Apps Uncovered – 5 April 2020

jun yamaguchi image single figure in empty blue purple landscape

Selected by Nicki Fitz-Gerald

The overarching theme is mood. This is a selection of images (and one poem) that made me feel something. The images in the Flickr group are a balance of what you are experiencing and some hope for the future. This week’s gallery is a mixed bag of both. Words don’t seem enough so I present you with pictures – and a contradiction with Miguel de Ozarko’s image that is accompanied by a beautifully stirring poem. I urge you to take the time to read his beautiful words.

Thank you to all of you for submitting your stirring iPhone images with special thanks to iPhoneographyCentral regular jun yamaguchi for our powerful feature image light and sign.

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

Jun Yamaguchi, Paul Yan, Cubsherpa2016 (Al Gieryna), Miguel de Ozarko, tmbx (Tomaso Belloni), Thomas Berg and vadim demjianov.

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

light and sign

light and sign by jun yamaguchi
Apps used: iPod touch’s camera / brushes+scratchcam fx+pictureshow+decim8+filterstorm+deco sketch+vsco+enlight+phototoaster

You don't have to believe

You don’t have to believe by Paul Yan

Apps used: Capture with iPhone XS Max using Procamera app and edited with Lightroom Mobile and Snapseed.
Backstory: We don’t have to believe in God to know that the virtues of loving-kindness and compassion are what make our lives full and joyous. We are in heaven when we practice benevolence to all and empathy for the unfortunate ones. Experience the happiness, right here and now!

Image made in a rainy night through a bus window, inside looking out. The raw file was developed into jpeg in LightRoom Mobile and then dodged and burned locally, and cropped to square ratio in Snapseed.


Homemade by Cubsherpa2016 (Al Gieryna)

Apps used: The photo was taken with my iPhone XR and edited in camera. Editing consisted of a slight crop and a vibrance adjustment. The sunlight streaming in the window provided the rest.

Backstory: This image was captured after my wife baked our weekly bread. When we were first married she would bake all of our bread. Now that we are under a stay-at-home directive, and good bread can be hard to find at the grocery store, she is once again making our bread. After the loaves came out of the oven, a coat of butter was applied and they were set on the counter to cool.

Pastoral by Miguel de Ozarko

When I walk two or three miles out of town,
veering toward the river
after I cross the trestle
and slide down the gravel embankment,
swim a while

through weeds and saplings
where hobos used to camp
and a dozen or more abandoned implements
add a layer of rust each season, after
I follow a vireo or redwing

to the split elm where I buried my wings,
I can root around
and still find the pastoral myth,
how it sustained me for so many years.
Each April I want to pare away

the flab and get down to the essentials
again, wade into some murky backwater
and not worry about leeches or cottonmouths
or shards with gleaming edges
and when I dive blindly not even care

what creature is waiting in a dark pool or if
the pond is bottomless and toxic. And when I lie
amidst the ferns and leaf sponge
and count off
the years I wasted and watch

the sky empty its blue somewhere
beyond the horizon as the light dims, and listen
to my old arguments
for remorse and bitterness, I long for
some shiny, new dream, some simple pleasure

which requires nothing of me,
just to splash naked once more in my cement birdbath,
or trade eyes with anything,
a chicken or sunfish or even a potato

in its loamy womb, and how I want to forsake
envy forevermore, and exalt
whatever tangle of vines has seized my leg
and sing the old songs and rattle

the bones and love this gang of crows
cruising overhead
in their black shrouds as they search
for a carcass, and go back to sailing with Li Bai

in his paper boats
in search of river dragons, or go back
to the furrowed fields, those miles and miles
of upturned earth, waiting for the sharp blades,
the seeds and warm rain.

–M deO

Apps used: Camera was my Iphone 6 and edited with Snapseed, PicsArt, GoArt and Photoshop
Backstory: The farm is down a country road from where I live, actually deserted now, but recently donated to my university though the tractor and implements are still there, and hay bales and some wandering chickens who really make the scene for me, but as a straight photo a little dull because I could not decide on the center of focus. Snapseed is my normal go-to for cropping and boosting saturation, then a couple of apps I like for adding artistry — PicsArt for turning up the colour volume, and GoArt for a funky Dadaism effect, and then Photoshop to sharpen the edges and do a little touch up in the sky — several hours over a couple days. An advantage to living in a rural area is the ever changing landscape and friendly neighbors who don’t mind me stopping to photograph.

Breathing space II

Breathing space II by tmbx (Tomaso Belloni)

Apps used: I shot with the default camera app on an iPhone 11 pro max and edited in Snapseed.
Backstory: I was looking for good angles for reflections in this beautiful new area of Milan when I noticed that behind this section of the glass wall one could see something. It turned out to be a service room with a supply of staff clothing, with a bottle of wine. It was too good to let pass, it looked like a staged set.

More other places

More other places by tmbx (Tomaso Belloni)

Apps used: I shot with the default camera app on an iPhone 11 pro max (wide field lens) and edited in Snapseed.
Backstory: One of my “lockdown” pictures in these difficult times. Looking through my archive, I found this shot from last November that gives the feeling of being locked inside and only being able to glimpse the beautiful sunny landscape outside. Hopefully we will be able to go out soon.


Fyt by Thomas Berg

Apps used: This photo was taken using the Hipstamatic app.

Today's Find: Star Chickweed

Today’s Find: Star Chickweed by TAWPhotoArtistry

Stellaria puberal – another wild plant with edible leaves. Sited at Horizons Park (NC).

Apps used: I used Camera+ app in macro mode to shoot and Snapseed for processing.

Backstory: One of my personal projects is to document flora and fauna when out and about on walks, hikes, etc, as a citizen scientist. I then identify the species and post the images on iNaturalist.org, an international database. As a retired biologist it’s a way for me to give back to the scientific community. Here in the southeastern portion of the United States it’s prime spring wildflower season. We have several species of chickweeds which are some of the early bloomers. Hopefully I’ll be able to continue hiking and documenting species during this crazy time?

Winter evening.
Winter evening by vadim demjianov (odinvadim)

Apps used & Backstory: I use mainly for processing the following apps: Snapseed and iColorama. These are rich programs according to their capabilities. And the photo was taken in the evening, after heavy snowfall. vadim demjianov (odinvadim)



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