Apps Uncovered 7 February 2014

(Selected by Bob Weil)

This week’s Apps Uncovered includes a great range of imagery, from still life and architectural to landscape / street and the surreal (with a baby picture thrown in to round things out). Aaron Campbell leads off with an amazing image, appropriate to the season, of a frozen waterfall in Pennsylvania. Other contributors include new favorite Brandon Kidwell, David Ingraham (a contibuting artist in our book and Southern California musical sensation), RobinLDN, Mel Harrison (Mahogany Turtle), Lynette Jackson (also a book contributor), JenG (PiecesofmeJen), Skip (Skipology), Nick Adams, Cedric Blanchon, Anne Highfield, Chris Stern,

(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.)

Wyandot Falls, 2014.02.01

Wyandot Falls, 2014.02.01 by Aaron Campbell

Apps used: SlowShutter Cam, XnRetro, Pixlr Express, Camera+

Lori Deiter and I planned to hike the Falls Trail on Feb 1st… It was decided to hike in from Rte 118 up to Onondaga Falls on Glen Leigh. Mark Van Scyoc and his friend, Doug Reese met us in the parking lot and we hiked up together to B. Reynolds and they left to hike up to the base of Ganoga Falls. My favorite / highlight of the day was the ice leading up to and around Ozone Falls – awesome.

Ricketts Glen State Park
Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Saturday, February 1st, 2014

A glimpse of the Stata Center

A glimpse of the Stata Center by Chris Stern

Apps Used: ProCamera, Mattebox, AfterFocus

What you see here is a photo from the Stata Center located on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA which was designed by one of my favorite architects Frank Gehry.

As you can see this is a very unique structure which is one that I wanted to highlight in a very different way as this building has been often photographed. My thoughts were to get a shot of the backside of the building looking up to the sky to showcase the various shapes of this amazing building.

When I sat down to post process this photo I wanted to create a dark and moody feel to it while closing in on a specific area of the structure which would appeal to the viewers eyes.

The Happy Cousins

The Happy Cousins by Skip (Skipology)

Apps Used: Handy Photo, Oggl, Glaze, Superimpose

Just letting the cousins play naturally capturing what happens. No direction. I thought their clothes gave quite a vintage feel to the scene and I decided to go for on old Victorian painting feel rather than a vintage photograph.

The process was just to get various versions of the same image, in this case Oggl, Glaze, Handy Photo. Glaze provided the under-painted layer and then detail was added back by blending the other versions under various blend methods and finally the Oggl version frame was added back by masking. All blending and masking in Superimpose.

Stormy Gaze

Stormy Gaze by Brandon Kidwell

Apps Used: Camera+, Photoshop Touch, VSCO Cam

This is one of my favorite pictures which is actually two images combined. The pelican is from the fishing pier in St. Augustine Florida. The pelicans are very friendly bordering on aggressive depending on whether or not you have a surplus of food. I took a lot of pictures of pelicans that day, mostly facing me but when I saw this one in particular I slowly crept up and caught him seemingly gazing out into the vast open space above the ocean. I’m a perpetual daydreamer so this was a scene that I imagined what I look like on a daily basis. The second photo is from the Gulf of Mexico right outside Steinhatchee, Florida where we were scalloping. A storm rolled in and created the deepest and most subtle blues, I’ve used this shot a few times in edits to create a moody atmosphere without taking away from the subject.

Both photos were taken on an iPhone5 using the Camera+ app. I extracted the pelican from the original image in PSTouch and added the second layer as a background then used VSCOCam to achieve the desired tone and added that layer to the original and flattened the image to keep as much of the original resolution as possible in PSTouch.

Today is all we have

Today is all we have by Jen G. (PiecesofmeJen)

Apps Used: Hipstamatic, VSCO Cam

Actually, I did not plan much. It was sort of an accident. I wanted to shoot in Hipstamatic and for some reason the lens I wanted to use changed.

It was very cold and windy so I wasn’t paying attention, just pointing and shooting. I wanted to capture the depth of the great trees and wind and white snow. I wanted to capture the long line of trees. When I got home, I saw it was the wrong filter. so I added it to vscocam app and changed it to a black and white tone. I think the tones captured the scene so well!
There was really nothing to it 🙂

"Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility." -- Saint Augustine

“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.” — Saint Augustine by David Ingraham

Apps Used: Hipstamatic, VSCO Cam


Henry by RobinLDN

Apps Used: CameraBag 2

Generations 2

Generations 2 by Mel Harrison

Apps Used: Native 5s camera, Juxtaposer, PicGrunger and Pixlr Express

Generations is a celebration of the beauty of life. The contrast of realities. The cyclic nature of being.

The beautiful new and shiny full of promise and hope, standing along side the withered tired and dying.

Keep On

Keep on by Anne Highfield

Apps Used: Snapseed, Image Blender and Laminar

I decided to photograph these spent tulips late in the day when the only natural light available was from the west-facing window in my living room. I placed the vase on the fireplace mantle beside the window and grabbed a piece of corrugated cardboard to serve as an easy backdrop. I used Snapseed to apply a grunge filter and desaturated the flowers slightly.

Wanting a bit more of an interesting backdrop, I then applied the grunge filter in Laminar and blended this image back with an earlier version, using the masking tool to maintain the vibrance of the tulips. The image still needed something else to balance it out, so I blended it with a photo I had previously taken of some Asian symbols.


Abandoned by Nick Adams

App Used: VSCO Cam

012814_01 PhotoWizard+iDesign+ImageBlender+VSCOcam

012814_01 PhotoWizard+iDesign+ImageBlender+VSCOcam by Lynetter Jackson

Apps Used: PhotoWizard, iDesign, Image Blender and VSCO Cam

To feed his family, the man at the head of cabbage is ready at any!

To feed his family, the man at the head of cabbage is ready at any! by Cedric Blanchon

Apps Used: Native iPhone5s camera, Superimpose, VFXstudio, Blender, Snapseed, Mextures

Backstory: This photo is part of my series: The human food.

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.


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  2. Skip said:

    Thank you Bob. Really honoured to be included and congratulations to all artists. Really beautiful work.

  3. Brandon Kidwell said:

    Thank you Bob, it’s truly an honor to be included here especially with so many inspiring artists! Congratulations to everyone and thanks for sharing!