52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 32 Frame within a frame

This week in the Smartphone Challenge we’re asked for a shot that’s framed naturally.

Can do. At the side of our garage a line of trees separates our property from a neighbour’s field, in which he grazes some of his horses.

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52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 31 Friends and Family

Last weekend was my mother’s 90th birthday. To mark the occasion, we had a little tea party on our terrace for family and a couple of friends.

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 31 Friends and Family

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 30 Exit

This week’s instalment of the Smartphone Challenge is thankfully rather more straightforward than some we’ve seen recently. The theme is ‘Exit’.

So that’ll be a door then. Like this rather tatty specimen in Bellac.

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 30 Exit

 

 

 

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 29 Depth of Field

Week 29 of the Smartphone Challenge is a bit of a strange one. ‘Use DOF to make a subject appear part of something larger’.

I know what they mean and I even know how it can be achieved with a normal camera – you use a very narrow aperture to give a deep depth of field so that both foreground and background are in focus.

The problem is that depth of field on a smartphone camera is fixed. The camera on my iPhone 11 has two settings: wide (ƒ1.8) and ultra wide (ƒ2.4). Narrow they ain’t.

No doubt someone out there can tell this bear of little brain how to do it, but for now I will have to settle for this trompe l’oeil photo of an old watering can, seen at a vide grénier in Blond.

Taken head on, the spout can’t be seen so the rose looks like it’s part of something larger that is the can itself.

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52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 28 Culture

This week, the challenge is to post a picture that conveys ‘your culture’.

Which begs the question, what is my culture? As an English (although I prefer to be Scouse, which is most definitely not the same thing) expatriate living very happily in rural France, the answer is by no means clear-cut.

However, I think this image of a brightly painted old-fashioned cart on display outside the Mairie gives a decent idea of my current cultural circumstances.

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 28 Your Culture

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 27 Gratitude

I am eternally grateful that these beautiful eyes look at me and aren’t repelled by what they see.

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52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 26 Geometry

We reach the halfway point of the 52 Week Smartphone Challenge with, thankfully, a reasonably straightforward theme: geometry.

The roof of our neighbours’ barn is, if you look at it carefully, a riot of curves and straight lines – and certainly geometrical. It just goes to show that geometry is all around us.

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52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 25 Freedom

‘Free as a bird’. That’s what they say, isn’t it?

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 25 Freedom

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 24 Who Inspires You?

The great irony this week is that the theme for the Smartphone Challenge is ‘who inspires you?’ and I have rarely felt so uninspired in my entire life.

However, to get round the inherent difficulties this week I have – and I freely admit it – cheated. Here’s how.

If you have ever looked at my other blog you’ll have quickly picked up that I am a huge fan of the Grateful Dead and I truly do find their endless inventiveness an inspiration. So, using my smartphone, I took this screenshot of a photograph of Jerry Garcia.

And that’s what you’re getting for this week.

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 24 Who Inspires You?

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 23 Leading Lines

Week 23 of the Smartphone Challeneg is, frankly, a bit of an odd one. We are invited to use strong leading lines in food photography.

Okay….

Now, as I do not use Instagram (where I believe it’s compulsory), I’m not in the habit of posting photographs of every scrap of food I consume, I just had to come up with something.

So here’s a picture of a swede (‘rutabaga‘ en français) on our kitchen table.

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