The 52-week smartphone challenge was released last year by Khürt from Island in the Net and I suspect several eager photographers, as I had, jumped on the opportunity to participate however Khürt re-aligned the challenge to the start of the new year. By doing so, Khürt has provided plenty of motivation and inspiration to photographers with all skill levels to participate and I applaud Khürt for undertaking this project and curating the submissions each week.
This weeks theme is a selfie without showing your face and this was going to prove to be difficult. I’m not one for taking selfies (secretly hoping that trend stays in the last decade) and I had no idea on what to create the second time around.
Deciding to ask the one person I can trust, my wife, to provide advice and feedback about what to produce, she simply said that she could ‘take a photo of the back of my head!’ Not that great of an idea due to the bald spot starting to look like the surface of the moon, but as any husband knows, listen to your wife and run with her suggestions. Happy wife = Happy life!
With hat in hand, to hide the bald spot, it was off to the beach to create a selfie without showing my face. Is this, in a true sense of the word, a selfie? probably not but it is a photo of my self and no sign of the bald spot.
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I’m looking forward to seeing all the other submissions. Until then, see you next time.
A small town in Western Australia called Cocklebidy is remote, hot, dry, dusty and can be a lonely place if you break down. There is nowhere else to get fuel, food, spare parts or accommodation and serves everyone including bush pilots.
Much like the Grey Nomads, I was surprised to see the plane being refueled among the cars and caravans. He had drawn a crowd who stood around watching and photographing him go about his business. Once refueled, the pilot walked the small plane to the rear of the roadhouse, lined up on the dirt airstrip and took off. I half expected to see him again at the next remote roadhouse getting more fuel.
Asking at the counter if that’s a regular occurrence around here, he replied yeah it happens from time to time!
Clarification – A Grey Nomad is (normally) a couple who have retired and have purchased a vehicle and caravan to travel around Australia in their retirement.
We all carry smartphones with us everywhere we go and I am always looking for inspiration to continue to learn and improve my skills as a photographer, especially using a smartphone. A good way to improve is to participate in photography challenges as they cause you to think about the theme and they do what the title says, they challenge you. And what a great way to kick off the new year and a new decade by participating in smartphone challenge curated by Khürt from Island in the Net.
The challenge is called the 52 week smartphone challenge which provides plenty of inspiration and has some thought provoking themes to keep you thinking and improve on all those rubbish awesome photos stored in your phone. If you would like to join in, click on the link above.
I also highly recommend you don’t do what I did by jumping the gun and submitting my first image last Friday. So I’m feeling like a bit of a goose but at the very least I have some good ideas and some photos for the first couple of weeks and can concentrate on the other photography challenge, the Tuesday Photography Challenge curated by Frank Jansen from Dutch Goes the Photo.
Frank provides some really interesting themes ensuring you think about how you will tackle it to produce a result and this weeks theme, Common, is no different.
The above photo was not what I set out to take however I was drawn to a large number of people standing on a rock wall silhouetting themselves against the sunset but I noticed this man sitting on his own watching the sun go down on another day.
To all of you who celebrate Christmas, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and for those who don’t celebrate it, I hope you have an enjoyable time with family and friends over the break.
I find it somewhat surprising and maybe even a little disturbing when I pull into a remote roadhouse here in Australia, people from all walks of life are desperately trying to get internet coverage with most only checking Facebook or Instagram and very few actually calling for assistance. I, on the other hand, enjoy not being connected to the world to be able to spend time with loved ones listening to music or having a discussion that is not distracted or interrupted by handheld devices hence there was no photo for last weeks The Friday Snap due to travelling in remote areas.
Ironically, this week, the Friday Snap is going to take a little detour with a photo challenge. Khürt from Island in the Net has started a 52-week smartphone challenge and it starts with a self-portrait whilst not showing your face. These two trouble makers are part of our lives keeping us entertained as they try to rule the roost and getting up to mischief.
The first submission was due last Sunday, so there is some catching up to do. The intent is to capture Frank Jansen’s Tuesday Photo Challenge theme of Common and the 52-week smartphone challenge theme the rule of thirds in one post this Sunday. Nothing like a challenge!
If you would like to expand your photography skills either with a camera or a smartphone feel free to jump in. Photo challenges are a fantastic method to improve your photography skills and hone your mind’s eye.
Lastly, if you or someone you know who is or may be affected by either the massive bush fires or the extreme blistering heat here in Australia, please take a few minutes and check on them. Stay safe.
My wife and I have been traveling from the East to the West coast of Australia for the last 6 or so days and we have completed some miles. At the time of writing this its just shy of 3100 kilometres (close to 2000 miles) and we’ve still got a 1000 or so to go before we arrive in Perth.
There are a couple of signs in Australia which are iconic spots to grab a selfie and this is one of them. Letting you know that your one the eastern edge of the Nullabor Plains. Nullabor is an Aboriginal name meaning treeless plains and its 100% true. There’s not a tree in sight as far as the eye can see.
This photo has been stashed away deep in the gallery for some time. These phones were attached to the wall in the foyer of the hotel I stayed in whilst in Adelaide. I did really want to pick the phone up off the cradle to see if it worked but thought better of it as the concierge was watching me.
The photo was processed using Snapseed and I wanted to try and give the photo a look and feel of film because these phones were in everyone’s homes and offices when film was around.
Until next time, I hope everyone has a great weekend