Apps Uncovered 25 April 2014

(Selected by Bob Weil)

This week’s Apps Uncovered includes an impressive array of work, and new contributors divide the field with regulars. The first image by Riel Noir reminds us that in much of the world, spring is here. I just love the soft pastel colors and textures in this image. The next few images, in stark contrast, are in black and white – and while the first of these is very compelling, it’s the title that immediately drew a laugh from me (English humor to the core!). The second of these images for me recalled Cartier-Bresson’s photograph of his wife’s disembodied leg casually thrown across a couch. The selfie of the hat-wearing photographer captured in the image foreground behind an extended queue of passersby is priceless. Rounding out the black and white images, a nice contrast between young and old couples, lakeside, in the first days of spring. The remaining nine images cover the gamut from landscape to surreal, still life to painterly composition. Thank you all for contributing to our Flickr group this week!

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.)


Image by Riel noir

Apps Used: Oggl, Mextures, Grunge, DistressedFX, Laminer Pro, ArtStudio & Alt Photo.

Backstory: I took the photo with hipstamatic on my iPhone 3GS then went onto edit the image on my iPad. Apps used were, Oggl, Mextures, Grunge, DistressedFX, Laminer Pro, ArtStudio & Alt Photo.

Like most people I love to see the cherry blossom bloom, marking the onset of better weather. The floating clouds of pink petals lift the spirit. The day I took the photo was rather windy and this was the biggest challenge – waiting for stillness.

The photo straight out of hipstamatic I thought looked good, but, I wanted to create an image with pronounced depth which I feel the deep shades of blue in 3 of the corners offers, and a slight painterly feel with an undetermined age. The original was too defined, too smooth and high in saturation.

It was then really a case of working between the apps, introducing the resulting images as layers into ArtStudio, selecting the blend mode and tweaking the opacity to achieve the finish I was after. I worked with 2 – 3 layers at a time in ArtStudio.

Harold realised that he hated rum and raisin

Harold realised that he hated rum and raisin by Rob Pearson-Wright

Apps Used: Snapseed and Noir

Backstory: I had a day off from work and decided to spend the day shooting on the streets of London. In the afternoon, I found myself in Covent Garden’s Apple Market looking for characters to capture. I noticed a man in an ice cream parlour munching at his cone in order to provide better access for his ridiculously tiny spoon. In between bites he would pause for a few moments of reflection and then continue nibbling. I found his expressions quite amusing so I lined myself up in front of the store window being careful not to be caught in it’s reflection and snapped away whilst pretending to make a phone call. When I reviewed my images from the day this one stood out and I started to edit it and think of an accompanying caption. After a few duds I had a moment of clarity and came up with, ‘Harold realised that he hated rum and raisin’.

It seemed to fit perfectly with his expression and the story I had concocted about him in my head.

The image was captured with the native camera on an iPhone 5s. I used Snapseed to straighten the picture and crop it to a square. Then I boosted the contrast, saturation and warmth a touch and converted it to black and white. Finally I used Noir to add some mood to the image with some vignetting.

Kicking back...

Kicking back . . . by Albion Harrison-Naish

Apps Used: Hipstamatic (John S lens + BlacKeys Supergrain film)

Backstory: On a productive trip around town one afternoon late last year, I noticed this in front of me. It is a classic trope in street photography, a woman’s legs, disembodied. Here I like that she is leaning back in an alcove and therefore shrouded in shadow, kicking back and relaxing with one leg supporting the other as though leaning back in a chair at the end of a working day. Adding to that mood is the end of work procession taking place in front of her.

This was shot on an iPhone 4 using the Hipstamatic App and the combo of John S lens and BlacKeys SuperGrain film. One of the reasons I enjoy the Hipstamatic app is that you pretty much don’t need to edit them, and as such this is unedited.

Peaceful tuesday

Peaceful tuesday by Michał Koralewksi

Apps Used: iPhone 5S + Snapseed, Mextures

Take a break

Take a break by Kristin Moeller

Apps Used: Hipstamatic, TouchRetouch, Snapseed, Filterstorm

Backstory: My family and i took a walk around a lake near my hometown. My sister and i took some shots of the lake to show the great atmosphere there. Suddenly i discovered this couple who were sitting relaxed on this wooden landing pier. What a wonderful way to convery the impression of the calm lake! For more contrast in the pic i decided to make it in black and white.

Lost time is never found again

Lost time is never found again by Brandon Kidwell

Apps Used: iPhone5, Union App, Mextures, Photoshop Touch

The witch's cauldron

The witch’s cauldron by Tomaso Belloni

Apps Used: Snapseed, Superimpose

Backstory: I live near this spooky abandoned church, which even in good condition would be an architectural monster. I have taken many pictures of it, mostly trying to associate it with dark clouds and stormy weather, but always from the same two sides of its yard (which is barred and covered by very high grass, probably inhabited by large unpleasant rodents whose favorite dish is photographer’s ankles) as the other two are inaccessible. A few days ago I was walking past it and it finally occurred to me that I could get a new angle through the bars of the gate next to it. The weather was just perfect for photos, my iPhone is always with me and it was immediately clear that the angle was the best one, with the right perspective of the wall covered with vegetation. Together with the clouds, it captured my mood very accurately. I was listening for the first time to a song from a new record which had just been released: the title of the picture just had to be the English translation of the song title (from the local dialect).

I usually do not record the processing of my pictures, but I believe for this one I only used snapseed, almost always my first step.


Hair Braiding by Pam Morris

Apps Used: Hipstamatic

Backstory: No backstory other than I was driving around on Christmas Day and decided to experiment with a bunch of combos. This one was my fave.


The Sari Series 3 by Caroline MacMoran

Apps Used: Captured with ProCamera and Camera+, combined and processed in Leonardo

Backstory: I am recently back from the India and the iPhone trip/workshop led by Karen Divine, and was so inspired by the amazing beauty and color of all the saris worn by women in India. I had wanted to work on creating some series from my images taken in India, and this series started on the long plane ride home. This is #3 in the series and is actually a piece composited from a number of different saris. Despite the extreme conditions of poverty and filth in India, India is one of my favorite places and is so vibrant and alive with beauty and color. I wanted to try and portray some of that elegance in this series.

This image was created in Leonardo, and the original shots were taken with camera+ and procamera.


Tulip. For Michelle by Elaine Taylor

Apps Used: iPhone5s. Hipstamatic. Stackables. Image Blender.

Backstory: I adore the world mobile photography. It’s a huge part of my life now. The aspects I love most are the connections I have made with other mobile photographers and the inspiration they give me. As a result, I am challenging myself more and more to move out of my comfort zone and experiment. I’m having great fun doing so and it’s impacting hugely on my confidence as a mobile photographer.

This particular image is a direct result of the connections I have made with others. It was inspired by the textured floral images created by Paul ‘Skip’ Brown (@skipology), and it was also one of the first times I’d used the Stackables app, which I had seen referred to many times in the work of Michelle Robinson (@michmutters); the person who I dedicated this image to.

If I’m not taking photos of my 2 boys (which is the majority of the time), I’m shooting flowers. Usually single flowers. I adore them. I love their vulnerability, and their strength. I haven’t shared many floral images, but those I published prior to this one were bold, clean and bright. I wanted to try something different.

I took this using one of my favourite Hipstamatic combos for floral shots (James M/Blanko), then used Snapseed to crop and make minor adjustments. Nothing different there. This is where Stackables came in; to create more subtle tones and apply texture to the overall image. I liked the result. But I wanted to retrieve some of the colour and detail in the petals, so I used Image Blender to layer the original image and mask some of the texture. I loved the result!


Early morning in Aveyron by Christelle Camus-Bouclainville

Apps Used: Instagram’s Sierra filter + Lux effect

Backstory: Petit matin dans la campagne aveyronnaise.

April, Sabino Creek...the desert is green... #Arizona #landscape #reflection #snapseed #spring #SabinoCreek #Tucson

April, Sabana Creek…the desert is green… by Joseph Cyr

Apps Used: Snapseed

Backstory: Spring in the Sonoran desert–before the dessicating months of May and June, the remaining water makes for lush oases in southern Arizona…

One of the best things about living in Tucson is the proximity of desert trails. Visitors are often surprised by how lush the Sonoran desert can be. I often go for trail-runs in the foothills near Sabino canyon, and this is one of my favorite spots. On a spring afternoon, the trees’ shadows make for dark reflections; using snapseed to lighten up the shadows allows for an iphone image to show what the eye actually sees. i almost always take my iphone with me when running ( on a wrist-strap)–observing a particular spot as the seasons change has become a favorite way to focus on landscape photography while appreciating outdoor-running.

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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.