Fresh off a ski week — no broken bones, in case you’re wondering — high in the Dolomites around the Val Pusteria of the Trentino Alto Adige region of northern Italy, my trusty iPhone 5 served as my workhorse lens in capturing some of the moments that were just too cumbersome to handle with my standard kit of DSLRs.

Phoneographic Black Runs over White | ©Tom Palladio ImagesGetting on and off chairlifts and funiculars, I didn’t have to struggle with a backpack to get to my gear. Nope, I just unzipped one of the pockets on my ski jacket, pulled out the handheld, framed the scene, locked in the AE/AF focus, and shot or panned away.

Quick on the draw, without the nifty iP5 I would’ve come back empty handed and you wouldn’t be able to head up and downhill with me, virtually.

If you’ll grab your gear, let’s relive some of those BLACK runs that I traversed over the powdery WHITE stuff. GERONIMOoooooooooooooo!

To view more BLACK and WHITE 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

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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 TravelingBoy.com and ItalianNotebook.com.

11 comments

    1. Hi Sally — Just got back yesterday and have been culling through the 500 or so images I brought back. Don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of foodie frames. Now, let me head over to your site for my “thumbs up” verdict on your B&Ws. Ciao ciao.

    1. WLIAF — With layers of ski clothing, the cold weather wasn’t too bad to handle. You get quite a workout chugging down the slopes and easily work up a sweat, or, in your case, a glow. Thanks for the comment.

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