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 12, 2020
Posted on September 5, 2020
This week, the Smartphone Challenge is “Some habits are good, and some are bad. Your inspiration this week is either”.
To the best of my knowledge, I am entirely devoid of good habits, so that narrows it down a bit.
However, I have it on the very highest authority that, among a plethora of bad habits, my alleged inability to close cupboard doors properly ranks very highly in terms of irritation-generating capacity.
Dunno what all the fuss is about….
52WeekSmartphoneChallenge 36 Your Habits
Posted on August 29, 2020
This week’s Smartphone Challenge required a bit of lateral thinking. This is what was asked for:
“Symmetry is a strong compositional technique most often used in landscapes and architecture. So break the mould by using Symmetry in a portrait”
This posed two difficulties, the first of which is that I don’t really ‘do’ portraits. Secondly, other than a reflection, I struggle to see symmetry as a natural element of a portrait. I’ve seen images that have been doctored to make the two halves of a face look absolutely symmetrical (in essence, the right side is a flipped duplicate of the left side). The effect is vaguely unsettling and certainly unnatural.
But then, so you could argue, is this. I took a selfie (in front of one of Madame’s more colourful quilts) and then used the kaleidoscope effect in Pixelmator to create what, it’s fair to say, is quite a striking image.
But it’s nothing if not symmetrical.
52 WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 52 Symmetry Portrait
Posted on August 22, 2020
This week’s Smartphone Challenge is to tell a colourful story, but in monochrome.
This clematis is actually a delightful shade of purple, but in black and white it contrasts very well with the green leaves behind. The monochrome treatment also helps to highlight the intricacy at the centre of the flower.
52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 34 Colourful in B&W
Posted on August 15, 2020
Posted on August 8, 2020
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.
52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 32
Posted on August 1, 2020
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
Posted on July 26, 2020
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
Posted on July 19, 2020
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.
52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 29 Depth of Field