Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White

The topic for Sally’s photo challenge this week is Black & White.

This is not a photo of jellyfish in an aquarium. It is a chandelier in the elevator lobby of Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency hotel. I love looking at light fixtures.

Good Enough to Eat © Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

Good Enough to Eat
© Allan G. Smorra, All Rights Reserved

I shot this photo with the James M lens, Rock BW-11 film combination in the Hipstamatic app,

  20 comments for “Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White

  1. August 17, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Fantastic! Hyatt has great architecture! And you did it proud. Check out Embarcadero Hyatt at xmas.


    • August 18, 2015 at 6:37 AM

      Thanks for the reminder, I should do that this year. I used to cruise through there every year when I worked downtown and rode the Larkspur Ferry. Ω


  2. August 17, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Allan, I love this! I’d never have guessed that this was a chandelier. Very cool.



    • August 18, 2015 at 6:32 AM

      Thanks, Janet. I hoped that it would provide an air of mystery this week. Ω


  3. August 17, 2015 at 11:50 AM


    Liked by 1 person

  4. August 17, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Great photo/composition! One day I will figure out Hipstamatic that still remains elusive to my brain for some strange reason.


    • August 18, 2015 at 6:31 AM

      I understand your dilemma completely, Angeline. I worked my way through Hipstamatic from two directions.

      The first way was when I sat in the window seat of a cross-country plane ride and started taking photos of the wing and the sky. I continuously changed lenses while keeping the same film. After awhile I picked a lens and changed film, over and over. If I found a combination that I liked, I saved it to the “Favorites”.

      Then I started using the saved favorite combinations and slowly began to edit the list to the ones I was most likely to use.

      The second thing I did was to make use of the website, There is a plethora of tips and daily examples of combinations readers send in. I try some, keep a few, and move on.

      You can also use Oggl. It is the “Cliff Notes” of Hipstamatic. You use the app to take a photo and then selectdifferent lens/film combinations.

      Oggl is a subscription-based app. It is a way to get quicker results without purchasing any in-app film/lens/flash combinations from Hipstamatic. You have access to all of Hipstamatic’s combos, but own none of them. If you cancel your subscription you keep your photos, but lose access to the complete line of Hipstamatic items.

      I hope this helps you with your learning curve. Don’t give up, it will evolve for you over time, with effort. Ω


      • August 18, 2015 at 5:52 PM

        Thanks for the website link! That should help tremendously.


      • August 18, 2015 at 5:55 PM

        Enjoy. Ω


  5. August 17, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Had me fooled. I thought it was jellyfish at first.


    • August 18, 2015 at 6:11 AM

      A jellyfish-ka-bob perhaps? Thanks, David, it is good to hear from you again. Ω


  6. August 17, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Allan, your composition and perspective gave the image a whimsical touch. But the decision to convert to monochrome really makes for a stunning framing. Happy Photo Challenge.


    • August 17, 2015 at 1:33 PM

      Thanks, Sally. It was a B&W composition the whole way-no edits. Ω

      Sent from my iPhone



  7. Sue
    August 17, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    I liked the idea of jellyfish, Allan!


    • August 18, 2015 at 6:07 AM

      I thought of the jellyfish in the Monterey Bay Aquarium immediately when I saw this fixture. Ω

      Liked by 1 person

  8. August 17, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Man, I wish I had your talent for photography. Fabulous picture.

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 18, 2015 at 6:02 AM

      Thanks, Bill. I like the way you have with words. We should collaborate sometime. Ω


      • August 18, 2015 at 7:26 AM

        I like that idea. We’ll have to brainstorm sometime.


      • August 18, 2015 at 9:45 AM

        Sounds good. Give me a heads up so that I can locate my mind ahead of time. I think that it could be a good chance to learn from each other.

        You have my personal email address when you are ready.


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