Apps Uncovered 6 May 2018 – Walls / Limits / Constraints

Selected by Bob Weil

This week’s Apps Uncovered presents a selection of what I found to be the most intriguing images for the week in our Flickr group, across a wide range of styles and subjects – but with one common theme – Walls. The walls that enclose us, that challenge us, that present a backdrop to our lives (and images), sometimes hem us in and threaten us with their limitations, can also be the walls that provide a creative framework that we can transcend in pursuit of our art.

And sometimes a wall – is just that – a wall.

This week’s lead artwork, “365_Day 115 Angles” by Karen Axelrad, presents a couple moving down an ever-narrowing lane, with the man gesticulating wildly about how the walls and angles are closing in.

Allyson, carlein, Kent DuFault, Em Kachouro, jun yamaguchi, GR, Erradatz Photo, Michael Beresin, Sergiy Beliayev, Laurence Bouchard and Wendy complete the week’s selections on this theme.

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.)

365_Day 115 Angles

365_Day 115 Angles by Karen Axelrad

Apps used: Hipstamatic with Johannes Lens, D-Type Plate Film and TripleCrown flash.
Backstory: On holiday in Avignon, my architect friend gestured to demonstrate the various roof angles. This shot was taken with HIpstamatic using the shuffle setting for my 365 day project.

• p r o p p e d •

• p r o p p e d • by Allyson

App used: Snapseed

So What?

So What? by carlein

Apps used and backstory: I shot on an iPhone 8plus, with the app Slowshutter Cam by Cogitap
I have edited the original shot in Superimpose, Retouch and Snapseed. I shot the images I worked with for this image at museum Voorlinden. This private museum is fairly new, it opened it’s doors in 2016. The space and light are amazing, magical and highly inspirational, as was my company 🙂

Spring Fever

Spring Fever by Kent DuFault

Apps used and backstory: iPhone 8+ and processed in Snapseed. Ramona was born in late November of 2017. We adopted her on January 2, 2018. We live in the Northern Hemisphere, and thus in the depths of winter. Last week, it finally warmed up enough to open up the windows of the house. This was Ramona’s first experience of the outdoors, and especially seeing and hearing birds and squirrels. It was fun to watch her extreme fascination with this new world.


Signs by Em Kachouro

Apps used and backstory: In the middle of April the lilac blossomed all over our city from one day to the next.Grandmother Rosas wooden table, over 100 years old and with many traces of life, wabi-sabi, is the perfect setting for everything botanical. I just corrected the perspective and the ambience settings in Snapseed app.

short rest

short rest by jun yamaguchi

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

slipping away

slipping away by GR

Apps used and backstory:

645 pro for iphone offering a plethora of settings, film simulations, filters and formats. The DSLR in your hip pocket. Truly for the pro and advanced amateur. An amazing alternative to the big camera. This particular shot used A2 film, red filter, and 6×6 “medium format”. Time slipping away-today, yesterday, our lives. Our most precious non recoverable commodity. Image was frame cropped, purposely eclipsing the clock. I found the shadows perfect for the image.


Solitude by Erradatz Photo

Apps used and backstory: As I was walking behind a shopping center, while waiting for my car to be repaired, I noticed this woman sitting. Her surroundings suggested that she may have been on a break from work. I silenced my iPhone and slowly walked up behind her so as not to disturb her. Took the picture and quietly went on. App used to take the shot was the Hipstamatic camera on my iPhone8+, Edited on Snapseed utilizing settings of grunge and retro, HDRscape.

It's a dogs world

It’s a dogs world by Michael Beresin

Apps used and backstory: My wife and I were having lunch in a wonderful restaurant called the White Dog Cafe, in Haverford, Pennsylvania. The walls and decor are lined with dog paintings and anything related to dogs in general. The booth we were seated in enjoyed a great view of the entire wall, very beautiful with wood paneling and of course the dog paintings lined up one after another…. I had the urge to frame the photo at this particular angle to take advantage of the lines and lighting. I initially leaned over by wife’s head to take the photo at this angle and had to apologize and explain myself. This photo was taken with an Iphone X. Several months ago I began experimenting with a camera app called “Camera-M”, which has become my favorite. I edited the image entirely with Snapseed with the exception that I used the Retouch app to remove the small section of an unwanted head.


• Coziness • by Sergiy Beliayev

Apps used: The photo was shot on iPhone 7 Plus amd then edited with Hipstamatic iOS app, using ‘Takashi’ lens, ‘Aristotle’ film and ‘Triad Gel’ flash. And a lot of sliders as always:)
Backstory: On that day I was visiting a friend and I felt so cozy that I couldn’t help trying to capture the moment.

To the point..

To the point by Laurence Bouchard

Apps used and backstory: ‘To the point’ was shot outside a construction site in Tokyo. Occasionally some construction site walls have some cool designs on them which is great for photography. Currently there’s a construction site in Shibuya covered in Akira (a classic 80s Japanese animation) murals:

To get this image I shot quite a few people passing by the arrows on the construction wall. Despite shooting in burst mode, which captures 10fps, it took a while to get a shot of a passerby that fitted between the arrows as I wanted. I then converted the image into b&w in Snapseed and made some minor tweaks.


Lund cathedral by Wendy:

App used: 645Pro
Backstory: I love how one can manually adjust the exposure –there may have been tweaking in photoshop at a later date! That image was taken on a short holiday split between Copenhagen and Lund in Sweded–taking the train over “The Bridge”.

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.