Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Nature





Volcanic beach.



Night falling.


The photos were taken on iPhone 4s, January 2014 at the resort of Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

The first and second photos were given texture and colouring using Photo Toaster. For the third, Snapseed.

All photos ©Steve Lakey 2014.


This is for the Nature prompt on Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge, hosted by Sally W. Donatello at

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Nature


Ajua Beach, Fuerteventura, Spain.



Cacti, Fuerteventura, Spain.



Hotel lobby, Fuerteventura, Spain.


These photos were taken in January 2014 on the island of Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain. I used my iPhone 4S. Photo editing was with iPhoto. All photos, © Steve Lakey 2014.


This is my contribution to Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Nature. Hosted by ‘Lens and Pens by Sally’.

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iPhoneography Challenge: Nature (Byron’s Garden)

Back Camera

© Steve Lakey 2013


© Steve Lakey 2013


© Steve Lakey 2013


These photos were taken with an iPhone 4 and enhanced with iPhoto. They are  from the gardens of Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire, UK – the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron.

A small selection of quotes by Byron that reveal his love for Nature:

‘I love not man the less, but Nature more.’

‘Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven!’

‘As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.’

‘Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.’

In the formal gardens of Newstead Abbey, lies the tomb of Byron’s beloved Dog, Boatswain. Byron wrote this beautiful inscription for the tomb.

Epitaph to a Dog


This is my contribution to iPhoneography Challenge: Nature, hosted at Lens and Pens by Sally.


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iPhoneography Challenge: Black-and-White. Tube Strike?

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I took these images with an iPhone 4, while on a station platform on the London Underground (known as “The Tube”). I used iPhoto to give them a Black-and-White effect. I liked the look of the grainy images, so didn’t try and clean them up.

As I enjoy writing short fiction, the photos inspired me to write a 250 word story, which follows. 


It was around Midnight when I first realised he was following me. A stranger, who looked slightly familiar. After taking in a West End Show and a meal with friends, we headed our separate ways. I decided to take the Underground. It was only a short walk to the nearest Tube Station, Leicester Square but I kept a brisk pace, not knowing what time the trains stopped.

I travelled down the 177 feet of escalators to the Piccadilly Line. This late at night, the station was surprisingly busy. The atmosphere seemed friendly and it was only when I got onto the Eastbound Platform that I began to feel uncomfortable. That prickly feeling of being watched.

The lights of the approaching train caused a few people to push up close behind me. I felt a hand grab my jacket. I broke free and stepped forward desperately hoping that the doors of the slowing train would open.

That’s when I saw him, or rather his reflection. A grinning man standing a few feet away, waving a wallet. Even before I felt my pocket, I knew it was mine. I was caught up in the throng leaving the train, as the doors slid open and was carried away from him. I saw him laughing, before he disappeared from sight.

Then he was standing next to me. I tensed, ready to grab him.

“I hope this is your wallet, sir! I’ve followed you from the restaurant in Chinatown. It was left on your table…”


This is my contribution for the iPhoneography Challenge: Black-and-White, hosted by Lens and Pens by Sally. Click the link for more details. 

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