Apps Uncovered 30 Oct 2016

Selected by Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Welcome to the this week’s Apps Uncovered.

Thanks to Ale Di Gangi for the lead image this week “Oh cavillina, cavillina stern…” for his beautifully poetic image of the carousel horse and the wonderful backstory that accompanies the photo.

Rounding out the rest of the top iPhoneography talent this week are: Kristie Benoit, Catherine Restivo, Firery Broome, jun yamaguchi, Giulia Baita, Caroline Oades, Selin1968, Vincent Martin and Susan Blase.


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Oh cavallina, cavallina storna...Apps used: Shot with Bluristic. Edited with Image Blender, Photoshop Fix, Snapseed and Mextures. 

Backstory: The title of the photo (Oh foal, dappled foal) is a rather famous verse from a poem composed by Giovanni Pascoli in memory of his father, murdered in 1867, when the poet was almost 12. After the killing, the dead father was brought home by his female dappled foal and the authors of the crime were never identified. The sad event influenced the whole life and poetic production of Pascoli – as well as the lives of each and every Italian young student since. Despite his stature in Italy as a poet, Giovanni Pascoli remains obscure in English due to untranslability issues (you might want to read this article for further information).

The original shot consisted of two different photographs I took using the Bluristic app. I then superimposed and composited the final image using Image Blender – I needed to do so because the head of the horse was better on the second shot, while the rest of the scene was just how I wanted it in the first shot. I also used Photoshop Fix to smooth some details of the compositing. Once I had the final image ready, I opened it in Snapseed adding some crispiness to the colours, increasing contrasts, refined Details, applyed the Retrolux effect to add some analog-like textures and effects. One last edit in Mextures followed, to add analog dirt, scratches and more tone tweaking.

And yet I have had the weakness, and have still the weakness, to wish you to know with what a sudden mastery you kindled me, heap of ashes that I am, into fire. // Charles Dickens

Apps used: The inspiration behind my image, as with most of my images, is to evoke some type of emotion. With this self portrait, I am conveying what it feels like to be a woman, expressing my sensuality, and embracing the passion that has been ignited within me.

Backstory: I set up my tripod and iPhone, with a 30 second timer, used in Camera+ app, made sure I used the natural lighting coming in through the window, and then my shot was set. Once I had the image I wanted, I used the Tadaa app for masking, and when I had that done, I finished my edit using my favorite app, Mextures.

Seed PodApps used: Shot and edited with Hipstamatic.
Backstory: I made this image with my new iPhone 7 Plus while on a hike. I love seed pods, and this particular one with its twisty stem jumped out at me – sort of literally as it was rather windy and I had to hold the stem with one hand while trying to focus and hold the rather large iPhone with the other. Mum with Rain-BW

Apps used: Captured with iPhone and Olloclip Macro Lens. Edited on the iPad first in Snapseed for general image correction and cropping then in Perfect B&W for black and white editing.
I really wish Alien Skin and OnOne would keep up with their mobile apps. I know one day these old time favorites of mine will stop working. I will be very sad when that happens.
Backstory: Another forgotten image from back in the Autumn of 2014.

duskApps used: iPod touch’s camera / brushes+decim8+filterstorm+trigraphy+pictureshow+deco sketch+enlight+vsco

Do not forget me

Apps used: I took the photo with Hipstamatic and then I edited the photo with iColorama, Stackables, Repix.
Backstory: This orchid is my mum’s gift to me in a difficult day for me. I love orchids and this is very dear to me .. When I realized that it was losing the flowers I have found it more beautiful .. Only two flowers were left and soon they would fall, so I took so many pictures. One way to stop time …. I have created a series of images titled “Do not forget me” because people often gives flowers to forge a bond with someone and to be remembered. These orchids were a precious gift for me.

Sartorial eleganceApps used: iPhone/Hipstamatic: Lucifer VI | BlacKeys Supergrain | Tasty Pop
Backstory: Betty’s is ye olde tea shoppe in York Stonegate, where they serve a welcome cup of tea and currant bun (ask for a ‘Fat Rascal’ – it’s delicious). From a window seat on the first floor, it was easy to take a shot at this guy in the doorway. His street style and pose stood out alongside the retail fashion shopfront with its mannequins with vacant faces and crisp lines.


Apps used: Hipstamatic 280 iPhone 4S back camera.

AutumnApps used: It was shot on my iPhone 7 Plus using ProCam4 and edited in VSCO, at a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Untitled series

Apps used: Snapseed, Image Blender, RNI Films and Mextures

Backstory: This image is one of a series I’m creating for exhibition and publication that explores the connection between photography, light, death and transition, referencing Spiritual photography of the 19th and 20th centuries. I’ve been making this work in Italy, over the last three years. During my last trip, in September, a friend gave me several boxes of negatives from his father’s photographic studio: portraits shot in the 1970s and 80s. I often use found analogue photographs and slides in my work. There is a tendency for negatives to be overlooked in favour of prints and yet portrait negatives contain the essence of light reflected off the bodies of living beings. Therefore, to my mind, they are physical relics of a human lives. The process by which I am using my iPhone to create these images from the original negatives is complex. Some of the apps I’m using are: Snapseed, Image Blender, RNI Films and Mextures.

No turn on red

Apps used: Tadaa and Afterlight
Backstory: This was taken when I was at beach after one of worst storms I’ve ever been in. I was driving from ferry ride and sitting at a red light and the colors reflecting were so beautiful among the chaos. It struck me that even among craziness, if you wish, you can always find color and beauty in the world. I simply adjusted the focus in Tadaa and added some texture and grain with Afterlight. The moment provided most of the effect.

Nicki Fitz-Gerald

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