known and respected for her work documenting nature in extreme environments. She is especially captivated by the polar bear. From her website:

” Many times I tried to understand this irresistible attraction to the Polar Regions, which I would define almost as an addiction or obsession. These extreme adventures transport me out of my ordinary worldliness leading me in a voyage of self-discovery….If human kind wants to survive and evolve with our planet we have to act responsibly, by acknowledging with humility that Nature is not depended by us but we are dependent by Nature….While science provides the data necessary to explain issues and suggest solutions, photography symbolizes these issues. Science is the brain, while photography is the heart and we need to reach people’s heart and emotions in order to move them to action, for Nature and for us.”

The results of Gilardini’s environmental expeditions can be seen in her books such as Bear Tales and Polar Wonders.

"Hitching a Ride," Wapusk National park, Canada, 2016, by Daisy Gilardini

“Hitching a Ride,” Wapusk National Park, Canada, 2016, by Daisy Gilardini

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.

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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, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

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

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39 Responses to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Still Life of Nature)

  1. pattimoed says:

    Hi, Sally. I love the colors in the first shot. You’ve really “nailed” the photomontage. A perfect blend of images that creates a feeling of tranquility. Like you, I’m looking for those “escapes” from the stress of these uncertain times.

  2. Su Leslie says:

    I like that both images foster emotion; one can’t look at them dispassionately. But I love the first — the colours are so uplifting and such a powerful reminder of nature’s beauty.

  3. restlessjo says:

    We can bang our heads against a wall or we can look for the beauty in life, Sally. I prefer your option 🙂 I like the flame colours of the first and the more soothing colours of the second. To me they represent both ends of the spectrum.

    • Jo, indeed, it’s a journey of self-discovery just trying to get through this continual uncertainty for USA and its effects upon the world. I’m glad that you agree with nature’s ability to guide us in this time of wide and deep unknown. Just returned from my walk in gentle rain. I’ll be thinking about you as you create your next walking adventure. Thanks so much for you response.

  4. I prefer the first one, because of the warm colours and vibrancy.

  5. I love number one best too!! wonderful colour collage!

  6. Amy says:

    The first one is beautiful!

  7. Love the painterly quality in these images. They radiate calmness and serenity. My favourite is the first one. I like the more complex composition of it. 🙂

  8. smilecalm says:

    i’m grateful to see these
    and learn of the phone’s
    magical powers of escape 🙂

  9. Jane Lurie says:

    Hi Sally, Love the rich colors in the first image. Thanks for the tips, too.

  10. Tina Schell says:

    I’m with Janet, the colors of the first draw one in.

  11. Suzanne says:

    I love the painterly quality of these photos. Like you, I find great solace in nature. Now I’ve moved and life is settling down I will try and join in your challenge more often. 🙂

  12. I would go for the first photo as it has a more satisfying balance to the composition. Can’t really explain though why – it just feels that way to me!?

  13. Ulli says:

    Dear Sally, I love the first one … it is really great!
    Thanks for sharing and all the best for you

  14. Angeline M says:

    The colors of the first photo are quite magnificent, but I am drawn to that second photo for its starkness and detail. It is so soothing and peaceful; I love it.

  15. Wow I love the first image Sally.The colors are very pleasing.

  16. Sally, I instantly fell in love with the first one because of the rich, autumn colors. Have a happy, post-Thanksgiving week.


  17. Vibha Ravi (PixelVoyages) says:

    I prefer the first one because the tree in the foreground seems to have a see through effect. The colors help too!

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