Category Archives: iphoneography

Black and white

You might have seen the black & white challenge on Facebook a few weeks ago. The idea was to post a black and white photo every day the featured no people and had no explanation.

I did the initial seven-day challenge last month and liked doing it so much I decided to keep going. I’ve been posting the pictures on Instagram and am going to put them on here too.

Here’s my original seven days of black & white photos. I’ll add some more over the next few days. If my internet is up to it. Ha.


P365 – Day 315 – eleven

Yeah I know, time is a human construct, and it isn’t really 2011 anyway because a few years got skipped over a few centuries ago, and it’s just a normal day and a normal minute, and who really cares because the same time will happen in 24 different time zones of the course of the day, twice if you don’t use 24 hour time.
But even so, I think 11.11 on 11.11.11 is kind of cool.
I heard about the 11eleven project from Lil Sis.
 Its aim is to get everyone recording, tweeting, blogging, telling stories, making movies, taking photos . . . all on the same day. From everyone’s contributions, the organisers are going to create a photo book, a documentary and a music collection. There were 11 suggested themes to get you started, but really they said to record

anything that gives us an insight into your world and your perspective…..what do you want us to know about your life on planet earth?

In one sense, I guess it really doesn’t matter which day it is – the point is that everyone’s doing it at the same time. But 11.11.11 is as good a day as any, right?
My plan was to do something I’d wanted to do for a while – that is to take a photo on the hour every hour for the whole day. No matter what I was doing, I’d have to stop for a couple of seconds and take a picture (there might have been a couple of activities I’d possibly have excluded from that).
Since 11.11 is a Friday, I thought it would be a really good day for this project, since there’d be school dropoffs, work, a possible walk in the park, school pickups, scrapbooking night, a couple of beers when I got home . . . a pretty varied day.
But no, I had to get sick didn’t I? So I was at home all day thinking how incredibly boring my ‘day in the life of’ project was going to be.
I didn’t much feel like being creative either, so I decided that, in the spirit of my iPhone Project 365, I’d do the whole day’s photos on my phone.
So, while it’s not really what I wanted to do, here is 11.11.11 (#11ElevenLive) through my eyes. (I used Instagram for all photos except the 11:11 photo and the same filter – Earlybird – on each photo. I’m not sure why. Consistency seemed like a good idea at the time, but I don’t know if it really works for all of the photos.)
0600 – the first thing I saw when I woke up

0700 – loungeroom mess and ABC News 24

0800  – coffee

0900 – my day as seen through my phone

1000 – cold & flu herbal tea

1100 – Lest We Forget. A minute’s silence

11:11 on 11.11.11

12:00 – playing around with our holiday photos

1300 – dragging myself out to get supplies

1400 – a movie I haven’t seen for years

1500 – still watching the movie

1600 – the family arrives home with the mail and my
scrapbooking/journal goodies have arrived

1700 – bringing the washing in that’s been out since Tuesday

1800 – flicking through the yoga magazine I bought
while I was out. I really want to do this.

1900 – evening sky

2000 – a quick trip to my little bit of the garden.
I can’t wait until I transform it into my little piece of paradise
2100 – blogging about 11/11/11
I suppose if I had to fit this set of photos into any of the project’s 11 topics (which I don’t think you have to) it would be ‘routine’ – or  the disruption thereof. That’s what happens when you get sick.
There was also the option to blog about “How do I wish the world will be in 100 years”, but being at a low creative ebb, I haven’t given that topic very much thought. It’s an interesting challenge though.
Anyway, potentially I have two more photos to take tonight to round off 11.11.11. If I stay awake long enough, I’ll take them and post them.
If not, goodnight 🙂


Still here …

2200 – I love that he came home from school with a
remembrance poppy today

2300 – a full moon and a very bright star

2311 – the 11:11 screen shot I missed this morning

P365 – Day 284 – moonwatch

Juniordwarf has recently become rather obsessed with the album Tubular Bells III by Mike Oldfield
It all started when he was watching a movie I’d made of our holiday to the mainland to visit relatives and friends when he was seven months old. One of the tracks I used on the soundtrack was a track called The Top of the Morning from that album.

He loved it, and when he found out he could listen to it on my computer and my phone, he was delighted, and insisted on me playing it for him at every opportunity.

The scene from the movie where the track is played is one where I’m holding him, rocking on Aunty Purple Bee’s rocker. Lil Sis is filming, and she says ‘Mummy and Juniordwarf on Aunty Purple Bee’s Rocker, filmed by Aunty Lil Sis’.

So when we were visiting Aunty Purple Bee last month, Juniordwarf and I sat on the rocker and played the song on the phone, and to complete the re-enactment, had Slabs film us. Juniordwarf said, ‘Mummy and Juniordwarf on Aunty Purple Bee’s Rocker, filmed by Dad.’

So I’m expecting that he’s going to want that scene – together with the track – on the movie of this year’s holiday. If I ever get around to doing it.

We also have a DVD of the concert of the premiere live performance of Tubular Bells III, which Juniordwarf also loves. I’d never considered Mike Oldfield’s music to be dance music, but as soon as The Top of the Morning comes on, he’s off the couch, jumping up and down and running around the room. (I think that’s his version on dancing.)

The next track on the album, which runs on from The Top of the Morning, is called Moonwatch. Juniordwarf likes that track too, though it doesn’t have the same appeal as his favourite track.

Tonight at bed time, he kissed me and instead of saying ‘goodnight’, he said, ‘Moonwatch Mum’.

When I went outside to get the washing in, there was a beautiful almost-full moon coming up over the hill. I tried to take a photo of it with my phone, but there are limitations on what the phone camera can do in low light and at long distances. A bit later I tried again with the moon coming out from behind the clouds, but that was no better.

Never mind. It was a beautiful moon.

Moonwatch everyone.

P365 – Day 269 – photos

Now I’m into my last 100 days of the photo project, it’s another post about my blog, and why I’m doing it. This post is a follow-up post to this one. There will be a couple more in weeks to come.
In terms of the purpose of my blog, I don’t think anything has changed from when I started. I want to keep a pictorial record of 2011, and to try and improve my photography skills – which, using an iPhone camera, is proving to be a bit of a challenge. However, since I changed my approach and started processing the photos using the different camera apps on my phone, and converting everything to a square format, this part of the project has become a lot more fun.
At first I wasn’t very keen on the square format, which I first used in Instagram and thought was very artificial to start with. But since I started using Instagram more often and found some other square format apps, I’ve found it to be an interesting challenge. 
Most of my photos can be made to work in that format easily, a few have to be really forced into it, and a few don’t work at all. It brings back memories of my old 126 camera that I used when I was a kid, with the square photos and the fixed focal length lens (and very harsh flash), but obviously I can do so much more with these photos than I could with the old ones.
So the focus of my blog is on the photos. If you’re interested in the stories behind them – which I hope some people are – then that’s great. But if you’re not, then that’s fine too. I don’t expect everything I say to be interesting to everyone who reads it. 
I hope you like at least some of the photos.