Mobiography Photo Challenge: 15 Superb Examples of Street Photography Taken With A Smartphone

The therme for last week’s Mobiography photo challenge was ‘Street Photography’. From the hundreds of entries I finally managed to curate a small selection of images that capture candid moments in time. From @dimpy.bhalotia’s fantastically composed image of children diving into a river to @lauriekeiko and @mobility_shooter’s portraits, all photos featured illustrate how different photographers have approached the subject of street photography.

Featured photographers this week include: @35mmofpia, @agkolatt, @blu_eyes_c, @daveheather_2000, @dimpy.bhalotia, @eerstebabatjie, @instagrarme, @jawdoc2, @lauriekeiko, @mobility_shooter, @msa.idigital, @odichaos, @pennijam, @raveninrye, and @pastortwallace.

Take part in the next Mobiography photo challenge

This week, the theme for the photo challenge is ‘Simplicity’. For this challenge think about sharing your best smartphone photos that sum up the idea of simplicity. Think about images that are uncluttered, that use negative space, simple compositions, colours, architectural shapes or portraits.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Simplicity’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_53 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in the next photo challenge showcase, so get sharing now.

People you see on Israeli Buses

People you see on Israeli Buses‘ by @35mmofpia – “I took this photo as part of a series I made last year after I spent a lot of time commuting and realized how diverse the people I encountered were. From soldiers and police officers to students, kids, families, religious people, I would sit on the bus with one of them. I called the series “people you meet on Israeli busses”. The photo was taken with a Google Nexus 5 and edited with Snapseed. ”

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Untitled‘ by @daveheather_2000 – “This quite literally happened in front of me. I was on the circle line in London on a Saturday morning and this guy got on, sat opposite and assumed the position! I was taken by the reactions of the two women sat either side of him and it was too good to miss. Shot on iPhone 7 and edited in Snapseed (converted to black and white with a tweak to contrast and sharpening

Flying Like A Jet Plane

Flying Like A Jet Plane‘ by @dimpy.bhalotia – “I happened to be strolling on a beach and saw this young boy practising somersault and high jumps on a sack of mud. I couldn’t resist myself but to take a few shots of him. This was shot on iPhone X. ”

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Untitled‘ by @eerstebabatjie – “Litefeet is a type of hip-hop freestyle street dance that developed in Harlem maybe 15 years ago. Like breakdancing, but more about jumps and fancy footwork than getting down on the floor.

You don’t see many women litefeet performers, especially on the NYC subway, where dancers risk arrest. And so many commuters shut out their surroundings with headphones that performers have trouble attracting an attentive audience. I was lucky to have a front-row seat on my way home one night.

Shot with iPhone 6s-plus, edited in Snapseed.”

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Untitled‘ by @instagrarme – “This NYC poster was so eye catching  that I knew it would make a great street shot. I stood waiting for the right person to pass right in front of it. This city can just eat your up sometimes. Shot with Hipstamatic, NYC.

The Old Man On The Corner

The Old Man On The Corner‘ by @lauriekeiko – “In October, I participated in a week-long mobile photography workshop in Havana, Cuba. The workshop was primarily focused on street photography, which is a bit out of my comfort zone as I live in a small town where such opportunities are few and far between. On the third day of the trip, we happened upon this elderly gentleman sitting on the corner a few blocks away from our hotel. I loved how much character he exuded, from the way he was dressed to his long white beard and the lines on his face. This is one of my favorite shots I took of the whole trip.

This photo was taken with the native camera on an iPhone X, then edited in Hipstamatic using the Jane lens, Inas 1935 film, standard flash, and slight tweak to definition to bring out some detail. ”

Message Received

Message Received‘ by @mobility_shooter – “I took this picture of a fellow commuter on my way out of London one evening in November. I like to think he speaks for all the people who have been photographed candidly. He came and sat down opposite me, I rarely like my snaps when I’ve been laying in wait.

Mostly all of my pictures are taken and edited between home and work and only ever with my iPhone SE. I only really like taking pictures of everyday people (strangers) but I struggle with the term ‘street photography’. I use Snapseed to straighten, sharpen, deblemish and (over)filter my snaps but it’s not a miracle-worker.

I love taking photos with my phone and I love all the editing and filter fiddling. From time to time I get bored of my pictures, or wish I was a better technician, then something like this happens and it all feels good again.”

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Untitled‘ by @msa.idigital – “In my town, people don’t like to take pictures, in particular of pedestrians around the main square! So I decided to use my phone with the camera app open and just walk normally as someon going somewhere. When I saw someone interesting, I would walk close to them and shoot! That is the story behind many of my pictures. For the photo, I use mainly used Snapseed moving a little bit the curves to give the color tone.”

Santa Claus?

Santa Claus?‘ by @odichaos – “This shot was take in the Subway of Budapest on the start of December. I don’t know who he is.. he was just in a very interesting moment and I felt that I had to take a photo from him.  He was sat with the stick alone, nobody around him,  you can feel he is ALONE. Maybe he has nobody, no family, just his stick. I love to find these emotional moments in the City.

The photo was taken with iPhone 8 plus and after I used the Aviary app for the afterworking like saturation, contrast, brightness and a bit vignette. I don’t use so much filters.”

Sharing Secrets At Sunset

Sharing Secrets At Sunset‘ by @pennijam – “I am currently travelling in Cuba and this photo was taken in Havana’s Malecon (seafront walk).  Many locals go to the Malecon at sunset especially at the weekend. I was so happy to spot these two delightful kids! The photo was taken on an iPhoneX and edited in Snapseed and Hipstamatic. ”

Framed

Framed‘ by @jawdoc2 – “The light was just perfect against the colourful backdrop. I waited for a passerby to be silhouetted within the white ‘frame”. The reflection off the motor vehicle completed the composition. Shot on iPhone 7 plus and edited using the iPhone software.”

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This Town Can Eat Your Alive

This Town Can Eat Your Alive‘ by @raveninrye

The Early Morning Conference Call

The Early Morning Conference Call‘ by @pastortwallace

Don’t forget…

This week, the theme for the photo challenge is ‘Simplicity’. For this challenge think about sharing your best smartphone photos that sum up the idea of simplicity. Think about images that are uncluttered, that use negative space, simple compositions, colours, architectural shapes or portraits.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Simplicity’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_53 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in the next photo challenge showcase, so get sharing now.

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Mobiography Photo Challenge: 13 Amazing Rainy Day Inspired Smartphone Photos

The theme of last week’s Mobiography Photo Challenge was ‘Rainy Days’. For this challenge participants were asked to share their best rainy day inspired photos. All photos featured in this showcase illustrate how different photographers have approached this theme. Close-up’s of rain drops or rain splattered windows, shadowy figures under umbrellas and reflections in puddles were all common themes that different photographers chose to take.

Featured photographers this week include: @camhaynes22, @christinemignon, Grace Brignolle, @hayleyjoy1818, @jawdoc2, Laurence Bouchard, @mikemantx, @miriammedeiros, @patricia_watsonart, @patstone21, @rorytucker, @venkatesulu, and @ciceiaalmeida.

Take part in the next Mobiography photo challenge

This week, the theme for the photo challenge is ‘Street Photography’. As this is a popular genre of photography, and one which is ideally suited to the smartphone, I will be eagerly waiting to see what the Mobiography community submits. So, for this challenge think about sharing your best street photography images. Think about images that capture those candid passing moments, street portraits, and urban life.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Street Photography’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_52 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in the next photo challenge showcase, so get sharing now.

Fading colours

Fading colours‘ by @camhaynes22 – “I started taking an interest in photographing drops basically because it seemed that it was raining every 2 to 3 days at one point so… if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!

Over time I’ve come to enjoy it. My favourite thing about photographing on a rainy day is how peaceful it can be. Even though rainy weather usually causes me headaches, there’s something meditative about it.

Photographed and edited on Samsung Galaxy S7 (no flash, no tripod … just get close and keep a steady hand). Edited, in part, with SnapSeed and EyeEm apps.”

My entry

My entry‘ by Grace Brignolle – “Are you someone who rejoices when raindrops start to fall to the ground? You are probably used to listening to others whine endlessly about being wet and cold. I meanwhile, I fantasize about those delicious drops and wonder how someone could not appreciate a gloriously gloomy day.

Well I personally love the rain, and for me rain means; GOD is blessing me. Opportunity to take it all in. Pause and relax. And the opportunity to go out and look for the perfect spot or person to shoot.

I found this spot in the neighborhood where I work and I positioned my self with my camera to shoot away. The results were pleasing. I used; iPhone 7 and Hipstamatic 311 ”

Raindrops and Reflections

Raindrops and Reflections‘ by @hayleyjoy1818 – “I’m hugely inspired, intrigued and fascinated with raindrops. On this particular morning we’d had a welcome storm and I knew that there would be raindrops and reflections.

I also knew to go to where the Nasturtiums are growing, because they hold raindrops so beautifully. This capture was extra special, because the sun had come out, and that’s what’s reflecting in the droplet, on the building, which is my house.

Captured with my iPhone 8 Plus, using the macro feature in the camera+2 app and then edited in the Snapseed app. Minimal editing as camera+2 takes really great photos.”

Waterlines

Waterlines‘ by @jawdoc2 – “I was looking for something to brighten a gloomy rainy day in Vancouver. I came across this colourful wall which would provide a backdrop for the droplets on my car window. A walker with his umbrella completed the composition. I was pleasantly surprised to find an inverse reflection in each droplet. I cropped the photos square and did minor processing using the iPhone 7plus software.”

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Untitled‘ by Laurence Bouchard – “This was shot in Shinjuku in January 2018. A rare snowstorm had been forecast to hit Tokyo and I was very fortunate to have the day off. I headed to Shinjuku because I love the neon colors there. This was shot at around 3pm and the light was good to get a good reflection. I edited the image in Snapseed – increasing the saturation to highlight the neon.”

La pluie

La pluie‘ by @miriammedeiros – “In Odessa the rain happened. Melancholy and loneliness fell in love with beauty. In Odessa I walked through the same streets as the poet Maiakosvki. In Odessa I have lived in black and white.”

Building hiding in fog

Building hiding in fog‘ by @patricia_watsonart – “This photo reflects the mood of the past year for me. 2018 started off with my husband suffering a life threatening health episode. We were on our way to another specialist appointment. Having just travelled into the city, Mississauga. As we got off the highway I spotted the Marilyn Monroe Condos hiding behind an overcast sky. I captured the image with my iPhone 8 plus and edited using snapseed. It was shot from my passenger window.”

Rainy day…

Rainy day…‘ by @patstone21 – “The picture has a sad background. After burying my girlfriend, I found myself near to a forest after a walk. I wanted to be alone… it rained and in front of me was this person with the Red umbrella. I was surprised because she walked in the middle of the street. Maybe she also wanted to be alone. I took the picture because I liked the mood… I did not dare speak to her. She was also at the funeral but I did not know, who she is.

Then she turned around a fork… open questions remained. The photo was edited in Lightroom Mobile and Snapseed.

What remains is my memory… if I take a look at this picture.”

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Untitled‘ by @ciceiaalmeida – “I have a photographic series, which I call: In Motion. Photographed from inside the car, using my cell phone, on a trip which coincides with a trip. When it rains, I get more involved in photography.

This photograph was taken on the arrival of the city of Juiz de Fora / MG / Brazil. The traffic signal closed, took advantage of and photographed people passing by on the sidewalk. I always use snapseed, to do some tinkering.”

Rainforest ride

Rainforest ride‘ by @rorytucker

The Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake‘ by @mikemantx

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Don’t forget…

This week, the theme for the photo challenge is ‘Street Photography’. As this is a popular genre of photography, and one which is ideally suited to the smartphone, I will be eagerly waiting to see what the Mobiography community submits. So, for this challenge think about sharing your best street photography images. Think about images that capture those candid passing moments, street portraits, and urban life.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Street Photography’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_52 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in the next photo challenge showcase, so get sharing now.

Join the Mobiography Facebook Group

If you haven’t already done so, follow Mobiography on Instagram and hashtag your photos with #mobiography. Don’t forget to sign up to the Mobiography email list to get the latest news and updates direct to your inbox.

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Out Now: The Festive Issue of Mobiography Magazine With Dina Alfasi & Joel Worthington

The latest issue of the Mobiography Magazine has just been release onto the Apple App Store and Google Play. Once again, I’ve been working hard to bring together some of the best tips, insights and sources of inspiration from the mobile photography world.

What’s inside this festive issue of Mobiography?

mobiography magazine issue 41Inside, we start off by talking to another two very talented smartphone photographers – Dina Alfasi and Joel Worthington.

Dina is well-known for the high-quality candid portraits that she takes whilst on her daily commute to work. Here, she discusses her approach to her portraits and composition, and what photography means to her. Meanwhile, Joel tells us about his urban, street-inspired landscapes and his approach to using light and shadow to create his stunning images.

Once again, the December issue wouldn’t be the same without our usual look at some of this year’s latest smartphone photography accessory gift ideas. We also take a closer look at different printing options and see what their pros and cons are. Staying on the subject of printing, we review the Lifeprint instant printer and find out how this cool, handheld, portable printer is using augmented reality to add another dimension to our photos.

On the app front, Rob Dunsford shows us how to create a wonderful, miniaturizing tilt-shift effect using the Snapseed app. Meanwhile, Nicki Fitz-Gerald shows us how to use a collection of photo editing apps to create a winter inspired mobile art creation.

Finally, Gavin Lenaghan looks back at this year’s smartphone releases and asks what technological developments we can expect in smartphone photography in 2019.

There is also the usual gallery showcase and featured Instagrammers section for those looking for some more examples of inspiration.

Grab your copy now

In order to access Mobiography Magazine, head over to the Apple App Store and Google Play and install the app. Single issues are available for $4.99 or you can subscribe to the bi-monthly subscription plan for $3.99 and make a 20% saving or an annual subscription for $21.99, a saving of 26%. There is currently a FREE Trial subscription offer available. Google Play subscriptions are monthly at a cost of $1.99.

Mobiography Photo Challenge: 12 Superb Curve Inspired Smartphone Photos

The theme of last week’s Mobiography Photo Challenge was ‘Curves’. For this challenge participants were asked to share their best curve inspired photos, and the submissions were fantastic. All photos featured in this showcase illustrate how different photographers have approached this theme. Some have opted to go in close and frame a small section of detail to create something abstract, while others have chosen to capture the curves and perspective of a winding staircase or frame a subject within the curves of a building.

Featured photographers this week include: @arashrimus, @bazillus, @camhaynes22, @detailsofberlin, @foxypuddin, @isabelagap, @renatobaer, @tendeersigh, @tianhsien, @tinesview, @venkatesulu, and Barbara Frish @iphonecameragirl.

Take part in the next Mobiography photo challenge

This week, the theme for the photo challenge is ‘Rainy Days’. For this challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that capture those rainy day moments. Think reflections in puddles, raindrops on windows or umbrella filled streets.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Rainy Days’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_51 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in the next photo challenge showcase, so get sharing now.

Thats how it feels entering Tehran through The Azadi Monument Tower

Thats how it feels entering Tehran through The Azadi Monument Tower‘ by @arashrimus – “Welcome to Tehran: The Azadi Tower greets the visitors to Tehran upon entering the city from its western entrance, a 45 meters state of the art monument standing tall since year 1972 that is also often recognized as the city’s most well known Landmark both to its faithful citizens and to tourists visiting the city for the very first time. I captured this shot with my iPhone X.”

Paper cuts…

Paper cuts…‘ by @camhaynes22 – “My abstract curve was formed by a leftover piece (or two) of parchment paper from preparing a meal. An otherwise boring part of food preparation until you stop and look at the details.

Before cleaning up, I captured the shapes, light and shadows created by my discarded paper in the natural light streaming into the kitchen from the window. Then… I tossed the paper remnants in the recycling bin.

Oddly enough, I don’t even remember what I made that day but this is the photo I’ve used as my mobile wallpaper since I created it in October 2017.

Photographed and edited on Samsung Galaxy S7 (no flash, no tripod but a macro lense might have been used). Edited, in part, with SnapSeed and EyeEm apps.”

Hide in your shell…

Hide in your shell…‘ by @renatobaer – “When I saw this scene I was referred to affective memories and what touched me in photographing were the spots not visible to the scene… smells, silence, sound of the steps, temperature… the shiver and the desire of the coziness took me to ‘hide in your shell’. I did the editing using the VSCO and Snapseed.”

In the end it is bent

In the end it is bent‘ by @tinesview – “I took this picture of a withered orchid leaf with my iPhone SE on my white dining table. I liked the color and the shape of the leaf, and when I started editing the shot in Instagram I realized how beautiful the texture of the leaf is when you take a closer look.”

Up&Up

Up&Up‘ by @venkatesulu – “I made this photo with a Huawei P9 and snapseed. It is one of the snails stairs that go up to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, I was looking at the perspective with my mobile when someone appears and I shot it.”

Every detail of this building amazes me

Every detail of this building amazes me‘ by Barbara Frish @iphonecameragirl – “This was shot on an iPhone 7 Plus and edited minimally in Snapseed. It was cropped and brightened a bit. This is an amazing detail of a building I’m in often. I challenge myself to find something different every time. ”

I can already see the weekend

I can already see the weekend‘ by @detailsofberlin

God is a circle whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere

God is a circle whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere‘ by @foxypuddin

Arquivo

Arquivo‘ by @isabelagap

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Tiers

Tiers‘ by @tendeersigh

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Don’t forget…

This week, the theme for the photo challenge is ‘Rainy Days’. For this challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that capture those rainy day moments. Think reflections in puddles, raindrops on windows or umbrella filled streets.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Rainy Days’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_51 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in the next photo challenge showcase, so get sharing now.

Join the Mobiography Facebook Group

If you haven’t already done so, follow Mobiography on Instagram and hashtag your photos with #mobiography. Don’t forget to sign up to the Mobiography email list to get the latest news and updates direct to your inbox.

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Marta Spencer And The Wonderful Photos She Takes With Her iPhone

Marta Spencer is an iPhone photographer based in Minneapolis who has been featured numerous times in the Mobiography Photo Challenge showcases. Her portfolio of images on Instagram capture a mixture of subjects from still life objects to landscapes and nature. All her photos make good use of compositional techniques to create such interesting images.

In this interview Marta talks to Mobiography about her approach to composition, light and what inspires here to take photos with her smartphone.

Tell us a bit about your photographic journey and how you discovered smartphone photography?

Photography has interested me since I was a kid. I spent many wonderful hours looking at photos in National Geographic and Life magazines. It was then I begin to appreciate camera angles and textures. I was too young to understand how to do what I was seeing, but it made sense to me.

I received a Pentax K 1000 when I graduated from high school. My photos turned out well, but I always wanted to do better. In retrospect, what my photos sometimes lacked were people as subjects, or they didn’t tell a story. I wanted to convey emotion.

Fast forward to the present day and social media. I found an advert for iPhone Photography Academy about three years ago. I decided to take a chance with the online classes. I learned to do what I had been missing all those years. Once I learnt how to compose a shot, everything fell into place.

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What inspires you to take photos with your smartphone?

The major inspiration for me is that my iPhone is always with me, and it fits into my pocket. There are so many shots waiting to be captured.

Some of my favorite subjects are reflections and trees.

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What is your approach to composition?

If I see something that stops me in my tracks, I know I need to capture it. Sometimes, I may find something to shoot but I may want some time to think about composition. I might return to that location in a week or two. Other times I am a “one and done” photographer. I take one shot and feel it’s the one.

The rule of thirds is important for balance but I don’t always use it. For the longest time, I didn’t want people in my photos or in the foreground. In the online coursese that I took I learnt about depth of field, rule of thirds, and using people as reference points or for perspective.

Some advice I would offer others about composition is to remember to first and foremost shoot from the heart. Find a subject that interests you. Don’t find a subject that pleases others. Go out of your box and comfort zone. If you try to hard, you won’t see what’s in front of you.

How important is light to you and what do you think people should look for to capture good light?

Light is key. At this time of year, the sun is lower in the sky as winter approaches. The shadows are more dynamic. I am partial to cloudy days and diffused light. The sun sometimes will get in the way of my capture. I can either wait for the sun to slowly move on, or find an alternate angle.

In order to capture light, use the golden near sunrise or sunset. For strong shadows, find a good location and watch it for a few days. You’ll see the shadow patterns and figure out the best time for a good capture.

What apps do you use to shoot and edit your photos?

I don’t use any apps to shoot. It may sound strange, but if I see a possible capture that includes good texture and light, I can visualize it as black-and-white.

When it comes to post production editing, I make sure my image is aligned. No one likes to look at a crooked horizon. That is always the first thing I do. I then use the native iPhone camera to edit all of my images before using another app. The only two apps I use right now to edit are either Snapseed or Hipstamatic as they are both very user-friendly. I try to make my images look just a little better without oversaturation or over editing.

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Do you use any add-on accessories?

At this time, I am not using any add-on accessories or lenses, but I have experimented with the Olloclip in the past.

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A couple of your photos are to be included in the #theprintswap exhibition. Could you tell us about #theprintswap and the selected photos?

The Print Swap is a project created by Feature Shoot. It’s an opportunity for photographers to submit a photo to be reviewed by a panel. If excepted and the photographer wishes to participate, he or she pays a modest fee for processing and shipping. The photographer will then have his or her photo swapped with another photographer somewhere in the world. There is an exhibition of swapped photos at Root Studios in New York City during November 2018.

This image is called “Brooms”. They were tucked away in a Blacksmith shop at an historical park. I could see how much they had been used and worn down. There was so much texture between the bristles and the wooden beams of the structure. I knew black-and-white would highlight the contrast.

I enjoy driving around with no destination in mind. I found this wonderful pumpkin patch near my home on a rainy day. I figured a depth of field photo would really highlight pumpkins.

Are there any other mobile photographers that you admire and why?

@kmencher who uses light and shadows on wonderful subjects. Also Eric Mueller @ericmueller knows how to use a huge subject like a building, and then position someone perfectly in the shot for a beautiful minimalist photo.

Tell us the story behind three of your favourite photos.

A Mother’s Love

I took this photo as I watched my mother holding my brother’s hand while he lay dying in the hospital where I work. I needed to capture this tender moment, even though it was emotionally the most painful photo I have ever taken.

After a new stadium was opened across the street from where I work, I decided to look around early one morning. This is a view of downtown Minneapolis reflected in a small puddle. It was the only puddle on the pedestrian bridge in front of the stadium. The sun was just rising so the light of the gold an hour made the city glow.

Cloudy dark days are some of my favorites due to the lighting. Leafless oak trees make good subjects because of their wonderful branches. They remind me of fingers or capillaries or roads. This lone Oak tree on a hill really spoke to me.

Connect with Marta Spencer

Instagram | FineArtAmerica.com | EyeEm.com

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