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Behind the shots
Camera: iPhone 4, Hipstamatic
Cropped: Rotate & Crop
Re-sized: EverClipper
Credited: Phonto

I applied the method from this web to the macro shots by using iPhone 4. The article author suggested some approaches to get better iPhone Macro Shots. I chose to use the magnifying glass method which I borrowed it from my dad. It is in the rectangular shape. I held it between the subjects and my iPhone which they sometimes were in awkward positions as I tried to arrange iPhone lens to in the same line of the subject behind the glass. It was even more difficult when I tried to touch iPhone screen to get the auto focus or AF/AE lock because I was afraid of dropping my iPhone. Anyway, I’m moderately satisfied with the outcome of those water drops taken by iPhone. And I decided to choose 3 out of many trial-and-error photos to participate in Phoneography Challenge: Macro.

A Word A Week Challenge – Vibrant

A little red shoes.


A pink brush and a mirror.


A couple of green bears on snow.


A shining stars.


A wild red sheep.


A pair of big-eyes red cats.


Sue has posted the word for this week challenge which is ‘Vibrant‘ and I decided to approach it by using my Ricoh R6 for taking macro photos of my earrings. I think these small things have their own character along with a vibrant color.

We are family

Wilbur, Charlotte, Babe…Come here. Let’s take a photo together.

Hurry up!

Say Cheese!

Our Family Photo. Let’s send it to dad.
Our Family Photo.

Behind the shots
Lens: iPhone4’s camera
Filtered+cropped+framed: Line Camera
Re-sized: EverClipper
Blog Credit: LabelBox

I misunderstood that this week’s phoneography challenge is Black & White but it actually is macro. So I didn’t prepare anything for a response to this week’s challenge until before typing this post.

I chose to snap photos of this small pigs made from glass. The big one has diameter around 0.8 inches while 0.2 inches for the small objects. They looked like a family so I created the story for the above shots.

See more Macro photos: Phoneography Challenge: Macro Mobile Photography.

The Lucky Smile


Good luck comes with Smile.

Good luck
The 5 yen coin in Japanese is pronounced “go-en”. This also coincidentally means “good luck”. For this reason the 5 yen coin is thought to be good luck.

Source: yesjapan

5 Yen <五円>

Behind the shot

Device: iPhone 4 camera

Crop: Out-of-the-box Photos app on iPhone

Filter: BasicCamera app

Blog credit: Phonto app

The 2nd Monday’s theme for iPhoneography Challenge from Lens and Pens by Sally is Macro. It quite worried me because I don’t have much experience in this category of photography even though I’m always fascinated by them.

As I’ve never used iPhone to take the macro photos before, I consulted one of my best friends who happens to name ‘Google’ with this question ‘how to take macro photos with iphone 4’. I’ve got recommendation from iMore that the best estimated distance from the subject for iPhone 4 lens is 4 inches. Moreover, we should use AE/AF lock to keep the focus and exposure on the lens. Another suggestion that I’ve followed comes from osxdaily is to enable HDR during the snaps.

I decided to set up some scenes for practicing the shots by using the unique Japanese coin (5 en) which has a hole along with a 10 en coin and the lucky charm bought in Japan .

Size comparison between the prop and a quarter Dollars coin.

Size comparison between the prop and a quarter Dollars coin.

The lucky charm is the miniature of Seven Lucky Gods, and the one that we are seeing through the hole of Go-en is Benzaiten (Benten-sama) who is the goddess of knowledge, art and beauty, especially music. (I’ve lost 2 miniature so I have only 5 of them now.)

It was really fun trying to take several macro shots from various angles. The final outcome might not be that good but I was satisfied with it.

I feel lucky by just looking at the double good lucks from that photo :o)