Apps Uncovered June 21 2015 – Tread Softly; the beauty of blur

Welcome to this week’s Apps Uncovered, our weekly feature, showcasing iPhone art and photography from around the world. This week the theme chose itself “Softness and blur.” After I reviewed my selection, these two characteristics were evident in most of my choices with Suzy Blase’s incredible “Bleeding Rainbows” stealing the top position for it’s electric colours and fabulous title. Adding softness and blur to your image can be used to great effect to bring attention to the sharper part of your photo and it can also create a fabulous air of mystery. A lot of apps have a blur feature sometimes called Tiltshift. Some of my favourites are BlurFX (dedicated blur app), Snapseed (great blur vignetting) and Leonardo for ultimate control particularly when using multiple layers. Thank you all for sharing your wonderful images on our iPC Flickr group and I wish you all another great iPhone shooting week!

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Selected by Nicki Fitz-Gerald


Bleeding Rainbows

Bleeding Rainbows by Susan Blase

Apps used: Tadaa and ColorThief
Backstory: This piece started off as just a very quick snap on a foggy road. I didn’t really want it to focus on the man made parts so I used Tadaa to greatly blur out those bits. As I played with filters in the same app it started to take on this very surreal effect color wise. I decided to give the color even more oomph using ColorThief, which is quite fun but can also be a lesson in patience. When I landed on the final result I knew to stop, was exactly what I was seeking. I especially love the magenta parts that seemed to be leaking into the landscape, it gave me the idea for naming the picture as I did. I feel this particular one is very “me” and if you tried to ask me to create again I probably couldn’t!




Green Flower Buds – BW by Firery Broome

Apps Used: Captured with iPhone and Olloclip Macro Lens. Edited on the iPad, first in Snapseed for light general image correction, then VSCO conversion and more fine-tuning.
Backstory: Captured last week on campus. Some small Hydrangea flower buds still very tightly closed.



arrival 1 by jun yamaguchi

Apps used: iPod touch’s camera / brushes+scratchcam fx+pictureshow+touchretouch+decosketch+filterstorm+dxp+phototoaster


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Resistance by Alison Pistohl

Apps used: Taken and edited with iPhone 5 and iPad. Apps used: SlowShutter, Decim8, Snapseed, Artista Sketch, Superimpose and Glaze


Rehearsal for a Shower: The Gravitational Pull of the Moon

Rehearsal for a Shower: The Gravitational Pull of the Moon by Damian De Souza

Apps Used: SlowShutter Cam, Image Blender, Laminar, Filterstorm.
Backstory: Slow shutter apps are so much fun because you never know what freakish distortions will appear. Slow shutter self portraits are not for the faint of heart 🙂 This was done in the bathroom of a cottage. I’ve taken over one thousand shots of this particular tableaux and this is one in a series I’ve posted in the last few years. At night under tungsten light the result is quite warm in tone and during the day it’s dark and bluish with the illumination coming from a single window and oddly making it appear to be a night shot.

I propped my phone on a shelf and used the exposure delay so I could get into position. In Filterstorm I used the Clone Tool to blacken the area above the shower rod. After finding a photo of the moon and cloud online I brought the two photos into Image Blender and positioned the moon and cloud appropriately. Again into Filterstorm where I used the Clone Tool to tone down some burnt out highlights on the upper back. I then opened the image in Laminar and applied the Old Wood filter which is in the Vintage section of Effects.



Untitled by Erika Brothers

Apps used: Alien Sky, iColorama and Formulas
Backstory: To begin to tell this story I started to work with superimpose on a light colored background with some texture, then used a photograph of branches to create the field where the story of my character develops over a large field full of mystery.

I used Alien Sky to create the flashes of light and applied several layers over and over of stars, highlighted all lines of clothing, hair, and branches with icoloroma, finally applied finish texture and a hint of vintage with “Formulas” the new app from Stackables.



vacuous by Kristie

Apps used: Snapseed and PaintFX
Backstory: For this shot, I used a tripod and the CAMERA+ app on my iPhone, for the self timer. I positioned myself so that the natural light from the window would hit the right side of my body, accentuating my bones and muscles, while covering my face with my hair. I then used SNAPSEED for converting the image to black and white and adjusting the tones. I finished off with PAINTFX for the blur, the highlighting of light on the skin/bones, and darkness of my hair.

I like to play with natural light as much as possible, to create shadows and to highlight different areas of the body, with light. Our body structures are all so different, and I like to show those differences with variations of self portraiture and emotions.



time stood still by Kristie

Apps used: Processed with VSCOcam with x1 preset.



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{ Cyclone Coaster } by Melissa Johnson
Apps used: This was taken on my iPhone 5s using the native camera. I then used Lightroom Mobile to adjust the exposure, highlights, shadows, and clarity. I also used a technique, in LR Mobile, to apply a custom preset to achieve a slight matte effect.
Backstory:This shot was taken at Lakeside Amusement park, just west of Denver, CO, right after sunset. I composed this shot, wanting to ensure I had both “cyclone” and “coaster” properly framed. I loved the complement of the red and yellow lighting, with the dark blue of the evening sky.



More London Place

More London Place by Andy Chapman

Apps used: Enlight and Snapseed
Backstory: The photo was taken around More London Place, on the south bank of the Thames near Tower Bridge at City Hall. The architecture in this area is very geometric with lots of lines at odds with one another, that’s what grabbed me as I walked around one lunch time. I tried to compose it to give equal weight to the two different buildings in the shot. I processed the shot using the skew feature in Enlight (my new favorite app) to straighten up the lines, the shot was taken up at an angle so was a little distorted. Then I cropped, filtered and sharpened in Snapseed.

Nicki Fitz-Gerald

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


  1. suzy blase said:

    Thanks so much for featuring me and making my shot the start off photo. In the past year I have been experimenting with “blur” quite a bit and I find it very enjoyable to play around with distorting things as I would like to remember in my brain, almost like a dream state. All of the other shots inspire me to keep exploring, congrats, they are wonderful. Its a pleasure to be included among them. Thanks for giving us all a place to share and learn.