Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White (and Nature)

16 January 2017


Take in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed, FX Photo Studio and Pixlr

Afternoon Light and Leaf Photomontage; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Afternoon Light and Leaf Photomontage; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click on image to enlarge. Let me know what you think about this photomontage. Prints are available upon request.


Ode to Wintry Mix


Magic, I wish. Miracle, I wish. Modesty, I wish.

Magic clouds dissolve and illuminate, illuminate each of us for our selfhood.

No identity questioned. No criticism for words that soothe, and yet are not yours to speak.


Miracle blazed a path to the planet’s core. Salve exudes.


Modesty rises to swing through hearts and calm those that are misunderstood. Calm stares that are miscalculated.


And magic appears with confidence and illusion. ~~ Sally W. Donatello, 2017

Tip of the Week:

In The New York Time’s section “Lens” James Estrin introduces the reader to photographer Josh Haner’s work. “Photographing Climate Change Refugees, by Drone and Foot” ( 28 December 2016) encapsulates Haner’s dedication to tell the story that few notice: as climate change has redefined the weather, it has also reimagined the land that we inhabit, leaving growing numbers of refugees. The article explains, “Josh Haner has photographed eight stories across five countries this year about the effects of climate change, often employing drones to get unique vantage points. Mr. Haner is a staff photographer and a senior editor for photo technology at The New York Times. He talked with James Estrin about finding new ways to visualize climate change.” Read the full article here. I found Haner’s images informative, persuasive and provocative.

"Living in China's Expanding Deserts," photo by Josh Haner/New York Times

“Living in China’s Expanding Deserts,” photo by Josh Haner/New York Times

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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32 Responses to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White (and Nature)

  1. Lignum Draco says:

    This is a beautiful work of art, Sally. As if a portal to another dimension – a hidden forest.

  2. You are really remarkable with your work, Sally.

  3. pattimoed says:

    Hi, Sally. I agree with Maria. The leaf “window” is marvelous. There are many layers to this. Beautiful!

  4. Maria F. says:

    I like the “window” to the leaf.

  5. Thank you for including the reference to photographer Josh Haner’s work. I am looking forward to perusing that article.

  6. Tina Schell says:

    I agree, definitely needed enlargement – stunning.

  7. RMW says:

    Very glad I enlarged this as I loved all the details. Very well done.

  8. Su Leslie says:

    Your image is stunning Sally; a beautiful fusion of strength and delicacy.

  9. Nato says:

    The montage is wonderful. To me is is powerful in the core and covered up with a softness. It reminded me of people, we are soft on the outside until we are forced to look inside and endure. Your ode was powerful and moving. Bravo!

  10. Amy says:

    That is so stunning! Beautifully done, Sally!

  11. I loved the wintry feel of your montage, Sally. Looking at the stark branches and fluffy clouds through the leaf shape is awesome! Well done.

  12. Fascinating image this week, Sally. Methinks it’s a rend in the fabric of time…or at least reality. have a wonder-filled week.


  13. Seeing the forrest in a single leaf is true magic. this you have created today.
    “no criticism for words that sooth” may it be so a balm upon our soul Until next Monday when we meet again

  14. Sue says:

    Love the creativity of the photomontage & leaf ….

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