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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge – Macro

Macro photos are an insight into another world. The camera allows us to freeze that moment for later inspection. Hidden in the weed known as  “pigface” was a small insect that I captured with my old Nexus 4.

“A weed is a plant in the wrong place” – Gardener’s saying

 

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Each week has a different phonoegraphic theme

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: The Streets

Challenger’s choice over at Sally D’s Phoneography Blog this week and I have some recent Street /Night Photographic phone photos that I think worthy of posting.

I have chosen some night photography scene of the streets. Such a lovely warm pre – summer Monday night, perfect for a stroll after dinner.The streets were relatively but not spookily quiet. One can always window shop and spot the early Xmas decorations, before the silly season and extended shopping hours starts.

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I edited the photo with Picsart  and quite liked the effect of the bathroom window filter, as it adds an almost forbidden, voyeuristic atmosphere, as if one is peering out to a world one normally can’t or shouldn’t access.

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The streets in November are dotted with lilac carpets, from the flowering Jacaranda trees. Such incredible beauty and blaze of colour, I could not resist, and so am posting another photos where I have used post-processed effects, and this time with Snapseed. Playing around with shadows, I found the blackened trunk seemed much more defined with this adjustment and a little added sharpening.

I love the surreal nature of the following photograph and the contrast of the lilac flowers against the purple sky. Nature has such harmony in colour.

2015-11-27 08.26.39Do you think it could benefit from cropping to improve composition?

 

Join in with Sally’s weekly phoneography challenge here where you will not only excellent photography and tips but this profound quote:

Joyously or not the photograph becomes the source of reality, but it can also become a dreamlike force for interpretation. So if photography is memory, then the image is the moment–a moment of sanctuary in a lifetime of them.

 

Something to ponder about

 

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature

The Phone camera is fast replacing hand held digital SLR or auto focus cameras. These were taken with a HTC, a while ago.

Wood rotting fungi are a wonderful organism. Paradoxically parasitic, yet self-sustaining! Their end product is a gift to the soil.

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Edited slightly for minor enhancements.

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Cropped and Warmed up in Picasa. Which version, do you think, is best?

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Sally D’s Photography Challenge is found here

Each week has a different theme.

Something to Ponder About

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Tech of the month: Long exposure

Long exposures allow you to blur motion and to collect as much light as possible. They often yield unreal yet beautiful images with vibrant colors and a large depth of field.

These are some experimental photos my daughter and I took on my Nikon D3100

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and the following two were taken with the Phone camera’s settings.

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ToM is a monthly photo challenge. To participate, take a picture according the theme, and when you post the picture, create a pingback to Lucile’s post here or here to share your achievement.

Something to Ponder About

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge – Macro [Xanthostemon]

Golden Penda - Xanthostemon chrysanthus

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Macro week

Xanthostemon chrysanthus are stunning native Australian  flowers in bloom this month. We are lucky to have flowers and bursts of colour all year round – even in winter, but the heat is difficult in summertime.

Something for the eyes to ponder on

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White – Trondheim, florals and the sea

A Photography challenge by a new name, but the same fantastic photography challenge, nonetheless. At the same time as Sally’s new title for her ‘phoneography’ challenge, is launched, I have a new smartphone, with much improved photo capabilities, yet to be worked out so, the aging Nexus 4 is the tool behind these:

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The Clayton’s Selfie – the act of taking a selfie while desperately trying not to look like a selfie

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and this:

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Also edited in Picasa: IMG_20141023_070543-001

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Other excellent Monochromatic entries for this week:

http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/05/18/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white/

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-black-and-white-trees-fog-and-sun/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/sally-ds-mobile-photography-black-and-white/

http://nadinetomlinson.com/2015/05/18/the-cards-we-are-dealt

More photographic challenges to ponder about

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Forces of Nature

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Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta, Australia

 

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Forces of Nature.”

In Australia, a country aged by the wind, sun and sea, we see many examples of nature’s work and Forces of Nature.

I am drawn to the sea, as most of us are, who cling to the more hospitable coastal regions of Australia for hearth and home.

The limestone structures that survive, here on Australia’s southern coastline, defy wind, rain, tempest and frothing sea and are an example of natural endurance against the continual pounding of the ocean and are geologically, if not also aesthetically, interesting.

The Arch, Great Ocean Road, Australia

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London Bridge – that fell down stranding tourists

Captured on a very basic Auto focus camera, with the exception of the first photograph, taken with a Nexus 4 and edited with Picasa.

The forces of nature – Something to Ponder About

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Phoneography Challenge – Nature’s Bearded Dragon

Lens and Pens by Sally has a Phoneography  Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge:

Nature is the theme this week.

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Bearded Dragon at Coolangatta Beach, Australia

Captured (only visually) on the Nexus 4. Slightly adjusted in Picasa.

More entries for this challenge here

Sally also has a link to tips on low key photography which I tried to integrate on the following photograph, previously posted here on this blog:

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Capturing nature on my smartphone is something I like to ponder about

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Phoneography Challenge – Editing and Processing

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Lens and Pens Phoneography inspires me every week to look at a photograph differently and to see more possibilities. Especially when it is Week 5 – Editing and Processing

Camera apps are lots of fun (and a little bit addictive). I enjoy creating some visual art from a humble photograph. Have you tried using camera apps? If so, which are your favourite ones to use?

In the first photograph, a highly saturated version of the original, I like that you can’t see the details of the figure in the foreground. It is still a bit intriguing, a bit of a mystery. This allows one’s mind to create a story, whilst the second photograph is all out there, blinding in its intensity. To me, this expresses how I feel in the bright, summer light of midsummer, in Australia. It is blinding hot and extremely bright. Just like the feeling I get when I look at this photograph.

Something visual to ponder about

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge -Nature (Norway)

The Northern Hemisphere is breaking into Spring, or at least they are thinking that the environment should be, so I felt this photo appropriate to the Lens and Pens Phoneography Challenge- Nature this week.

I have not noticed any great change, this year, in our weather pattern, but, this far north, that is not surprising. Generally, a cooler change comes through in Easter, so we have some way to go with the humidity yet. And the air con at work was broken, making for quite unbearable conditions when you can’t open the building’s windows! Listen to myself!!

  • Aren’t we in the modern world spoilt for luxury?

When I feel the heat is too much, I should think of women wearing corsets and long black dresses in 37 degree c heat, iduring Australia’s pioneering days, when the only shelter, from the blistering heat, was a slab hut with a tin roof…. then I would really have something to complain about!

So, back to the photograph for this week. The blue flowers, below, were true to the colour as they show up here. I first took the photo with my Canon point and Shoot and the blue hue showed up being really washed out, so I took another with the Nexus 4, and this was the result (no filters and unedited):

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I have also included the second photo so you can see the ‘Bigger’ picture, and have a point of reference for the flowers. The flowers look out on the following vista.

Both taken in Spectacular Norway.

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Something truly marvellous to ponder about. Join in with Sally and the other participants. There is a different theme each week.

 

 

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Phoneography Challenge – Challenger’s Choice [Street Photography]

It is Week 4 so we’re invited us to post images from a selection of topics using our mobile phone. In my case, it is the Nexus 4

Lens and Pens is where you can post your own link for this topic

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This street entertainer claimed he stood like this for up to seven hours. I think he had a seat in the pants!!!street performerThe kids were particularly interested in how this performer managed his tricks.

 Street Performers’ Secrets  are Something to Ponder About