Apps Uncovered 21 March 2014

(Selected by Bob Weil)

This week’s Apps Uncovered includes a fabulous variety of images and styles, from street photography to landscape and the surreal to the highly realistic. Vadim’s (smuta2006) compelling image of the aftermath of revolution in the streets of Kiev leads off this week’s Apps Uncovered with a striking image of a lone red flower, left behind on the barricades (with Ukrainian flags highlighted to retain their color). Contributors this week include newcomers Boris Schultz, Ann MK, Martin Schiele, Diana Nicholette Jeon, Dale Smith and Manuele Sangalli as well as returnees Jack Webb, Skip (Skipology), David DeNagel, Anne Highfield, Stephanie Roberts, Susan Tuttle (check out her course on iPhone self-portraits) and Geri Centonze.

(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.)

Tyre Barricade. Tribute to Dead Heroes of Freedom Fight in Ukraine

Tyre Barricade – Tribute to Dead Heroes of Freedom Fight in Ukraine by Vadim (smuta2006)

Apps Used: Bracket Mode, Pro HDR, ShockMyPic, Snapseed, Monokrom, Leonardo

Backstory: When I was taking photos of the barricades in Kiev, I noticed a lonely red flower lying on a tyre. I thought that it could be an impressive symbol of all the lives sacrificed in the fight for freedom and democracy in our country. I would like to thank you for moral support. I consider it a real help.


Untitled by Jack Webb (j43webb)

Apps Used: This image was captured on an iPhone 4S with the Hipstamatic camera app. Used were the Diego lens/Uchitel 20 combo. A minor color adjustment was made in FilterStorm.

Backstory: The image was shot at Matanzas Inlet, which is midway between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, Florida. This coastal area is a photographic gold mine. There is the Intracoastal Waterway which opens to the ocean at this inlet. Several years ago a storm breached the dunes just south of there and the water channels filled with sand leaving docks sitting high and dry and leaving vast sandy areas. At low tide, large sand bars are exposed along the inlet. Nearby along the ocean are fields of sandstone, which are exposed and hidden as sand shifts along the coast at different times of year. A small Spanish fort, Fort Matanzas, is on the island at the far side of the Intracoastal, which can be reached via a park service launch. And of course, dunes and sea grasses. This is truly a coastal treasure.

The Prayer Place

The Prayer Place by Geri Centonze

Apps Used: Snapseed, Tangled FX, aremaC, Sketch Club, Handy Photo

Backstory: The Prayer Place was shot at the San Juan Capistrano Mission in California. My nephew had his wedding photos taken at this location 15 years ago and I’ve always remembered the beautiful backdrop this location provided. As we toured the mission, there were a series of rooms set up to portray life as it was when the missionaries lived there. My intention with this shot was to capture the beautiful light coming in through the window. When I started to edit the photo I wanted it to have the look of an oil painting done in a realistic style. I used Snapseed for general tuning. I then ran the image through aremaC and combined the two resulting versions using Sketch Club. I also used Handy Photo’s Magic Crop to add a bit around the photo edges so I could straighten it in Snapseed. My advice to iPhoneographers is to explore their local area for hidden gems that will provide interesting subject matter for their images.

Fanling Village - Hong Kong

Fanling Village – Hong Kong by Martin Schiele

Apps Used: iPhone 4S, Camera+ and the Brannan filter in Instagram.

Backstory: I took this shot at December 2011 in Fanling, Hong Kong. I was in Hong Kong at the Conference of Design BODW. (More info about the journey and my iPhoneography here: bit.ly/1lY1ODr) On this journey, I started to make photographs and art with the iPhone. On that day I took a typical tourist bus tour to explore Hong Kong. Fanling Village is very old. What you can see is the entrance of the village. The guide told us something about the village on the way in the bus and during the very fast walk through the small village. When the bus stopped, I waited until the other people walk by and took one shot. I took some other shots within the village and felt the special, old and quiet atmosphere of this village and of its people. In the evening at the hotel I processed the photography using Camera+ and Instagram, to bring the atmosphere to the picture of the place that I saw, breathed and felt.

Quoth the raven, "Nevermore."

Quoth the raven, “Nevermore.” by Susan Tuttle

Apps Used: Camera+, PicFX, Image Blender, Filterstorm Neu, Noiseware

Backstory: Not too much planning went into this shot actually. I realized I had not posted anything new to my IG feed in quite some time, so decided to see what I could come up with on the spot. I have a dark navy coverlet on my bed which served as an excellent backdrop. To give my skin a porcelain, statuesque look, I dusted it (including my lips) with powder. I took the shot with my phone in the air over my head. To compose the shot I initially used the front facing feature, and once it all looked just as I wanted it, I memorized the location of the phone in the air in relation to my body, toggled back to the regular camera (I use Camera+), and set the timer for 15 seconds. Voila! This method works well for me most of the time. I then began the photo manipulation process, creating several versions until I made one that spoke to me.

Castle Hill Club - Lincoln

Castle Hill Club – Lincoln by Skip (Skipology)

Apps Used: Capture was via ProCamera7 with Olloclip 4 in 1 wide angle lens attached. I then imported into Mextures to add some texture and light leak and finally imported into Oggl for the finished look.

Backstory: The inspiration for this image really was the weather. It was getting dark and the fog was moving in creating a really magical Victorian style atmosphere – that helped define the location and how I processed the image. I was also looking for an excuse to try out my new Olloclip Wide Angle lens.

Leaping the Edge_St.Louis

Leaping the Edge, St. Louis by David DeNagel

Apps Used: Hipstamatic (Wonder Lens /C type Plate Film), Snapseed

Backstory: The photograph is from a journey I made to my hometown, St.Louis, MO. The riverfront , and particularly the St.Louis Arch area ,are invariably alive with photo ops. This day proved no different.

This image was a candid shot of two young men performing a variety of poses and stances on the riverfront sidewalks, mostly at the direction of a young woman who was photographing their movements. I decided to cash in on the opportunity as well so I followed along with them while trying to remain inconspicuous. Suddenly, one of the young men decided to try and “leap the arch” by jumping as high as he could in a sort of straddling motion across one of the steel corners. Needless to say this was all very spontaneous and I had only one shot to capture the gesture. I used Hipstamatic(no other major post processing) with only a crop/slight sharpen in Snapseed.

The Fleeting...

The Fleeting . . . by Dale Smith

Apps Used: I used an app calles FocalLab, choosing the “Zoom Blur” option in the drop down menu. The beauty of this app is the you can direct zoom effect and then smooth it, giving a controlled, dreamlike feel. I saved the image out then imported into VSCOCam, using a sepia preset and adding the vignette….

Backstory: I love to explore the lesser known areas of the place I live. Find a different perspective. The image was taken from behind an old guesthouse and from the lower end of the long back garden. I knew that I wanted a moody feel to the image because the property has an eerie atmosphere. I used Hipstamatic for the capture (John S lens and Rock BW-11 combo…)

I always yearn for a “Lensbaby” app or lens for the iPhone. I’ve tried many apps and although they can render good results regarding a “tilt-shift” effect, the Lensbaby is slightly different in that it warps and distorts the specified areas of an image.

St. Patrick's Snow

St. Patrick’s Snow by Anne Highfield

Apps Used: Snapseed, Glaze, Image Blender, Snow Daze, Mextures.

Backstory: After a day near 65 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s hard to believe that Mother Nature could bring us a night of steady snow, which is what made St. Patrick’s Day extra special this year. As I normally do on a snow day, I walked down to the river to take some photos, and arrived early enough to make the first footprints on the dock of our town marina. Back at home, I added several layers of drama and vintage filters using Snapseed. Then, I created a painterly effect in Glaze and blended that image together with the original. The whole image softened slightly which created a feeling that matched the stillness and quiet of a river during a gently snow. Next, I added a bit more snow with Snow Daze, figuring it might be my last opportunity to use this app this year! Finally, I added a layer of texture in Mextures to unify the image and slightly warm the tone.

Thank you for letting me love you

Thank you for letting me love you by Stephanie Roberts

Apps Used: Hipstamatic (Florence, BlacKeys Extra Fine), touchRetouch, Snapseed, PicFx

Backstory: She is the quirkiest little bird I know, always moving, always charged with an intrinsic effervescence. Circumstance consigned us indoors during spring break for hot, healing baths that slowed her pace. After a series of gestures to make me laugh, she was still…like this, which did something to my vulnerable heart.

I don't think this is home anymore...

I don’t think this is home anymore… by Diana Nicholette Jeon

Apps Used: I took the photo for the background using VSCO on a 2012 iPad Retina. It wasn’t a planned shot – I was taking a set of pictures in rapid fire mode that documented the view of Oahu’s scenic north shore from the passenger seat of a moving vehicle. I worked on this (really mundane) starting point of an image using Procreate, Artomaton, XnView Fx, Tangled FX, Glaze, Painterly, Distressed FX, Mystic and Clever Painter. I ‘spit out’ a lot of variations then used them as layers to create the final background image.

Backstory: I’m a working mixed media digital artist that lives in a high rise apartment in an expensive city – Honolulu. I have very limited space and virtually no studio facilities. Moving my work to the phone/ipad from the computer was a natural evolution for me, starting back in 2009, when I got my first iPhone – the 3G.

Each May since 2001, I have participated in an invitational exhibition that is at a gallery at a botanical garden here on Oahu. The theme is “the garden.” Since my work strongly leans to social-political statements, I always use the garden as a metaphor for my Hawai’i home. For this work, I intentionally created the background with a feel toward Asian brush painting for several reasons. First, because contemporary Hawai’i social norms are strongly influenced by its large resident population of multigenerational Asian families descended from men and women who came to HI during the 1800’s as contract workers for the sugar plantations. Second, Japonisme – the Western fashion for Japanese art – became fashionable after Japan was ”opened” to the West by Commodore Perry in 1854. Artists whose imaginations were touched by this included Manet, Degas, Munch, Beardsley, Toulouse-Lautrec, van Gogh, (Franz) Kline and Pollock. Third, Laurence Sickman called landscape painting “China’s greatest contribution to the art of the world”. It owes its special character to Daoist traditions. So these latter two speak to the place of the work in the context of art history. I have used the Asian-influenced background and the fish in a bowl that are held by the girl to talk about overbuilding on Oahu. Because if we don’t stop paving-over and building on Oahu, it won’t be long before the only nature we have left will be paintings of landscapes that no longer exist, and fish in jars instead of the ocean.


Font by Manuele Sangalli

Apps Used: Perspective Correct and VSCOcam.

Backstory: Walking in my city and I remembered the was and old place abandoned. It was and old typography. I cant’t remember the time it was open. When i was shooting I was thinking how was the best compositions: the result is a simple shot of reality. Abandoned places ara fascinating, I think they need simplicity.


Untitled by Ann MK

Apps Used: Hipstamatic and Snapseed


EdB by borisbshulz2009

Apps Used: Toonpaint, Snapseed, Juxtaposer, Noir

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. Geri Centonze said:

    I am honored for my image to be among these beautiful works of art. Each one is so inspiring and beautiful. I have signed up for Susan’s course and have only started to read the material before watching the videos. I must put it on my PRIORITY list for this week to delve in!

    • Bob WeilBob Weil said:

      So nice to have you in this week’s selections, Geri. Very glad that you’re taking Susan’s course – I think you’ll enjoy it very much.

  2. Diana Nicholette Jeon said:

    These images are stunning. Thank you so much for including my work with this incredible work by other iphone artist/photographers. I am flattered and thrilled.

    • Bob WeilBob Weil said:

      Very happy to include your fine image in the selections this week – hope you become a regular contributor to our Flickr group!

  3. Dale Smith said:

    Thank you for including me in your selection… it’s a real honor to be among such talented artists. Mobile imaging is now at the forefront of creativity!

    • Bob WeilBob Weil said:

      My pleasure, Dale – it was a great image! Keep up the fine work, and I look forward to seeing future postings in our Flickr group!

  4. Anne Highfield said:

    Bob, always an honor and a sweet surprise to be included! These images represent the compelling, charming, haunting, and soothing nature of our lives. Such a wonderfully diverse collection you have curated. Thank you for your constant diligence!

    • Bob WeilBob Weil said:

      Thank you so much for your gracious remarks, Anne. It was great to include your image among the selections, and always look forward to your next piece!

  5. Susan Tuttle said:

    Bob and Nicki, thank you for featuring my work and for mentioning my course — it means a great deal to me! I appreciate all of the continued support you both show the mobile artistry community. Congratulations to all of the artists! I am enjoying these selections immensely!

    • Bob WeilBob Weil said:

      Our pleasure to feature your work, Susan. Hope you’ll be a regular in our Flickr group! And thank you for the kind words.