This week’s showcase of mobile photography highlights 10 stunning examples of landscape photography that were all taken and edited using a smartphone. The photos on display this week illustrate how mixing good composition, stunning locations and weather conditions can really help to add atmosphere to a photograph.
Featured photographers this week include: Matt Parker (@ILikeAntEaters), Mariko Klug, Marta Spencer, Peter Schroepfer, @PhotoWalkScotland, Rakesh Goyal, Caroline Planque, Helmet Hess, Minna Furneaux, and Max Muench.
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Desolation. Great Rigg on the Fairfield Horseshoe, Lake District…
‘Desolation. Great Rigg on the Fairfield Horseshoe, Lake District…‘ by Matt Parker aka @ILikeAntEaters – “I had stopped for a much-needed energy bar towards the end of the Fairfield Horseshoe (a well known mountain walk in the UK’s Lake District). Suddenly, the sun appeared and started making some great cloud patterns on the hills. When it lit up the path in front of me I wanted to create a sense of an endless path in the middle of nowhere. You can’t even see it reaching the summit! I wanted the muddy puddle to create some foreground interest as well to move the viewer away from the sense that this is just a nice sunny path.
This was taken on an iPhone 7. A smartphone is a natural choice for a hillwalker who likes to move fast and doesn’t want to be weighed down by heavy photographic equipment. I shot from low down, making sure that the lens was at the bottom, in order to create a sense of greater depth and scale. The image was edited in VSCO. Their filters are good at emphasising the textures and highlights of grass. I also cooled the highlights down a little. I then made some extra tweaks in Snapseed, which allowed me to make changes to just the sky area. Finally, one or two distracting pieces of grass were taken out using TouchRetouch. The whole editing process took around ten minutes.”
‘Untitled‘ by Mariko Klug – “I love to walk through the fields in summer. This is a barley field on a hill which I passed by while walking my dog. It was just before it started raining when I took this shot. I liked the green, the delicacy of the barley and the white dots of the bindweeds against the dark clouds, they harmonised very well together. The image was taken with an iPhone 6s and edited with Snapseed.”
Storm’s a brewing..
‘Storm’s a brewing..‘ by Marta Spencer – “Unlike most photographers, I prefer a cloudy day over a sunny day for shooting. There is diffused lighting and I don’t have to plan my shots around the angle of the sun.
On this particular day, I knew a storm was approaching, so I raced to this destination to arrive before the rain. The rain and I arrived at the same time. I put on my raincoat, and trudged through the mud. Weather will always be a factor, but if I want the shot, getting wet it’s no big deal.
This field was a perfect landscape to use because of its open area with no trees to block the view. The rustic fence in the foreground added to the simplicity of the scene.
I used an iPhone 7 Plus. It was edited first with the iPhone, then with an Instagram filter.”
White Mountain, California
‘White Mountain, California‘ by Peter Schroepfer – “I shot this last week with an iPhone 7 Plus on the way up White Mountain, in California’s White Mountain range, east of the Sierra Nevada. It’s the third highest peak in state at 14,252 feet (4344m) but by far the easiest of all of California’s ‘fourteeners’. It’s more of a very strenuous hike with less than a comfortable amount of oxygen than a mountain you have to hold on to or fall off of, so I shot more photos than usual and even edited some to send to my wife and mother as updates when we occasionally had reception. My two teen children are at lower left. As a father I don’t have time to actively pursue landscape photography. I force my family to wait while I snap a few on hikes, so their backs often appear somewhere in the distance. It’s good I shot this on the way up; on our way down from the summit we were ambushed by hail and thunderclaps. The clouds wouldn’t have cooperated and we were in a hurry to avoid any lightening. ”
‘Glenfinnan‘ by @PhotoWalkScotland – “I was on a Highland Tour with visitors from California and the weather was just spectacular. I don’t usually use my camera too much when I am out with clients, so I just snapped this shot with my Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and processed it with Snapseed using their HDR filter. It’s such a fantastic location at Glenfinnan it’s hard to take a bad shot there.”
‘Kedarnath dham‘ by Rakesh Goyal – “This picture was captured at Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand, India with Lumia 640xl and edited in fhotoroom on my Lumia 640xl. All the settings were on auto mode and it was a low light click.
The Temple is situated in Indian state of Uttrakhand at an elevation of 3500m and believed to be a holy place for Hindus. The temple is around 1200 years old.”
‘Captives‘ by Caroline Planque – “Driving around Scotland, especially around the Northern Highlands, requires time. Not so much because of the single-track roads (although they are part of the equation) but because of the sheer beauty of the landscape and the ever-changing light.
Captives was shot near Durness, in the very far North West of Scotland. Somehow it occurred to me that sheep are a lot more contained in that area than on the Hebrides, but yet still enjoy vast amount of land to roam. Who is more of a captive? Sheep or men hurrying down the road?
Although I still shoot 120 film with a Hasselblad, I always keep my iPhone 6 nearby for more spontaneous situations. Editing on the spot thanks to Snapseed and 2 or 3 of my favorite filters. “
‘Landgrafenschlucht, Eisenach‘ by Helmet Hess
‘Untitled‘ by Minna Furneaux
Into the unknown
‘Into the unknown‘ by Max Muench
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