Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge-Week 8-Mirroring


Welcome to Week 8 of the Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge.  Working on filling up my grid with host We Live in a Flat (and co-host FireBonnet).  Host We Live in a Flat states:

“Mirrored photos can be gimmicky. But that is not to say there is no place for them in mobile phoneography. The mirror, after all, is a well-used metaphor in so many occasions and samples of literature.”

This is not something I have ever tried with my mobile photography – or for that matter tried at all, although I have seen some wonderful examples used at We Live in a Flat on a regular basis.  Be sure to check them out!

Leonardo App

I decided to try using the app Leonardo  for this effect.  It was mentioned on Instagram, and I did more research than usual on this app, as the purchase price was $4.99, higher than most iPhone/iPad apps.  Research and reviews gave me a “thumbs up” decision to purchase, and I am so happy I did.  This is a fantastic app, much like a mobile version of Photoshop.  You can create layers and mask effectively.  This is a total editing app!  One thing I really like, and had not been able to find thus far, is the ability to adjust perspective.  This is especially useful with architecture.  The app also has many filters and effects, including the mirror effect of this photo challenge. I chose a recently taken architectural photo that I thought would lend itself well to this effect.


My Original Photo
Washington County Courthouse, Texas

And the completed mirror effect, with all edits done directly in the Leonardo app.  Edits included basic editing (lighting, contrast, cropping, sharpness, etc.), and additional edits of mirror effect, light leaks, and poster filter.  Hope you enjoy the final results!


App Challenge Image
Guardian Lions

Mobile Device: iPhone 4s
App Used:  Leonardo


Blue Ice

It’s Etsy Friday again and this week I have some great finds, all in beautiful icy blue hues!



Wow!  Mariaela has some beautiful jewelry in her shop.  I love this pendant fused using eco-friendly tin, and created in her home studio in Poland.  It is made to look like old silver.  Her technique is melting glass and immersing stones, sand, pieces of metals, etc. in it.  Her pieces have a modern edge, while still fitting into the current trend of “retro vintage” style jewelry. She just opened her Etsy shop in August of this year.




Winter Oasis

Such a stunning winter scene.  I want so badly to go down that path to see where it leads, in the hushed quite of freshly fallen snow!  This 8×10 print is appropriately titled “Winter Oasis” and is offered in the donnageissler Etsy shop.  It is printed on beautiful matte fine art paper and packaged in a protective sleeve with backboard.  Photographer Donna lives in Michigan and says she “does her best to make pretty pictures”.  I think I can safely say she has succeeded!  She has won numerous awards and her work has been seen in:  Decor Magazine, Black and White Magazine, and on HGTV’s Designed to Sell.




Winter Story Fascinator

Such an ice queen!  I keep picturing this fascinator being used on some epic movie set.  Fascinators are a form of millinery that are most typically made from feathers, and can be made from wool or lace.  It is often an alternative to a hat for formal attire, and can incorporate a base making it a miniature hat.  At the recent wedding of Catherine Middleton to Prince William many of the female guests wore fascinators.

RubinaFascinators makes one-of-a-kind headpieces for special events like weddings, cocktail parties, etc., and is happy to take custom orders.  Go ahead and place yours today!




Blue Ice Glass

Check out this 1960’s retro blue & green ice glass/bucket.  It measures 5″ by 4″, and has three distinct color layers.  Super piece that would look great on the bar, or anywhere it’s displayed.  Sold by Park Estate Company in San Diego, California and shipped free to the lucky purchaser.  Park Estate Company has over 500 listings in their Etsy shop, so you are sure to find something to please!  They say they are, “attracted to beautiful big baubles that sparkle and can only be described as fabulous”.  I’ll say yes to that!