Posted on November 22, 2020
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
Posted on November 15, 2020
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
Posted on November 7, 2020
‘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
Posted on November 2, 2020
Posted on October 25, 2020
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
Posted on October 18, 2020
This was where I spent the last few years of my working life – my office at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. If only my desk here now was so tidy…
52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 42 Work
Posted on October 10, 2020
The last few weekly Smartphone Challenges have been relatively straightforward, but Week 41 is a bit of a toughie.
“Color Theory is a huge part of a composition that most photographers don’t explore. So it is time to explore it. Use Color Grading to create an image that looks like it is a still from a movie.”
Having read that, I wasn’t much wiser, so here’s what I’ve done. This photo was taken in August, just after sunset, with a full moon partly veiled by thin cloud cover, so the image was pretty much monochrome.
I pulled back some of the detail in Lightroom to give a hint of detail in the trees. At a stretch, you could imagine the opening scene of one of those fifties horror movies where a car carrying two cheerful teenage couples breaks down just outside a dark, looming mansion – and, like a bunch of idiots, they go and knock on the front door….
52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 41 Colour Theory
Posted on October 3, 2020
Posted on September 26, 2020
This week is about the elements. Fortunately, not the ones that go in the Periodic Table but the more traditional categories – rather more amenable to artistic interpretation.
Arguably, this image – of a striking cloud formation seen over our house in the gathering dusk – shows three of the five classical elements: Air (obviously), Water because that’s what clouds are made of, and Earth, which is what Brokedown Palace is sitting on (and built from).
52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 39 Elements
Posted on September 19, 2020
This week’s challenge is to employ the ‘rule of odds’. That’s simply the oft-observed phenomenon that an image with an odd number of items is inherently more aesthetically pleasing than an even number. Here, three old doors are better than two – especially when helped out by a dramatic sky.
52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 38 Rule of Odds