Apps Uncovered 4 August 2019

Selected by Nicki Fitz-Gerald 

Images err on the side of melancholy this week with Rita Colantonio’s wonderful image “In a blue mood” stealing the lead spot. Thank you Rita!

The rest of the selection of are my favourites from the week selected from the iPC Flickr group. Enjoy this week’s Apps Uncovered from the following artists:

David DeNagel, Joe Lin, Kathy Clay, Rob Faber, Fleur Schim, Deborah Field, Jorge Daniel Segura, Rita Colantonio, Sergiy Beliayev, Oola Cristina and Laila Bakker.

Thank you all for submitting to iPC Flickr group!

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. 

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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


In a blue mood.

In a blue mood by Rita Colantonio
App used: Sktchy portrait edited with Metabrush and iColorama.
 Backstory: This was edited from a public domaine Sktchy portrait. I used Metabrush app to paint the portrait. Then in iColorama I reversed the portrait and used ray2 preset to create the netting effect. I used toning in iColorama for the blue effect, then I
used rectangular masking to compose the image and bring in other tones, and script, an iColorama brush, to complete the story.

U2: Experience & Innocence Tour

U2: Experience & Innocence Tour by Joe Lin
Apps used: Photo was taken with ProCam and used Flickr for some minor post editing.
Backstory: Took this picture at the U2: Experience & Innocence Tour concert. The set was really amazing and I wanted to try to catch some of the great scenes. With the changing lighting while being largely in a low situation, the biggest challenge was trying to catch the scene without too much blur. With a bit of timing and changes to the shutter speed I was able to catch this specific moment where the silhouette of a person was on the screen. It was a very Hitchcock shot.

no beginning, no end

no beginning, no end by Kathy Clay
Apps used: PS express, IColorama, superimpose
Backstory: The original was a simple photo of a women studying a painting at a museum. I blended the women’s image into the painting using Superimpose. One of the paper options in PS express was used to create the look of a page being turned, suggesting continuity.

red rain

red rain by Rob Faber

App used: Shot on an iPhone 6 with Camara+ / Simply B&W / Fotor free
Backstory: 5 high risers on too small an acreage, that keep both fascinating and challenging me to picture them.
When I took this photo there were some nice reflections due to the rain. Back home I knew I wanted it to be black & white, and eventually opted for a grainy conversion. Then I felt I had to straighten the perspective.
After that I toyed a bit to add some colour and finally cropped to square to add more drama. The title of my picture was inspired by Peter Gabriel, one of my heroes.


Trudging by fleurschim
Apps used: iPhonexS, cameraplus2, Snapseed and iColorama
Backstory: I was walking around Schindler’s Factory Museum in Kraków, Poland. It was a particularly cold and snowy day. The flat lighting fit the somber mood of the museum. I saw a copper sculpture of a spiral staircase with many hunched figures trudging to nowhere: A metaphor for the millions of captive Jews during Nazi occupation of Poland.
I captured the image. I tried to figure a way to best showcase the emotive image. Finally, I figured it out: After editing in Snapseed, including cropping, I further edited in IC, choosing black and white, and adding some depth in deforms, and texture with paper.

Abstract Portrait

Abstract Portrait (OP Joyce Carter) by Deborah Field
App used: IColorama, Snapseed, Repix

sweet home

sweet home by Jorge Daniel Segura

App used: Shot with Slow Shutter app and adjustments made with Snapseed.
Backstory: Multilayered and masked in Image Blender, iColorama S and Stackables.

***subway gamers***👦👦🚇

***subway gamers***👦👦🚇 by Sergiy Beliayev

App used: 9.04.2018
•ᴵᴾᴴᴼᴺᴱ 7+
•ᶜᴼᴸᴼᴿ ᴬᶜᶜᴱᴺᵀ
/ᴸᴱᴺˢ: Big Bertha | ᶠᴵᴸᴹ: Ringmaster 71 | ᶠᴸᴬˢᴴ: Purple Raindrops Gel/, ᴬᴰᴶᵁˢᵀᴹᴱᴺᵀˢ
•ᴿᴺᴵ ᶠᴵᴸᴹˢ (Agfacolor 40’s Aged), ᴬᴰᴶᵁˢᵀᴹᴱᴺᵀˢ


Towards EveningTowards evening by David DeNagel
Apps used: Shot with an iPhone XS Max. Processed in Filmborn, Kodak Portra 160 film preset.
Backstory: This image relies, almost totally, on mood and the position of the two pets. It originated, around dusk, when my dog and cat, both came to join me in my bedroom. The only window, which faced West, provided a visual gauge of the nature and intensity of the light from the setting sun. We three seemed to wrap ourselves in the coming evening and a faded and mellow ambience permeated the room as we waited for the night.

Still Life( On Stage)
Still Life (On Stage) by David DeNagel
Apps used: Shot on an iPhone 7 Plus. Post processed in Carbon, Snapseed and Handy Photo.
Backstory: This was an arranged still life of an antique Chinese bronze vase, (in which I had placed a few tiny mums),and two red pears. It was taken by afternoon window light against a black backdrop.
From an objective standpoint,it is a study in contrasty lighting and tight, almost circular,composition.From a more subjective perspective, I envisioned three objects,grouped together in the ambient light, with their tangible,yet partially eclipsed presence, documented, and even heightened into a dark visual drama.
After which, the final curtain.

"floating world ~ v.2"

“floating world ~ v.2” by oola cristina
App used: Mextures, ArtStudio Pro, iColorama, Hipstamatic 354, Snapseed
Backstory: This image came about from playing around with colors and exploring the brushes and the elastify feature in ArtStudio Pro. As is often the case, one thing led to another and the piece started to become something. It’s constructed with many layers of varying opacity, mostly done in ArtStudio Pro. I started with a couple layers of light leaks from Mextures that I then distorted in ASP. Duplicated the distorted layer and further distorted it, then added two layers of photos I took of California poppies. Painted over some of the flowers’ curves on another layer; added the goldfish layers; then added the movement bubbles around the fish. Throughout this process, I adjusted each layer’s opacity in order to accentuate a feeling of being in an ethereal underwater reality. Into iColorama next for the red air bubbles. Then finished with filters in Hipstamatic and Snapseed.

It wasn’t planned but several of my recent pieces have reminded me of my early childhood in Japan and growing up with the influence of many things Japanese. The colors in this piece remind me of some of the Japanese story books I had as a child.

2019:207/365. Sun

***moonlight night*** by Laila Bakker
App used: iColorama,Hipstamatic, Superimposex
Backstory: This image is the result of playing with several images and layering them in Superimposex.

Nicki Fitz-Gerald

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