Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Black and white…Morning fog on Cape May

Posted: May 18, 2015 in Nature, Phoneography Challenge
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One morning during our stay at Cape May, New Jersey, the fog was quite thick and enticing, so I hurried out for a walk with iPad in hand.  It felt as though I were walking with shoes wrapped in cotton; the air was quiet, close, and damp.  The photo opportunities were numerous and beautiful, but most enjoyable of all was the feeling of being completely alone in the quiet. The original photo was almost naturally black and white and after I made it monotone, I tried two different, simple edits.  Which one appeals to you?

This week is the launch of a new title for this photo challenge: “Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge.”  The challenge is for any photos taken with non-traditional cameras and this week’s theme (theme’s repeat monthly) is “Black and White.”  If you enjoy mobile photography, consider joining us every Monday.




  1. eschudel says:

    For me, #2 although the first one is also very appealing in an eerie way…

  2. Steve says:

    I much prefer the second edit. What a very atmospheric shot. Love it!

  3. Lena says:

    The last one appeals the most to me. It must have been lovely to walk in that fog…I can really see you strolling before my eyes. Like a movie. Beautiful.

  4. Good morning, Janet.
    Very nice shot. I like the top one best.

  5. Sue says:

    The bottom image, with its contrast and clarity! Great!

  6. I like the third shot. 🙂

  7. Tom Schultz says:

    The bottom pic. It’s the Goldilocks effect. Not too stark, not too soft–just right.

  8. I actually love the original best, number 3 after that.

    • So nice to see you, Scott. I like the original (the original tweaked just slightly to be B&W), too. Hope all’s well with you and have a great week.


  9. Enjoyed your description and the images really captured the beauty of the morning’s soil;went magic. Happy Photo Challenge.

    • Thanks, Sally, and hurrah for your new title! Hope your week’s off to a wonder-filled start. I had a lovely walk just a short while ago and now it’s time to get some breakfast and get things done.


  10. Oh, do I detest auto correct. I meant the morning’s silent magic.

    • I’m with you on auto correct and the worst part is, I’ve usually just hit “Reply” or “Post” when I notice it and there’s no going back!


  11. Good day, Janet.
    Very beautiful shot and I go for the bottom one. Beautiful contrast with the vignette which brought the center forward making it more powerful.

  12. Beautiful! #3 is my favorite edit but this scene is really lovely in each choice.

  13. Cathy Ulrich says:

    I like the vignetting in the second one, Janet. It seems to frame the sun.

  14. viveka says:

    Janet, those shots are like art to me … even if I’m not a bigger fan of B&W. Amazing how great shots those smart phones delivers. The last one is my favorite one … because the sun is so big. What a fantastic start of a Monday.

    • What a lovely thing to say! Thanks. I tend to like color as well, but this seemed to be the most atmospheric in B&W and since it was almost monochrome to start, that made it all the easier. 🙂 I hope the rest of your Monday is wonderful, too.


      • viveka says:

        Janet, truly magical images …. but you always provide us with outstanding shots. My Monday has been a bit painful, but bedtime now. Tomorrow another day. *smile

      • Sleep the sleep of the contented and thank you for the lovely compliment. It means a lot. Praying for a better tomorrow for you.

  15. Angeline M says:

    I really like the second photo, Janet. The slightly out of focus image seems to enhance the fog and add mysteriousness.

  16. sarinal says:

    Beautiful images, for me especially the first one! can’t believe these were done on a mobile, very good show of skill!

    • I’m happy you like them. Almost all the photos on my blog are from my iPhone 5s, although there are some from my iPad, which I had before I got the phone, and some from my Nikon. The main reason I got the phone was for the camera and I’m thrilled with the job it does.


      • sarinal says:

        Some phones can take very nice images, I’m glad to hear you’re pleased with the quality of yours 🙂 Not an apple user myself so I can’t compare it to mine ^^

  17. I enjoy moments of solitude, like the one you experienced.

    The third photo was calling to me, so I chose it. 🙂 I like its stark clarity. At the same time, I like the blurred effect of the second photo. It’s like looking through a mirror darkly. Nicely done, Janet!

  18. Stunning photos, Janet!

  19. Hi Janet, I love the photos you have presented this week. One could attach a variety of emotions to them, the third particularly grabs my attention for the strength and vulnerability I see, portrayed in the tree. Always enjoy your lens and pens post each Monday. I am scouring my recent photos for a suitable black and white. I just got a new phone yesterday and still working out how to use it…..

    • Hi, Amanda. I’m pleased you like the photos. B&W isn’t the way I usually think, although the ability to try photos out in B&W really makes it much easier. As I mentioned, this photo was already almost monotone, which made it easier. A new phone? Exciting! But I know about trying to figure out how to use it. 🙂 Best of luck. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

  20. Mother Hen says:

    It’s a tie between one and three..

  21. I love the spookiness of the middle image. Very atmospheric

  22. Magical atmosphere in all three of them!

  23. prior says:

    I like the eerie feeling too – and such a whisper light feel as well.

  24. Oooh, number 3! So ethereal. And kinda spooky.

  25. I also like the third shot, but the choice is difficult…

  26. milai says:

    Another beautiful set of photos. I prefer #3. The trees look so defined and the over-all tone is very dramatic.