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Lens-Artists Challenge #211: What’s your photographic groove?

Anne Sandler from Slow Shutter Speed leads this week’s photography challenge with “what’s your photographic groove?” What a great question!

At heart, I’m a minimalist … although if you saw my bedroom/workroom, such a thought would have you laughing your arse off. By minimalist, I mean I don’t like having a lot of gear, which is why I really regret attending the going-out-of-business sales of a local quilting shop several years ago. I still have a lot of that stuff! But back to photography …

I still play around with a Canon Rebel T3i that I bought over ten years ago. My husband (who does love gear) provides me with nice macro and zoom lenses, and I can neatly fit the camera with the two lenses in a small case … which then weighs a ton. I fantasize about taking the camera and lenses with me on my morning walks, but I always have an excuse not to. One excuse is that it might be picking-up-litter morning, in which case I’ll also be carrying my gripper and a 13-gallon bag, which, in all likelihood, will be full by the time I get home. Another excuse–the more common one–is that I have my phone if I feel compelled to take photos. Besides, isn’t it more important to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature without always trying to “capture” it?

I try to do both.

Here’s where we get to my groove. My iPhone 8 Plus suits my minimalist nature. While I might have gotten better photos with my Canon, I feel satisfied for now with what my iPhone can capture. Case in point: the Pleated Inkcap (Parasola plicatilis), a fungus I found on a recent morning walk.

For scale, here’s my left index finger pointing to a Pleated Inkcap.

Dainty little things, aren’t they? One of the things I enjoy about photography in general and macro photography, in particular, is that I “see” more. These fungi sit close to the ground, and there was just one bunch of them. Still, to my delight, my eye caught them. 

Don’t they look like dainty little flowers or parasols?

My iPhone was almost flat on the ground in order to get this photo.

This should give you some perspective on how low to the ground these fungi are.

So I guess my photographic groove is macro with an iPhone 8 Plus. For now, anyway. I’ve heard that the iPhone 14 is supposed to break new ground in iPhone photography. We’ll see …


If you want to participate in this challenge, please link to Anne’s original post (click here) and use the Lens Artists tag. As the LAPC team resumes rotation, Patti will present next week’s challenge. Be looking for her post. In the meantime have fun and stay safe.

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Marie A Bailey

Writer, blogger, knitter, cat lover, and introvert.

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    1. I wish I knew more about photography. My husband knows A LOT and tries to explain things but it goes in one ear and out the other … lol. So I wish I knew more but I don’t have the patience or technical mind. I just get lucky 🙂

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  1. I’m enchanted with the fungi images. Like little parasols bartenders often toss in appropriate drinks! I love having images to save as memories, but we still have a small Nikon my husband uses, I use my LG android phone as well as my Samsung Galaxy S6 tablet. Guess I’d say I’m a minimalist too. Sometimes I don’t have anything with me and have to use my personal memory bank!

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  2. I absolutely loved this post Marie. I also don’t like to carry a lot of gear. I’m too old for that. Lately I haven just been going out with my 18-55 mm lens. At max, I also wear a small waist pack that has my other lens. Your iPhone does a great job. Thanks for joining in!

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  3. This question is one that I’ve been wrestling with for the last few months. Because I’m lazy I usually use my iPhone 8 to take pics but miss the versatility of my old Nikon Coolpix point and shoot– that I never seem to have with me. I can’t decide if I should upgrade my phone or my camera? Either way it’s going to cost me big bucks.

    Your photos are beautiful, which is really how I should have started this comment.

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    1. Thank you, Ally! I was going to upgrade to the iPhone 13 because I heard that the camera was SO much better than earlier iPhones. Now I’ve heard that the iPhone 14 Pro will have a 48-megapixel camera (compared to the standard 12-mp) so … I continue to wait. Anyway, I’m focused on upgrading my phone as opposed to getting a new camera because a new camera would mean new gear. And I am so not a gear-head 😉

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  4. I feel you, Marie. It’s a choice to make. Lug the camera bag (like I did on a 4.5 hour walk and felt for two days after) or make do with the phone (I have a Samsung S10). No way in hell I can get the same quality with the phone and YET, oft times, I will often choose the phone photos over the camera. I am torn.
    I have a Canon Rebel E05. It’s pretty bare-bones but I appreciate my zoom 75-300. I got them all in 2014 and they have taken a LOT of photos and it’s getting tired. I’m contemplating finding something smaller and more versatile. We’ll see. I hate buying for the sake of buying.
    Yours photos are beautiful!

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    1. Thank you for your comment about my photos, Dale! I hear you on not wanting to buy for the sake of buying. That’s one reason why I’m making do with what I’ve got. Sure, I’d like to upgrade my iPhone (the iPhone 14 will supposedly have a 48-megapixel back camera), but that is so far off into the future (mainly because of $$$$$$$). Meanwhile, I’m just trying to have fun. At least with digital technology, I can take and delete as many photos as I want and never worry about running out of film 🙂

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      1. My pleasure. The media is pretty powerful in trying to get us to buy, buy, buy. They keep making them better and better but honestly…
        I’m with you. Let us just have fun 🙂

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  5. I love your collection. Almost feels like a fairy village. I am always amazed at how well the iPhones do for our photography. And I have tested printing them… Love it. Very nice take on the theme. Donna

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    1. I’m also lazy 😉 I have potted plants on my back deck, favorites of butterflies, bees, and other insects. I could easily set up my Canon T3i and take photos. But … I don’t 😉

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  6. I do NOT know how you can get such amazing photos with an iphone 8+. That’s what I have and ICK. But I understand the minimalist urge because I feel weighted down with technology that is always causing all sorts of problems, so why do I want to spend all that time monkeying with tech and then troubleshooting and getting frazzled? But these photos are just WOW, Marie.

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    1. Thank you, Luanne! I’m pleased with how most of my photos come out. I do delete quite a lot of them and it can be very frustrating if the sun is too bright or the phone camera won’t focus. The 8+ has its limits. Just right now, I’m satisfied with the limits, mainly because I just don’t have time or energy to be dissatisfied 😉

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