Saturday 21st May 2022

Share Your Snaps #5. 25/51. #LifeThisWeek. 76/2021.

Share Your Snaps #5. 25/51. #LifeThisWeek. 76/2021.

Every 5th Week on Mondays

  • I love to take photos.
  • I love finding things I like to capture in the moment.
  • I certainly enjoy taking photos to share stories.

And for me, I love making memories.

Then it was a treat for me to use some dollars and buy some decent photo collage apps.

There are so many, and rather than recommend any, I tend to use any from the App Store as my main source of photography these days is the IPhone 11 ProMax. I also tried out ones as unpaid (read ads, and not all options unlocked)

I have a ‘big’ camera, Canon 600D with which I learned a great deal from an 8 week evening college in-person class back in the days living in Sydney. We did a night shoot at a local shopping centre too. When I felt a needed a refresher, Amie, the teacher met me at a local scenic spot and helped me remember some of the lessons and settings. I have used that camera to great advantage, with extra lens I bought too including a macro one I love…sadly though…

….this latest phone of mine is proving so good for more of what I want to do now, that I take advantage of its settings and in editing, some of the options, and cropping is a given more many, and then I make a








or three!







and then undoing old patterns of how things must/should look are all on my list as I compiled these.

Some you may have already seen if you follow me on Instagram. I have two (locked for privacy) accounts:

@denysewhelan   @denysewhelan_blogs  (ask for follow!)

This one has repeats in rows of small, colours and shapes.


Celebrations in one collage for our Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Then there are these:

Where I reviewed my life…before cancer…

From my walk around The Terrigal Boardwalk



How about you?

Do you like taking photos?

What do you use to share your images?

And yes I may have used one or two of these in posts already.


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  1. Hi Denyse, Your colourful photo collages made me smile. I like to take photos. I use the Image gallery in WordPress and occasionally Canva to share my images on my blog. Have a great week!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks Natalie, I am glad you got to smile.

      I admit buying these apps and having fun putting photos on them via my Ipad is something ticking the boxes for me visually and creatively.

      Thanks for sharing what you do too.


  2. I’m back…I think 🙂 Love the images and your scrapbooking style of displaying them. Not only am I back, but I’m actually on theme this week.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      You are baaaack. Sorta kinda!

      Thanks Jo, good to see you. Extra ticks if you like for actually being on theme…even though it is purely optional.


  3. My goodness Denyse – your artistic side certainly shines through when you ‘share your snaps’. They are works of art!
    Mine are usually just straight out of the camera (a little point and shoot Canon or more often than not my mini iPad) cropped a bit and occasionally with a border added via a free app (PS Express or BeFunky). Sometimes I’ll venture into collage but in simple styles.
    Chilly morning here in Melbourne so I’m going to sit here by the fire, enjoy another cup of tea and see what others have to say. Enjoy your week!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks so much Cathy. These app designers make my job a pretty easy one.

      I am usually putting these together on the Ipad in bed. Relaxing visually and having fun too.

      I do some cropping mostly to make squares too. I admit the paid versions are paying for themselves in terms of my enjoyment.

      What a lovely start to your day. I hope it continues.


  4. Yay, share your snaps!! I’m excited to be here for the first time! Hope your winter solstice is fabulous! The southern hemi gains 2 minutes of light per day from now on til June! Well, you know I love photography and my images are in a gallery which look kind of “collage-ey,” LOL! I’ve made some before through PicMonkey, but nothing lately. Off to read some links!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks so much Terri. Welcome and yes, to us getting a wee bit more daylight while we sneak some of it from you!

      I am an Infants teacher by training and have always loved colour and making displays of the children’s works way back when.

      Photography and apps are an extension of that love for me.

      I love your images. They are great.


  5. Hi Denyse lovely snaps as usual and each month you become more creative. Since I’ve taken the photo editing course I find I have become very selective with what I take rather than just click and shoot! Thanks for the link up and sending hugs to you #lifethisweek

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks so much Sue. When I decided to outlay some money for these it was for two reasons:
      1. I cannot bear the ads
      2. I could quietly and confidently become more creative as I used some of the ‘new to me’ tools via a range of these apps.

      I also ‘lost’ access to my easy-to-collage app called ABM when the founders stopped supporting it and Apple needed them to upgrade which they did not.

      So in some ways I was made to go down a path to explore more creative options and now I am very glad I did.

      As for photography lessons, they stay with you forever. I still use tips from all those years ago from mine. I do things like get down closer to the ground when taking a scene and I also try to use different aspects from a scene to have that be the focus (eg reeds and leaves by the lake) instead of it always being the lake. I still take many photos in one shoot. Then I get to check which ones appeal the most!

      So glad you too are having fun with photography. That’s what it’s all about!


  6. Hi Denyse I love the way you display your photos and as always your photos are great. I bought a new camera last year and planned to learn how to use it during lockdown. It scares me a bit so it’s been on the shelf and not used. You’ve reminded me and inspired me to get it out again.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks Jennifer for your kind words.

      I know what you mean about scared…with a new camera….but if you quietly just go out and shoot, then have a look at how things went with setting etc once you put them on the computer, you will learn more about ‘best ones’ to use. Even though I had some lessons way back and got more confident to use the manual setting, even the teacher told us, she would sometimes use A/V or other settings so the camera did some of the work too!

      I hope you do get to explore more soon, and share them with us next time round (no pressure, truly!)


  7. Hi Denyse, as you know I LOVE taking photos but I’m not quite as gung ho into photography as I once was. I rarely pick up my DSLR anymore as I don’t like lugging it and all the various lenses around. My iPhone is far more convenient though the photos are not as good quality. I don’t have any collage apps though. You’ve made some beauties with yours! Some of them remind me very much of scrapbooking! Have a wonderful week! xo

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Snap for all those reasons, Min.
      I have the heavy Canon 600D. I have various lenses and bags, and I too grew tired of not only carting them to places but having them with me or in the car as they could be something of interest to a thief.

      I have taken the big camera out a bit with one fave lens attached and done some close ups of flowers but these days my ProMax 11 Iphone does that too.

      Now I have all these paid for resources sitting in cupboard and even grandkids who are photographers are not keen to have them.

      Will chat with you more about my creative group idea too. Messaged you.


  8. Hi Denyse, your photos are always fabulous and show your love of life as seen through your eyes. Your collages are colourful and fun! I also love taking and sharing photos as I mention in my post today and I even quote you!! Thanks for the opportunity to join you and share our posts in your weekly linkup!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Love that you get me and the why of my photography. Always looking for the FUN in Fotography (ha!).

      Thanks Deb, appreciate your words of kindness too.


  9. Hi Denyse, I love taking photos and I agree that the convenience and ease of use of using the smartphone camera makes it very appealing. I’m not disciplined enough to learn how to use a proper decent camera. I prefer to take the easy way out! Maybe I’ll start a new hobby in retirement. I mainly use Photoshop and Canva for creating collages and editing photos. Have a lovely week, Christina

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Oh Christina, it’s become far too easy to take photos with our phones so our expensive cameras languish in the cupboards.

      I would say though, that having a big camera (they are so much weightier than iphones) and taking some lessons as I did way back, gave me a greater understanding of the skills to apply to taking photos no matter what I use. So I see that could be something for you to ponder in your retirement.

      I do tend to use everything on my phone or ipad to change images and make collages even though I have photoshop on my computer. I think I have a need to quick fixes and instant results these days too.

      Thanks for sharing what you do too.


  10. Those phone apps are so very clever aren’t they Denyse? I use good old Paint on my laptop to put a basic square collage together – no bells and whistles I’m afraid – lucky I don’t take many photos!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      They are very handy Leanne and I love playing with them. I guess it’s a lot like my love for art/patterns and design. As a K-2 teacher one of the best parts of fun for me was making colourful displays from the children’s work.

      I know you enjoy your colouring and my extension into apps for my photos is a bit like having fun there too as my ageing fingers are not happy with too much pencil/marker use these days.

      Thanks for sharing what you do too.


  11. Beautiful snaps and collages! I use a collage at the beginning of each post, just to show what’s awaiting in the rest of the post.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      That is such a good idea, and beckons the reader to see more further on and in details.

      Great tip there from a MASTER of photography!!

      Your images are outstanding, Shiju.

      Thank you for your kind words.


  12. Beautiful collages!

  13. Denyse, your collages are so beautiful. The flowers are all so bright and go well together. Thanks for opening this up as a link party. I love the opportunity to share, not only my photos, but a new photo challenge that everyone can join. The only requirement for Photographing Public Art is that your art needs to be visible from outdoors – a street, sidewalk, alley, path. It’s public and therefore free for you to photograph.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Oh how interesting Marsha. Thank you kindly I will have a look.

      I am grateful to have a visual preference as I love colours, images, and having fun creating!


  14. Hi again, Denyse, I’m linking this post to your name on the attendance roll of Story Chat this month. Thanks for commenting. 🙂 I love your comment on Deb’s story.

  15. I do enjoy your creativity with photo taking! I must admit in the early Insta days I loved collages but they’ve taken a backseat now. I think I used to use PicMonkey on the blog until they changed their settings and I don’t like their newer version. As for Insta, I cannot remember what I used. I’ve never managed to have or use a DSLR and while I still have a digital camera somewhere, the last time I used it was when I was overseas in 2019. Honestly, our phones are so good these days, it kinda doesn’t make sense to lug a camera around to make memories unless you’re a serious photographer.

    Also, just want to apologise for being slack at engaging this past month!

    • Oh Sanch, life gets in the way of on-line stuff at times. I get that.

      You are right about the “lugging” of stuff around for photos. My one and only trip OS I could be seen with a camera around my neck as well as a movie camera there too. Now…it would be one phone.

      I remember I took so many images and actually got them printed before coming home so I would have them to share, but in the end it was of interest to me mostly. My Dad enjoyed the Hawaiian memories as he & Mum spent many holidays there.

      I do take pics to share but mostly they are for me to have the memories.

      Thanks for your story. That trip OS must seem like a distant dream these days. Covid has changed the world far too much.


  16. There’s this saying.. the best camera is the one you have with you and that you like to shoot with. So if you’ve found a phone with a camera you’re happy with, that’s brilliant and that’s your best camera regardless of whatever fancy camera you might have that you don’t take with you.

    As you know, I do love taking photos although I’m still in a bit of crisis lately. For now it’s mostly because I shoot the same subjects over and over again. If I get to some interesting places or find new interesting subjects I’ll be out of that crisis immediately!
    I take photos to learn/practice camera skills, to create memories, or like you to share stories.

    I really dislike taking photos with my phone, because it’s so inconvenient in how it’s built, has no ergonomic grip, limited lens etc. I love my mirrorless system camera and it’s small enough to carry with me wherever I go! Especially since I got my new 15 mm prime lens that is super tiny. I can use that lens for most everyday photography. In fact, since it arrived I’ve only used that or the macro lens.

    To share my photos I mostly use my blog these days! But I do have a new-ish Instagram account (@susanneguitar) that I hope to use more when I get the opportunity to take some more interesting photos.

    • What a good saying that is Susanne.

      I do have a couple of cameras that can fit in my pocket and took one with me when I was catching the sunrise in April but because my Iphone ProMax 11plus has three lenses and is super intuitive it took better images! I also have it in a case, and a ‘pop’ socket’ attached to the back so I can use my two fingers to help hold the Iphone as I shoot.

      Sometimes we procrastinate so much we lose the creative spark. I often push myself out there to find different things to photograph rather than my usual and that helps me “see” better as a photographer.

      I am now following you on Instagram. I hope you continue to enjoy the camera you have!

      Thanks for your comment, it was of great interest about our shared enjoyment.


  17. What an eye you have!! And a talent for arranging and displaying your photos, too. What program do you use to create these lovely collages? Love the circles of flowers. And the kind of haphazard, scattered arrangement of photos in some of the collages. Beautiful.

    • Thanks so much Leslie. I enjoy putting these together very much. I spoiled myself with a couple of paid apps for my Ipad/Iphone.

      One is called Rhonna Designs – for a one off cost (can’t remember actual cost) and the other is PS Express – and it’s an annual fee. I will likely just use it this year.

      It’s been a fun distraction to play with shapes and arranging images. Very soothing and mindful!