Phoneography Choice Challenge: Nature and People


1-Elderberry iPhone 5s

Sword fern

2-Sword fern iPhone 5s

Patrick on base

3-Patrick on on the Gibson iPhone 5s

This weeks Weekly Photo Challenge was to create a  bokeh using rule of thirds, with it I finally was able to capture an images of the tiny elderberry florets that had often eluded me for years.  I went on to try out the technique  on a flaming sword fern on a hillside and my friend Patrick playing guitar in the late afternoon sun.

To Create a bokeh:For those of you shooting with a smartphone camera, you too can achieve a bokeh effect by bringing your phone close to your subject and selecting where you want your camera to focus. Simply compose your image in your screen, and tap your focal point.  You should see your camera autofocus on that area, and the background will fall into a blur. If it doesn’t focus, you’re a little too close. Hold your phone steady, and snap! Because of the nature of phone cameras, it won’t be as creamy of a

bokeh as you would get with a traditional camera, but it will still add depth to your image.

Part II

I used “wait for me” image in my class to demonstrate the how editing can change an image. A little girl catching up to her mom goes from a charming scene to something else with just a small amount of editing.

Wait for me 1

1-Wait for me iPad Air 2

2- Wait for me iPad Air 2

2- Wait for me iPad Air 2 Snapseed editing

Love hear what you think.

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Chalking Up Childhood Wisdom

 “Confidence is knowing you belong”

That is what a sports psychologist told the US Woman’s Beach  Volleyball team about what it takes to win a gold Medal. The neighborhood children happily play in the middle of the street during our local block party.  They don’t need any professional to tell them about confidence or belonging they are safe in the arms of a loving community that’s all the Gold they need.

When have you felt this secure and confident?

Sign Me Up

Have you seen this sign?

When I see it I always think:

“if I run around and knock over a couple of chairs, will they give me an Australian Shepperd puppy…house broken with all her shots? Oh, and please put my coffee in a to go cup.”

What would you misbehave for?