Apps Uncovered 3 May 2020

No theme this week, just a big thank you to all of you who submit your wonderful images every week to be featured in our Apps Uncovered gallery.

Long time veteran iPhoneographer Meri Walker’s image this week is our featured photo, irresistible for it’s glorious celebration of colour and life. I’ve never met Meri in person but I have a feeling this image expresses her energy and love for the world. Meri’s had a hard time of it lately and I want to thank her for all the joy she puts into the world with her images. Make sure you check her experimental iPhone art work out via her Flickr stream. We love your work here at iPhoneography Central.

Rounding out the rest of the group this week are the following photographers and artists:

Jane Schultz, Sergiy Beliayev, p.a.hamel, Salwa Afef, Michael Hamments, Mister Blur and Sherriane100. 

If you’d like a chance to be featured in this weekly showcase, please remember to include your apps and backstories with your photos. Thank you, as always for submitting your amazing work.- For a chance to feature, please join our Flickr group. 

Don’t forget to “ENABLE Photo SHARING” on your images in order to be featured. Instructions for this are on our iPC Group Rules page on the iPC.

Thank you all for contributing your wonderful images and we look forward to discovering the stories and techniques behind them. If you have any questions regarding this feature, please email Nicki at nicki@iPhoneographyCentral.com

In the Midst of the Pandemic, She Was Anything But Sure of Her Footing.

In the Midst of the Pandemic, She Was Anything But Sure of Her Footing by Meri Walker.

Apps Uncovered: iMaengine Vector, LightWeaver, iColorama, Stackables, Lightbrush, Darkroom and Lucid.
Backstory: Out of the blue on a Monday afternoon at the end of March, I had a sudden accident that radically dislocated my newly replaced left hip. To get help, I had to be taken by ambulance to the one place in the world I did not want to go at that point in the spread of the novel coronavirus – the emergency room of my local hospital. The experience was frightening, traumatic and more painful than I could ever have imagined I could endure. And it turned out fine, after about 5 hours. Returned to my home, I was left in a state of wonder for the next several weeks about what movements I could safely make that wouldn’t trigger another trauma. And whether I had contracted the coronavirus in the ER. As the time wore on, I channeled all that uncomfortable uncertainty into art making on my iPhone.

This piece started with an image I had made of myself with iMaengine [Vector] several months earlier in one of the mirrors in an art fence I built several summers ago down one side of my home. The image had been sitting in my camera roll for a few months waiting for a story to emerge that might make good use of it.

The image, like the fence, was highly colorful and hard to ‘subdue’ into a background. In this case, I used LightWeaver to generate some texture and layered those textures and some other shapes I made in iColorama to pull more depth and movement into the space. I still have Stackables on my iPad so I used it to glaze some color and a bit of texture into that blend and then LightBrush to make spot adjustments that kept the movement going without the chaotic image flying totally apart. When things got a bit too muddy, I used Lucid and then Darkroom to adjust clarity, tones , saturation and contrast across the whole image in a way that I hoped would hold it together – in a tentative way. Just as tentative as my experience of my hip’s relationship to my leg and the rest of my body at that point, hence the title.

A crack..is never just a crack

A crack..is never just a crack
Apps used: Hipstamatic, Procreate
Capture app: ProCamera
Processing app: Lightroom Mobile + Snapseed

Backstory: A message of hope. This too shall pass. Disputed our fears, the loss, the damage, we can emerge more beautiful. These cracks are how the light gets in.


floral whisper by Sergiy Beliayev

Apps used: The photo was shot on iPhone 7 Plus with Ztylus Revolver Lens kit equipped. I used Macro lens and stock iOS Camera app to take a shot. Then I processed the image in RNI Films app using ‘Agfa Optima 200 v.2’ preset and made some adjustments like ‘exposure’, ‘sharpen, ‘temperature’ etc. After that it came a turn of Hipstamatic app (‘Big Bertha’ lens, ‘Neko Chan’ film, ‘Dreampop’ flash and some more adjustments).

Lueur d’espoir.

Lueur d’espoir. by p.a.hamel

Apps used: iColorama, TouchRetouch, SuperimposeX and Distressed FX.
Backstory: Creativity is a good way to elude feelings of gloom. In this photo-montage, I wanted to oppose an image of serenity to the global chaos we are currently experiencing. In the background, the fading light of dusk at a seaside is accentuated using iColorama’s Simplify mode and retouched with TouchRetouch. A contrasting figure, clad in pristine white, is integrated into the image using Superimpose X. Finally, the addition of a flock of birds against a sun-setting sky, using Distressed FX, lightens the scene. The resulting image is meant to convey a return to better days..

Behind The Glass

Behind The Glass by Salwa Afef

Apps used: Slow shutter cam+Ps Express+iWatermark.
Backstory: The photo was taken on a very rainy day, West-Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands.

I took it behind the glass of the car while we were leaving the island and waiting to get on the ferry!
I used the Slow Shutter cam app in light trail mode to shoot people’s motion and kept the iPhone still to capture the rain effect. I used Ps Express app for editing.


Solitude by Michael Hamments (dmhimages)

Apps used: Straight out of the iPhone camera
Backstory: The photograph was taken on a golf course near where I live. In many ways I see it as a metaphor for the times we live in. The trees are evenly separated from each other like we all are these days and the thick fog represents the uncertainty of a changing world. No manipulation was done except it was cropped to give a cinematic format.

Dreams of escape keeps me awake

Dreams of escape keeps me awake by Mister Blur

Apps used: I used Snapseed only. I find this an excellent app for black and white photos, that lets you play well with light and contrast. It can also enhance the focused foreground and gives structure to the blurred background, which gives the photograph a sense of depth.
Backstory: The backstory of the scene: This are times of confinement. Most of the photos that are taking at this moment are indoor. My eldest son was building a paper plane and then flying it in the living room and I was just watching him. When it landed on the floor I saw an opportunity for a good shot with a nice depth of field, and there it is. The title of the photo comes from a verse of a song of The Jesus and Mary Chain that I think it fits in this times of confinement. Stay safe, everyone!

Beyond the very last farm....

Beyond the very last farm…. (A glimpse of the future?) by Sherrianne100

Apps used: I used the Diana Photo App to combine two photos, and Snapseed to edit a bit more.
Backstory: Living in the Missouri Ozarks, I often search the backroads for old weathered barns and farmhouses as topics for my photography. It’s obvious to me that many of the barns and often the accompanying homes are falling into disrepair. Many have been completely abandoned, and are slowly returning to nature. I always wonder about the dreams of the families who farmed the land and built the barns many years ago. Did they reach the age where they couldn’t maintain the home place? Perhaps their children were not interested in the hard life that farmers face, and moved off to the cities to find other work. Maybe they just couldn’t make the payments and the banks foreclosed, leaving nothing but old structures and memories. Whatever the reason, it seems especially heartbreaking. Then I wondered what might happen in the future if most of the farms simply disappeared. During this uncertain and frightening time, the farmers are facing agonizing decisions. What if they all just gave up and abandoned their barns, and farms, and tractors? On the horizon is what might be left….

Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Co-author of The Art of iPhoneographyCentral. Founder of iPhoneographyCentral.com