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Apps Uncovered 24 January 2014

(Selected by Bob Weil)

This week’s Apps Uncovered includes an impressive assortment of talent, and mixes several new contributors with recent additions to our Flickr group, as well as returnees. Selections include work by Brandon Kidwell, Masaki (masaxxpay), Ade Santora (a contibuting artist in our book), Susan Blase (Black-Eyed Suzy – another contributor to our book), Tracy Mitchell Griggs, Leon (Apped.As), Anne-Martine Parent, David DeNagel, newcomer Trevor Wilson (just a few weeks into his iPhoneography journey!), Michał Koralewski, Janine Graf, Jack Webb (no, not that Jack Webb) and Aylin Argun (xxfromneptune).

The first four images show interesting conceptual pairings of man and nature – struggling, succumbing, inward looking and fixed on the prize. Really captivating blending and texturing work here.

(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.)

Mystery lies within

Mystery lies within by Brandon Kidwell

Apps used: iPhone5, Camera+, Filterstorm, VSCOCam

Backstory: This image has two meanings and sources of inspiration. The first of which is within a three part series I titled Introspection which were all Double Exposure style edits showing a different aspect of mental states. This image represents the mysteries that lie within ourselves. I wanted to somehow portray an image of both mystery and the search for which I hope I accomplished here. My face looking off into the distance represents the search and the silhouetted figure standing in the marshy fog represents the mysteries that lie withing.

The second and more personal backstory to this image is the silhouetted figure standing in the marsh is my son. Mobile Photography has become a passion and a hobby of convenience and I rarely ever go shoot just for the sake of taking pictures for lack of free time. I tend to pull off the road enroute to work to or while killing time waiting to go somewhere so mobile photography has become something that I don’t get to share with my family as much as I’d like. This particular morning my son was passing me coming home from work as I was on my way into work and he saw me standing in the mud in my work attire setting up my tripod to silhouette myself to have a figure in the frame. He stopped jumped into the frame and we got to spend some time just hanging out in the mud. Seems like a simple moment but sometimes those unplanned incidents mean the most. This shot blends both of us into one image and reminds me of moments such as that with my son.

Earth man

Earth man by Masaki (masaxxpay)

Apps Used:

CAM / iPhone4S
app / Artstudio,Mextures,VSCO
Texture / Effextures,iponictextures,Lorystripes,Collagepacks

Backstory: I wanted to mix my photos with collage elements and multiple exposures.
The goal of this work is to create a “science fiction” atmosphere that is strange and creepy.
I also used several texture apps and free texture packs

Plague

Plague by Ade Santora

Apps Used: Hipstamatic & ProCamera, and Superimpose, Afterlight, Snapseed, Phonto, Photo Power for editing.

Untitled

Untitled by xxfromneptune (Aylin Argun)

Apps Used: I took this photo with İphone4 and used the ShockMyPic, Blender,Facetune and vsco cam to process it.

Little Red Barnhouse

The Little Red Barnhouse by Trevor Wilson

Apps Used: iPhone 4S, Pro HDR, Snapseed, Retouch, Photo Toaster, Distressed FX, Blender.

Backstory: So here’s the scoop: we’ve been having a crazy Winter up here in Vermont. It started with a lovely spell of freezing rain, followed by a deep freeze (yeah, that “polar vortex” thing), and then a nice warm thaw that lasted for about a week. And though we’re back into another deep freeze right now (-29F when I got up yesterday morning), this picture was taken earlier during the thaw.

The strange weather had created the perfect conditions for this wintry mist. When I saw it out my window I quickly grabbed my iPhone and ran out to take some pictures. All I wanted were some cool moody shots of the mist . . . I had no intention of shooting my barn.

Aside: yes, I actually live in that little red barn . . . in Vermont . . . in the countryside. How cool is that?

Anyway, I’d shot several pictures of the fog all around (a couple of them are on my flickr page), and I was turning around to go back inside . . . when I saw this.

It was perfect.

All I had to do was get a little closer for the shot . . . which meant positioning myself on the melting sheet of ice I call my driveway. But I figured the picture was worth risking a broken neck . . . a few slips and close calls later, I had my picture.

When I got inside and saw the picture, I knew I had to treat it right. I’m new at this and I didn’t want to mess it up. Normally, I tend towards bold intense colors, but this called for a bit more subtlety. I tried to keep the editing in line with the naturally atmospheric weather I’d been blessed with.

I cropped the picture to remove the icy driveway I was standing in. In Snapseed I enhanced the details, dropped the saturation a bit, and added a touch of drama. Then it was into Distressed FX and PhotoToaster for texture and a slight vignette. I had a hard time finding the right combo of textures, but when I did I made an exaggerated version of the textured image which I then blended back in with my original shot.

I loved the result.

All that was left to do was remove this single annoying driveway marker that had snuck its way into the image. The markers line the driveway to let the plow driver know where the road is. They’re topped with a reflective neon green bit of tape to make ’em visible.

And the thing was bugging me to no end.

It was distracting and didn’t fit well at all with the rest of the image. Retouch took care of that though.

So that’s the tale. This was actually the very first image I made where I though afterwards, “Whoa, did I do that?” All these years I’d been taking pictures with my iPhone . . . and each and every time I was disappointed with the result.

beak grass_in the wind

Beak grass in the wind by David DeNagel

Apps Used: Hipstamatic

Backstory: I took this photograph in early November of last year at a reserve noted for its plant life and natural settings.

The beauty of this image is the implied motion of the windblown beak grass contrasted against the stolidity of the yellow wood trees.

I used only Hipstamatic. I shot many frames of this subject but this was one of my favorite treatments. In this case, I used the Diego lens and Uchitel 20 film, no flash. This combo provided me with an airy and gentle ambience surrounding the subject; at the same time, the almost Polaroid like “softness” of the processing, while still retaining detail, gave the image a desaturated, low key tone that was particularly appealing.

Rainy day

Rainy day by Michał Koralewski

Apps Used: iPhone 4s + Snapseed, Mattebox, Image Blender, TouchRetouch, Mextures

Backstory: It was a rainy day in Poznań, the city I work in. I was crossing the Old Market Square when I noticed an old woman with an umbrella. She stopped under the arcade for a moment – just to rest a bit. This was the moment I took the photo. I edited this photo with Snapseed, Mattebox and Mextures.

Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams by Tracy Mitchell Griggs

Apps Used: Hipstamatic, Miracam, Blender, Snapseed, Photowizard

Backstory: This photo was taken before the weather really changed. I live in a very rural area of Maryland called the Eastern Shore – a large peninsula on the eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay – its charm has largely been preserved and much of the area remains undeveloped. Its roots are in farming and aquaculture and there are lots of marinas and recreational boating activity here. My parents were sailors, so much of my life was spent here part time. I moved here in 2007 full time and have been the caretaker of a 12 acre, family-owned waterfront farm. The property, sadly, is being sold this year, and I am taking advantage of photo opps while I can.

This shot was taken in a field nearby, and started out as a Hipsta shot with Sugar and Lowy. I liked the original, but wanted to create more mood. I made the clouds pop even more by running the image through the Clarity option in Camera+. From there, I used Snapseed to fine tune, then ran it through Miracam and the other apps mentioned for the filtered effects – I typically use Blender several times using variations of the image. I like to combine the Glow effect in PhotoWizard and the Sharpen tool. And I usually finish up again in Snapseed-I like the Center Focus tool a lot for its ability to move the light around – I play with that until I achieve that ” got it” moment.

I am entering my 3rd year of mobile photography and have enjoyed capturing my surroundings and hope that people enjoy seeing a bit of this very special place – the Chesapeake Bay, and the Eastern Shore. This region is a nature and landscape photographer’s dream – I hope all of you reading this have an opportunity to visit some day. It would be a great place for a photo workshop.

16 / 365

16/135 by Janine Graf

Apps Used: iPhone 4s, Snapseed, ModernGrunge, BigPhoto

Backstory: This is a shot of the George Washington Bridge on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River (was in Jersey for a MUCH needed girls’ weekend) . I took so many shots of this bridge at so many different angles, but this is the only one I really processed heavily. I had originally processed this in a square format (my aspect ratio of choice), but it was after uploading it to Facebook for my timeline image that I decided to switch it up, crop wise. You know how Facebook will display your timeline image in the news feed as rectangular? After I updated my timeline to feature this image, and after catching sight of it in a rectangular format, I immediately cropped that square to become a rectangle in Snapseed. I like how it appears as though I may have shot this while in the river, not safe and dry on shore. I also processed this while taking a bubble bath; my image processing location of choice. 😉

Café au Soleil, Bruxelles

Café au Soleil, Bruxelles by Anne-Martine Parent

Apps Used: iPhone5 using Hipstamatic oggl.

Backstory: I took this picture because I liked how the woman was sitting alone, with her glass of wine, turning her back to the room. There was something very powerful and moving in this scene. It could mean that she was sad and lonely, or that she was serene, being alone and not needing anybody. I will never know.

I chose the Loftus lens in Oggl, because the blurry vignette emphasized the woman’s loneliness, and the D-Type Plate film to give the picture a sense of timelessness.

Faded Bay leaves

Faded bay leaves by Apped.As (Leon)

Apps Used:

iPhone 4S
Oggl
Snapseed
Blender
Title

Backstory: This was a gift from a dinner guest which we left in one of our kitchen windows. The sun had faded out the leaves beautifully over a few months and I thought it might make a good subject in my make shift light box.
Taken in natural light from a side window with Oggl app and then played around with 2 different settings which I then blended with Blender then and finished it in Snapseed.

Tidal

Tidal by Susan Blase

Apps Used: Hipstamatic/Oggl, Mextures and AbstractSmoke

Untitled

Untitled by Jack Webb

Apps Used: Camera Awesome, FilterStorm, B&W Studio, Touch Retouch, Hipstamatic

Backstory: This photo was taken at Blue Spring State Park in central Florida. The century old house is being preserved as the treasure it is. This kitchen is actually behind a glass enclosure, making the shot more limited. I placed the iPhone against the glass to eliminate reflections and shot from about 3 feet above the floor, composing the best shot allowable. I used Hipstamatic with the Yoona lens and Blanko1 film. The image was converted to B&W using B&W Studio and a red filter setting. In TouchRetouch some of the texture was removed. FilterStorm was used to straighten the image and slightly crop. A frame, grain, and texture was added using CameraAwesome. The image was shot using an iPhone 4S and processed on an iPad 3G.

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.

7 Comments

  1. Apped As said:

    Hi Bob, thank you for including my image this week, always an honour to be chosen for Apps Uncovered. Loving Tidal by Susan and Brandon’s Mystery lies Within, both beautiful images, and obviously a lot of processing work has gone into these shots.

  2. Brandon Kidwell said:

    Bob, I am truly honored to be included here along with some of the artists that I look up to and truly inspire me Masaki, Ade, Janine, Aylin and Leon along with some new artists I’m thrilled to discover. Thank you, this is such a great feature I really enjoy seeing the great work as well as the thought and process behind the work.

    • Bob WeilBob Weil said:

      My pleasure, Brandon. Your work has really caught my eye, and you fit right in with the crowd. Keep bringing it on!

  3. Tracy Mitchell Griggs said:

    Thanks for including my image this week amidst all these amazingly talented photo artists-great inspiration.

    • Bob WeilBob Weil said:

      It’s great to have your work featured, and wonderful to have you contributing to the Flickr group, Tracy.

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