This white swan arrives daily to visit a neighbour who lives on the ocean in Fanny Bay, on Vancouver Island.

The image was captured with an iPhone 4s and then with multiple layers added and multiple apps applied in order to achieve a painterly effect. (no Photoshop)

~ Brenda Johima

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The colors on the ground right now, and the stark, naked trees are a magnet for me, and a place to immerse myself, in a feast for the senses.

[ iPhone Photo : No Photoshop ]

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Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

*** P.S. “Nature Creates ART. I Just Show Up.”
~ Brenda Johima ~

The Fall Colors on my forest walk today, were a feast for the eyes.

Don’t you love it when Nature places a *composition right in front of your face? [ iPhone Photo ]

*no, I didn’t place the Maple Leaf there 🙂

Nature Creates Art. I Just Show Up.
~ Brenda Johima ~

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(photo taken in Ships Point, in Fanny Bay, in the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada)

Living in such a beautiful place like the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, gives me an opportunity to capture beautiful photos while in nature, pretty much, on a daily basis. I am surrounded by ocean and forest, greens and blues and earth tones. My iPhone is with me everywhere I go. All of these have been captured using only an iPhone camera :

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Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

P.S. The image with the boat in it? All of those round white things surrounding it? Nature, yes, jellyfish!

Find beauty everywhere. It’s there. It’s Everywhere. Even death has beauty. Simply slow down. Look. See. Feel. The way I see the world, everything in nature that dies, is broken, or which is in the process of decay, has beauty attached to it, or surrounding it.

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Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

P.S. For those who want to know, and many do ask me, for the most part, I am an iPhoneographer, a purist, meaning that, when I photograph using my iPhone, I do everything in-camera, in-phone, from capture to post-processing, unless I say so, otherwise. However, in this case, for this image, I wanted a certain artistic effect, and the original photo was far from perfect, and might not have been useable at all, without taking on the challenge, to take it from a photograph, and turn it instead, into an iPhone painting, or iPhone Art. I have used several apps here, in combination with Photoshop this time, to achieve my desired effect, and the final result you see here 🙂

Have FUN, play, explore with your creativity, art and photography, and get off the computer, out there in the fresh air, into the Great Outdoors, in Nature, and see what you can find. Nature is full of interesting textures, color and composition, just waiting for you to walk by and capture it.

In love and in light,

~ Brenda Johima ~

Today was my lucky day. The fall colors were stunning! I went for a hike with my nordic poles (really it was more like a dawdle-walk, as I got distracted with my camera and the mind-blowing colors) up Mount Washington. (Comox Valley, Vancouver Island)

As usual, I went, with iPhone in hand. I actually intended to do a work-out, work up a sweat, burn a few calories, but instead, it ended up as a beautiful session of nature photography 🙂 with very few calories burned. Ha.

It was one of the most gorgeous fall days that I have ever seen on the mountain, with striking foilage and vibrant colors, and lush vegetation that appeared to have never dried up in summer like it usually does. I’m happy and satisfied. What a gorgeous day for a walk it was, and a what a feast for the eyes. See for yourself :

Look what I found up Mount Washington today. A work of art! Stunning fall colors up the mountain. Grateful that so much beauty surrounds us. Mother Nature creates ART. We simply have to show up, with open eyes and open heart.”

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Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

“Nature IS Art. Fall colors always blow my mind. I’m grateful to be able to get out in nature every single day. and grateful that so much beauty surrounds us. Mother Nature creates ART. We simply have to show up, with open eyes and open heart.”

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Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Below, is the third piece in my series of fall colors, discovered today up Mount Washington. This time, with a softer feel, it warms my heart. I’m so grateful for art and nature, and how they work so beautifully together.

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Copyright 2011 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

I’m filled with gratitude, that I live in such an incredibly beautiful place on this planet, and that I have eyes to see such tremendous beauty, and a heart to feel deeply, and ears that know, that sometimes the best music, is the silence of nature.

In love and in light,

Brenda Johima

 

 

In 2011 I was selected as a Featured Speaker at Social Media Camp (a social media conference in Victoria, B.C., on Vancouver Island) and I spoke on the topic of iPhone Photography for Marketing and for Personal, Self-Expression.

In order to show some of the elements of fine art and design used in photography, I used this image as one example, as a display of the elements of both texture and line.

This is Number 40 of my 50 Photos 50 Years iPhone image project.

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All Images Copyright Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

 

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Captured with my iPhone 3G

~ Brenda Johima ~

My focus for this photograph, was on composition, and on the combination of zig-zag lines with horizontal lines.

**This photo was taken while on Sidney Spit, on Sidney Island, just outside of Victoria, B.C.**

~ Brenda Johima ~

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Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

From animals, pets and wildlife, to abstract nature, and abstract landscape photography, I do enjoy a mix of photographic experiences, and all the better if I am outdoors!

Reflections are always FUN, beautiful, and a peaceful experience in the outdoors for me. Here’s a couple that I captured on my way to Tofino, along the Pacific Rim Highway on Vancouver Island.

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Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima

Copyright 2010 Brenda Johima | Images May Not Be Used In Any Way Without Written Permission

Oh, and by the way, here are a few photographers who inspire me in so many ways, in new ways of seeing, and also specifically related to landscape photography:

Elizabeth Carmel

Steven Friedman

Dewitt Jones

Richard Martin

Courtney Milne


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