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Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens: Nature

My entry this Monday’s for lensandpensbysally‘s Phoneography Nature challenge tried to incorporate the different planes mentioned in Sally’s tips.

A landscape, for example, can be so vast as to cause emotional overload. My approach is to break it down into planes: to see the scene as layers that need to be assessed. This point of view can be summarized as: featured plane (reflection as focal point), horizon (where pond meets the landscape), mid-ground (spectrum of light), foreground (trees as backdrop), cloud and skyline (top and through trees). Nature photographers usually include at least five planes, sometimes six. Of course, this suggestion can change with the complexity or simplicity of the composition. Photography is not about rules; it’s about our individual vision. But with experimentation and practice it also becomes full of instinctual and subconscious choices.”



If you wish to join in, here is the weekly schedule. Find out more at Lensandpensbysally

1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro

3rd Monday: Black and White

4th and 5th Mondays: Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

Phoneography Badge, 2013

Something to ponder about in other entries:

13 thoughts on “Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens: Nature”

  1. Amanda, each of your images has a serene quality, and does pull me into their layers. Thanks for mentioning my tips. You’ve done a really good job. The first is simple and quite calming in its story. Happy Phoneography Challenge.


    1. Thank you Janet. These trees are wonderful in a park, and they grow quite large very quickly. Unfortunately, some people plant them in neighbourhood back yard, which can sometimes cause problems, so they are best in a parkland setting like this one. Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂


      1. It’s beautiful. Reminds me of Fall in the US. My favorite season while I lived there. In South Africa, we don’t really get to experience Autumn in such magnificence.


        1. Uresha: Neither do we really have a autumn or “fall” in Australia, unless you live way down south where cool climate exotic plants grown. It is summer at the moment and those trees are dropping their flowers. It is a lovely carpet, but unusual as most trees don’t drop flowers like this, hence my taking a photo of it. The tree originated from tropical Africa and India, I believe.


      2. Amanda, I just had a thought of what could be a good shot. A shot from above of a person laying on that brilliant “carpet” of flowers. Something like this shot from Sacha Blackburne
        I wanted something like this for my engagement shoot but the ground was very wet that day…


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