Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (and Flower Photomontage)

12 December 2016


Gerber Daisy Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved.jpg

Gerber Daisy Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click on image to enlarge. Let me know what you think about this photomontage.


*********** The next mobile photography challenge will pay tribute to the New Year on Monday, 02 January. I will begin my cyber holiday at the end of this week, and wish you two weeks of calm and tranquility and lots of festive cheer. ****************************

This week I decided to take a quiet pause, to suspend disbelief and fog, to focus on a space that will bring me deep felt hope and optimism. How that translates is yet to be defined.

I believe that I will be on this spiritual pilgrimage of my own invention for much more than the week, probably indefinitely. The flower photomontage in the Lens section is part of this journey, which  includes reflection and forward thinking. The image salutes a world that seems precarious, an image that speaks to possibilities and transformation in its layers and shades of unknowns.

Throughout the winter holidays: Let’s fine comfort and pleasure in the company of family and friends; Let merrymaking fill our thoughts; Let our emotions bubble with elation; Let distractions fade and appreciation persist.

I will see you for the next challenge on 02 January, when we can usher in the New Year, putting this very difficult 2016 to rest and in the past.

We can turn toward a lightness of being, a renewal of confidence in the future. My best to you and yours, Sally

***** “Sometimes a deep question is better than a straight answer.” ~~ The filmmaker Werner Herzog

Tip of the Week:

“The Radical Eye” is an acclaimed modernist photography exhibition from the Sir Elton John Collection. Sir John owns almost 8,000 images that date from the early twentieth century. The show, which is a glimpse into the artistic value of his collection, consists of seventy artists and one-hundred-and-fifty rare vintage prints. The exhibition is available at the Tate Modern in London until 07 May 2017. For further information go to the Tate’s website (here and here)

Phillip Prodger, Head of Photographs Collection at UK’s National Portrait Gallery, said Mr. John was “very uncompromising in his collecting, and always sought out those examples that thrill when you see them. It’s incredible not just that he has a print of such and such,” he added, “but he has the print.”

For those of you that live in the UK or will be traveling to London, I urge you to take the opportunity to see this highly-praised exhibition.

"Underwater Swimmer, a portrait of Kersetz's brother," 1917

“Underwater Swimmer, a portrait of Kertesz’s brother,” 1917****


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 would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

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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42 Responses to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (and Flower Photomontage)

  1. Your first photograph gives me the impression of an x-ray.

  2. badfish says:

    Love the photomontage, love Mr. John! happy new year, lady!!

  3. prior.. says:

    have a nice cyber holiday – and see you next year… 🙂

  4. Su Leslie says:

    Enjoy your time away Sally, and I hope you find renewed energy and faith in the company of loved ones. Your montage is beautiful; a source of joy in darkness. Thank you for hosting this challenge; I look forward to being part of this lovely community again in 2017. Meri Kirimehete

  5. thirdeyemom says:

    Absolutely stunning photograph Sally. I love it. Happy Holidays and good to take a break and reflect. I agree, the new year is bound to bring us so many challenges. I have a lot to reflect on too. Enjoy your time with family and friends. See you in 2017!

  6. Nato says:

    What a gorgeous image Sally! It looks like something you would see hanging in a fancy restaurant or museum. I wish you well on your holiday and may you enjoy life, health and wonderful family times:) See you at the new year!

  7. Suzanne says:

    Hi Sally, I like the dreamy beauty of your image.

  8. I think your capture is beautiful and speaks to the fragility of hope yet to arrive. I am especially taken by the hue variation seen in the montage as light and dark play on that vibrant color. Wishing you a restful end of the year and hoping you will find both tranquility and cheer through your reflections.

  9. it is like a dancer!! I like the underwater shot too!

  10. Aquileana says:

    The Gerber Daisy is gorgeous dear Sally… as always, your words are wise and accurate… even if it is summer here, I feel that thisis a special time of the year, when we need to slow it down and try to share time with our family and dear ones…. You are quite right.
    Sending love. Happy Holidays and thanks for your support all this year! ❤

  11. restlessjo says:

    Love the photo montage, Sally. Such pretty colours and shadows. Enjoy your time away and wishing you a joyful festive season. 🙂

  12. I encourage everyone to click on the photo. The beautiful detail and color can’t really be appreciated in the small size. Sally, enjoy your time off and Merry Christmas to you. I hope it’s a wonderful holiday season and end-of-the-year for you.


  13. Like a beautiful ballet. I wish you Happy Holidays and a rewarding pilgrimage.

  14. Allan G. Smorra says:

    This is a wonderful photo, Sally. It reminds me of a time-lapse photo of a dancer whirling about. The deep color on the black background adds to the mystery.

    Enjoy your spiritual journey and come back to us when you are ready.

  15. Extraordinary photo for the end of the year. Looks more like a flame than a flower, The word sophisticated comes to mind.
    Happy Holidays May the bring you Bright Joy and Happiness

  16. Amy says:

    Beautifully done, Sally! Lovely color and details. 🙂

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