Apps Uncovered 26 June 2015 – Alone, Together & Alone Together

Selected by Bob Weil

So many great images are posted each week in our Flickr group that it is hard to limit the number to present. Sometimes, artists are “self-de-selecting” in that they don’t respond to a request for a listing of apps used (certainly their prerogative). We are still often left with the need to cull perfectly good images to leave a manageable number of what we subjectively consider to be the strongest.

Some weeks, the posted images just naturally seem to sort themselves into categories that are complementary, and even cumulative in their impact – where the total becomes more than the sum of the parts. That’s certainly true this week, where the subject falling out of the selection process spoke about being alone, being together, and being very much alone when together. Weeks like these are often especially fun, because they allow us (as happened last week with Nicki) to truly curate a selection of pieces that work well individually but also carry forward a theme and whose cumulative effect is hopefully more powerful because of their message about the importance of community, and those moments of desired aloneness.

This week’s lead artwork, Michael Kistler’s “the upside of down” can be said to speak gloriously of the joy of being alone. It represents a great starting point on our journey of exploration – where there are so many different kinds of “alone” and many different forms of “together.” And not all of which are by choice.

Shel Serkin, Gerard Collett, William Reyes, Giovani Racca, columnsovsleep, Connie Gardner Rosenthal, Susan Rennie, Bruno Runan, Dixon Hamby, Jim Lambert, Elaine Taylor and Shinnya Umetsu round out this week’s selections.

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.)

the upside of down

the upside of down by Michael Kistler

Apps used: I edited the photo in Snapseed and cropped in Instagram.

Backstory: This image was shot last year on Klong Prao Beach in Koh Chang, Thailand. My wife had walked out quite far into the water and because of how shallow it was, it almost looked like she was standing on the surface. I really liked the idea of the sky and ocean combining to become almost indistinct.


Untitled by William Reyes

Apps used: The photograph was taken with Iphone 6 using Hipstamatic and Vsco Cam


Untitled by Giovani Racca

App used: Jag.gr PureShot for Apple iPhone 5s

Backstory: Taken at Museu do Prado, Madrid, ES 2015


Chester by Shel Serkin

Apps used: Shot on iPhone 6 with oggl and a touch of work in Enlight.

Backstory: Morning in Coney Island as Luna Park slowly comes to life for a summer Saturday

Many Saris

Many Saris by Connie Gardner Rosenthal

Apps used: The photo was taken with ProCamera and edited in Snapseed and Stackables.

Backstory: Many Saris was taken at the Taj Mahal. Upon seeing this lovely group of women in their beautiful saris, our guide approached them and asked them to line up so we could take their photo. They happily obliged and I’m glad they did. It’s one of my favorite memories from my trip to India.


Rufus by Shel Serkin

Apps used: Shot on iPhone 6 with oggl, with some processing with Filterstorm.

Backstory: What a neighborhood dog does when his owner’s not home. Some have pointed out that the window resembles a guillotine, which was not intended!

Fishing buddies

Fishing buddies by Susan Rennie

App used: Camera+

706 Royal colummnsovlight

706 Royal by columnsovsleep

Apps used: VSCOcam, I cropped, sharpened, added slight fading, and ran it through the A5/Analog preset.

Backstory: This photo was taken on the streets of New Orleans. I’ve recently received messages on various platforms from fellow photographers accusing me of being tasteless and insensitive for taking a photograph of an individual who appears to be homeless. My intent was not to find that “perfect shot” and showcase my street photography skills or lack there of, but rather just shoot what is in front of me and show the social contrast between the gentlemen and his surroundings. I’m sorry if individuals take offense to the photo, but I will not apologize for taking it.


BrunoBrunan by BrunoBrunan

App used: Processed with VSCOcam with 2 preset

King Street Station

King Street Station by Dixon Hamby

Apps used: Shot with ProCamera and edited with Snapseed.

Backstory: Hadn’t been inside the train station in years so walked thru to see if there were any photo ops.

'Appalachian Spring' danced by members of Martha Graham 2

‘Appalachian Spring’ danced by members of Martha Graham 2 by Jim Lambert

Apps used: Initially, I cropped the image down by about a third providing a nice composition. Opening the image in Stackables, I carefully added two or three layers of color and texture to the image. I always include an adjustment layer in the mix where I finesse the saturation, contrast, sharpness, etc., to suit my taste – trying to not go overboard with the edited look. Next, I added a very subtle layer in Mextures, one that slightly altered the texture, but not by a very noticeable degree. I then opened the image in Snapseed and did a great deal of ‘selective’ editing. I concentrated on the details of the dancer’s costume, making them more distinct. Also, the male dancer was edited in the same way to give him more weight, or impact, rather, haha! Next I blurred the crowd behind the retaining wall to push them back into the background and reduce their distracting presence using Tadaa SLR app. I reduced the bit of noise accumulated in the entire process using Noiseware and then gave a little sharpness and color boost to the image back in Snapseed.

Backstory: I was invited to attend the performance of the Martha Graham II Dance Company by the beautiful young dancer in this image, Anne Souder. I decided to shoot the entire dance with my iPhone using the video app, FILMIC Pro. I was very fortunate to find an unobstructed position at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to film the ‘Appalachian Spring’ excerpt.

After filming, I viewed the entire 3 minute dance frame-by-frame looking for suitable scenes to capture and edit. There were 10 or so frames that seemed perfect for my use and this was perhaps the very best of the lot.


Full English Breakfast, Shrewsbury by Gerard Collett

Apps used: The image was edited in Snapseed. It is the original square crop as the camera was in square mode.

Backstory: The couple were sitting directly opposite me, so I had plenty of time to frame the shot. The entire place was quiet as if no one wanted to break the silence during their well earned breakfasts. I like to think that in another establishment with a more bustling atmosphere and at another time of the day, they would have been more talkative! This is an occasion where the silent electronic shutter is essential!


Billy and Sam by Elaine Taylor

Apps used: Shot with iPhone5S – Hipstamatic and edited with Snapseed

Backstory: This is my son Billy and his friend Sam. The shot was taken during half term from school. We’d agreed it would be a day for fresh air and non-iStuff time. So, we went out for a wander around a local spot called The Billing. The sky was fabulously moody, there was a slightly ominous breeze and the rain was most definitely on its way.

I left the boys to run and play, taking shots every now and then. I could hear them discussing running up to the top of the hill to then run back down again. I rushed ahead of them without turning, got down low and waited for them to run past me. I took the shot at the moment I thought best. I was really happy with the outcome.

I shot this image with Hisptamatic (John S/Blanko combo). I really didn’t have to do too much after that, just took it into Snapseed to crop the border, rotate it slightly and make a few tuning adjustments to enhance the mood.


Escape by shinnya umetsu

App used: Processed with VSCOcam with f3 preset

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. Suzy blase said:

    I really like the theme of this one Bob. Nice curating. Congrats on the images, lots of talent here 🙂

  2. TM Griggs said:

    @columsovsleep – am sorry the politically correct police were criticizing your photos – if the photos had appeared in a daily urban – metro newspaper to illustrate a story on homelessness or other societal ill, there would not be a peep I bet. I would not apologize either.