Phoneography Challenge: in Black and White



A little more breathing room as the daughter improves; I went out for a walk this morning with this cactus on my radar. I’ve noticed it the last few days as I drive by. It blooms only once a year and there is only one open flower left (the open flower I did not photograph with my phone’s camera, so stay tuned for that beauty on another post).



I’ll make a most embarrassing admission that I did not realize I could shoot in black and white straight out of my phone’s camera until just recently when I found that setting quite by accident.  Photos taken with a Samsung Galaxy Express.

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About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. Living in Northern California. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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25 Responses to Phoneography Challenge: in Black and White

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  2. Madhu says:

    Get well soon hugs to your daughter 🙂


  3. Angeline, first of all, I’m glad your daughter’s doing better. That’s the most important. Secondly, I like both of them. I like the mysteriousness of the first and the beauty of the shapes, particularly in the second. Lovely! Finally, I know I can shoot in B&W with my phone, but I never think of it. So don’t feel bad. There’s so much I don’t know, too.



    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks, Janet. The shapes just seem incredible to me, so intricate, and mysterious too, I agree with how the shadows helped that part. I think I should sit down and look at all of the settings on my phone. It’s sort of like reading a manual, I’d just rather start shooting. And thanks for your support for my daughter.


  4. Jo Bryant says:

    it is gorgeous Angeline. Phone cameras have so many things to use these days. I am thrilled to hear your daughter is improving. That is fabulous news indeed.


    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks, Jo. The phone cameras seem to have quite a few more settings than I was aware of 🙂
      I am so happy my daughter’s recovery is going so well, thanks.


  5. FireBonnet says:

    That second image is amazing! It truly looks alien. As if the flowers’ tentacles are delicately exploring the strange pokey creature (perhaps for nefarious purposes). Ok, so maybe I watch too much sci fi… ;). The composition and clarity on that one are great!


  6. Amy says:

    Thank you so much, Angeline, for letting us know that you daughter is recovering.
    Love these images!


  7. Patti Kuche says:

    Fascinating shots Angeline and I do feel for that second flower although it does appear to have the stubbornness of a goat. So pleased to hear your daughter is making good progress!


    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks, Patti. That second flower had its head impaled on that spine next to it…such a headache.
      I’m so grateful that my daughter is making great strides forward, thanks.


  8. vera ersilia says:

    Striking but a little difficult to decipher. Maybe I am just tired…


  9. Jaap Kroon says:

    Wonderful pictures!


  10. cindy knoke says:

    These are stunning!! I am so glad your daughter is improving~


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  12. The composition on the second fascinates. It’s as though the arms of the flower are hugging the body of the cactus plant. Do not be embarrassed about finding new possibilities on your phone. It happened to all of us. Happy Photo Challenge.


    • Angeline M says:

      Thanks, Sally. The second photo’s cactus I feel sorry for; I don’t think it will ever be able to open with its head up against the stalk of the other cactus.


  13. Absolutely stunning – mysterious and intricate – one of your best!!
    Lots of great texture!


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