November 12, 2014
This week's challenge selection is cell phone pics. It was my choice. Check out my pals for their interpretations on this theme: Fishing Guy, Katney, Imac, Lew, and Christine Anne.
This week's idea came as a result of hearing that the photographer's mind is more important than any of his or her photographic equipment. That is to say, it is not a piece of technology or expensive glass that makes a good photo, but quality can be attributed to the photographer's own eye. That in mind, I proposed that we take pictures with the cameras on our mobile phones this week as an alternative to the pics from our favorite cameras.
My cell phone is the LG Rumor Reflex. Here is how PC Mag.Com describes this phone's camera:
"The 2-megapixel camera lacks auto-focus or a flash. Shutter speeds were fine, at 0.5 second, but test pictures were poor. Photos look soft and hazy, and colors are dull." And,"You can transfer photos and video via Bluetooth or microSD card, but they really aren't worth the effort."
This project was more difficult for me than I expected. The cell phone camera's limitations forced me to think harder about each picture. I did not do more cropping or post-editing than usual. This week's header is a silhouetted selfie--a reflection from tinted glass.
|sunset reflected off a black pickup truck|
|crayons on canvas - original art by Melissa Swierenga|
|desktop still life - the cigarrette holder was printed off the web (I don't smoke)|
|I decorated a friend's beanbag with cardboard cutouts for Cookie Monster's eyes and smile|
|3-d art in my library|
|more 3-d art in my library|
|hanging globe lights on the 3rd floor of... my library|
|same pic, but I added a bokeh effect|
Addendum: Pardon the misrepresentation. When I speak of "my" library, I mean of course the Bolingbrook Public Library.