52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 8 – Leading Lines

This is week 8 of the Smartphone Challenge being hosted by Khürt at islandinthenet.com, and we are looking for Leading Lines – more specifically, how they can be used to show the concept of infinity.

In the nearby town of Confolens there is a little bridge over a small tributary of the Vienne river. The parapet on the right provides a leading line, while the bridge itself, as well as providing an interesting reflection (itself a nod to the concept of infinity) obscures the course of the river, adding an element of mystery to the image.

Or something like that.

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 8 Leading Lines

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 6 – No Filter

Week 6 of the Smartphone Challenge calls for a picture straight out of the camera, with no post-processing.

This angry-looking creature is actually a tomato from our poly-tunnel (‘serre’). Something either got its teeth into it or it’s an unfortunate mutation. Either way, I Brought it into the house, placed it on the newel post of the staircase, pointed and clicked. Apart from the watermark, this is exactly how the image came out. No post-processing.

52 Week Smartphone Challenge

52-Week Smartphone Challenge: 5 – Symmetry

Week 5 of Khurt’s 52-Week Smartphone Challenge has the theme of ‘symmetry’. Reflections are always a good place to start when seeking symmetry, and bodies of water are always a good place to find reflections.

This pond is just across the road, about a hundred feet from our front door. It was completely dry back in the summer, but it’s done very little except rain here since late August, so it’s now an impressive little body of water.

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 5 – Symmetry

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 4 – Warmth

The setting sun gives a warm glow to the sky on what would otherwise be a chilly autumn evening. We were heading home – and that’s where the real warmth is.

I took this photo through the windscreen of our car. I would like to point out that I was not driving: I don’t can’t.


52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 3 – Black & White

A full moon far outshines the streetlamp in lighting the road that runs through our little hamlet.

52 Week Smartphone Challenge Week 3: Black & White

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 2 – Rule of thirds

For the second week of his 52 Week Smartphone Challenge, Khurt is looking for an image that adheres to the classic compositional law, the so-called ‘rule of thirds’.

This photograph was taken from a holiday cottage in East Yorkshire, just outside the town of Beverley. The image is divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically. While the quality of the image isn’t that great (it was taken with my previous smartphone, an iPhone 6), I think the view is attractive and the composition is pleasing.

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: Week 2

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 1 – Self-portrait

Khurt Williams at islandinthenet.com is starting a new 52 Week Smartphone Photography, and with the best of intentions I’ve decided to give it a go.

The topic for the first week is the intriguing one of taking a self-portrait “that tells us who you are, without actually showing your face.’

This photo was taken with my iPhone 7 (as I expect most future ones will be) and I think pretty much defines me.

Certainly it reveals where I spend a probably disproportionate part of my time: at my (distressingly untidy) desk. All the key elements are here:

  • the iPad from which I have to be surgically removed
  • my Mac desktop – open at my WordPress photo library, of course
  • various Grateful Dead paraphernalia
  • a pair of Bluetooth earphones
  • and a poster of the greatest football team in the history of all known universes.

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