jacaranda tree in bloom
Community, Gardening, Photography

Photo Challenge – Remastered

The Friendly Friday Photo Challenge will soon begin again at Something to Ponder About and Sandy L’s The Sandy Chronicles. As such, I am reviewing some of my older photography posts and came across this one.

This pic that was part of Sally’s Phoneography Challenge in years gone by.

Would I change anything?

No – I still like this photo. In particular, the fine hairs on the petals of this Jacaranda flower.

jacaranda flower

The phoneography challenge was the brainchild of Sally at Lens and Pens and each week has a different theme and tip for improving your phoneography.  I changed the angle of the light for this photo after photographing it on a previous day. It is a Jacaranda flower that flowers here generally in November.

Sally’s Tip for Macro Photography: Here is a quick tip that will benefit you as you explore the world of macrophotography. Be ultra aware of light flow as you take your subject with your device. Turn off your flash to minimize shadows: determine if that allows for a better image. Try to use natural light, which is my favorite setting.



Phoneography and Non-SLR Photo Challenge: Nature (Lysoen)


Lens and Pens Phoneography Challenge for this week comes from the ferry departure for Lysoen, and the home of Ole Bull.

Nexus 4 – no filters/enhancements – Just text added

I really like how clear the water was here. No heavy industry and hydro power means the area is really clean. Such a refreshing change from seeing empty plastic drink bottles littering the foreshore.

Join in with Sally’s challenge here and ponder your phone photography

Other entries:












Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Black and White (Architecture)


As it happens, Sally at Lens and Pens also picked an architectural subject for this week’s phoneography Black and White theme. And with a lot of contrast, architecture is often the perfect subject in monochrome.

This group of buildings spans three decades, eighties, nineties and noughties with a brighter foreground of more recent years. Modern history of a city of 35 years told in three buildings.

These photos were taken with an aging Nexus 4, and I applied a few basic filters (just for fun) through Picasa.

Focal Black and White

Film grain
Film grain – not my favourite result

and the original:

Original colour photo
Original colour photo

I think the focal black and white, which teases the viewer with a taste of colour, yet retains the cold rigidity in the architectural forms and for that reason, is my favourite. What do you think?

Join in here

Something to Ponder About


Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Macro (Hot chocolate)

For this week’s Macro challenge – from Lens and Pens

‘Hot Chocolate’


Even thought I prefer to drink my hot chocolate in a ceramic mug, I liked the effect of the crystallization of the cocoa and sugar on the glass’ edge, do you?

Join in with the challenge. Each week has a different theme.

Taken with a aging Nexus 4 – warmed and saturated slightly on Picasa

Something for you and your phone camera to ponder on…


Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Challenger’s choice- Street Photography

It’s Challenger’s Choice, this week,  from Sally at Lens and Pens and I chose Street Photography. To keep with Sally’s featured topic of architectural lines, I have chosen this photo, taken in Trondheim, Norway with my Nexus 4.

C360_2014-06-12-20-40-01-949I really like the contrast of the new glass roof of this renovated hotel, with the old walls of the original bakery from 1897, complete with iron fire escape rungs and the reflection within the windows.

You can find the Clarion Collection Bakkeriet, in Trondheim Norway,  famous for its wooden bridge, pictured below.  The Nexus 4 also performed reasonably well in the low light selfie, taken in the streets of Trondheim, at 11pm at night, posted below.

mmp16th June

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Street Photography: Something to Ponder About


Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Street Photography – Challenger’s Choice

Sally from Lens and Pens invites us to Pick one: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel

But rebelliously, (is that even a word?), I have chosen two photos this week:

Street Photography


I thought this photo was interesting as you can learn so much about the people standing here just from a backward glance.


Portraiture/Night Phoneography (with my older phone camera)

Poorer quality photograph due to inadequate light, but I thought it caught the subject with a unique doll-like expression.




What was going through her mind? Something I’ll Ponder About

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Cormorants on Tangalooma

Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens: Nature

While the northern hemisphere looks to the buds bursting into spring, my nature is sub – tropical, thus we are topsy -turvy with the seasons. Here the summer is just starting to wane, but oh, just so slightly. We have a long way to go before winter arrives in earnest. Which is never really does, anyway.

I am really a winter person, stuck in a place without winter, but on days like this below, I can enjoy the nature summer provides.  The water here is divine. Eat your heart out Caribbean islands!

The location is Tangalooma, in Moreton Bay, Australia, and the cormorants were having their morning social! Aren’t they beautiful?

Thanks always to Sally at Lens and Pens for this fun challenge. (which is soon to be re-named) Join in here.

Nature week: Phoneography challenge

Cormorants on Tangalooma

And some ponderings about the days on the beach in our eternal summer:


Parchment sands blow gently in the early onshore breeze,

like kisses of dried out lips,

towels flutter in sunshine, sweat, and surf,

muffled squeals of delighted children,

salt sprays and sunscreen coats the skin like the morning dew

must-have ice- creams melting on sticky fingers;

The sleepy afternoon return home.


Australia, Community

Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens: Black and White

Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens: Black and White

My entry this Monday’s for lensandpensbysally  weekly Phoneography  challenge -‘Black and White’. Below you will see the original photo.

The black and white makes it look historic, something from a bygone era, but this of course, depends entirely on the subject matter. Don’t you think? Something to ponder about.

phonechallenge20janPhoneography Badge, 2013

Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Phoneography Challenges at Lens and Pens by Sally:

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).



Australia, Community, History & Traditions

Phoneography challenge – Week 5 Challenger’s choice – street photography

Phoneography challenge - Week 5 Challenger's choice - street photography

Historic arcade, Brisbane Australia:

A heritage listed arcade with up market shops, built in  1924, that even has its own bomb shelter, in the basement, no longer used as such. This was the subject for my challenger’s choice photograph for this week’s challenge. To join in with your phone’s best photos, see below:

Since the deaths of owner, James Mayne in 1939, and Mary Mayne in 1940, Brisbane Arcade has been operated by a board of trustees acting on behalf of their estates, with operating proceeds benefiting the University of Queensland School of Medicine, (according to Wikipedia).

LensandPensbySally runs a regular phoneography challenge, every Monday, for photos taken with your smart phone, as your lens. Each week there is a different focus:

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).


“Life, we learn too late, is in the living ,  in the tissue of every day and hour.” Stephen Leacock.

A quote to ponder about today.



Phoneography Challenge: Black and White


I like the timeless nature of Black and white photos. Lens and PensbySally has a weekly phoneography challenge, that utlises spontaneous photographs we take on our smart/iphones. I took this one on a black and white effect on the phone to convey the feeling it was an old photograph.  I like that we can transmit feelings and atmosphere through such a narrow spectrum of colour.


Thinking of joining in:

find out more here.

Something to ponder about.