Phoneography and Non-SLR Photo Challenge: Nature

It’s Monday!  Time for Sally’s weekly Phoneography challenge.  Today, I’d like to share with you a photo taken on a recent walk to the spectacular Saugatuck Dunes State Park.  This 2.5 mile stretch of unspoiled shoreline along Lake Michigan is the ideal spot for hiking.  On the day we went, the weather was perfect.  The sun was warm and inviting, so we could ignore the cool breezes that swirled around us.  We joined a handful of visitors who walked their dogs, which romped in the sand and through the shallow water.

Here’s a close-up shot of a piece of driftwood, which cast interesting shadows on the sand.  The first image is without the grain filter.

Saugatuck Driftwood, no filter

Saugatuck Driftwood, no filter

The second shot has the grain filter.  Which one do you prefer and why?  Or, do you think the filter adds little to the shot?

Saugatuck Driftwood with Grain Filter

Saugatuck Driftwood with Grain Filter

Thanks again to Sally for challenging us to explore the limits of our cell phone cameras, which can deliver surprisingly good quality as well as convenience.

View other entries for this week’s challenge below:


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  1. I’m drawn to the second one that has been post processed. It allows the viewer to notice the qualities in the driftwood that are hidden in the original. Also I like that the shadow becomes secondary to the driftwood in the processed one. The second image is stronger for its ability to give more details and become a softer depiction of the scene. Happy Photo Challenge.


  2. You know, I didn’t pick up on the meaning of Phoneography until you got to the end of the presentation. I am doubly impressed now. I’ve taken a decent shot on my cell phone before, but you got a really rich depth on the sand/driftwood shot. Although, I think I like it better without the filter. I’m not sure why.


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