Apps Uncovered 20 January 2019 – Mysterioso

Selected by Bob Weil

This week’s Apps Uncovered presents a selection of what I found to be the most intresting images for the week in our Flickr group, across a wide range of styles and subjects – but with one common theme – some element of the mysterious or throught-provoking is a key part of the scene or central idea. The image my be literally dark and brooding, or bright-colored but vaguely troubling or spooky, Or maybe just plain weird.

This week’s lead artwork, “Airborne” (by the incomparable street photographer of dark and even ominous scenes, David Ingraham), is a splendid study in contrasts, of light and dark, sensual shape and flattened silhouette – captured at that precise moment when the scene is so thorough-composed, as though by force of will. Typically modest, David demures with “All one has to do is find the right vantage point and then wait.” To quote from a recent film, “would that it were so simple.”

Laila, street level, Jean Hutter, Catherine Caddigan, Poetic Medium, Amy Ecenbarger, Tomaso Belloni, Clint Cline, steph sheehy and GoldenBear2112 complete the week’s selections on this theme.

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.)


Airborne by David Ingraham

Apps used and Backstory: This was shot at the legendary Venice Beach skate park, a favorite shooting location of mine. The late afternoon light is always wonderful and there’s always plenty of action. All one has to do is find the right vantage point and then wait. This was shot using Hipstamatic and then processed in snapseed, with a very subtle texture added via Stackables app, just to help fill in the sky and give the image a bit of a tactile quality. (From my ongoing series titles “Beachlife”).

2019:015/365. Tunnel vision

Tunnel Vision by Laila

Apps used: I took both shots with my iPhone 6. Snapseed, Superimposex, Enlight, iColorama, MetaBrush
Backstory: Tuesday I was a few minutes early for an appointment. While waiting I took a shot of the hallway. At home I started editing the image in iColorama. That was when it started to look like a tunnel. Tunnel led to tunnel vision, a term from one of our favorite TV-series, the dutch version of The Mole. I asked my somewhat reluctant son to pose for me. I used Superimposex and Enlight to merge the images and Snapseed for finishing and atmosphere.


Apartment by street level

Apps used: Hipstamatic App – Anne Marie Lens, Sussex Film, Texture + 51
Backstory: I was out and about in Brooklyn with my 35mm and tripod grabbing some late afternoon shots of the Manhattan skyline. After packing up my gear, I was making my way over to the L train when the muted red color of this tenement building stood out from the early evening, blue winter sky. I pulled my iPhone from my pocket, set it to square frame, so as not to capture more than necessary. I thought a little bit of a blur, with some added texture would create a mood, and draw attention to the detail of the architecture.

She's Magic

She’s Magic by Jean Hutter

Apps used: iPhone6 SlowShutter Cam. iPad Pro Apps – iColorama, Formulas
Backstory: I took the photo with Slo Shutter Cam and wanted to make something mysterious with it. I also want to start incorporating more text in my images so this worked out perfectly. I don’t really do much planning. I just start with a main image and then start adding stuff and see where it takes me. I love blending images in iColorama, which I used for the whole image and then added a bit of texture with Formulas.

Life As Usual

Life As Usual by Catherine Caddigan

Apps used and backstory: I shot the basic image (manequin) on my iPhone 8 Plus a good 6 or 8 months ago, and let it sit in my camera roll. When I felt compelled to make something worthy of this image I transferred it to my iPad and into Procreate and began to collage it with other elements, most if which I have available in a folder I keep of visual material which I collect for collaging. Often when I work, I have no idea what will emerge, that was true in this case, I was not committed to any particular outcome. I just let the process carry me along. The title was my reaction to the image.

Jessie's doll-15388

Jessie’s doll-15388

Apps used: iPod 5th gen/6th gen, Snapseed, Hipstamatic, LightBoxr, Pano photo
Backstory: Doll rescued from a certain fate at Goodwill.


Energy by Amy Ecenbarger

Apps used: IColorama and Snapseed.
Backstory: I was challenged to create an image depicting energy- and chose to celebrate the evolving energy and vitality inside each of us as we age.

The old and the new

The old and the new by Tomaso Belloni

Apps used and backstory: I was watching my son in a playground when this staircase behind a fence caught my attention. The shadow of the lamppost and the tree were completing the picture and it was obvious how to frame it. I shot with the iPhone 7plus default app and edited in Snapseed.

The Exile

The Exile by Clint Cline

Apps used: PhoneX camera, Hipstamatic, Polarr, SuperimposeX, Mextures, Formulas.
Backstory: I have recently been exploring the idea of “light out of darkness” through a series of abstract pieces. I then extended this idea in a new series of what I call “abtraits” — abstract portraits — centering the light through the eye in each, the window to the soul.

Dark end of the road by steph sheehy

Apps used and backstory: I took this picture at a castle in Burgundy. I used Snapseed and Mextures for post-production.

A Cold Winter Morning with a Wild Turkey Rafter in Falmouth, MA

A Cold Winter Morning with a Wild Turkey Rafter in Falmouth, MA by GoldenBear2112

Apps used and backstory: Direct capture using an iPhone 8 (no additional editing). A rafter of unsavory characters wandering around the foggy, early morning streets of downtown Falmouth. It was quite cold, so there weren’t many pedestrians out. So different from the summer!

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.