Apps Uncovered 19 September 2014

Selected by Bob Weil

This week’s Apps Uncovered, as usual, includes a broad array of subjects and creative approaches. We’re proud to feature this week work from Elaine Taylor, Erika Brothers, Damian de Souza, William Deegan, Anders Bergström, Tracy Mitchell Griggs, Angie Johnson and Allan Copson and Suzy Norris (three participants in my online iPhoneography video course), Alex Visage, Rob Pearson-Wright, Ade Santora and Cecily Mariece Caceu (both contributors to our book), Lorna, Mariko Klug and Vivi (Veevs).

The first image – “Billy, Charlie and the Angel of the North” by Elaine Taylor steals the show – a magical view of childhood paired with an amazing and welcoming sculpture of an angel by Anthony Gormley in Gateshead, England.

The next few images continue in this magical and otherworldly vein, and then we move through several very stunning architectural captures and on to impressionistic images of people captured in wonderful moments, and after a quick sidetrip in street photography by two masters, we finally concludewith calming landscapes beautifully composed and executed. Each of the images this week, across the entire spectrum, is exceptional in how it conveys a mood, concept, moment or stunning real life contemplative aside – we hope you enjoy them!

And 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.


Billy, Charlie and the Angel of the North by Elaine Taylor

Apps used: Shot with ProCamera7 and edited with Snapseed, Stackables and Union

Backstory: The Angel of the North, by Anthony Gormley, is a steel sculpture in Gateshead (North East England), where I grew up. I have not lived there for 27 years, and sadly my parents are no longer around, yet I still refer to Gateshead as ‘home’.

The Angel welcomes me home with open wings every time I go back. I made many journeys over many years to my home town to visit my sick parents. It felt like The Angel was offering a comforting hug every time I drove past. I have an emotional attachment to it, so I take a moment to stop there whenever I can.

I was lucky this day; there weren’t many people around, the sky was happy and the clouds were dancing. My boys ran around The Angel, marvelling at it’s immense scale (20 meters high; 54 meters wide) as I lay patiently on the grass waiting for the right moment, so that there was no one else in shot. Just The Angel and my boys.

I cropped the shot in Snapseed and made a few adjustments. Then I took the image into Stackables app and played around with the formulas and filters. I saved a few versions. I liked the sky in one, and the grass in the other. So, I used Union to blend both images and pick out the features I preferred.

This is a very special image to me. To share it here makes me very happy.


Untitled by Erika Brothers

Apps used: Stackables and Marksta

Backstory: I love creating art with a touch of magical surrealism that tell a story. In this particular piece my focus was long hair, I started the piece with superimpose which gives me the ease of making a collage of overlays, after finishing the base form I used Snapseed to adjust tones and lights. For final touches I used one of my favorite app’s, Stackables, to highlight colors and textures.

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight by Damian De Souza

Apps used: Native Camera, Olloclip (Macro), Image Blender, Diana.

Backstory: Composed using five different photos. A cityscape combined in Blender with a photo of some seaweed on sand. A macro shot of my eye combined in Blender with a shot of the burlap-like bark on a palm tree, which in turn was blended with a photo I took of the combat wear of an ancient Japanese warrior which I saw in a museum. The eye was masked in Blender and placed appropriately in the helmet.

These two composites were then run through a number of different filters in the Diana app which produced more than a few worthwhile versions.

I'm Not Alone 2

I’m Not Alone 2 by ade santora

Apps used: Images taken with ProCamera, and postproduction using – Superimpose, Trimaginator, Mextures, Snapseed, Afterlight and PhotoPower.

buxton box

buxton box by william deegan

Apps used: Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset (plus others, pending)

Backstory: Buxton Box is part of the #imaginaryarchitectures series that I have been working on for the past 18 months. The series explores mobile technology and context through the vehicle of collage. The construction of the image is composed of four separate photos-cardboard boxes in light, jersey barriers in sharp contrast, motion blur of the side of a NYC subway car, and a context photo of the dunes at Hatteras Bight. By using the inherent qualities of each photo a layered image begins to evoke structure, surface, and light.

The three ingredients listed first are layered repeatedly using ImageBlender and SquareReady. After many layers are built up, and a suitable rendering of an imaginary architecture is achieved, the image is “sited” within the context photo using ImageBlender, creating a location for the intervention.

The final composited image was finished using Mextures and VSCO to create a more seamless rendering of the proposed architecture. The series was recently shown at Project 4 Gallery in Washington, DC and received review by the Washington Post and The City Paper.





Archi by Anders | Bergström

Apps used: I used Hipstamatic with my favourite combo: Lowy-lens and Blackeys Extra fine film, with the native photo app to crop the image slightly. I use this combo for 99% of my Hipstamatic shots.

Backstory: I was out and about as always and I am constantly looking for lines and geometry. This is the roof of our local sports stadium and I was naturally drawn to the lines but also the amazing light that was reflected up under the roof. I Think that made the depth and what made it more abstract and worth to make the photograph.


Leaf by Tracy Mitchell Griggs

Apps used: Hipstamatic, Photowizard, Monophix, Snapseed, Mextures, MokuHanga

Backstory: This shot actually started out as a Hipstamatic shot taken last fall in my front yard. While walking my dog Sherry, my attention was captured by the back side of this leaf – it was a pale color, standing out in a sea of fallen brown leaves – there was a heavy dew as well, and water droplets were visible on the surface. I also liked all the textures so I leaned down as close as I could to keep focus on all the detail and snapped the shot.

The color version with minor Snapseed and PhotoWizard adjustments appears in my photo stream. I have not been shooting much the last few months, and have been mining my camera roll for images to re edit. I am not sure why I never considered this image for a monochrome treatment, but decided to give it a whirl. I imported it into Monophix – I like that app for its rich range of black and white tones. Ran it through Snapseed and Mextures for brightness, contrast and some tonal interest.

I posted that image, but still was not satisfied. With all the textural detail, I was inspired to attempt the look of a wood cut. I imported the image into Moku Hanga – I don’t recall the application/set I used, but the first selection I tried really worked – I liked the silvery tones produced by Moku Hanga and the detail in the leaves really popped. Voila! Hope you all enjoy it.

An Evening Downtown - Point Pleasant, WV- Angie_Johnson

An Evening Downtown – Point Pleasant, WV (Living In Appalachia Series) by Angie Johnson

Apps used: Hipstamatic – Uchitel20 Film, Chunky Lens, PixlrExpress – for the collage

Backstory: Though this triptych may look less than typical of an evening most would spend downtown, these images reflect our downtown, in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

The first image is a leaf from a large bean tree that shades the riverbanks. It seems veined with effort to shape such a graceful form. Sharing it seems important.

In the second image, as you can see this time of year, the old dock is minus the patient fishermen and water-magnetized children, so it looks a little lonely. Church jumped in and did her part. While the changing seasons offer cooler temperatures for the water, Church didn’t seem to mind.

The third and final image is the log cabin. The Mansion House at Tu-Endie-Wei Park is her official title. The cabin is located at 1 Main Street in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Though built by Walter Newman in 1796 for his wife, the cabin is now a museum. The Daughters of the American Revolution are often present to give tours and provide historic information.

An evening downtown can be many things for different people. In rural appalachia, this is our norm. We take walks, along the river’s edge, as the water laps our feet. Our dogs enjoy a swim, regardless if the water is warm or cold. The jewel of our little city is an old log cabin and we never tire of enjoying any of it.


“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” by Allan Copson

Apps used: Snapseed, Procreate, Noir

Backstory: This great character was in a busy local cafe. I visualised him in a very dark setting almost dungeon like. I did a general tune in Snapseed and used selective adjust to highlight the table and beard. Procreate cut and paste isolated him and added a good textured background with the addition of a clock face. The final step was in Noir to make the very dark vignette.

The Pulse

The Pulse by Suzy Norris

Apps used: snapseed, photoshop touch, iColorama, aerograph, superimpose

Backstory: I have a real soft spot for street musicians, having spent many years as one myself,
and was quite taken by a lively musical crew one day as I walked downtown. When I downloaded the pictures later, this young woman stood out, and I ended up cropping heavily so that she was the focus of my working image. As I spent time being with her, I felt something flowering in me, a flying together of our spirits through our shared art. This is perhaps what I love most about photography. So much of life passes by in a big hurry, unnoticed and unappreciated by me. But when I slow down and spend a few hours being up close with someone’s soul as it sings forth from my ipad, I’m amazed by the beauty, uniqueness, and depth I find there. I
was and am, astounded by this young woman and the way in which, in that moment, she was so completely absorbed and one with the music. I wanted to find a way for her beautiful musical presence to be known by others.

I used a number of apps to edit the image, including snapseed for cropping, Procreate for it’s awesome smudge tool, Aerograph, where I saved two or three of my favorite textures to be used later, iColorama to change to a duotone look and use one of the brush effects, and finally to Superimpose where I added my textures from Aerograph. It was there in Superimpose that I felt her spirit leaping right into my heart, and I burst out laughing and crying all at once. Our collective song had come alive!

The Girl and the Balloon III

The Girl and the Balloon III by AlexVisage iPhoneography

Apps used: Snapseed, Photoshop Touch and Mextures

At the end of the day sometimes a hug is enough until tomorrow

At the end of the day sometimes a hug is enough until tomorrow by Rob Pearson-Wright

Apps used: Shot taken with the native iPhone camera. Converted to black & white with Snapseed. Depth of field effect added with BigLens and lighting highlights applied using Noir.

Backstory: We’ve all had crappy days at work. Days when clocking off couldn’t come soon enough. Sometimes you know tomorrow will be just the same as the day you’ve just gotten through. You grin and bear it, knowing you’re one day closer to the weekend. I noticed this couple outside of a station entrance and moved closer to observe them. Clearly she’d had a crappy day and he was comforting her with a warm embrace. She seemed a little teary and overwhelmed by her day and he listened and comforted like a true gent.

He held her close and whispered calming words to her ear and listened when she spoke of her troubles during her day. We’d all be better off if we had someone to hold us and listen to our concerns. The hug that says ‘I’m always here for you’ is an underrated thing. Everyone needs that. It can keep you going, one day at a time.


Corvallis, Oregon by Cecily Mariece Caceu

Apps used and backstory: I shot this image in August just outside of the ‘city’ limits of Corvallis, Oregon. I used my iPhone 5s in the native camera mode — using the “HDR On” setting (I am not having much luck with the “HDR Auto” setting). I really loved the white fence behind the car along with the shrubbery. The whole scene just caught my eye, so I did a U-turn to capture it.

I processed this image several times using the Glaze App. Next I used the Blender app to blend the original image with the Glazed image I selected to use to tone down the alterations. I also played around with these apps: Mextures, Stackable and Faded. The final altered image was then blended again with the original image so there would only be a suggestion of the altered image peeking through. Finally I did some tweaking in Snapseed to play with the brightness, contrast, shadows, selective adjustments and center focus.


Untitled by Lorna

Apps used and backstory: I used the iphone camera app to take the photo in panorama. I then used Snapseed, which i think I use as a starting point for about 90% of my photos. I used the “Drama” filter but upped the saturation a bit and lessened the filter’s overall effects. It was my intention to use Mextures as well, which is one of my new favourite apps. However I decided that adding anything else would ruin the photo.

This was taken at Bambugh Castle in Northumberland. I arrived just after 6am thinking there would be a very clear track through the dunes onto the beach from where I was parked. This was not the case and I ended up traipsing through the dunes getting absolutely soaked through by the dew. However it was worth it , although the sunrise wasn’t spectacular the morning mist really added to the scene.

Composition wise, I felt there was enough in the foreground and background as well as across the entire scene for a panorama to work. The rest was really luck!


Untitled by Mariko Klug

Apps used and backstory: This photo is from my recent trip to Norway. The chapel is located near to a beautiful beach in Unstad, Lofoten Islands, with a lot of sheep around!

It was taken with Hipstamatic Jimmy lens + DC film with flash effect. I always start my editing with PhotoToaster. The original image was very dark, so I adjusted contrast and brightness, added a vignette, cropped it a little bit and used the lighting brushes to highlight some areas (sheep, grass and chapel). Then I added some filters, the Dreamstate filter of Camera+ for the dreamy effect, VSCOcam m3 preset and Picfx PFX Film 5x.

Early morning walk stillness by Veevs

Early morning walk stillness by Vivi (Veevs)

Apps used: VividHDR, PhotoCopier, DistressedFX

Backstory: I love going on early morning walks along the river in Richmond! I go with a friend and her dog and I borrow a lovely doggy to take too! We are having a lovely Indian Summer right now so the light at about 8.30 am is wonderful! On this day there was no wind and the river was so still, the boats looked amazing! I always take scenery photos with VividHDR. I wanted to add some texture and painterly effect so edited it next with PhotoCopier and DistressedFX

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. Angie Johnson said:

    Thanks so much for including my image among this group of talented folks. I always enjoy seeing what others create and look forward to your Apps Uncovered features. Thanks for all you do.

  2. Cecily said:

    What a stunning collection of art this week — I am so impressed with the creative talent out there! Thanks very much for including my image this week! t is such a great learning tool to see what others did and learn their thought process. I second what Angie said above — thank you both Nicki and Bob very much!

    • Bob WeilBob Weil said:

      Thanks very much, Cecily! It’s been a fun creative journey for all of us, hasn’t it? Nicki and I are both excited to continue being a part of it, and it’s a special pleasure to see your work as it appears in our Flickr group.

  3. Veevs said:

    Thank you from me too for including my image! Every image featured is beautiful! Very honoured to be featured xoxo

    • Bob WeilBob Weil said:

      My pleasure, Vivi – I really enjoy how you approach your landscapes. And thank you so much for contributing regularly to our Flickr group!

    • Bob WeilBob Weil said:

      So glad you’re enjoying the feeling of well-deserved recognition for your work, Elaine. It’s always a pleasure for me to include one of your pieces, which really stand out as I’m looking through the week’s contributions to the Flickr group. Keep up the great creative work!

    • Bob WeilBob Weil said:

      Delighted to include your wonderful portrait, Allan – and looking forward to your continued contributions to our Flickr group (and thanks again for signing up for my course).

  4. william deegan said:

    Thanks so much to the team at Iphoneography Central and to Bob Weil for including me in this amazing feature of images and artist. Congrats to everyone!

    • Bob WeilBob Weil said:

      Our pleasure, William – just love your image and your work! I’ve added your Backstory to the post. Thanks for getting back to me!

  5. Damian De Souza said:

    Thanks for including one of my images, Bob … always a pleasure to participate!