Apps Uncovered 21 August 2016: Solo, Alone-ness & Solitude

Selected by Bob Weil

This week’s Apps Uncovered presents a selection of what I found to be the most compelling images for the week, across a wide range of styles and subjects – but all (from my perspective, at least) seeming to celebrate the theme of Solo, Alone-ness or Solitude. Not as a frightening state, but more as a contemplative, thoughtful or reflective one.

This week’s lead artwork, by iPhoneographic artist and veteran iPhoneography Central contributor Mariko Klug is a Hipstamatic capture of Haukland beach in the Lofoten Islands in summer. I love the amazing depth of the image – a strong foreground, impressive middle ground and a stunning background of clouds and mountains. The composition dovetails nicely and naturally with the minimal processing technique in this timeless and enchanting landscape.

Luisón, Pier Luigi Dodi, Simon Clarke 612, Louise Whiting, borisbschulz2009, Albion Harrison-Naish, jun yamaguchi and Photo Graphic complete this week’s selections.


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Castaway by Mariko Klug

Apps used: Hipstamatic, PhotoToaster, Mextures, Picfix
Backstory: It was the only sunny day during my one week trip to the Lofoten Islands in July. I was driving around to find a place to see the midnight sun. There was no sun at the Haukland beach but I had to make a brief stop there because of the magnificent view this place offered on that evening: the moon reflecting on the river leading to the ocean, the mountains and the low hanging clouds in the distance and lastly the exceptional light. I was admiring the beauty when suddenly a man appeared. He picked something up from the ground that looked like a spear and passed by the river. I noticed his reflection, waited for the best moment and took this shot. In fact, it was not a spear, it was just a paddle.

Baywatch. #GenteDeAyamonte . #ShotOnIPhone6S #Hipstamatic300 (#Jane #BlacKeySuperGrain) #Snapseed

Baywatch by Luisón

Apps used: Shot on my IPhone 6S, using Hisptamatic app (Jean lens + BlacKey Supergrain film) and then straightened and cropped using Snapseed.
Backstory: I was spending the afternoon on the beach, with my family, when I saw this old lady on her own, staring at the ocean. I liked the scene and the composition, with this big umbrella in the front. I approached her slowly and shot, while pretending I was doing something else.


Untitled by Pier Luigi Dodi

Apps used and backstory: I love taking photos of my son Liang. I shot it during our holiday in Capri. We were waiting for the bus and he was looking at the sea. I shot it with my iPhone 6 Plus and processed in Snapseed.

Windswept Tree

Windswept Tree by Simon Clarke 612

Apps used: The shot was taken with my iPhone 6 using Hipstamatic with John S Lens and D Type film.
Backstory: My wife and I decided to take a short break on the UK’s south coast near Weymouth, Dorset (Nicki’s area I believe). This was taken on the first evening. After a long drive we decided to take a short walk to explore our local surroundings, which was across the peninsula from the seaside town of Weymouth. The famous Chesil Beach is behind me but I was drawn to the shape of the tree. The only trouble was that there were tents and caravans visible in the background in most of my shots. I eventually found the viewpoint that gave me the composition I wanted – with no background distractions.


Untitled by Louise Whiting

Apps used and backstory: Self Portrait taken with Hipstamatic and edited in Procreate and Snapseed.

Krakau / Poland

Krakau / Poland by borisbschulz2009

App used: Snapseed (drama and glamour glow 25%)

dwelling among dead machines

dwelling among dead machines by Albion Harrison-Naish

Apps used: It was taken using the Hipstamatic app on an iPhone 5s. I used the Akira lens and the BlacKeys SuperGrain film and otherwise the image is unedited.
Backstory: My lover and I recently moved flat for the first time in 14 years. Out of seaside Bondi and into the inner city. Not a huge distance but a different world. Our new home is on the edge of old established working class terraced suburbs, now gentrified and amongst the more expensive homes in the city and an old once was industrial region. Now slowly shifting to dense apartment complexes as various sites get filled in. Within a couple of decades it will likely become by far and away the most densely populated part of Australia. And all really quite close to the centre of the city.

But despite many of the new apartment buildings being a cut above in terms of architecture, most of them are not. And you get patches where despite it being all nicely landscaped, filled with little parks, pedestrian throughways and remnants of the old factory buildings and machines, the spaces still feel oppressive and deadening. This image captures a couple of the nondescript new buildings with an old brick industrial chimney right there in the middle.

Whilst out wandering our new patch with my lover, she wandered across the road ahead of me and I was struck by how her figure and the umbrella further muddled the sense of old and new and so I quickly snapped a shot before dashing across the road to join her.


illumination by jun yamaguchi

Apps used: iPod touch’s camera / brushes+decim8+scratchcam fx+deco sketch+filterstorm+enlight+vsco+phototoaster

#tourist walking in #matera #girl With a #hat

tourist walking in matera with a hat by Photo Graphic

Apps used: The image was taken with an iphone5s using Instagram, John S lens and Blackeys supergrain film.

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.