Apps Uncovered, 12 April 2020

Selected by Nicki Fitz-Gerald

I’ve been saying this for over 10 years now…the iPhone is an extraordinary tool in the hands of creatives and this week’s gallery proves that once again. With most of us in a lockdown situation the challenges of confinement are forcing us to look at our immediate surroundings with fresh eyes.

Thank you to all of you for submitting your stirring iPhone images with special thanks to iPhoneographyCentral oola cristina jun for her playful and delightfully entitled feature image “How to make a rose print dress by oola cristina.”

Rounding out the rest of the group this week are the following artists:

Clint Cline, MaryAngeB, Erik Viggh, Salwa Afef (x2), tmbx (Tomaso Belloni), Nigel Reader, Fleur Schim, Eric Goss, dmhimages(Michael Hamments), Sergio Belyayev and iPhoneArtGirl (Meri Walker).

If you’d like a chance to be featured in this weekly showcase, please remember to include your apps and backstories with your photos. Thank you, as always for submitting your amazing work.- For a chance to feature, please join our Flickr group. 

Don’t forget to “ENABLE Photo SHARING” on your images in order to be featured. Instructions for this are on our iPC Group Rules page on the iPC.

Thank you all for contributing your wonderful images and we look forward to discovering the stories and techniques behind them. If you have any questions regarding this feature, please email Nicki at nicki@iPhoneographyCentral.com

"how to make a rose print dress"

How to make a rose print dress by oola cristina

Apps used: Procreate, Mextures, Percolator, Stackables, Snapseed
Backstory: I’ve been revisiting a few of my early pieces that were done when I was just beginning to learn how to mask and work in layers. They each had some issues with resolution that made printing a problem. In this piece, the sky and floor also had to be re-constructed, and all the masks needed some tweaking.

I created the sky and floor, refined and manipulated the masks, and composited the layers in Procreate. Then took the image into Mextures to add some texture. Then into Percolator to find just the right combination of circles. Went back into Procreate to blend the Percolated image with the Mextured image, and then brushed in the stars. Stackables next to add a bit more texture and to enhance the light and colors. Then, into Snapseed to make some slight color adjustments.

Many of the elements in this piece were photos taken in my flower garden… chickadees and juncos often visit to eat from the suet feeder, and that rabbit had escaped from a neighbor’s hutch and had been making meals out of my herbs and flowers. The spool of red thread is from my sewing box and the clouds were from up the road.

In Japanese folk stories, there is a rabbit that lives in the moon. There is also a story in Asian cultures that people who are destined to meet are connected with a red thread placed on them by the gods. I wasn’t consciously thinking about these things when the image was coming together, but, in art, the subconscious often tells better stories.

I did once have a rose print dress similar in style to the one pictured that I loved and wore so much that I wore it out. Would be lovely to have another made in this fashion.

Diremptio 36

Diremptio 36 by clix2020 (Clint Cline)

Separation. Displacement. Asunder.
A boundary. A union. A contradiction.

Apps used: The Apps used include: Hipstamatic and the iPhone on-board camera for the three images involved, Snapseed, and SuperimposeX.

Backstory: Diremptio 36 is one of an ongoing series of images that explores separation, displacement, boundaries, and contradiction. Though the series was not created with specific reference to the current global pandemic its themes are certainly amplified by it!

Diremptio 36 follows the series theme of incongruity and antithesis, in agreement; two planes in the same space separated by form, shape, color, depth, meaning; each a stilled moment in its own time joined in common boundary by a contrary moment, like fingerprints on a window, unique, separate, together.

Relating to our current common circumstance, we are living a kind of displacement – out of our routines of work and family and gathering, whether in community of congregation. Yet we remain connected by the common boundaries we share – masks, social distance, et al.

Wmk14 - A Bit of Sunshine

Wmk14 – A Bit of Sunshine by MarieAngeB
Apps used: I used Snapseed to tweak this picture.

Springtime Tree

Springtime Tree by Erik Viggh

Apps used: Edited with iColorama
Backstory: The picture was shot on an outing in a national park. Spring is the best time for photo walks and discovery when daylight comes back. The setting sun lit up the background and framed the bare tree. Using the iColorama app I intensified the colors in the background while the tree darkened. This is why springtime is the best for photography.

Memories House

Memories House by Salwa Afef

Apps used: Slow shutter cam + iColorama +Superimpose+iWatermark

Backstory: I love abstract art, colors, and nature, very excited to feel them on my work!
I was just playing with my photos blending them together, wanted something even I didn’t know what is it exactly, maybe just discovering the hidden sides like the abstract sides or anything else!

The result of that playing was many colorful textures, did nothing with them and almost forget them buried under tons of photos!
After months I have found that I took a lot of houses photos especially in our nature area which is full of memories, also created the photos with slow shutter or multiple exposures technique!

I started to make the photo of the houses more abstractive in icolorama app!
While that process, I remembered my colorful textures, tried to blend them with the photos of the houses, one of the results was this photo!

Waiting For Something

Waiting For Something by Salwa Afef

Apps used: Slow shutter cam + iColorama +Superimpose+iWatermark
Backstory: Everything was ready to capture; her way of standing and the frames around.
I used my favorite app to take this photo “slow shutter cam “then
simplify it a little bit in iColorama app.
I thought that the photo needs something curvey and painterly to ease the effect of those many lines, tried many painterly effects and finally found the painterly texture to add to her background.

Belle, taking advantage of shelter in place

Belle, taking advantage of shelter in place by msswan777(Mark Swanson)

Apps used: I shot this using my iPhone XR and the ProCamera App. The image was then edited on my iPad using Snapseed. I wanted to highlight her face to make her standout from other clutter, so I did a little cropping, applied black and white, then vintage to include the strong vignette.

As most people are, my family and I have been sheltered indoors over the last few weeks. Our pet Belle, a West Highland White Terrier, has a couple of beds to sleep on in the living room. This one sits on a rug on the floor. Belle loves having all of us home and regularly getting pet, playing, and going for walks during each day. Following one of her walks she came inside and crashed on her bed. She does not know why everyone is home with her but she sure enjoys it and shows us how life continues on!

Keep it closed

Keep it closed by tmbx (Tomaso Belloni)

Apps used: I shot with the default camera app on an iPhone 11pro max and edited with Snapseed and HIpstamatic (Vicuña CL Lens and Kodot XGrizzled Film).

Backstory: These days we are forced to stay home. I was looking for old photos that can be connected to this and found this door in India. Old and in need of repair, it looks like it’s locked and all you can do is look through the little window to have a glimpse of what is outside. After a month at home this gives the idea.


Camellia by Nigel Reader

Apps used: I used Camera+ app in macro mode to shoot and Snapseed for processing.

Backstory: This is a real “lockdown” picture. I sit and look at this Camellia out of the kitchen window every morning whilst I have my breakfast. A heavy prune last year (just so as to be able to see out of the window!) means that it is now covered in blooms. Isolating one suitable bloom was the issue at the taking stage. The Snapseed processing was designed to assist. Some gentle tuning of the contrast and brightness was then followed by the use of the dodge and burn brush, mainly burn to darken shadows and extraneous detail. Finally the application of a vignette completed the look.


Ascend by Fleur Schim

Apps used: Iphone11pro Snapseed distressedfx
Backstory: This image was captured on my daily hike. I spied a bird sitting on a limb. I used my iphone11pro, in LIVE, to capture the bird. I was pleasantly surprised when I edited the original image.
LIVE images show a stream of images that are captured during each shot. You simply scroll through the images, and choose the KEY PHOTO. I saw multiple possibilities for future editing. The bird took fight, an image I did not see in the original capture.
Fantastic. I edited, repeatedly, in SNAPSEED Starting with LOOKS: bright. Next, tuning and adjusting details. I further edited with both GLAMOUR GLOW and DRAMA. Next, I edited in DistressedFX. Many filter choices, but I was looking for a lot of contrast. Finally, I re-edited in Snapseed to get this highly stylized version.
Definitely a protracted process, but each time the image was filtered, and edited resulted with a new result.

Lone House on the Long Island Sound

Lone House on the Long Island Sound by Eric Goss

Apps used: Shot with Filmic Pro camera app using Tiff mode
Backstory: I did not use the default iPhone camera app. Instead, the original photo was taken using the Filmic Pro camera app using TIFF mode. I use TIFF for all my iPhone pics because the larger data set gives me the opportunity to do extensive post-processing, if necessary. The image was processed on my Mac (I did not use an iPhone photo editing app) using ON1 Photo RAW.

The house and seascape are situated along the Long Island Sound in coastal Connecticut in the town of Guilford. This is a place where I often take walks. I always am looking for scenes with an appealing feeling of light and space to them. I also was attracted to the sense of some desolation of this scene. I have explored it, with my camera and iPhone quite often.

Parking Lot Geometry #3

Parking Lot Geometry #3 by dmhimages (Michael Hamments)

Apps used: Straight from my iPhone camera.
Backstory: The photo is part of a series I am slowly accumulating of patterns and designs found in places like parking lots, pathways and sidewalks etc.
Part of the urban landscape that most of us overlook. They will be featured in an album on my Flickr site called “Parking Lot Geometry”.
No post processing was done on the photograph.

▻mom & son/zebra cross◅ [bnw]
▻mom & son/zebra cross◅ [bnw] by Sergiy Beliayev

Apps used: ◗ ᴵᴾᴴᴼᴺᴱ 7+
◗ ᴴᴵᴾˢᵀᴬᴹᴬᵀᴵᶜ ˣ ᴬᴺᴬᴸᴼᴳ ᶜᴬᴹᴱᴿᴬ
/ᴸᴱᴺˢ: Savannah | ᶠᴵᴸᴹ: Blanko C16/
◗ ᴱᴺᴸᴵᴳᴴᵀ ᴾᴴᴼᵀᴼᶠᴼˣ
◗ ᴱᴺᴸᴵᴳᴴᵀ ᵟᵁᴵᶜᴷˢᴴᴼᵀ
◗ ᴴᴵᴾˢᵀᴬᴹᴬᵀᴵᶜ ᶜᴸᴬˢˢᴵᶜ
/ᴸᴱᴺˢ: Leonard | ᶠᴵᴸᴹ: SPRKT-BW | ᶠᴸᴬˢᴴ: Jolly Rainbo 2X/, ᴬᴰᴶᵁˢᵀᴹᴱᴺᵀˢ

Backstory: ~25 October 2019~
(our baby boy is 1 year 1 month 13 days old❤️)

She Needed a Little Space to Recover Herself.

She Needed a Little Space to Recover Herself by iPhoneArtGirl (Meri Walker)

Apps used: I made the shot with Camera+2 so it started in color but the more I worked with it the more distracting the color became in relation to the forms. I decided to take it into Blackie and iColoramaS to adjust tones. Then I used TouchRetouch and LightBrush to clean up tiny areas that distracted from the classic forms.

Backstory: Even as a child, the blossoming of Japanese Magnolia trees in the early spring sent me into a kind of frenzy of joy.

I find their shape and coloration and the lifecycle of their blossoms endlessly fascinating. No different this year.

The tricky part for me in photographing them is getting to them because three of my neighbors’ trees are getting really tall. Getting me and my iPhone up to where the blossoms are is becoming more difficult each year. I climb on anything I can find, even with my newly replaced hip.

This shot is the last image I made before I radically displaced my new hip close to two weeks ago, so this edit carries a level of meaning for me that extends beyond the beauty of the blossom.

I brought the photo into this state lying on the bed propped up with pillows about five days after the ordeal of being taken to the ER (in the middle of COVID-19) to get my hip put back into place. So the title is both tongue-in-cheek and ever so serious.

The evidence of water caught in the cup of the blossom was just as important to me as the rest of the detail in this shot. This blossom looked to me like it had recently been made love to in a ravaging rain.



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