Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Editing and Processing (Photomontage or Photographic Visual Puzzle*)

30 January 2017


I. Taken with Camera+ and Editing in Snapseed and Pixlr

White Tiger Lily and Plants Photomontage, Longwood Gardens; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. White Tiger Lily and Plants Photomontage, Longwood Gardens; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

II. Taken in Camera+ and Editing in Snapseed and Pixlr

White Tiger Lily and Plants Photomontage, Longwood Gardens; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. White Tiger Lily and Plants Photomontage, Longwood Gardens; Copyright © 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click onto each image to enlarge. Let me know what you think about my photographs. Which do you prefer color or black and white? Prints are available upon request.


“Art implies control of reality, for reality itself possesses no sense of the aesthetic. Photography becomes an art when certain controls are applied.” – Ansel Adams

“Photography isn’t about your camera; it’s about your soul,” says Scottish photographer David Yarrow. He continues, “As Ansel Adams once said, the lens looks both ways. It’s about your emotional investment in something–the narrative you want to offer to a scene.”

Over six months have passed since I began a journey to create photomontages that mostly                              reflect my interpretation and reverence for nature and its intersection with human nature. This photographic pilgrimage has given me new ways of seeing and living with my spiritual guide: the natural world and its wonders.

Recently, I remembered some moments from my recent trip to Longwood Gardens with my grandson. While viewing the holiday displays, I was drawn to the White Tiger Lilies that ran along the border of the main hall of the Conservatory. When I began to peruse my images from that sweetly memorable trip, I realized that the photomontage in the Lens section was imagined long before I actually created it.

 My intentions were to portray the illusion of nature’s palette and the deeper strength of monochrome. While color has a strangely charismatic lure, it also can be ho-hum. Just as color black and white is never black and white, but increases its appeal or turns you elsewhere. It has variants and levels of play that defy a precise interpretation. Each is never as it first appears to our spying.

Photographs in the Lens section merge the visual with a sense that nothing is as simple as it appears to be. The combination of lilies and other plant life frees the viewer’s eye to wander through the photographic visual puzzle*.

These composites are in their final form an “un-reality,” even as I imagine that they could be real. Layers of nature are blended and cry out with exuberance. They seem to say that we must be vigilant to delve deeper than their surface appearances.

As the image maker I understand that each photomontage exists only inside my imagination. The photomontage lifts my spirits and shows nature in the abstraction, a place that takes me from the moment of seeing the individual images into the unknown: a photographic visual puzzle* to be sure.

Tip of the Week:

Here are a few apps that you might want to explore. Each has its own method to create double exposure: Fused, Image Blender, Photo Blender, and Enlight. I use Pixlr, which  suits my sensibilities. My own experience has taught me to experiment with various apps to find those that compliment my intentions and style. What works for me may not work for someone else. It’s fun to take the journey to that discovery. Happy playing.

* Photographic Visual Puzzle © Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

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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33 Responses to Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Editing and Processing (Photomontage or Photographic Visual Puzzle*)

  1. Lignum Draco says:

    I prefer the b/w version because I see a floating human shape on the right and b/w enhances the “apparition”.

  2. No one should ever reblog a post without the author’s or image maker’s permission. WordPress needs to take steps to stop it.

    • Maria F. says:

      There are bloggers who keep on doing it. I’m still trying to stop this blogger but only time will tell whether they finally take it down. The blog is in itself a ‘re-blog” of everyone else posts.

  3. Su Leslie says:

    Beautiful montage Sally. I am drawn more to the first; the colour flooding though brings a joyous, uplifting feeling. As Otto says, you have found a voice through these photo-montages and it’s one that is lovely to experience.

  4. Maria F. says:

    Thanks for the links of the apps! Very nice work. I love the color one. I’m still waiting for the 16MP iPhone camera for doing more work with smartphones.

  5. Tina Schell says:

    My favorite was the color image – I like the light pouring through from the corner. Nicely done Sally

  6. You have really found your voice through these photomontages. This is a good example, of which the colour version is my favourite, simply because the greens are more coming out when we can see the colours. Pixlr is a fun app, isn’t it?

  7. Very enjoyable, thank you.

  8. I like the photo with the colour. It looks like a painting 🙂

  9. pattimoed says:

    Beautiful photomontage, Sally. I especially like the one in color. The green is reminiscent of the purity and hope of spring. I’m thinking ahead. 🙂 The David Yarrow quote is marvelous too. Have a wonderful week.

  10. smilecalm says:

    Enjoyed these tips and wonderful composite images, Sally 🙂

  11. “Photo montage exists only in our imagination” thank you for that quote.
    Let us together create a new world we might say. One of beauty and health and inclusiveness.
    We no longer can see the world in just one way.
    Not alternate facts or images but expansive bigger world.
    The puzzle and layers of your bright image of Lillies projects a sweet taste in summer mid winter.

  12. Angeline M says:

    Ethereal is the first word that popped into my mind when I saw your photos. I’ll have to call it a draw as to which I like better; they both have their unique qualities of delicacy.

  13. Sue says:

    Love your visual puzzle, Sally…definitely emotive

  14. At first I was drawn to the color image, Sally. But I kept going back and forth. Finally, I think I actually prefer the black and white for its vintage feel.

  15. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I like the B&W version of your photos this week, Sally. It has the haunting effect of a story that spans both Time and events therein.

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