Sunday, June 26, 2011

P365 - Day 177 what catches my eye/sunday selections

Sometimes I like to take a lot of photos of little things around me that normally I wouldn’t pay much attention to. The idea for me is to take photos that capture these objects from a different perspective, from a different angle, than I would normally see them.

This usually means getting in a lot closer to the object than normal, which is where a macro lens would come in handy. But since my main camera at the moment is my phone, I don’t have that luxury most of the time.

Over the last couple of days I’ve been trying to test the phone’s camera to see how close I can get to objects, before it gives up in despair.

I tend not to use the zoom function on the camera, because it’s a digital zoom, so using it has the same effect as cropping the photo afterwards, and I find it easier to take the photo with more in the frame and crop out what I don’t want, rather than do it on the camera display.

I’ve been getting some pretty good results. Not macro by a long way, but still fun to play with once I start to edit the photos on the phone.

So for today’s post – and for Sunday Selections over at Frogpondsrock – here are some photos I took at the Gretna Green Hotel today.

We went there for lunch, and I’m sure the owner thought I was quite strange taking photos of random things around the dining room while we were waiting for our meals.

But there were some really interesting things that caught my eye. Because some of them are a bit abstract, I felt a bit more comfortable in using some of the more interesting filters on my phone to transform them.

Teapot on the mantelpiece


Duck on the mantelpiece



Spinning wheel


Knot in a wooden bench

Intersection of wooden table & bench

Bells in the hallway

Now that I’ve done these, I’ve decided my theme for this week is to take a photo each day of something that I normally wouldn’t photograph or that I wouldn’t really notice, and try to make it look interesting.

Let the fun begin.


  1. I love all those !
    The knot in the wooden bench is very cool~

  2. I wholeheartedly agree with KK. They are Modern art more than photos. Great shots! Good luck with your photo venture ;-)

  3. When I was seventeen, My Mum was a mobile DJ. we did a few functions at the Gretna Green Hotel. I was a punk rocker at the time.

    I like your photos, The urn photo is very cool.The spinning wheel looks like a shadow at first glance, and the knot looks like primitive cave art. Thanks heaps for joining in :)x

  4. These are all beautiful. I'm in love with that little brown teapot.

  5. I love these! I'm all about the filters. They make the mundane magical x

  6. Thank you all for your comments.
    @veggie mama - I love the filters (as you can tell). I was getting quite disillusioned with my phone camera until I started using them & seeing all the great effects you can use to change what starts out as a pretty crappy photo. They certainly reignited my interest in the 365 project.

    @kim - wow!! How cool. It's a great pub, great for a Sunday drive & lunch. Not sure what it's like at night time, but very charming during the day. The spinning wheel was really intensely backlit and the photo was terrible, so it was fun to use that bad lighting to create the effect. I really like how it turned out.


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