Apps Uncovered 18 November 2018: In the Abstract…

Selected by Bob Weil

This week’s Apps Uncovered presents a selection of what I found to be the most interesting images for the week in our Flickr group, across a wide range of styles and subjects.

I’m fascinated by abstracts, and the people that create them – because the challenge is – how to make it interesting when you’re not quite sure what you’re looking at? As an artist, do I concentrate on color, symmetry of shapes, the play of light and dark? Do I suggest something that exists, or do I create a form or series of forms that doesn’t resemble anything in the real world?

This week’s selections provide a random assortment – the “outright” abstracts of Clint Cline and dieuwke geervliet, the composition by Fiona Christian that suggests a real scene (in this case, to me at least, a path wending its way over a hill on the way to the beach), the “constructed” illusions by Dragan Fly (a photograph of lights in a bottle) or Poetic Medium (silk flowers deconstructed in a series of tight vignettes) that play like an abstract but are actually “real things,” and the remaining series of close up photographs of found real-world phenomena that take on an abstract quality when seen in isolation and close up. And the one exception to the weekly theme – an amazing composite by Tuba Korhan from her ongoing series which you can see a spotlight on here. (Hey, I get to select the images, so I get to make the rules!).

This week’s lead artwork is an untitled piece by Fiona Christian, which as I indicated above, strongly suggests to me a path wending its way over a hill on the way to the beach (while still being an abstract).

Clint Cline, Dragan Fly, dieuwke geervliet, DaWernRulez, Poetic Medium, Karen Axelrad, Buzz Kills, Sven Podßuweit and Tuba complete the week’s selections.

If you’d like to see your images in the running for selection to our weekly Apps Uncovered feature, be sure to list the apps you used to create your image when you upload it to the iPhoneographyCentral Flickr group. (And as an added bonus to other members who would love to learn from your successes, consider adding the “Backstory” describing the creative process that led you to capture and process the image as you did.) And be sure your photo is configured to allow Sharing / Embedding within Flickr!

Untitled by Fiona Christian

App used: Repix
Backstory: I took the original image with the native camera, through the windscreen of a moving car. It was a bleak, rainy day so the resulting shot was fairly average but I liked the shapes that the light and dark areas created. I wanted to make an abstracted landscape with a distinct painterly style. I smudged it around in Repix then added some colour with Hipstamatic. I added some texture in Mextures and blended several versions together in Blender. I finally added some detail using Mark Up in the native camera editing mode.

Requiem for Paradise

Requiem for Paradise by Clint Cline

Apps used: Procreate, Sketchbook, SketchClub, Superimpose, Stackables
Backstory: I was in the midst of creating an addition to a series of diremption photo/art images when I learned of the California wildfires. I focused particularly on the Camp Fire near Paradise, being somewhat familiar with the area when my parents lived southeast of there in Placerville. I watched with great sadness as the natural and then human tragedy unfolded with such rapidity. When it came to naming this piece “Requiem for Paradise” seemed altogether fitting, and I dedicate it to all those who perished in the fire and to the loved ones they left behind. May God rest their souls.

Star Trails by Dragan Fly

Apps used and backstory: I set a bunch of small colorful LEDs into a clear bottle. Stayed on the bottle, then wavered across to get the trail. iP6s with Slow Shutter set to 6 seconds. Touched up with Snapseed and Aviary.

As to how I conceived of the image, it was rather off the cuff. I have the LED filled bottle on one of my bookshelves. I was sitting on the couch when the lights came on (they are on a timer). I looked up and the lights sort of trailed with my eyes. I knew I had the Slow Shutter app and the rest took a few shots to get done right. I love Snapseed in how it can enhance an image and used it, finishing with Aviary.


abstract by dieuwke geervliet

Apps used: ProCreate and Stackables
Backstory: I’ve been exploring abstract art for the past year. I love making backgrounds for my images and it naturally evolved from there. I’ m very much in the discovery and experimentation process. I started this image with a colour palette, created some textures for the background and continued from there, making marks, blending texures, painting, blending, always blending to create a richly textured image.

Light on the wall

Light on the wall by DaWernRulez

Apps used and backstory: I used iPhone 7 with the App Hipstamatic, filter: Jane and Ina’s 1982 with Triple Crown Flash light. The situation is my office room. The sun makes so cool shadows at the wall. I love it. 😉

Doris's Flowers -14446

Doris’s Flowers -14446

Apps used: iPod – hipstamatic, blender, Mextures, Snapseed
Backstory: A friend’s yard sale. Downsizing for a big move. Rescued a bag of silk flowers.

365_Day 313 Lines and Angles

365_Day 313 Lines and Angles by Karen Axelrad

Apps used: Hipstamatic with Anne-Marie lens, Claunch72 film, and Apollo flash.
Backstory: This photo was taken with the iPhoneXS for my 365 day project using only Hipstamatic photos straight out of the camera. The Jewish Museum in Berlin by Libeskind makes a wonderful backdrop for photos. The naked tree branches seemed to complement the angles of the building.


Untitled by Buzz Kills

Apps used and backstory: For effects it is just a little app called ‘Provoke’. Backstory: just getting through crowds of people on holiday with my fam…pounding the pavement at WDW (The Magic Kingdom).

No Message

No Message by Sven Podßuweit

Apps used: Processed with RNI Films. Preset ‘Fuji FP 100C v.6 Faded’

Tints of Autumn 🍂

Tints of Autumn Series 🍂 by Tuba

Apps used and backstory: Step 1 – I captured and printed a series of my hands. Step 2 – After choosing my gear Madalena Lens and Sussex Film in Hipstamatic I started shooting with Hipstamatic multiple exposure kit; first I took a picture of a hand then I shoot an object or texture which reminds autumn. This is the last step for the first group which contains single hands.

Want to see more of Tuba’s hand series? Click here.

Bob Weil

Bob is the co-author of The Art of iPhone Photography (with Nicki Fitz-Gerald), published by Rocky Nook photography books and supports Nicki in managing iPhoneography Central and the associated Flickr group.


  1. Tony Bouttell said:

    Is Stackables still available? the name doesn’t appear when i search for it in the app store?

    • Bob WeilBob Weil said:

      It looks like it’s an orphaned app now – it won’t come up for me. The developer’s other app (Formulas) still comes up. If you don’t have that one, get it while you can. It’s not as versatile as Stackables, but it still has some good effects worth having and fairly unique. Support seems to have disappeared for this app as well. Good luck!