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: 42 Work

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

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 41 Colour Theory

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

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 40 Modern Convenience

Don’t ever come between me and my iPad….

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 40 Modern Convenience

52 Week Photo Challenge: 39 The Elements

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

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 37 Seasons

Autumn colours at the important Roman site of Vindolanda, near Hadrian’s Wall in northern England.

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 37 Seasons

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 36 Habits

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