Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Macro Challenge – Hydrangea/Cape Gooseberry

My entry for Macro phoneography from Sally at LensandPens

Flowers – a favourite subject for Macro Photography, especially after the rain


(Cape Gooseberry also featured previously on Challenger’s choice)

Cape gooseberry

Some Macro photography to Ponder About


Photo Challenge

Being new to this challenge means that I have some catching up to do, so I started with a simple image from my afternoon walk along the beach.

I loved the colours in the driftwood in the original photograph, but really wanted to see where the effects could take this with my desktop photo editor.

Original Photograph

After applying a black and white effect with a graduated tint, I tried a Lomo filter through Picasa.

Week 1 – Black and White

Black and white with Graduated tint
Black and white with Graduated tint

At this point, I am still going with the original as the better of the two…..

Week 2 – Lomo -ish Filter (via Picasa)

Iwas pretty pleased with the Lomo effect! Intensity, drama and saturation but next week I will try to define the driftwood more.

Architecture, History & Traditions

Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Quotes from Around the World

I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes like proverbs, can make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.

prov thurs

In keeping with the book theme that is currently proliferating my posts, I have chosen a proverb from Saudi Arabia this Proverbial Thursday:

“A book is a garden carried in the pocket.Saudi Arabian Proverb

“We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies.”
Roderick Thorp

Something to Ponder About




Phoneography and Non SLR Digital Photo Challenge- Challenger’s Choice (Gooseberry)

I have been manipulating a few pics in the effects icon on my Nexus 4 phone camera of the first Cape Gooseberry in my vege garden. I used Moldiv camera app to create the collage. I gooseberryRe- posting a B& W photo of the same gooseberry but this one was manipulated with the selective tuning. I like that it looked like it was levitating!

Cape gooseberryPhoneography is something I am always pondering about.

Join in with Sally’s fun challenge and see her fantastic photos posted there.



Black and White Sunday – Cape Gooseberry

Cape gooseberry

First fruit from my garden. It reminds me of being a child and playing in my Grandmother’s garden, where Gooseberry like this grew wild. The paper cases are a delight to pull apart and inside you will find a delicious berry.

Taken and adjusted slightly with Moldiv and the Nexus 4 Phone camera for Paula at Black and White Sunday


Something to Ponder About


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 other Non- SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge – Nature

Sally at Lens and Pens runs a wonderful Phoneography Challenge each week with a different theme. This week is Nature.

Sally gives out useful tips for phoneographers and this week detailed the effects of Snapseed – a camera app for iphones and android users.

I used the Snapseed app to enhance the following photo and increase the saturation to  make it more authentic. On the Nexus 4.

You are looking at the city of Trondheim in the distance. Trondheim in Norway, that is…

Trondheim from Lian Restaurant

Sally also has a pens section and today I have added a short verse to highlight the subject matter.


Earthly Life:  the ‘Pilgrim’s way’,IMG_3449 (1)

Arrive at Trondheim forthwith to say,

“This town, this place, this time and space,”

Eternal rest from the human race,”

St. Olav sleeps, his journey ends,

The heart is full, the soul transcends.


Thanks Sally for another great challenge.

Are you joining in?

More entries:

Something to Ponder About


Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge Week 2 – HDR and Saturation

HDR – filter. Do you use it?

Employing it with some photos in my library did not work. Subjects looked over bleached, or suddenly developed a halo, however it did successfully bring out the features that were normally darkened. The image I have chosen, came alive with the HDR effect in Picasa, even if it wasn’t an entirely natural effect.  I felt like the snow was suddenly within my reach.

with HDR

Photo 1: Without HDR filter


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Picture 2 – With HDR Filter in Picasa

It certainly brings out the features that I wanted in the photograph. I am quite happy with this although,  I did have to find try a few before I reached this point.

Thanks for the challenge, from weliveinaflat and Meghan from Firebonnet.

Hdr filter
HDR filter

In another photo that I almost used, the mountains were better defined, with the HDR filter, but it wasn’t the best photo choice.


Some photo effects to ponder about

Architecture, History & Traditions

Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge Week 9 – Double exposures

Week 9  of this challenge from Weliveinaflat and Firebonnet

Picture 1

A beautiful old sandstone building that was once the site of a state Parliament of Australia, an Art Gallery, a Government Department, and now an exclusive hotel.

Land Administration Building
Land Administration Building circa 1905

Picture 2


double exposure

I tried with various photo apps, to no avail, and then suddenly  I had this photo, which I thought was kinda cool. Not sure how I managed it but it reminds me of the film: Sliding Doors! I used the PicsArt App.

More fun photo effects to ponder about.



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Shadows

Cee has some wonderful shadows in her challenge this week. Shadows can be fun, especially when we are children, shadow puppets on the wall at night.

I had a little trouble finding appropriate photos, for this challenge, so I created these:



Or is you are old enough to remember ‘ET’:




I  added this one because the shadows were very ‘Lord of the Rings’ -ish

Very Lord of the Rings

Oh, just found another and have to include it on account of the Yellow Danish house!!! see previous post


The following are as a result of tutelage and inspiration from M.R. on my other post who suggested having a secondary object in shot for size referencing:



There is more fun here:






Some shadows to Ponder About.



Australia, Community

Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge Week – Week 8 Mirroring Effect


Week 8 of the Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge hosted by weliveinaflat and firebonnet 😉

This challenge asks you to (1) share a good photo that you took or edited last week, (2) run it through a photo app on your smartphone or mobile device and share the result. The theme is Collage but includes the feature – Mirroring.


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Pic 1 –  Photo of the Week taken with a smartphone


Pic 2 –  The theme this week is Mirroring, and I took this photo with the reflect effect on Camera app MX. I think it works nicely on this shot and displays convergence!!!



Join in and post your own photo for this snappy H’appy Photo challenge.

Go to , grab the challenge badge and link your post. Also list it on the co-host sites. (Firebonnet)