Phoneography Monday – my choice – food

GoGo Balls

The thing that I find delightful about phoneography is the abundant sharing of wonderful food photos. So here’s my contribution to this pastime. GoGo Balls from the New Town Greenstore . It was gorgeous by the way, enough to satisfy without the enormous serves that we often encounter.

Camera: HTC One – with cropping

And because this challenge is for our smartphones, I’ve decided to try and do the whole post on the phone inside the WordPress app. Here goes.

This challenge is organised by Lens and Pens by Sally

Click the logo for all of  this week’s entries.



Phoneography Monday: Black and White

Although I took a lot of B&W photos in the 70’s, this challenge made me realise that I’d never tried it with the smartphone. So thanks to Sally and the weekly Challenge I was excited to do this again.

Needs a bit of a trim


All set and ready to start weaving


The first photo was literally snapped as I walked past. I’m pleased with the way all the different greens in the leaves of the plant and the striations have shown up in the grey scale.

The second photo, in my studio with natural light, is again just a snap with no preparation.

Camera: Android – HTC One – using standard phone app with B&W filter.

There are many more links to wonderful photo entries over on the Lens and Pens by Sally Blog.




Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge

Late morning and the frost still hangs around

Late morning and the frost still hangs around

I love the colours of the Australian bush, but sometimes it can be quite tricky to capture – especially with a smartphone. This is my macro contribution to the Phoneography Challenge organised by Sally from Lens and Pens. I tried to get some wonderful mushrooms as well but I need a little tripod as they were all just out of focus.

Phone used: HTC One with no editing.


The Tall Ships in Town

Earlier this week I had a wonderful few hours wandering around the Hobart docks admiring all the Tall Ships. The Australian Wooden Boat Festival has been held here since 1994 and apparently there were around 500 boats registered.

Many of these were “little” boats and included some handcrafted wooden dingies and also classic speed boats. I hope the Wooden Boat Centre got a few enrolments in their boat building courses – they may be one of the few places teaching traditional boatbuilding methods in the world.

But the Tall Ships – they are my real delight. Just gazing up at the rigging – even in port starts my mind imagining – what if? What would it have been like? If only? . . . At times like this I wonder why I write fantasy and not historical fiction, but I suppose I can put sailing ships into a my worlds if I want.

Hobart, being such a small city, gives a very intimate opportunity to imagine the world even just 100 years ago. It was possible to just ignore some of the modern buildings and paraphernalia and look thought the masts and spars and see original condition bond stores and warehouses, just where they were when the tall ships were the only way to get to Van Diemen’s Land.

My favourite of the day was probably the Europa – the only one with a real figurehead – forever travelling the seas with her lover Zeus who was disguised as a bull.

It’s not often that several passions come together – ships, history, mythology, lovely Spring weather but it did for me. I’d love to hear in the comments below about some writerly research you’ve done that didn’t involve the internet.