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Sally Ds mobile photography challenge: black and white

I was particularly interested to read Sally’s latest post about preferring to use her iphone as opposed to her trusty old Nikon. I, too, have made the transition from my Canon Eos 450 (with which I was never entirely happy) to my iphone 6+ which I’ve had for just over a year now. I am rarely without it and only use the bulky Canon when we’re on an important trip, when I like to have the security of a second camera just in case ….

I use the Lenka app for my black and white photography. The advantage of this little app is that it takes both a black and white photo and a colour one so that if you’re not happy with the results of the black and white one you can always run the colour one through another app to achieve a black and white image. These are all SOOC (straight out of the camera).

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travel theme: hills

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Does this count as a hill or a mountain? Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

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tea plantations in the hill country around Kandy, Sri Lanka

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Sagaing hill, near Mandalay, Myanmar. The entire hillside is covered with Buddhist temples and gilded stupas

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early morning in Provence

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shafts of sunlight pouring down the hills in Northern Cyprus

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view from St Hilarion castle, Northern Cyprus

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view of Kyrenia/Girne harbour with hills behind, Northern Cyprus

Ailsa’s inspirational “hill”s are here, along with links to many others.

DP photo challenge: future

fruits for the future

This tiny seed

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will hopefully produce a blaze of colourful geraniums like this

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hopefully these walnut catkins will produced a good crop of nuts

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and this pomegranate flower will ripen into a beautiful pomegranate

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travel theme: refreshing

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water buffalo taking a refreshing dip in the sea

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the elephants at the Pinnewala sanctuary in Sri Lanka get a daily dip too

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a walk on the beach will blow a few cobwebs away

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iced coffee on the beach

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maybe you’d prefer a hot cup of Java

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Luang Prabang

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the sight of a field of red poppies is always uplifting

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as is watching the dancers at a local folk festival

What refreshes you? Is it the sight/sound of water in some form? Is it a drink? a change of scenery?

sharing Ailsa’s travel theme

travel theme: waves

what better way to end the year than a visit to a beach with a choppy sea?

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Ailsa’s creating waves this week ….

travel theme: extraordinary

Within the castle of Girne (N. Cyprus) is a studio where reproductions of some of Cyprus’ bronze age artifacts are sold. They are based on some of the originals to be found in the museum of Lefkosa/Nicosia. What I find so extraordinary is that these beautiful objects were being created at the same time as the UK, for example, was still in the grips of its own bronze age which produced nothing similar.

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From where did the artisans get their inspiration and the know-how to create such sophisticated and intricate pieces?

Inspired by the Daily Post

Sunday Stills: circles

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St Mathias church, Budapest

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Szechenyi baths mosaic ceiling, Budapest

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hot air balloon in Cappadocia

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icon in the icon museum, Girne, N. Cyprus

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stained glass window at Chambercombe Manor, N. Devon

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ferris wheel, Luxembourg

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Su Mei Tse’s installation in the Mudam, Luxembourg

sharing with Sunday Stills