Apps Uncovered 26 June 2016

Selected by Bob Weil

This week’s Apps Uncovered presents a selection of what I found to be the most compelling images for the week, across a wide range of styles and subjects – all celebrating the theme of One, Two & Three (loosely interpreted for my self-serving purposes).

This week’s lead artwork, by iPhoneography Central “regular” Angie Lambert, is delightfully lightweight in subject, but superlative in execution. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, yet shows a great deal of creativity in concept and realization.

Başak Aytek, Michelle Robinson, jun yamaguchi, grapfafan, marianne rieter, lorenka campos, alan kastner, Louise Whiting, Kristie, and David DeNagel complete this week’s selections.

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.)

Ordinary Object

Ordinary Object by Angie Lambert

Apps used: TinType and Pixlr
Backstory: I had washed dinner from the dishes. I was just about to place the fork in the drawer when I stopped. I considered all the times I had simply needed a fork to eat. What I had not considered was taking a picture of one. Why would I? We only use them as a device with which to eat, right?

That thought brought me to this:

What if you took a second or third look at an ordinary object and found a new use for it? Honoring the energy from creative, new options for ordinary objects can be liberating experiences. It’s a simple exercise, with an unexpected outcome.

There is always a new perspective, a fresh outlook to things, if we take the time to notice. I love photography for this reason and so many others.


Untitled by Başak Aytek

Apps used and backstory: Taken with Iphone 6 and edited only with Snapseed.

This shot was taken in Paris. I was first attracted by the background and then noticed the standing man. This was my second shot which he also noticed me and posed. Wish you all a fun Sunday!

Mourning, v2016, 2 - Processing Your Passing Has Been Tough

Mourning, v2016, 2 – Processing Your Passing Has Been Tough by Michelle Robinson

Apps used: Procamera, Procreate, Superimpose, Snapseed, Stackables App, Mextures, Filterloop, Photofx Ultra, Camera Awesome

Backstory: The idea that you are no longer here … It’s been tough to wrap my head around. It is not possible. Your personality is larger than life. Cancer was afraid of you. But cancer is also larger in toxicity. The f**kers kept coming back. How DARE they! I know you’re loving this. And hating this. You’re loving that I’m telling the world of your brave and incessant fight; you’re loving that your friendship meant that much to me. You’re hating that I’m filled with sadness. I say your words back to you: “Tough shit. You’re just going to have to suck it up.”


jump by jun yamaguchi

Apps used: iPod touch’s camera / brushes+decim8+scratchcam fx+filterstorm+enlight+vsco+deco sketch+phototoster

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Hội An night life by grapfapan

App used: Snapseed
Backstory: I used only the standard camera app of my iphone and snapseed for some minor postprocessing.
I found this situation in Hoi An, a small town in the middle of Vietnam, where I spent some holidays. This evening I was on the way back from town into my hotel. I rode on a bicycle and stopped here, because I discovered this scene of people. I immediately found it very exciting and had to take a picture…!
So I took it – and continued my way…
Like a normal street photographer is used to do ;-)


die jungfer im grünen by marianne rieter

Apps used and backstory: i very much like this little, unimposed, blue flower. nigellas grow undemanding, are modest and easily overlocked. in the symbolic language “nigella” was the flower of spurned love. the sending of a nigella was a clear signal of rejection. i rather see her as a dancer in the wind. she has many faces, looks as beautiful in bloom as withered, but always has a touch of sehnsucht and sorrow. shot with hipstamatic. annemarie lense, runway film and triple crown flash.

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He sprinkled me in pixie dust and told me to believe… by lorenka campos

Apps used and backstory: Superimpose, iColorama, Snapseed and Image Blender. All pictures and editing with iPhone 6+ . The image was inspired by the song Lost Boy. Oftentimes, I feel very lost, like I have slipped into an alternate heartwrenching reality, and I am desperately trying to find my way to Neverland, away from all reality. “He sprinkled me in pixie dust and told me to believe
Believe in him and believe in me
Together we will fly away in a cloud of green
To your beautiful destiny
As we soared above the town that never loved me
I realized I finally had a family
Soon enough we reached Neverland
Peacefully my feet hit the sand
And ever since that day…

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descent into the hive by alan kastner

Apps used: Hipstamatic (G2 Lens / BlacKeys XF film), Superimpose, Snapseed, Reflect, Filterstorm

Backstory: My thought for this image was to celebrate a return home of sorts, with flowing lines and warm backlighting helping to illuminate the path our protagonist takes. The stained glass window that dominates the scene is one of several created in 1926 for a department store in The Hague. I knew how I wished to frame and use the shot the instant I laid eyes upon that window.


Untitled by Louise Whiting.

Apps used and backstory: Portrait taken with the native iPhone 6+ camera and edited in Procreate and Snapseed.

What The Water Gave Me

What the Water Gave Me by Kristie

Apps used and backstory:

I used several apps for this image, that I snapped with my iphone6s. The shot was taken in Camera+ with the self timer. I started editing in the MasterFX app, to blend my portrait and the background image of the rocks/water. I then took it into HandyPhoto to process into black and white & create the foggy look, after that, I used ArtStudio to do some slight blending, to make the two images more cohesive, and then finished it off in Mextures to give it the texture.

I was inspired to create this while listening to the song lyrics by Florence + the Machine, which happens to also be the title of this piece.

rainy morning

rainy morning by David DeNagel

Apps used and backstory: This image is an arranged still life. It was a rainy morning and I set up the composition near the north/northwest window in my study. I always prefer natural lighting and rain light,even through a window, invariably seems to surround objects with a wonderful diffusion . I tried to compose the still life carefully to achieve the placement, contrast and color I wanted; the bouquet in the blue pitcher had been arranged by my wife from flowers(roses and silver tansy) in our garden; I then added the silver cup ( actually a Tibetan ceremonial vessel) to give some tonal contrast and compositional balance. The strong lines in the wooden table added depth. Because the main light was mostly from the left, much of the arrangement was enveloped in a moody chiaroscuro, which I emphasized in post processing.

My aim was to illustrate,in essence, that it was the ambient lighting and the very simplicity of the still life that made it so visually stimulating.

I shot using a small backdrop and an iPhone 6s plus on a mini tripod and Plrocamera. I then processed the image in Fotograf ( I believe it was one of the film tones) and finished in Snapseed with additional basic adjustments.

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Apps Uncovered 19 June 2016

Selected by Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Welcome to the this week’s Apps Uncovered. My birthday (thank you for all the lovely birthday wishes), my sister’s birthday and Father’s day over the last four days have left me with scant time for putting Apps Uncovered together this week so please forgive me for jumping straight in with thanking the following artists for our great showcase of iPhoneography talent this week:

Sandra Becker, Eleni Gemeni, Tessfra, Susan Blase, Firery Broome, Mariko Klug, David DeNagel, Trish Korous, Mark Walton, Lorenka Campos and Lumilynn (Nettie Edwards).

Please remember to list at least your “apps used”  to be included in the gallery. This is the minimum requirement.

To find out more information about each image, roll your cursor over the photo. Also, click on the image to find out more about the artist’s work on Flickr. Thank you all for sharing your wonderful images on our iPC Flickr group and wishing you all a great iPhone shooting and editing week!

Thank you to everyone who submits to our weekly Flickr showcase. If you would like to be considered the weekly gallery, join our iPC Flickr group by clicking here.


Drama Queen

Apps used: ProCamera, iColorama & Procreate using an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil.
Backstory:I used 2 different photos for the figure which were blended together using iColorama. I pushed contrast in the resulting persona for simplification & drama. I love adding or painting & drawing into some of my photomanipulations which I did here using the Procreate App for the upswept hair to give it a whimsical, simplified linear effect. The red lips, garish blue eyeshadow, & clownish red bubble-effects were then added on for more drama & to exploit the persona of the figure which I couldn’t resist naming Drama Queen.

Walk with me.

Apps used: iPhone6+, Hipstamatic, Union, iColorama and Snapseed Apps used: Slowshuttercam,TouchRetouch, Snapped, Artstudio and Stackables. Backstory: My favorite pastime is to walk at the edge of the Bay of Arcachon and to photograph people. 
I above all like using the application SlowShutter which allows me to give an painting effect to my images. 
That day, the light was ideal to make this kind of photo. 
The post-treatment was to smooth irregularities with TouchRetouch, Snapseed to resize the image and to give a vintage effect I used artstudio to improve the silhouette of my character. I finalized tones with stackables.   Sideswept

Apps used: Snapseed to make minimal adjustments to brightness and contrast and to convert the image to black & white.
Backstory: This photo was really very simple. I was snapping dandelions at start of a rainstorm and I laid one against my car hood. I just used the new fashion combo in Hipstamatic which is one of my favorites of their recent releases. I liked it took on almost a ghostlike appearance, while retaining the droplets that to me were best part of the shot. I didn’t think it needed any further editing. It’s a nice memento of an unusually rainy spring here.


Young Grape LeafApps used: A young grape leaf captured a few weeks ago with iPhone and Olloclip Macro Lens. Edited on the iPad in Snapseed. Backstory: The dappled morning light accentuated the colors and texture of the newly unfurled leaf     The Three GracesApps used: Taken with Hipstamatic (Jimmy/Blanko Freedom13/JollyRainbo2X), TouchRetouch to remove some cows in the background, edited with PhotoToaster and Alayer (Bouquet effect/Dali texture).
Backstory: Here in Germany summer is taking its time to arrive this year. It rains a lot and it’s very much like the tropics: in the morning heap clouds form and in the afternoon they turn into heavy thunderstorms. Anyhow, those clouds make photographing interesting for me. On that day I was exploring my vicinity and came across these cows. It was a rather lonely place so I think they were not accustomed to visitors. When they approached me I was not feeling comfortable as I was not sure if they were only curious or angry. But they stood there looking at me with the heavy clouds in the background adding some drama so I had no choice but to take some shots and leave them in peace quickly.



boys at a livestock show

Apps used: I used an iPhone 6s plus with a tele lens attached and Procamera. I imported the image into Vsco and used the B4 preset ;I cropped the photo to square and made any adjustments to the image within the app. Backstory: I often take walks at a local fairgrounds. It is usually unpopulated and big enough to provide some exercise. However, one morning there was a group of people and their farm animals gathered under one of the many large pavilions. I went over,naturally hoping to capture some images. The people were,for the most part, farmers who had brought their finest livestock to the grounds in order to enter them into competitions. These gathering are usually a family affair, since preparing and managing the animals takes al lot of work. I saw these two boys, ( I assumed they were brothers} sitting at bench table looking at something on the older boy’s phone. They seemed truly immersed in this activity, even though all around them were people working and pigs, sheep and cattle all needing attention. I took several images of the boys, but this one was the best; the younger boy looked up at me, not sure exactly what I was doing. He seemed to have some idea that I may be photographing him but couldn’t make up his mind. At any rate, he didn’t seem that happy with the idea(he later covered his head with his shirt) But I continued to shoot trying to make what I was doing seem innocuous. One learns many approaches when shooting candid or street shots. Luck, as in all photography, favors the prepared ( and those who practice a great deal).

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Crescendo by Trish Korous

Apps used: This was shot with the native iPhone 5c camera and it’s SOOC (straight out of camera), no editing. Backstory: I was on my way to work and noticed how pretty the shadows were this particular morning. I loved the distressed look of the steps, too, and the colour. It reminded me a lot of New Orleans and the shadow play and bright colours I’d always gravitate to.   Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 12.47.17Apps used: Apple iPhone 6s iPhone 6s back camera 4.15mm f/2.2   Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 12.49.00
Apps used: iColorama, Brushstroke and Snapseed.
Backstory: The image expresses my struggle with the physical and emotional realms of human existence.   Untitled

Apps used: PhotoshopTouch and Mextures
Backstory: So here I have used several pre-shot on my iPhone photos. My goal was to unite them into one and get expressive, a bit sad and poetic composition, I hope that I have succeeded. ) I have used both programs are usually only two-PsTouchApp and MexturesApp. I worked with layers and blending modes, a lot of experimenting with textures here but tried not to use them too much.    

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Rosa William Morris by Lumilyon

Apps used: This photograph was shot with an Olloclip macro lens using apps Hipstamatic and then processed with TouchRetouch and Snapseed.
Backstory: This photograph is an Olloclip macro shot of a beautiful Rose named after William Morris: the English Artist, Designer, Poet and Socialist. It is one of a photographic series created during my recent week as Artist in Residence at the Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire. Lacock was the home of photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot and because of that, it is regarded here in the UK as the birthplace of photography. I was invited to Lacock to research and demonstrate a rare historic printing process that I work with. I make Anthotypes: photographs printed with plant matter.

My favourite part of the Abbey grounds was a beautiful, tranquil spot known as Lady Elizabeth’s Rose Garden. It became my ritual to spend an hour in the Rose garden at the beginning and end of each day. Roses were in plentiful supply, so it made sense to use them for my experiments. As an extension of this process, I began to explore the roses through my macro lenses. What evolved was a series of sensual, personal reflections.


Silence by rorofot

Apps used: The picture was taken with my phone using the app camera+ to control the high contrast. Later I edited it with snapseed to work out balance and light. For bnw I used vsco with x5 preset. The finishing I always do in LoMob.

Backstory: This picture was taken at a lake called Hallwilersee in Switzerland. There ist a natural reserve with a stilt house and a watercastle. You can also take roundtrips on a boat. It was April this year with clowdy weather. Late in the afternoon the sun was coming through over the alpes. I was standing at the landing stage with a viewing direction the alpes. Nearby there were father and son fishing. It was a very peaceful atmosphere.


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