Apps Uncovered May – A whiter shade of pale; pastels and the lure of the understatement.

I love all kinds of colour palettes but I’m especially drawn to muted tones…maybe it suits my Englishness; restrained, controlled reserved, maybe it’s simply because I live in a cold damp seaside town most of the year and the weather paints the local scenery in pale greys and pea greens….but whatever the reason, I like these quieter whispering hues…there’s something reassuring about them…perhaps even slightly smug. 

That’s not to say I don’t enjoy some out-there spectacular celebrations of colour, infact a recent big change in my life for the better combined with the shift to warmer weather has my digital palette celebrating brighter and more saturated hues, almost tropical and fruity rendering a kind of visual excitable madness on my iPad screen that I can barely keep up with ….

…oh, and just to break up the muted tones I’ve included a couple in this gallery that break the pattern notably another one of Barbara Braman’s beauties entitled The Cycle of the Year and one or two others you’ll spot.

However, I digress…. back to the beautiful muted tones in the selections for this week’s Apps Uncovered where our featured image this week comes from long-time iPhone art veteran, the incredibly talented and creative Louise Whiting. We’d thought you’d gone underground for a while and it’s so wonderful to have you and your beautifully sensitive yet strong creative work back on the iPC pages. Thank you Louise for sharing your wonderful self portrait with us on the iPhoneographyCentral Flickr group.

Rounding out the rest of the group this week are the following photographers and artists: Allyson, iPhoneArtGirl, Michael Brunsfield, sclptorli, pahamel-mtl, Salwa Afef, jun yamaguchi, aka Tman, Barbara Braman, Mark Walton and Susan Blase. 

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

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Untitled by Louise Whiting

Apps used: This image a self-portrait which I processed using Snapseed, Formulas, Mextures and mostly Procreate.

.a field full of wishes.

.a field full of wishes. by Allyson.

Apps used: iPhone XS Max Olloclip macro lens apps: Quickshot Snapseed. Enlight psxpress
Backstory: I’ve always loved how the dandelion gets more beautiful in its decaying state, the dainty seeds just float away, carrying the wishes and dreams bestowed upon them.

Protection by pahamel-mtl (p.a. hamel)

Apps used: IPhone8, Decim8, SuperimposeX and TouchRetouch.
Backstory: The warm and sunny weather of the past few days has given us some breathing space. That was the idea behind this work. As a backdrop, a seaside where the sky seems to be clearing up. In the foreground, a young girl, who has not yet closed her umbrella. She is staring at the horizon, probably wondering about the upcoming of the times to come. The landscape was transformed using Decim8. The character was added in using Superimpose X. Further alterations were made using TouchRetouch.

Too Late to Turn Back the Pages of Time.

Too Late to Turn Back the Pages of Time by iPhoneArtGirl

Apps used & Backstory: In just about a month, God willing, I will mark my 70th birthday. No one could be more surprised about that than me. I never expected to live this long and I no longer “expect” to live at all. Every day I wake up is another miracle.

That said, the day before Mother’s Day this year, I was sitting on my patio enjoying the afternoon breeze and reflecting on how long it has been since I have heard from either of the children I raised. One of them is my only biological child. I suffered through a couple of decades of intense grief over being separated from my son before I finally let the suffering go.

As I was thinking about the complexity of the love I will carry for him forever from a place of pure acceptance, I looked up and saw the shadow of one of the chairs near me on the patio being cast onto the colorful art fence I crested and installed down the side of my house two summers ago.

Astonishing! The shadow was a perfect stand-in for who I used to be but no longer am: a mother.

I got up to capture the beauty of the color and the shadow, using Camera+2, giggling aloud at the deep conversation I am in these days with my vision, uninterrupted by others’ needs and demands from me.

I adjusted the tones a bit using iColoramaS in my phone and that was all that was necessary to capture this moment of quiet acceptance of all that Life has been for me. And a prayer for all It may continue to hold, God willing.

I believe I can see the future 'Cause I repeat the same routine I think I used to have a purpose But then again, that might have been a dream

I believe I can see the future by Susan Blase

Apps used: Tadaa and Afterlight
Backstory: This photo was truly accidental. I moved and became a blur but I liked the look. I thought it captured the mood of these times well, hence me titling it after the Nine Inch Nails song “Everyday is Exactly the Same”. It was barely edited only a little with two apps to add a little color and texture.

Road to Oregon

Road to Oregon by Michael Brunsfeld

Apps used: It just so happened that we decided to drive north on highway 5, bound for Portland Oregon to help with childcare for our grandchildren on the DAY BEFORE the official lockdown for the corona virus. My wife was driving here, just past Ashland, Oregon and the ROADS were almost EMPTY as I shot the dramatic cloud formations through the windshield with my iPhone X.

I usually start by opening the image in Snapseed, and cleaning up and removing elements to simplify an image. I can usually accomplish this with the healing feature in Snapseed. Occasionally, when there are tricky edges involved I might have to use Photoshop Fix because of the more sophisticated cloning tools. After making color and luminosity adjustments in Snapseed,

Next, I open my corrected Snapseed image in iColorama on my iPad Pro. I love iColorama’s tools for enhancing the edges and volumes of shapes, and especially like to employ Style> Lighten at low opacity to add brightness around the edges of objects, and coherence at low opacity to add a blurred simplicity in certain areas.

I don’t often know where this will lead, but it is always a FuN Adventure to attempt to enhance and turn my photos into illustrations.

honey dew flare

honey dew flare by sclptorli

Apps used: PhotshopExpress and Photofox.
Backstory: I used the camera apps on my iPhone 5 to capture this image.

Summer is a beautiful honey dew season. Besides, I get a lot of sweet “Honey do this” and “Honey do that.” around home.

I know honey dew is a sex organ of a plant. But sometimes I can get confused, especially when Honey do flare.

It’s a good thing I got my iPhone handy. so that I can share the sweetness of honey dew.

Poppy Shade
Poppy Shade by Salwa Afef

Apps used: Slow shutter cam + iColorama +iWatermark
Backstory: I took this photo using the “slow shutter cam ” ” light trail “which gives me the basic painterly effect. Then I worked on iColoram for many painterly effects and ended with many photos!
I’ve tried to blend some of them together until I got this one.

journey's end

journey’s end by jun yamaguchi

Apps used: iPod touch’s camera / brushes+trigraphy+decim8+dxp+filterstorm+deco sketch+scratchcam fx+vsco+pictureshow+phototoaster

I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone.—Henry David Thoreau. So do I, me, myself and  others - Tman

I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone.—Henry David Thoreau. So do I, me, myself and others – by Tman

Apps used & Backstory: A self pat on my back on being able to be alone, on my own and to enjoy my own company, wherever I am, even in a crowded room. A moment of reflection in “lockdown”

The image evolved from an old pic that I chose that definitely needed a face lift. It was also my first attempt on a new app SkyLab. There’s a lot on this app to keep me happy. I spent a little time checkin out all the accessories on board before getting to my final vision.There are six layers used and all adjustments and editing on one app is good news for me as I tend to use several normally.

Somewhat of a homage to being alone yet not alone. I wanted it to be of this world and yet not of this world.SkyLab had all the tools I needed.

Thoreau’s quote was the icing on the cake. Stay safe and keep the creativity flowing.

The Cycle of This Year

The Cycle of the Year by Barbara Braman

Apps used: Procreate and Imaengine.
Backstory: In The Cycle of This Year, I was inspired by a picture I took of a corner and a chair at a hotel in NYC. It has a little closed- in feeling, but the lovely light through the curtains gives a sense of air and hope. I brought it into Procreate and created the collage of the woman to express those feelings about our current stay at home requirements.

Special thanks to Ali Barzegarahmadi and Unsplash for the use of his portrait image of a young woman.


… by Mark Walton

Apps used & Backstory: Straight out of the iPhone.


  1. Allyson Marie said:

    A beautiful collection for sure !! Thank you for including me



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