52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 52 Self-Portrait

Well, we made it. All 52 of the Smartphone Challenges. Although I was naturally reluctant to meet the final brief – a self-portrait “that shows us who others think you are”.

Anyway, Madame thinks that this is a nice picture of me and frankly hers is the only opinion that carries much weight.

Now, that was fun wasn’t it? But what am I going to do next year?

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 52 Self-Portrait



52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 51 Food

The penultimate week of the Smartphone Challenge has the topic of ‘food’.

There’s a (relatively) new boulangerie/patisserie in the village. The baguettes are great, as are the quiches, and last week I tried, for the first time, their Rhum Baba – with overtones of Black Forest Gateau.

It was amazing – even better than it looked. Shouldn’t be allowed.

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 51 Food

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 50 Patterns

The characteristic appearance of the Romanesco displays the classic pattern of a Fibonnaci sequence.

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 50 Patterns

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 49 Storms

A good day to leave the car in the garage.

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 49 Storms

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 48 Current Events

Current events? This is just about the only news story there is in 2020.

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 48 Current Events




52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 47 Rule of Thirds

I’ve managed to stay with this Smartphone Challenge on a weekly basis all year so far. Some of the topics have been – well, let’s just say ‘esoteric’ shall we? However, Week 47 is an absolute lulu:

“The rules of thirds is so popular because it is so versatile. This week use the rule of thirds to show emotion”

Now, even a hack like me knows about the rule of thirds, but to use that to convey emotion just makes no sense to me. You can certainly portray emotion in a photographic image, but the rule of thirds is surely incidental to that.

Anyway, here’s a picture of a cat asleep on a sofa. The emotion is irritation at such a daft challenge this week. Hrrumph.

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 47 Rule of Thirds

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 46 Greed

When faced with a theme of the Seven Deadly Sins, one must choose carefully, for a variety of reasons.

I think I’m on reasonably safe ground with ‘greed’, however.

And Madame does make exceedingly good cakes….

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 46 Seven Deadly Sins

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 45 Musical

‘Musical’ is the theme for Week 45 of the Smartphone Challenge, so here is a detail from the electric keyboard that our grandsons use when they are staying with us:

As it happens, the theme for Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week is ‘Music’, so this post will apply for that too.

Who says men can’t multi-task?

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge; 45 Musical


52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 44 Viewpoint

Fun fact: nobody has ever had direct sight of the back of their own head: it requires a different viewpoint.

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 44 Viewpoint

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 43 Film Noir

For this week’s Smartphone Challenge, the prompt is ‘Film Noir’ – ‘dark and moody’. This is another moonshot from just outside our house. I think it qualifies.

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 43 Film Noir