A Surprise Every Day: Shaking Up October With Hipstamatic (week 4)

We’re reaching the end of October and in a house where Halloween is everything even our simple, daily views are magically transformed into something spooky.  This week I’ve included a few glimpses of our newest decorations and some surprising examples of ordinary moments seen in a new light.

Sunday is a shot of our stairway and the pair of crows who have come to roost.  Monday is the Haunted Tarot table and Tuesday is a new mushroom just starting to open, framed with the random selection of Hipstamatic’s new Gongbi film.

Wednesday I planned to capture some of the pretty red leaves on our stairs below the deck but the combination of Hannah (lens), Shilshole (film) and Triple Crown (flash) added a level of creepiness I wasn’t expecting.  Thursday is all about the skull and Friday is another image of spring plants blooming out of season.  I don’t know where this single Camellia flower came from but Ryan and I found it all alone in the middle of the road during Finn’s early morning walk…

Saturday was a happier find when Ryan and I attended our local Library’s annual used book sale.  Imagine an entire gymnasium filled with tables and boxes of books, CD’s and movies with the proceeds benefiting literacy and arts programs for the community.  We filled several bags with hardcovers for $2.00 each and paper backs and movies for $1.00 each.  So much fun!

Each photo was taken with my iPhone 6 using Hipstamatic’s “shake to randomize” function then posted without any additional editing. If you like a particular combination and want to try it at home just click on the image to see the lens, filter and flash used.  For variety I continue to add new lenses and filters so if you want to try Hipstamatic but are unsure how to start let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.


Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Nature (Fall in my Backyard)

iPhone Monday 12-1-14

It’s hard to believe December is already here but it’s the first Monday of another month and time for Sally’s creative Phoneography challenge:  Nature.  I’m happy to be back from a busy few days filled with Thanksgiving visits, half-finished home projects and the general stuff that piles up when I try to do too many things at once and I’m really looking forward to catching up with my reader and discovering what happened in your world while I was away from the computer.

Last week our weather was full of beautiful blue skies and moderate temperatures but Saturday morning came in with a cold north wind and a stubborn crust of icy snow that is still on the ground today.  Instead of sharing a photo of my wilted and frozen garden I have this little image from last month showing one of the plentiful white mushrooms before the squirrels decided to have it as a snack.

iPhoneography Monday: 1-13-14

iPhone Monday 1-13-14

Yesterday I sat down in our wet backyard grass and decided I wouldn’t go back inside until I found something interesting to photograph for today’s macro challenge.  I’m happy I took a few minutes to look at things from a different angle because I had completely missed how pretty this little mushroom was until I saw it from the ground up.

Posted as part of Lens and Pen by Sally’s weekly Phoneography Challenge:  Macro.

Weekly Photo Challenge: One

Every good photograph needs a focal point. It’s the thing that draws the viewer’s eye and tells the story.

Michelle – The Daily Post


This is the first year my son has been able to take the bus to school and since our pick up location is about fifteen minutes away the thirty minute round trip is an enjoyable way to increase my daily exercise.  This change in our morning schedule has opened my eyes to a new view of our neighborhood and details I’ve missed from the car are now clearly in focus as we walk by.  This mushroom is one of those fun finds happily growing on a busy corner underneath a fire hydrant and stop sign.

Posted as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge:  One.