Hiding in the shadows – Apps Uncovered, 1 March 2020

Selected by Nicki Fitz-Gerald 

It appears that the storms hitting parts of the world, certainly here in the UK have you hiding in the shadows. This is evident not only in the wonderful shadow images we have this week but also in the shortage of listings due to lack of response from some selected artists. But all is not lost, we have a short and sweet crop of iPhone photos this week kickstarting with Russ Merz’s atmospheric image that has a strong filmic quality, “Daybreak”. Check out the apps he uses to create this fabulous filmic style.

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


Daybreak 🌇

Daybreak by Russ Merz
Apps used and Backstory: An expressionistic image created from an original iPhone 11 Pro photograph, and edited on an iPad Pro using iColorama, Snapseed, Skylab and DistressedFX + apps— ©R/Merz/ImproVisions All Rights Reserved

a touch of blueLayers by tmbx (Tomaso Belloni)

a touch of blue by GR

Apps used: 6×7 app for iphone. Late winter afternoon sun in my Florida Keys house. Many opportunities to explore light and shadow possibilities. This is the stairs to my loft. I love the 6×7 format, reminds me of the great 6×7 Pentax’s and RB’s.

Backstory: The objective was to high light the blue wine glass, including the stairs and the wall. First, I opened the photo in Snapseed, next go to “Tonal” and adjust as you like. Now for the details-open frame from presets, add the selective. Next go to “vintage” and chose a preset. Now you have a simulated matt as well as the original photo. Finally, add the original frame! What you now have is a matt and a frame. Cool.

Waving Flag in Winter

Waving Flag in Winter by Kent DuFault

Apps used: iPhone 11pro and processed in Snapseed and Instagram.
Backstory: I am constantly intrigued by shadows. I am especially interested in translucent shadows. I was looking out our patio window after a fresh snowfall when I noticed how perfectly the flag shadow was moving across the snow. I love the minimalistic view of shape and line.

Emperor Businessman.

Emperor Businessman by Meri Aaron Walker (iPhoneArtGirl)
Apps used: iPhone11pro Snapseed and DistressedFX

Backstory: As the global economy evolves, I find myself feeling less and less stable in my personal life and truly confused about how things are going to work out for the planet and the human race over the next several decades.

When Amazon.com began back in the early 1990’s, I was an early adopter. I loved selling my books and buying books from others who were willing to pass theirs on to others. Flash forward two decades,watching Frontline’s new documentary, “Amazon Empire” last week, I began constructing an image on my iPad.

I started with a vintage black and white photo of a large, nondescript building with a man standing alone in the foreground that I found in Flickr’s Creative Commons section. As the documentary wore on, I used iMaengine to abstract the building in various ways, experimenting with ways I might fashion a more mythical stage for the lone man. Then I used Camera Bag to experiment with a variety of coloring options, finally settling on this ironic and incongruous pastel palette. Then I took the base image into iColorama to lay in a couple of  images from my camera roll for texture and movement, sharpened things up using Tone Lab and then opened LightBrush to bring out selective detail and increase contrast in selected areas.

I don’t know that Jeff Bezos would ever recognize himself in this image. I made it, as is often my habit, as I was trying to make sense of my complex human feelings and experience. On the one hand, I am dumbstruck by the creativity of Bezos’ mind and his singular vision. And on the other, I’m frozen – in abject horror – at the destruction the Amazon Empire wreaks daily on our fragile planet as online buyers surrender to mindless “convenient” consumption while the polar ice caps melt, Australia burns and Venice sinks. When the title, “Emperor Businessman,” arose in mind, I knew I was done.

walk away

walk away by jun yamaguchi
Apps used: iPod touch’s camera / brushes+scratchcam fx+decim8+filterstorm+dxp+vsco+deco sketch+phototoaster

Parking Lot Geometry #3 by dmhimages (Michael Hamments)
Apps used: No software was used in creating the image. It is exactly how it came from the iPhone XS.
Backstory: I am usually always on the lookout for unusual patterns and designs in mundane objects and settings. I just happened to be walking along the pathway, looked down and this image just jumped out at me.

Nicki Fitz-Gerald

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




Related posts