Apps Uncovered 2 May 2014

Selected by Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Welcome to this week’s Apps Uncovered, our weekly feature, showcasing iPhone art and photography from around the world. Artists also share the apps they use and often the backstories too giving us a fascinating insight into the creativity and techniques used in the journey the image makes from the artist’s eye to the completed digital image we see on Flickr.

Being springtime here in the UK, I couldn’t resist the beautiful flower image contributions from Elaine Taylor, Mariko Klug and Kristin Moeller. Mariko Klug’s hypnotic “Buttercup Sunset” steals the lead spot which I feel needs no words of explanation. However, please take the trouble to read her backstory which only adds joy to this carefully crafted image.
We have some striking female portraits from some our favourite artists including Susan’s Tuttle’s interestingly composed “Selfie” entitled “Motion of thought”, Susan is a master of the creative selfie and you should really check out her brilliant selfie tutorial course if this is an area of photography you would like to develop beyond the snapshot. Ade Santora brings us high drama with his thought provoking image “Someone behind” and “Frozen” by Louise Fryer captivates us from the outset with those fixed dreamy eyes contrasting beautifully with the movement of the windswept feathers and hair. Long time veteran of iPhone art, Monowave is back; presenting us with another enquiry into human existence with his image “Street map 1”.
Thank you, as always to everyone who submits to this group. I encourage you to click on any of the images to see more of the artist’s work on Flickr. Bob Weil will be back next week with a new gallery including artist app, technique and backstory revelations.

Buttercup Sunset

Buttercup Sunset by Mariko Klug

This picture was taken in a Buttercup meadow in my neighbourhood at sunset.

It was shot with Hipstamatic Jimmy lens and DC film, then I cropped and made minor adjustments with PhotoToaster. For some softness I added the Dreamstate filter of Camera+, then applied the Bokeh Baby filter of Mextures.




Clematis by Kristin Moeller

For this photo i used Hipstamatic, Brushstroke, Superimpose, Snapseed, AlienSky and Filterstorm.

I went out in the garden and discovered three clematis. The flowers were very small and tiny which I have tried to show my photo.
At first I took my base image with Hipstamatic. I used the Adler 9009 lens and combined it with the Robusta film. This is one of my favorite combination. In this case it made a fitting background to the color of the clematis in the foreground.
With brushstroke i wanted to highlight the softness. I blended the base image with the brushstroke edit. For this step i used superimpose.
During the editing the image lost some resolution. I opened the image in Filterstorm and upsized it.

I love discovering flowers and other little details of nature. It is not necessary to travel around the world. Everyone can experience mini adventures in the garden or already right outside the front door of the house.
Just keep your eyes open and dive into the “jungle” outside!”



IMG_7050.JPG by GianlucaRicoveri

Apps Used: Hipstamatic Jane / Blanko Freedom13, Snapseed, Handy Photo, Mexture.
I took this photo on a spring evening after a rainy day, when the sun, low on the horizon, broke through the clouds.
It’s a road that runs along the crest of a hill overlooking a valley with a few houses.
I like driving along this road at various times of the year, in different hours of the day trying to catch the infinite variations that occur during the day, with the progress of the seasons or with different crops.
The Hipstamatic image was already great, I adjusted brightness, contrast and tone with “Tune Image” of Snapseed, using the dodge and burning tools on specific areas with “Selective Adjust” always with Snapseed.
I deleted some lamp posts with HandyPhoto, and finally I accentuated the warm tones of the photo by adding some textures in Mextures.


Fog Walkers

Fog Walkers by Cindy Buske

Apps Used: Hipstamatic 261, Tinto 1884 lens + AO BW film, no flash. No additional processing.
Backstory: In January and February of 2013, the Pacific Northwest experienced periods of intense freezing fog lasting weeks at a time. The natural mystery and ethereal quality of light created by the phenomenon quickly became irresistible as a photographer. I spent every moment I could shooting in parks, wooded areas and near the water. On some days, the fog was so thick you could hardly see more than a few paces in front of you. Sounds were muffled and it felt like the world stood still – the atmosphere was peaceful, but also noticeably eerie. On the day this image was taken, the riverside park near where I live was particularly gray. Though it had not rained in some time, water stood in puddles with ice from days of frozen fog. The ground was just beginning to thaw. I captured images of people walking as they faded into the distance – the Tinto lens, with its beautiful blur and limited area of focus, added the perfect effect. I have so many images from those weeks of frozen fog that I’m still discovering them over a year later. We did not experience the phenomenon in the PNW this year, nor is it something we see with frequency, so I am thankful for the graceful and haunting images I have preserving that moment in time.
Thoughts on the App Process: I am somewhat of a “Hipstamatic purist” and rarely do any post-processing, though often deeply appreciate it in the work of others. One thing I really like about Hipstamatic Classic is the thought that must go into a work beforehand – you have to feel the mood before shooting, rather than attempt to create or match it afterward. That said, I have also come to love Oggl for its ability to allow varying moods and interpretations of the same photograph.


V&A scene

V&A scene by Craig Poltock

Taken using the hipstamatic app combo of the yoona lens and blankobl4 film. Edited after using snapseed to slightly tune the image, add a border and a slight vignette. Part of the museum has a glass roof which gave this fantastic light. I was positioned above the scene on some stairs looking down through an archway. I loved the overall look of the scene with the light and the stairs on the left. Just had to wait for the people, although I would have liked the middle figure a bit to the right!!


Someone behind

Someone behind by Ade Santora

Photo taken and edited with iphone4, apps: Hueless, Noir Photo, Superimpose, Afterlight, Mextures, Photo Power, Snapseed & Phonto.


Catford, Excalibur Estate

Catford, Excalibur Estate by Mark Walton

Apple iPhone 5


street map 1

street map 1 by Monowave

iPod touch’s camera / brushes+photoforge 2+scratchcam fx+pictureshow+filterstorm+phototoaster


Tulip. Proud.

Tulip. Proud. by Elaine Taylor

Apps Used: iPhone5s. Hipstamatic. Stackables. Image Blender.
Backstory: I adore the world mobile photography. It’s a huge part of my life now. The aspects I love most are the connections I have made with other mobile photographers and the inspiration they give me. As a result, I am challenging myself more and more to move out of my comfort zone and experiment. I’m having great fun doing so and it’s impacting hugely on my confidence as a mobile photographer.
If I’m not taking photos of my 2 boys (which is the majority of the time), I’m shooting flowers. Usually single flowers. I adore them. I love their vulnerability, and their strength. I haven’t shared many floral images, but those I published prior to this one were bold, clean and bright. I wanted to try something different.
I took this using one of my favourite Hipstamatic combos for floral shots (James M/Blanko), then used Snapseed to crop and make minor adjustments. Nothing different there. This is where Stackables came in; to create more subtle tones and apply texture to the overall image. I liked the result. But I wanted to retrieve some of the colour and detail in the petals, so I used Image Blender to layer the original image and mask some of the texture. I loved the result!



Bonnie by David DeNagel

Vscocam, Snapseed and Mextures



Frozen by Louise Fryer

Taken in Hipstamatic, the combo was Chunky/Uchitel20. I love the visual of movement being frozen for a second in time. The idea was to create an image that was ethereal and intangible. I started off my edit in Snapseed to crop the border off and change the ambience, then ArtStudio to bring back some details in the feathers and eyes, Distressed FX to add some texture and finally back to Snapseed for colour and contrast adjustments.


motion of thought

motion of thought by Susan Tuttle

iPhone 5s
Apps used: Camera+, FocalLab, Mextures and Noir

I’ll be real here. I checked my IG feed and realized it had been quite some time since I posted. It was Sunday I think. I know I desperately wanted to take a hot shower. Before I did, I disrobed, threw a black sheet across the bed, set the iPhone on a tripod, took a chance and jumped onto the bed, striking a quick pose as Camera+ counted down in timer mode and snapped the picture. Serendipitously, the shot actually worked. After a nice long, relaxing HOT shower, I made a cup of my favorite peppermint tea and manipulated the photo. With luck, I had a result within the hour. That’s the not-so-deep scoop for this one!



Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Co-author of The Art of iPhoneographyCentral. Founder of iPhoneographyCentral.com

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