Apps Uncovered 3 February 2019 – In the Bleak Midwinter

Apps Uncovered 3 February 2019 – In the Bleak Midwinter

Selected by Bob Weil

This week’s Apps Uncovered represents a collection of images that together seem to reflect the bleakness of midwinter, with or without human presence. Of course, to leaven the experience, I reserve the right to select a few off-theme images, including the first – a composition that is just so fantastic that had to lead the pack of images I drew from our Flickr group for the week.

This week’s lead artwork, “Untitled” by Dmitriy Protasov, looks like a staged scene out of a 50s film noir, yet I suspect it’s unposed. It was also captured in one of my favorite cities – St Petersburg, Russia, one that I visited two times over the span of 35 years – once in Soviet times and once 20 years after the fall of the old regime. This is just the way Russians have always smoked and drank – and could as easily been taken in 1890s as today!

Sigi.Ludwign, Paul Yan, McBeee-Smartphoneographer, Tomaso Belloni, Bill Green (x2), Rob Pearson-Wright, Erik Viggh, Sergiy Beliayev, Jean Hutter, Lorenka Campos and Shelby Bell complete 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.)


Untitled by Dmitriy Protasov

App used and backstory: It was a party-farewell to my friends in the city of St. Petersburg. We drank a little, and I began to take pictures along the way. Filmed using standard “noir” filter on an iPhone camera and without flash.

Cold foggy winter morning an island in the frozen lake

Cold foggy winter morning an island in the frozen lake by Sigi.Ludwig

App used: I took the picture with the built-in camera app. The photo was edited on my iPhone with the PS Express app.
Backstory: On my daily walks, I take a picture that expresses the mood of each day. On this Tuesday the 29.01.2019 it was a bit warmer which led to strong fog.The day before, at -10 °C, heavy rain caused strong frost that covered everything thickly. In the picture I wanted to show the frozen branches in the foreground with the island in the fog in the background.

The roots of confusion, too deep to eradicate

The roots of confusion, too deep to eradicate by Paul Yan

Apps used: Phone – iPhone XS MAX, Capture app – ProCamera and Post-Processing app – Snapseed. Image post-processed with Snapseed for various local dodging and burning, and reduction of shadow details.
Backstory: Almost-bare trees had been erect outside of a high wall that separated the Temple of Heaven, Beijing, from the hustle and bustle of city life. One of the treetops poked its branches higher than the wall and made itself the sole on-looker at both the worlds’ activities demarcated by the wall. Branches of the shorter trees were made to look like roots deep underground by the backlight. Us sentient beings, our roots of confusion that hamper our freedom, are too deep to sever. It takes courage and determination for one to reach deep inside to eradicate the culprit of suffering and attain the ultimate peace.

Sharing Urban Spaces – Unfairly by McBeee-Smartphoneographer

App used: Snapseed with high contrast filter and cropped down to create a wide, cinematic feel.
Backstory: I was waiting to pick someone up from the central train station and had a few minutes to kill. It’sa very busy part of town and the traffic people leaving the station created and intoxicating buzz of activity. I spotted this woman waiting at the crossing and knowing that the phone would need a slow shutter speed at night I decided to capture the blur of passing vehicles.

Hardly an option

Hardly and option by Tomaso Belloni

App used: I shot with the default camera app on an iPhone 7plus and editd in Snapseed.
Backstory: An IKEA store is full of possibilities. These foldable chairs were nailed to a wall just at the entrance and the lighting from above made the scene even more interesting.


Untitled by Bill Green

Apps used and backstory: I used Lightroom mobile to edit this shot. As usual for me, this location was found while exploring a new city. Faro, like many of the cities in Portugal, has interesting old sections with much to see if you are interested in urban photography. Just as I saw this composition I noticed the young lady approaching. I waited for her to complete my image.

We’ve all done things we regret.

We’ve all done things we regret by Rob Pearson-Wright

Apps used: Snapseed to edit all the options in tune image. I saved both a colour and black and white edit. Then I used VSCO b2 preset to see where on the slider would compliment the image. Turns out to be +9.8. Finally I took the image in to the Noir app and adjust the roller wheel settings until I had some nice contrast on the centre of the image and a slight vignette on the fringes.
Backstory: I’m travelling on the London Underground / Tube to a food market behind the Royal Festival Hall to take some shots and have some lunch from one of the stalls or food trucks there.
It’s fairly crowded on the Tube so when I notice these two ladies talking to one another and sense a story I know I need to shoot with discretion. I managed three shots. One sucked, one was okay and this one had much more emotion caught in the moment. I remember the way the older lady tilted her head to this moment and held it there in thought. I thought that was a lovely moment to catch.

Morning visitor left some tracks....

Morning visitor left some tracks . . . by Erik Viggh

App used: Picture taken with iOS Camera app and no further processing.
Backstory: A cat left tracks in the fresh morning snow on my patio. The juxtaposition of the tracks with the floor boards made a good story to tell.

***cat on manhole***🐾🔘⬛️

***cat on manhole*** by Sergiy Beliayev

Apps used: Hipstamatic and Touch Retouch. In Hipstamatic, processed with RNI Films. Preset ‘Kodachrome Generic v.3 Normalised’, Lowy Lens, BlacKeys Supergrain Film, and Apollo Flash (post-processed). Already got ‘white’ background on the original shot due to playing with shutter/exposure. Used Touch / Retouch to clear out some small redundant objects which spoiled the composition.
Backstory: On a day after snowfall we walked with our little baby boy, and I saw a cat sitting on a manhole and probably trying to stay warm. I took out my iPhone to make a shot, holding baby carriage in the other hand. So accidentally I changed exposure, which resulted in such interesting effect you can see on the photo.

Street Dance

Street Dance by Bill Green

App used: I used Lightroom Mobil to edit. I find it to be an extremely versatile app when it comes to B&W imaging.
Backstory: This shot was in Seville, Spain. I just happened upon these street performers, both very good dancers btw. They were moving and spinning constantly so I had to wait for a chance to get both faces in the image at the same time.

Still Life - 01-23-19

Still Life – 01-23-19 by Jean Hutter

Apps used and backstory: I recently became interested in taking still life photos and I also just got a new iPhoneXS – a match made in heaven. I am still in the learning stages but I am really enjoying setting up and shooting still life subjects. One of the lessons in my Still Life course is three. So for this image I used three glass vessels placed on top of an old crate. I decided to change things up a bit and take the photo in B&W. I made some minor adjustments in Snapseed but this is pretty much out of the camera.

I talk to the moon and pray to the birds

I talk to the moon and pray to the birds by lorenka campos

Apps used: Repix, Snapseed, Procreate, Decim8, Mextures
Backstory: this is self portrait that was inspired by a line in a book. The line is “I talk to the moon”. When I read that, it conjured up a story in my head. The story of a mystical woman who lives in the woods, perfectly at home in the winter wild. Nature is her family. She talks to the moon and prays to the birds.

Hello 1

Hello 1 by Shelby L. Bell

Apps used and backstory: While attending an event at a turn of the century theater in Omaha, NE I happened across this vintage Bell Public Phone. The patina of both the phone and the wall it is attached to were perfect so I took a quick shot, using an iPhone 8 Plus.I edited the shot in Snapseed, first turning up the details to enhance the contrast of the brick and to really bring out the years of age and use of the phone before finally converting it to black and white.

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.