About – Kalebra Kelby


My bumper sticker would read…I’d rather be: flying, painting, singing, in the dust of something ancient, or taking pictures #shotwithmytrustyiphone

Wait — and dancing — I would also rather be dancing. Okay, I think that’s it. 😉


  • Reply T.J. Powell January 5, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Hello, I love following you iPhone Photos. One thing I would’ve to know is your post processing techniques and the software you use. Would you mind sharing them with us? Thanks

    • Reply Kalebra January 5, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      Thank you T.J. so nice to see you here and I absolutely don’t mind at all. I always take my photos with just the phone app and (up until a few weeks ago) I almost exclusively used Camera+ but I’ve now added Aviary and am really enjoying that experience as well. I generally use the same few “go to” options regardless of the app. If the photo needs (in my opinion) sharpening or I want a depth of field and/or a vignette. Having said that, if you’re ever curious about a particular photo, just ask and I’ll be happy to tell you. Although, don’t wait too long or I might forget what I did. Hahaha! 🙂

  • Reply Mark January 5, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Wonderful blog. You always bring a smile to my day. Thanks!

    • Reply Kalebra January 5, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Dear Mark,

      And now you have brought one to my day—thank you. 🙂

  • Reply Bob Kelly January 5, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    You piece about saying, “I love you” and having someone say it back to you was so very touching to me. How wonderful for you to have that private, heart fluttering moment in the midst of all going around you in India! It’s the little things that make BIG differences in how we think, feel, act, and they shape us in potentially wonderful ways! My little guy is now 36 and married with two kids, and one on the way…..reflecting upon your comments took me right back to his preschool years and caused me to remember little phrases and moments that were fun to resurrect once again. Thank you for the uplifting moments just now. Besides all of this your photos are great and I will anticipate other postings indeed. Happy New Year!

    • Reply Kalebra January 5, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      “…reflecting upon your comments took me right back to his preschool years and caused me to remember little phrases and moments that were fun to resurrect once again. Thank you for the uplifting moments just now.”

      Bob, you have completely made my day—that’s what it’s all about right? Btw, mine is heading off to college in the Fall. 😉

    • Reply Bella February 8, 2015 at 1:05 am

      Youu pics are amazing

      • Reply Kalebra February 9, 2015 at 2:50 am

        Thank you Bella, that’s very kind of you. 🙂

  • Reply Pankaj kumar singh January 5, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Lovely series. What you shoot matters and iPhone shots are complimentinh your atory telling. Its wonderful. Thanks for the beautiful share.

    • Reply Kalebra January 5, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you Pankaj and I agree—intention is everything. Thank you for stopping by.

  • Reply clinton ferrara January 5, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Looking good. I am newer to social media than you and I am learning it by trial and error. Could you send RC over to my place for a while? I am also a lot older than you so this digital world is awesome compared to the old darkroom, snail mail days. Good luck with your blog. I’m sure you will nail it. You and your trusty iPhone that is.

    • Reply Kalebra January 5, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      Hahaha! Hello Clinton! Don’t worry, we’ll figure this out together and are you sure you want me to send RC? You’ll need to have a lot of coffee on hand. 😉

      • Reply clinton ferrara January 5, 2015 at 8:02 pm

        Lots of coffee where I live (80 miles from Seattle) is an incomprehensible amount for you nice people from the southeast. On the other hand if you visited… that much chocolate might present a problem.

        • Reply Kalebra January 6, 2015 at 2:51 am

          Clinton, I cannot argue with you there. 😉

  • Reply peter lapin January 5, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Looking good Kalebra, photography is not about owning a $6k camera. It’s about the composition, color and light. More mega pixels can help with enlargements, but I have been able to print a 11×17 from an iphone thanks to onones perfect resize.

    • Reply Kalebra January 6, 2015 at 2:44 am

      Thank you Peter and it’s nice to hear that you could print so large with good results. I must admit that isn’t something I’ve done a ton of but I have liked the results when I have.

  • Reply Juvani_photo January 5, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Hi Kalebra,

    I enjoyed your trusty-iPhone shots with Scott and all others in Rome last year already. Nice to see they advanced to this stylish blog!
    What template is this?

    Keep up your iphoneography and best regards to Scott, too!

    Grz from Holland, Jurgen

    • Reply Kalebra January 6, 2015 at 2:46 am

      Nice to hear from you again Jurgen and wasn’t Rome amazing?! I’ll have to do a post about that trip—thanks for reminding me. 🙂

      The template is from Theme Forest and it’s called Hemlock.

  • Reply Alexandra Giamanco January 5, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    This was the best idea ever!
    I love your stories and your wonderful way of telling them, so it is really nice to see them in such a nice format. I am not a fan of G+, but I love nice and clean blogs, and your stories and photos really deserved a wonderful outlet like this one.

    • Reply Kalebra January 6, 2015 at 2:51 am

      Alexandra, Thank you, thank you for the kind words and I’m so glad you stopped by and that you like the stories. I understand about how hard it is to connect on different social sites—it’s definitely not a one size fits all kind of thing. Glad you wandered over here though. 🙂

      • Reply Alexandra Giamanco January 6, 2015 at 12:46 pm

        You’re welcome! 🙂
        I am really glad you did this, because your pics and stories really deserved it.

  • Reply Gary Kalosky January 5, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Great to see your new blog and looking forward with anticipation to many great pictures and stories. You’re the best.

    • Reply Kalebra January 6, 2015 at 2:53 am

      Grinning from ear to ear Gary Kalosky—thank you for stopping by here. I trust the granddaughter was thrilled with her first day back today? Hahaha! 😉

  • Reply Gary Phillips January 5, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    love this new site of yours Kalebra! It’s the perfect place to show your fabulous “Trusty iPhone” images. I’d love to see any you have from your trip to Prague, I’m going this Thursday for a week & I can only hope to come back with images as good as yours!

    • Reply Kalebra January 6, 2015 at 2:38 am

      Thank you so much Gary and I’ll make the post tomorrow about Prague—Gah!—you’re going to LOVE it!!!

  • Reply Ken Pitt January 5, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Kalebra, love the story about India! I’m going to share it with Kelly. Kenny is heading to college in the fall as well, and we are going to sorely miss him.

    • Reply Kalebra January 6, 2015 at 3:04 am

      Oh wow, hey Ken! Please tell Kelly hello and ack—the Fall is not going to be pretty. LOL!

  • Reply Ajay Jhaveri January 6, 2015 at 4:13 am

    Hi Kalebra
    I was in SF a few years ago at the G+ conference your husband organized and put on. Its at the G+ conference that i took to iPhone photography after one of his lectures. I am a photographer in los Angeles, I also love my iPhone and shoot with it everyday. My instagram is all iphone.
    Your images are just beautiful and inspiring.
    Love your blog

    • Reply Kalebra January 6, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      Thank you Ajay—very kind of you to say. 🙂

  • Reply Barb Cochran January 6, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Wow, this is blog is in a class by itself. It’s where zen, laughter and beauty all come together to satiate the soul with all things beautiful! Esthetically, it’s spot on tastefully, rich. What I love about you Kalebra is your unique way of sharing the beauty you see that others miss and making each person feel truly special and blessed to be offered an opportunity to share your stories and pictures. I love it and thank you for sharing!

    • Reply Kalebra January 6, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      Barb, if you can’t tell, I’m squishing you right now. ((((((squish, squish, squish)))))) 🙂

  • Reply Barb Cochran January 6, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    ooops…..didn’t edit before posting 🙁

  • Reply Tomas January 6, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Hello Kalebra.
    Just have to say that this blogg is fantastic. Love the pictures.
    Is all the photos directly out of the phone or do you edit them in a computer before you post them?

  • Reply Tomas January 6, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Sorry…for not reading the comments first 🙂

    • Reply Kalebra January 6, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      No worries Tomas, just glad you found what you were looking for—thank you for stopping by. 🙂

  • Reply Dan January 6, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    What editing apps do you typically use? Snapseed maybe? But what else?

    • Reply Kalebra January 6, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Hi Dan, Up until a few weeks ago, I almost exclusively used Camera+ but I’ve since started using Aviary and am really enjoying that experience as well. I’ve never used Snapseed. Hope that helps! 🙂

  • Reply Jan Kenneth Aarsund January 6, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Congratulations with a wonderful blog 🙂 And dear I say… About time… 🙂
    Looking forward to following this and seeing more of your great work 🙂

    Keep it up KK and Trusty 🙂

    • Reply Kalebra January 6, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Wheeee!!! Jan Kenneth Aarsund is here!! Thank you and I’ll do my best. 😉

  • Reply Pat Lamorte January 7, 2015 at 1:08 am

    The site is amazing! Thank you so much for putting it out there. I just started my journey with iPhone photography the last two years. I am very pleased with the results. We would love to feature you on photo paths along with over 35 of the worlds best photographers. Please check it out I’ve been talking to Scott’s manager about getting him on there too, but his schedule is so crazy. Thank you for continuing to inspire me.

  • Reply Christian January 7, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Hi! Fine work! I hope you come again to Vienna and discovered this great city.
    bye Christian

    • Reply Kalebra January 7, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      Christian, Thank you and I cannot wait to get back to Vienna!!

  • Reply Ali January 25, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Hi, can I ask a question about your blog site, I see that you are using Hemlock, can I ask is this a once of fee or is it a yearly subscription ? I really love the clean lines and simplicity of the site, do you need to know much about coding ? We are heading to Bali in April and would love to start a blog for family and friends

    • Reply Kalebra January 26, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      Hi Ali! You purchase the license for Hemlock and WordPress is a subscription. And funny you should ask about coding because I started this Blog without any experience with WordPress—and I mean none—and have found the process a fairly easy learning experience and definitely easier than I imagined. Oh and no coding—yay! Hope that helps. 🙂

  • Reply Nichole Brownell February 22, 2015 at 2:38 am

    So do you shoot the photos in the Camera+ app or the standard camera app?

    • Reply Kalebra February 22, 2015 at 3:28 am

      Hi Nichole! I use the phone’s app. Then if I want to do anything to the image I take it into either Camera+ or (more recently) Aviary. I think I do that because it leaves me to decide (afterward) which app I want to use. Hope that helps and thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  • Reply Joyce February 23, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    I was reading your husband’s account of your trip to an Oregon lighthouse with Moose Peterson and his wife and saw his link to your blog. I sure glad I clicked on it–what delightful photos and interesting captions and commentaries! Your photos have inspired me to get out and take more photos with my new iPhone–thus far they’ve mainly been of the snapshot variety. I’m bookmarking your blog so I can visit it often.

    • Reply Kalebra February 23, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Oh my goodness Joyce—you’ve absolutely made my day! I’m so glad you’ll be using your phone more. In my opinion, it’s instant and accessible joy. Have fun! 😉

  • Reply Charles R February 25, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    My wife stumbled upon your site and was really blown away. Wow! I’m now following you on Instagram. Totally random coincidence but I work for a small start-up out of Atlanta that has produced a social app (iPhone of course) where you add captions to your photos for your followers to guess. I think your stuff is the most perfect fit that I’ve seen! Please give it a try if you have the time. I would love to know what you think about it. If you contact the “feedback” email through the app it will reach me.

    Oh, and the name of the app is Captionable of course 🙂 Thanks so much. Beautiful photos!!!

    • Reply Kalebra February 26, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Thank you Charles and I’m glad you both like the photos. The app sounds fun. I’ll take a look. 🙂

  • Reply natalie February 26, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    can I tell you how happy I am that I found your website! I’ve been following you and +ing your images on google+ for…ever!!
    as an iPhone owner , apple employee and “fine art photographer of life” (self proclaimed) – I LOVE that you shoot what you love, shoot what you see and share it all with us. my iPhone is inching closer and closer to having 7k images on it. it’s the most available camera I own and I’m thrilled to see someone else as devoted. thank you for sharing your world with us and for having this adorable site!!


    • Reply Kalebra February 27, 2015 at 6:21 am

      Natalie—you certainly know how to make someone’s day! I’m thrilled and honored that you’ve been following and, since you have, you know it is my extreme pleasure to share with you. Hearing why you enjoy them, though, is a special gift and one that I can’t thank you enough for but I will still say it—thank you—from the bottom of my heart.

  • Reply David March 4, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Hi Kalebra, thanks for your inspiring blog and remarkable photography. You have almost singlehandedly persuaded me to sell all my Canon dslr gear and simplify my photography and life!

    • Reply Kalebra March 4, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Hahaha! You know, when I feel like I need to simplify, the one thing that helps me the most is reminding myself to be present in whatever moment I’m in. If I can just allow myself to focus on what’s in front of me the rest of the “clutter” starts to fall away.

  • Reply Sara April 30, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I love your photos. Could you please clarify something? You say you use Camera +, do you mean you edit photos in there afterwards, or you use that app when shooting? I hope I’m not showing how little I really know about iPhoneography. Thank you for your help.

    • Reply Kalebra May 1, 2015 at 6:14 am

      Hi Sara! I’m so happy you like the photos and you’re right, I use the regular camera app that comes with the phone and then I import into, either, Camera+ or (most recently) Aviary and edit afterward. And, you only showed your inquisitiveness—which is a wonderful thing by the way. 😉 Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day! 🙂

  • Reply Aqeel Fikree May 6, 2015 at 3:12 am

    You’ve got a lovely name, and your photos are amazing. Have a great day

    • Reply Kalebra May 6, 2015 at 7:02 am

      Thank you Aqeel—it is a combination of my parent’s names.

      And, your comment about my photos is very kind and much appreciated. Have a wonderful day.

  • Reply LeAnnDra June 7, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Hi I love your website I want one too Who does your work?


    • Reply Kalebra June 13, 2015 at 10:14 am

      Thank you LeAnnDra and I do the work on the site. 🙂

  • Reply Karen Conley July 30, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I love your blog. It is so beautiful. I think that Camera + is a great tool.

    • Reply Kalebra July 30, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Thank you Karen and Camera+ is a great tool. I’ve been using Aviary for several months and have grown quite fond of it. You might like it. 🙂

  • Reply Juan Montalvo September 8, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Hello Kalebra, You have a beautiful site. May I ask is this s wordpress template and if not what did you use? Thanks, Juan

    • Reply Kalebra September 12, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Juan, thank you for coming to the blog and yes, it’s a template that I purchased from Theme Forest by the name of Hemlock. Hope that helps. 🙂

  • Reply Robert B. October 8, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Hi – I just wanted to say your iPhoneography is amazing, I also enjoy the tips that you share. I’ve already tried the use of video to fill the screen for capturing a photo, worked great!

    Regards, Robert

    • Reply Kalebra October 9, 2015 at 10:31 am

      That’s wonderful—thank you for letting me know. It makes me happy to hear it worked for you! 🙂

  • Reply Finn S. October 22, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Hi Kalebra, I enjoy ‘popping in’ from time to time on your homepage and gaze at your beautiful pictures. I remember once I read that Scott was annoyed that you could take a picture – and bam – you had it uploaded to your website and he always had to wait until he could use his computer.
    How do upload your pictures directly from phone to web?
    And many thanks for all the good tips shooting with my iPhone.
    Cheers Finn

    • Reply Kalebra October 22, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Haha! Thank you for “popping in” and I so appreciate the kind words. I think what he meant to say was that I could upload to social sites from my phone (since I use my phone to photograph and do any post) but I haven’t actually uploaded to the blog like that. But now you’ve got me curious—I’ll have to see how that might work. Thanks again for stopping by Finn and don’t be a stranger. 😉

  • Reply Clinton ferrara July 24, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Just read your magazine article. Really good read. They did a great job reproducing your photos. I thought it appropriate to respond from my iPhone since you were a major force in my entry into the mobile wold of photography. I’m very happy to see you getting the attention you deserve as an artist and innovator.

    • Reply Kalebra July 25, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Thank you Clinton and I’m so glad you’re enjoying your new photography tool. I love your posts of your garden and all the deer—you’re so lucky! Still planning the move to Hawaii?

      • Reply clinton ferrara July 25, 2016 at 1:53 pm

        Still Hawaii bound. Showed the house to a couple this morning. I don’t have a problem living here but my wife can’t handle the dark winter. Really though. I can live anywhere as long as there is an ocean near by. Nice to have a mountain or two as well.

        • Reply Kalebra July 25, 2016 at 5:12 pm

          Then you can’t go wrong in either location. 😉

  • Reply Finn Strandberg August 3, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Hi Kalebra,
    Found this article about posting directly from your iPhone to your blog/HP.
    Guess you are using WordPress – right?
    Maybe its worth a look 😀 …. When you have a spare minut between shooting awesome pictures with you iPhone ☀️

    • Reply Kalebra August 3, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Oh my goodness—thank you Finn! I downloaded the WP app immediately and can’t wait to try this with my next post. 🙂

  • Reply Brigitte Gathercole-Day January 29, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Good Morning Kalebra 🙂

    Just thought I would pop by and say Hi on your beautiful page. You will know me as ‘ Wishing Well Photography ‘ on Instagram. I just want to say Thank you for all your wonderful and inspiring posts. Stay awesome as usual 🙂

    • Reply Kalebra March 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      If anyone is still hanging in there with me–the site has been swept up in part of a larger hack involving the company I use to back up my site. I’ve been trying to get it fixed but I’m quite out of my depth and working as fast and best I can with BlogVault to get it fixed and back up and running. Thank you for your patience. It is only today that I could even post this comment–if it posts.

    • Reply Kalebra March 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      If anyone is still hanging in there with me–the site has been swept up in part of a larger hack involving the company I use to back up my site. I’ve been trying to get it fixed but I’m quite out of my depth and working as fast and best I can with BlogVault to get it fixed and back up and running. Thank you for your patience. It is only today that I could even post this comment–if it posts. LOL!

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