This week, ringtone shooters are going up against Mother Nature to phone in a few shots of, well, NATURE for the every-Monday-of-the-month Phoneography Challenge (PC).

Phoneographic Phorses of Nature | ©Tom Palladio ImagesI’ve been on hiatus from the PC for almost two months, shooting and eating my way through Rome, Umbria, Tuscany and the Veneto. But, thankfully, I didn’t forget to frame a few shots with my trusty iPhone 5, knowing, that eventually, I’d be back up in the PC saddle.

Over hill and dale, through vineyards and olive groves, inside urban gardens and outside country villas, the panoramic setting on my iP5 did a nice job of capturing some of Ma Earth’s handiwork.

Here’s a handful of those phoneographic phrames of nature that I captured along the way.
Phoneographic Phrames of Nature | ©Tom Palladio ImagesPhoneographic Phrames of Nature | ©Tom Palladio ImagesPhoneographic Phrames of Nature | ©Tom Palladio ImagesPhoneographic Phrames of Nature | ©Tom Palladio ImagesPhoneographic Phrames of Nature | ©Tom Palladio Images
Phoneographic Phrames of Nature | ©Tom Palladio ImagesTo view more NATURE shots captured with mobile handhelds by my fellow digital ringtone shooters, just click HERE

If you occasionally shoot with a smartphone or tablet, why not join in the fun and hone your craft. There’s a rotating Phoneography Challenge each and every Monday.

For complete details, click on over to Sally’s Lens and Pens by Sally.

Until next Monday, let your phone be your lens.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

TPT Borsalino 2014 Color |©Tom Palladio Images


Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him in and out of 49 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway somewhere in the Veneto. You can also follow his dispatches from the cobblestone at and


  1. Tom, so glad to have you back in the throes of the fun. Your panoramas tell such marvelous stories about the region. I can hardly pick one or two favorites: if forced I’d pick two and five. One of the benefits of the Italian cities is how they are nestled among nature’s bounty. They seem close to Frank LLoyd Wright’s philosophy: form follows function. The cities show respect for nature even as they built them strategically. Happy Phoneography Challenge.

      1. Just be careful of fencing, balcony rails, etc. in your panoramas. They tend to turn out jagged in the final result if you pan to quickly. Best to shoot over them, if possible, and remember to pan on a straight line.

  2. Glad to have found another photographer/blogger through the Facebook Blog of the Year group. I love how you are “shooting and eating” your way through Italy–enjoyable pursuits indeed! Buon Viaggio!

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