Iphonographers!! It’s Macro Monday Challenge Time!


The details for how these challenges work can be seen at the bottom of this post 🙂 Please check out Sally’s blog (http://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com) and Gracie’s blog (http://graciebinoya.com) for their take on this week’s challenge as well. Inspiration all around!

I took this photo, with the macro challenge in mind, when my family and I were at a restaurant this past week. We came to eat seafood and were told there would be a 30 minute wait. Say what?! Apparently, everyone was there to celebrate Marti Gras… there were beads on hooks hanging everywhere. My daughter and son thought this was the coolest thing they’d ever seen! We decided to wait and, while waiting, we had the pleasure of meeting a cute couple and their sweet dog. The couple was hanging out drinking a beer, while the dog waited just outside the “open air” part of the restaurant. It was an unusually warm day so everyone was out and about. I find macro a bit challenging with the iPhone, but it is doable. I just have to make sure to get my iphone camera in close enough and focus on the right spot. I wasn’t totally satisfied with how this image turned out… I was hoping to get a close up, macro shot of the beads with the dog blurred in the background. The dog was constantly moving, so this was the best I shot in that moment!

With that being said, I wanted to take this shot and explore an app I haven’t explored yet. There is a new free app called Starmatic I downloaded. I was impressed with the various filters it had to offer, but it seemed like a copycat of Instagram. And, since I’ve already built a community through Instagram, I decided to just save my photo and post it in Instagram lol. But, there are a lot of quirks and limitations to Instagram. What impressed me the most about this app was that you can fit your rectangular image inside a square; Therefore, your image doesn’t have to be square (one of the many things that bugs me about Instagram). I decided to crop this photo as a square in this instance. But, when you have an image that doesn’t fit right in the square, it is awesome to have an app that centers your image in the square. I plan on exploring this app more but, for now, I will leave you with this image. I thought it best to post the original so that you can compare and contrast.



Here’s how iPhoneography Monday: The Challenge, Using Your iPhone as Your Lens, works (from http://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com):

1. Each Monday a theme will be posted. You can publish your entry at any time, preferably between Monday through Sunday of the week of the theme. Please add any information about the entry or iPhoneography (apps, editing…) on your post. The challenge is meant to inform, learn, share and build a wider iPhoneography and photography network through participation and readership.

2. To increase chances others will find your post, use “tags” such as iPhone Challenge, iPhoneography Monday, Post a Week, iPhoneography Challenge, Using the iPhone as Your Lens, Photography, Digital Photography, Inspiration, or the week’s theme. Beside tags you can use comments, Pingbacks, links, and social media to spread the word. When you leave a comment on someone else’s challenge post, provide a link back to your blog. Then others can check your entry.

3. To receive a reminder post on Monday mornings, subscribe to sponsors’ blogs at http://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com and http://graciebinoya.com and http://Watchingthephotoreels.com. You can subscribe through e-mail on each of our blogs or press the Follow button on the upper left toolbar. When you post your entry, we encourage you to provide a link back to one of our blogs where the rules can be reviewed. Also on the sponsors’ sites you can view links to blogs of other participants.

4. Place the iPhoneography Monday widget on your Homepage. Here is the URL: http://imageshack.us/a/img842/7193/1screenshot20121018at11.png

5. Each Monday view entries of the sponsors who will include additional information about iPhoneography: innovations in the field, apps, equipment, rising stars, printed books, e-books, tutorials, iCloud, and other resources.

6. Here is the best part. The schedule for this challenge is set, and will allow you to plan. Or not. Every month themes remain the same. We are open to additional categories for 4th and 5th weeks, which are challenger’s choice. Just contact us. Here is the schedule and themes:

1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro

3rd Monday: Black-and-White

4th and 5th Mondays: Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel

Gracie, Polly and Sally welcome ideas or suggestions. This challenge is for personal enrichment, and is meant to encourage our most innovative self. The iPhone is a source for that purpose and much more. Think iPhone 6,7,8.

In the future there will be twists and turns such as Readers’ Choice Exhibitions or Guest iPhoneographers. Join the fun. Pick up your iPhone. Let the iPhone be your lens.

Thank you for taking the time to visit and view my blog!

As always, please feel free to leave any and all feedback.

PEACE, LOVE until my next bloggy-blog post, dear fellow blog-readin’ friends. 🙂

10 thoughts on “Iphonographers!! It’s Macro Monday Challenge Time!

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  4. Hi Polly, how are you! I’ve been away for awhile with computer meltdown and I’m just getting back into things again.

    I like these pictures – but I don’t have a camera phone! My mobile phone is nearly antique – ?12 years old??? – but it does what I want. Hope you’re fine! Adrian

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