Posts Tagged ‘Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge’

Macro photography with a phone camera can be challenging, but it can also be rewarding.  Every second Monday of the month, anyone taking macro photos with a camera that’s not a traditional camera is welcome to join the Phoneography Challenge hosted by Sally at Lens and Pens by Sally.  There are challenges each week, beginning on Monday, so please feel free to drop by and participate or simply enjoy viewing all the photos.

My photo this week is from a cactus in the natural yard at my parents’ home in the Phoenix area.  Cactus spines are beautiful in macro photograpy but you don’t want to get up close and personal with them.


Welcome to February, the shortest month of the year, yet one where (thankfully) the days are getting longer and the nights shorter.  “February” comes from the Latin term februum, which means purification.  I laughed to read that January and February were the last months to be added to the calender, as the Romans considered winter a month-less season.  It may feel like that to us sometimes as well. But don’t despair–spring is around the corner somewhere.

This is for all of us waiting, patiently or not, for spring; waiting for new life, for rebirth, for the hope that is found in the beginning of seasons (whether of life or nature); for those who see only drab, dull colors or feel that their lives reflect those colors.  Rejoice!  There is life, there is hope, there is spring, there is color.  It’s just underground, waiting for the right moment to emerge.

For more entries in this week’s Phoneography Challenge, head over to Sally’s blog.


This good-looking guy was waiting more or less patiently for his owner to come out of the sandwich shop.  When she did, he quickly attained a vertical position, almost snatching the sandwich from her.  I thought he was perfect for the theme of “Challenger’s Choice”, which includes “Animals” as one possibility.


Sometimes ordinary things look extraordinary when photographed and, in this case, rendered in black and white.  The shapes of the curled cucumber skin take on an entirely different look as does the grain of the cutting board.  One of the joys of phone photography is having the camera always nearby and ready for a photo, although the skins, unlike some things found in a kitchen, aren’t going anywhere or morphing into something else as I try to capture them.

The Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge is open to anyone who takes photos with a non-traditional camera.  The themes repeat and go live every Monday.  Feel free to join us by clicking on the highlighted link (highlighted after Sally puts up her post, so check back if it’s not highlighted yet) or click on the link simply to enjoy more photos be talented photographers.


Welcome to the first Monday of 2015!  That means it’s time once again for nature photographs taken with non-camera cameras.  Sometimes nature is found in unusual places in the city, as in my photo for today.  Sometimes you simply need to look closely to see where nature is hiding in plain sight.  And even in winter, when all seems to be brown and empty, there’s beauty to be found.

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.
~Henry David Thoreau, Walden


For the last Phoneography Challenge of 2014, we’re playing with editing.  Since I’m running out of space on my blog, I’m going to use medium-sized photos. If you click on a photo, you can see it in a larger size.  Hope you enjoy the results of the editing.

I’ll be driving from Philadelphia to Akron, Ohio today and then back to Naperville on Tuesday, so forgive my tardiness in replying to comments and visiting other posts.  I’ll get there eventually.  🙂

Original (slightly cropped):


Neon with vignette:


Neon with a lighter vignette, drop shadow, and a bit of shadow:




Just for fun, heat map added to Holga-ish:


Which strikes your fancy?  Next week, we’ll be entering 2015.  I hope it’s a wonderful year for you, filled with lots of photo opportunities.

December has five Mondays this year, which means five themes for the Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge. On the fourth Monday, Sally lets us run wild (more or less) with the Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). This week, I’m choosing street photography and sharing some photos I took earlier this month while roaming the streets of Philadelphia with our younger daughter.

Don’t forget that next week will be the editing challenge. You don’t want to miss that! In the meantime, have a merry Christmas to all who celebrate Christmas and happy holidays to everyone else.



The second Monday of the month is Sally’s “Macro” challenge.  I’m still on a nature jag, as I spend so much time out walking each week, so I’m going with macros seen in the park as the seasons are changing.  Anyone is welcome to enter the Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge, an elegant way of saying “any photos not taken with a traditional camera.”  I’m so thankful for my iPhone 5S, which I take with me everywhere and has stood my in good stead in the year I’ve had it.




(This is a week filled with traveling, visiting, and traveling again, so forgive me if I’m late to like and comment on your posts.  Can’t do that from the car!)

Another month, another first Monday, another “Nature” theme!  The challenge for this theme isn’t finding a photo, it’s deciding which photo/s to use.  Since I spend quite a bit of time outside, I have more photos of nature than of anything else.  This has been a year blessed with lots of travels.  After my annual trip to visit my parents in Arizona, my older daughter and I spent a wonderful week in Costa Rica, a delayed Christmas present from over a year before.  Besides having a great time, we saw some fabulous sunsets.  Here’s an example of one.  Grab a tropical drink, sit back, and enjoy.

When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.
~George R.R. Martin

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A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.
~John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

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A fourth Monday means it’s time for Challenger’s Choice, open anyone taking photos with a non-traditional camera.  If you do, please consider joining us. We’re a congenial group, full of good information and ideas.  Come be part of the fun, either this week or next.  You can find the themes for each week on Sally’s site (she’s our knowledgeable hostess and challenger) or you can just go there and find links to all the entries for the week.

Recently, while spending the weekend with our older daughter,  I visited the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska.  I grew up in Omaha, but haven’t been to the zoo for many decades.  It’s an outstanding zoo, particularly for a city of under half a million.  On this particular Sunday, it happened to be Appreciation Day, so entry to the zoo was free.  We were additionally blessed in that we hit a balmy, sunny day just ahead of the Polar Vortex, a day so warm we could carry our jackets.

I really enjoyed seeing the penguins, so ungainly on land, so graceful in the water.  This first guy (in the foreground) posed unmoving for the entire time we watched, while the penguin in the back reveled in the snow under where the ice and snow was dropping from the top of the exhibit.


 I like the somewhat Impressionistic look of this photo.


By adding a little tweak, I got another effect I like, one that give the feeling of winter and the cold.