Apps Uncovered 6 January 2019 – Feeling Hueless

Selected by Bob Weil

This week’s Apps Uncovered represents the first set of the new year, and includes my selection of images from our Flickr group this week that return to a theme I have been drawn to recently – black and white imagery that seems in keeping with the time of year.

This week’s lead image is Serious by Michael Beresin – a wonderfully seasonal shot of warmly dressed Starbucks denizens with dark clouds outside. The subject’s face has so much character and such a serious expression that you want to know her story, and what it is that she is discussing with those at her table.

Images by nikkotumblr (x2), Robert Laliberte, borisbschulz2009 and cary w 925 complete this week’s modest half dozen.

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.) And be sure your photo is configured to allow Sharing / Embedding within Flickr!


Serious by Michael Beresin

Apps used and backstory: This image was taken while I sat drinking coffee in Starbucks. I always find interesting people to capture there. It was no different on this day as I spotted this “young” lady having a conversation. This image was the best of several that I took. It was captured with the native iPhone camera app and edited initially with Snapseed and then with Hipstamatic.

Heads on Wall, Bern, Switzerland.

Heads on Wall, Bern, Switzerland by nikkotumblr

Apps used: Blackie, film setting: HP5 400
Backstory: a little tour in Bern experimenting this new app: Blackie, I didn’t know it before. It was very effective to bring out the texture of the wall and the fine 3D structure of those signs. I just fine tuned the +/- exposure control for the desired effect. The oblique light of the sun did the rest. No post editing.

Driving over the Zakim (with Hipstamatic Kally X3  lens) | Boston

Driving over the Zakim (with Hipstamatic Kally X3 lens) | Boston by Robert Laliberte

Apps used: Hipstamatic – processed twice –
1. Madalena lens, Blanko film, Triple Crown flash
2. Kally X3 lens, Aristotle film
With Photoshop, Snapseed and Pixelmator edits along the way.
Backstory: This is a ‘through-the-windshield’ photo taken while driving over this bridge. I’m always drawn to the vertical lines of the suspension cables and using the Hipstamatic “Kally X3” lens helps to emphasize that. I often use multiple apps for fine tuning: here, I’ve used Snapseed to selectively change exposure levels in some parts (e.g., the cars at the bottom), Photoshop to reduce noise and sharpen, and Pixelmator to overlay a different portion of the sky (i.e., the upper right section is from a version in which I more heavily reduced luminance noise in order to get a better match between the left and right top halves).

EYE / Amsterdam

EYE / Amsterdam by borisbschulz2009

Apps used: Snapseed (b&w), SKRWT and Formulas


Aspens by cary w 925

Apps used: Shot with an iPhone 8+ using the Hipstamatic app set to BlackKeys IR film [lens: none] and then post processed, again in Hipstamatic [film: Bream; lens: none; Clarity +30] to enhance the black & white contrast and frame the image.
Backstory: A late December dusting of snow created a pleasing monochromatic scene along a hiking trail in the Rocky Mountains. The temperature was in the single digits (Fahrenheit) and not a breath of wind was stirring. This stand of aspen trees just beyond the path appeared at first to be an unassuming tangle of branches until I turned to look back, and then the symmetry of the groups of trunks seemed to leap out from the silhouette of the rocky background. I framed the photo to balance the trees against the curves of the rocks. Although the beauty of the black & white trunks initially caught my eye, I was standing in just the right place to see this balance.

Bike, Bern, Switzerland.

Bike, Bern, Switzerland by nikkotumblr

Apps used: Blackie, film settings HP5 400
Backstory: well… I simply love bicycles! And these bike was perfect for a simple B&W snapshot. The exposure control of Blackie is simple amazing and very effective, you just get what you want! No post editing.

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.