Apps Uncovered 29 January 2017: Some Things ARE just B&W

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 in our Flickr group, across a wide range of styles and subjects – but with one common feature: they’re all black and white photos (some retouched, and some straight out of the camera).

This week’s lead artwork, A Walk on the Beach by Andew Lucchesi, captures a mysterious moment of childhood, one that invites any number of possible interpretations. Captured from the child’s viewpoint, it suggests discovery, the first signs of independence, and a hint of magic and (perhaps) a bit of uncertainty.

arpl, Firery Broome, selin1968 (2 pieces), David DeNagel, Laurence Bouchard, Siegfried Ferlin, David Lincoln, Radoslaw Celewicz, Hanni K., and Allyson round out the 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.)

A walk on the beach

A Walk on the Beach by Andrew Lucchesi

Apps used: iPhone 6 Plus, Superimpose, Enlight, Touch Retouch
Backstory: I shot this photo on New Years Day on a cold beach. Despite the temperature, my son was enjoying playing in the surf. I captured this image of him in shallow water and his reflection in the sea.

I edited this photo in Superimpose. First, I selected a monochrome gradient for the background, then I imported the photo as the foreground. I masked out everything but my son and his reflection, leaving the gradient as the background, then exported the image.

Next, I brought the photo into Touch Retouch to remove the white lettering from the back of the T-shirt, to simplify the image.

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apocalypse now? by arpl

App used: Instagram
Backstory: … riot like situation during the protests against the presidential election last Friday. This shot was taken right after a car was set on fire … I’ve been off Flickr for a bit. The last few days have been intense, photographing the protests around the inauguration, and then the incredible women’s march on DC for a photo book. You can look up the information on: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1221423857/unpresidented-trumps-inaugural-and-the-peoples-res

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Apps used and backstory: A small portion of the edge of a curled yellow poinsettia petal / leaf.

Captured in the office this earlier this week with iPhone and Aukey 20x macro lens. I captured a series of images that I’ll probably get around to posting.

Edited on the desktop in photoshop using Nik’s Viveza for fine-tuning overall image and Alien Skin’s Exposure x2 for black and white editing.

I have a color version that I will prob. post sometime in the future.


IMG_7026 by selin1968

Apps used and backstory: It was something about his loneliness and the background with the ships that drow me to capture this photo.I used hipstamatic/john S/blackeys supergrain combination.


Untitled by David DeNagel

App used: Hipstamatic: Melodie lens, D Type plate film and Triple Crown Flash. All processing done within the Hipstamatic pro app itself.

Backstory: This image is a still life I arranged. Window light is the only illumination. My wife had brought home some plants, a begonia and hyacinth, to cheer up the grey days. I added a bronze Chinese vase, a silver cup and a tin (decorated with the words London 1 & portraying an old print of British naval frigates on the high seas) to form the unlikely combination of elements in the picture. I think that this incongruous nature of the arrangement (plus the tin type lighting) gives the image its force. I shot an aerial view, against a black backdrop, since this rendered the form and texture of the objects most clearly. This is my composition in Mid_Winter.


Untitled by Laurence Bouchard

Apps used and backstory: This photo was taken at the International Forum in Tokyo. It’s an amazing piece of architecture designed by Uruguayan architect Rafael Vinoly.

Both inside and outside are these really cool white neon square walkways. They are also lit up at night so it’s worth visiting then if you are in the area. I went there in the morning to take photos inside but the sun was too low and everything was in the shade.

Fortunately, outside was perfect & this place has lots of steps so it was easy to get a good vantage point. After a few minutes this guy entered the frame on his phone and stood still in the middle so that was cool. I then edited in snapseed mainly using the vignette tool. That gave the image a slightly Star Trek feel so I decide to add another filter from the Mextures app using the blizzard filter in Grit & Grain.

Walking down the riverside

Walking down the riverside by Siegfried Ferlin

Apps used: Snapseed, Leonardo, BlurFX, Analog

Backstory: I’ve taken this shot during a walk with my dog. It was a quick snapshot with the native camera of my iPhone 6s because there was no time for a setting. This kind of snapshot is perfect as starting material for my abstract blurry and a little painterly style. The image is straightened and cropped in Snapseed and got a little blur in BlurFX. In my opinion, there was a bit too much empty space, and so I added the flock of birds to the background. This step I’ve done with the app Leonardo. To convert the image to black&white I used the app Analog which has a lot of great presets.

Curi Us...

Curi Us… by David Lincoln

Apps used and backstory: Some background on the photo. It was late afternoon last Thursday and we where with our grandchildren in a state park adjacent to the point where Washington crossed the Delaware in the Revolutionary war. There were lots of old buildings, very Americana, and my grandson’s energy and curiosity were peaking and then I saw the juxtaposition and just did a burst on my iPhone 6s. In fact on edited on the spot with Snapseed mostly composing and cropping and that’s it.


IMG_7501 by selin1968

Apps used and backstory: This tree is always there but this time was something different.It was snowing.This happens to my hometown Thessaloniki/Greece every ten years.So the only thing i had to do was just waiting for someone to come into the frame.I used hipstamatic/john s/blackeys supergrain combination.


IMG_2090 – Two Sides by Radoslaw Celewicz

Apps used: iphone5s-camera, vintage scene, snapseed
Backstory: I like the small iPhone 5s because it gives me the opportunity to experiment with photography and capture the moments that appeal to me spontaneously. So it was in this case. During a workshop, which took place in an old factory, I discovered a large keyhole in an old metal door. I took a few photos and then asked my friend to walk in the background. So the photo on which the keyhole is sharp and the background is blurred.


Darkness, Darkness….. by Hanni K.

Apps used and backstory: I photographed both recordings with Hipstamatic, the Penny lens and the Rock BW-11 film. One image shows a person in my living room, in front of a window, the other a corn field in front of a forest, from a walk in autumn. I like this hipstamatic settings with this zoom burst effect.

I always edit the two individual images first, in this case I added with Superimpose a cloud structure layer to the left to darken the very bright window.

Then I add both pictures with the Diptic app. I optimize the diptych in Snapseed, adjustment of brightness, contrasts and usually add some “warmth” to the black and white shots.

The inspiration for the picture was mainly the current month of January, the long, dark and depressing winter time.

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// ιи му ѕυв¢σиѕ¢ισυѕ мιи∂ // by Allyson

Apps used: Unionapp, Snapseed, iColorama, enlight, mextures
Backstory: I have a deep love of horses. I think they have incredible souls and I love to be in their presence. Consciously or subconsciously..

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.

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