Mobiography Photo Challenge: 14 Superb Shadow & Silhouette Inspired Smartphone Photos

The theme of last week’s Mobiography photo challenge was ‘Shadows & Silhouette’s’. This theme forces the photographer to think about light and the contrast between light and dark and the subsequent photo opportunities that are available when you open your eyes to the subject. Using Shadows and Silhouette’s is a great way to add mystery and intrigue to a photo and lends itself well to shooting in black and white.

Featured photographers this week include: @alexaziehl, @chris_tadros, @hipsta365_fernando, @iphonecameragirl, @jawdoc2, @mjhmalibu, @oldhamjaz, @scattycarrot, @susanblanda, @thephototypinglife, Charles Read, @pastortwallace, Laurence Bouchard and @cindoid.

Take part in the next Mobiography photo challenge

As this coming week sees us celebrate valentines day, it seems only right that the theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Love and Affection’. For this challenge think about capturing those tender moments of love and affection, portraits of loved ones, or moments of quiet contemplation.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Love and Affection’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_61 on Instagram.

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

A solid shape with it’s edges matching the outline of the subject

A solid shape with it’s edges matching the outline of the subject‘ by @alexaziehl – “This was taken in the so called ‘rain room’. Living in the desert were rain is rather a rarity, was an inspiration enough for a shooting in there. Not much editing done at all on this particular picture. I gave it a bit more structure and depth and that was it. The lighting conditions were almost perfect for a silhouette shooting like that. The trick was to cover the light right behind.”

September in Paris

September in Paris‘ by @chris_tadros – “This is a popular photo spot in the Musée d’Orsay and most people were snapping shots through the clock face of the Louvre (to the far right) and Sacré Coeur straight ahead in the distance across Paris. It was busy but there was a polite informal queue allowing everyone to take their photos. As I stepped back from the clock window, I noticed the queue and the silhouettes. What struck me as slightly comical was a girl posing for photo in the mid ground adjusting her stance to block out the man right at the window to make it look as if only she was there. The girl’s friend was the mobile photographer in the foreground telling her how to place her legs and feet.  Shot on iPhone 8+ with the Camera +2 app edited in Lightroom mobile.”

Confidence

Confidence‘ by @hipsta365_fernando – “It was Sunday I was resting at home, and in the middle of the afternoon I decided to go for a walk by the sea. I stopped to take some photos and suddenly a mother and daughter showed up to take pictures. When I saw the two silhouettes against sunset light … I do not resist taking this photo!

It was taken on an iPhone 7, and edited only on Hipstamatic app, Jane Lens Lens, Blanko Film, Apollo Flash. “

Looking at art…

Looking at art…‘ by @iphonecameragirl – “A friend and I were in an elevator at the MET in NYC. As the doors opened and she walked out of the elevator this geometric was right in front of her. I yelled- stop right there…snapped the pic and that was it! It was a very intuitive shot. Shot on iPhone 7plus. Cropping was the only edit. “

Hydra

Hydra‘ by @jawdoc2 – “I saw this colourful wall in the early morning light. The reflection off the motor car and windshield in the foreground created the perfect composition. The silhouette stride by, formed the perfect three headed focal point. Shot on my iPhone 7 plus and edited with the iPhone software.”

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Untitled‘ by @mjhmalibu – “I enjoy shooting architecture and Los Angeles offers many opportunities for interesting and varied subject matter. This photograph was taken at night under a portico on Main Street in Venice, California. The lamp light created beautiful abstractions of the arched ceiling. Originally shot in color, I changed it to blank and white to accentuate the abstract design and the shadows. Shot on iphone 6 with native camera and edited with same.”

The colour version

The colour version‘ by @oldhamjaz – “Shot on my iPhone using hipstamatic and a tiny bit of snapseed edit. We were on a New Year’s Day walk with family at Grange Over Sands, UK. Our hosts deliberately chose a time to see the sunset at height.  Myself and a photographer companion were the straglers at the back looking for photo opportunities and I watched as our group climbed up higher than us and then became framed by the sky. The pink disc is a frisby for the dog to chase and retrieve. This is the trig point at the summit of Humphrey Head Top at Grange Over Sands. ”

This never gets old

This never gets old‘ by @scattycarrot – “My husband has loved throwing our kids up in the air since they were tiny. They aren’t so tiny anymore but he can still manage to throw our 8 year old up high in the air. I have been taking silhouettes of him doing so for years and documenting how the kids have grown. I love how, even though this is a silhouette, you can sense how much fun they are both having and how high our daughter is being thrown. This was a candid moment and I got down low for a different perspective. Edited a little in Snapseed (my favorite mobile editing app) to darken the silhouettes and make them pop. Shot with a Note 4. “

“Wonders never cease – unless we let them. Find wonder in every moment!” [email protected]

Wonders never cease—unless we let them. Find wonder in every moment!‘ by @susanblanda

Private party

Private party‘ by @thephototypinglife – “On vacation with my wife in Japan, we were staying in Shinjuku where, at night, things were a little calmer than the day, but the action was still seemingly there, just moved behind closed doors. While I was out exploring on my own and finding us some traveling essentials, I allowed myself a few extra minutes to wander, get lost, and stop to take a few pictures where and when I spotted compelling scenes. This was one of them – a gathering of comrades, safe from the rain and abstracted from view. I edited this in VSCO, Lightroom, and Snapseed – the latter to help with the contrasted framing in order to focus on the scene and diminish other visual distractions.”

An occupation of loss

An occupation of loss‘ by Charles Read – “Artist Taryn Simon created an immense yet intimate interior space in New York City’s Park Avenue Armory for performative, ritualized expressions of mourning and grief to be delivered by professional mourners from many cultures around the world. Her amazing installation – An Occupation of Loss – was a deeply sacred space for several weeks here, a place for quiet contemplation in a noisy city where long rays of light found their way in to illuminate the temporary structure she created here. Fortunately, photography was permitted during viewing hours when performances were not taking place. Shot with iPhone 6s and edited in Snapseed.”

Dunas de Soledad

Dunas de Soledad‘ by @pastortwallace

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Closing Time‘ by Laurence Bouchard – “‘Closing Time’ was shot at The Tate Modern in London.  It’s an incredible building that used to be a power station.  The architect, Charles Gilbert Scott, also built the iconic Battersea power station.  This was shot at closing time so there was an exodus of people leaving the building which made for a lot of great silhouettes.  I love how the building’s design has this lined window which creates these beautiful lines of light on the floor.  I edited the photo in Snapseed and increased the contrast and used a vignette tool to darken the edges of the image.”

Silhouette

Silhouette‘ by @cindoid

Don’t forget…

As this coming week sees us celebrate valentines day, it seems only right that the theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Love and Affection’. For this challenge think about capturing those tender moments of love and affection, portraits of loved ones, or moments of quiet contemplation.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Love and Affection’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_61 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: 15 Wonderful Water Inspired Smartphone Photos

The theme of last week’s Mobiography photo challenge was ‘Water’. From the superb collection of photo submitted to this challenge I have curated the following showcase of images. All images show how different photographers have approached this subject. From @alice1280’s use of reflections in the water that create a sense of space to @camhaynes22’s use of a macro lens to capture the minute detail in a water droplet or @mcmillanphoto use of long exposure techniqure to capture the movement in water.

Featured photographers this week include: @alice1280, @bigpeabella, @bluemoodz, @camhaynes22, @carmel.montgomery, @di.monheit19, @dviviano, @e_to_the_lynn, @geek1956, @iamlam628, @marmant, @mcmillanphoto, @mdphotographi, @petit_pois and @susanblanda.

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The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Silhouettes & Shadows’. For this challenge think about capturing shadowy figures, dark abstract shapes, or silhouette’s set against sunsets or brightly lit backgrounds.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Silhouettes & Shadows’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_60 on Instagram.

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

Morning

Morning‘ by @alice1280 – “This was a morning walk this week. All I did was some contrast and some sharpening in Instagram. Crisp and clear and sometimes my walk is perfect! Lots of water and if I’m lucky some clouds.”

“The morning breeze has secrets to tell you. Do not go back to sleep.” ~Rumi

“The morning breeze has secrets to tell you. Do not go back to sleep.” ~Rumi‘ by @bigpeabella – “This shot was taken at Shem Creek Park in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. It was shot with an iPhone 8 plus, Olloclip super wide angle lens and edited with Snapseed.”

Where Souls Dwell

Where Souls Dwell‘ by @bluemoodz – “I enjoy capturing reflective moments along Southern California’s beautiful coast and sharing them on my Instagram account (@bluemoodz). What I love to convey most through my photography is the quiet beauty and soulfulness that can often be found by standing at the water’s edge. In this winter photo, taken in Huntington Beach at sunset, parts of the shore lit up like a sheet of reflective glass. I was captivated by the fluffy clouds reflected in the water puddles and waited patiently for “busy strangers” to step into my iPhone camera screen. Then three silhouettes strolled by the shore, appearing at the right time and place, to bring out a sense of scale and quietude I am always looking to convey in my photographs. “What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.” – John Updike

This was shot with my iPhone X and edited in Snapseed, Priime and Instaflash mobile apps.”

Watered daily

Watered daily‘ by @camhaynes22 – “A summer garden needs daily watering which provides many droplet opportunities. In this case, a not yet bloomed purple petunia bud, with a reflection of the pergola overhead. This photo was captured quite a while back and I don’t remember if it rained or if I had just watered the flowers myself. Both options work well in my opinion.

I find photographing drops (especially without a tripod) can be meditative. Not only are you composing the image but, to get any amount of clarity, you need to control your movements, including your breathing. Even though drips happen spontaneously and are instantaneous usually another drop will soon replace it. And the process starts again. Patience is essential.

Photographed and edited on Samsung Galaxy S3 (no flash, no tripod, no macro lense used). Edited, in part, with SnapSeed and EyeEm apps.”

Placid pedaling…

Placid pedaling…‘ by @di.monheit19 – ““Placid pedaling” was inspired when I was out taking a walk and looked up to see this image! I was struck by the beauty of the scene! When I returned home, I checked the images on my iphoneX. I used Snapseed for a little color tweaking!”

[ TOGETHER ]

[ TOGETHER ]‘ by @dviviano – “In my life I work as a freelance architect, but I always walk with the smartphone in shooting mode, both outside and for free time. This photo was taken one afternoon in August a couple of years ago at the sea of ​​Capo d’Orlando in Sicily. I was trying my daughter’s new Huawei P8 Lite 2017, taking it back with her friends intent on making the verticals in the water. I took advantage of the low waves to lower the camera and simultaneously eliminate the horizon from infinity by approaching it.

The details of the shot are: 1/8000 sec f 2.2 ISO 50.”

To those of you in the polar vortex, remember grass?

To those of you in the polar vortex, remember grass?‘ by @e_to_the_lynn – “I shot this photo after a summer rainfall in my backyard. Water droplets on spiderwebs make for neat macro images, especially if the light is just right. The photo was taken with an iPhone 8 Plus using an olloclip macro lens attachment and I edited it in Adobe Lightroom Mobile. “

We all came in on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

We all came in on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now” ― Martin Luther King Jr.‘ by @geek1956 – “The photo was taken during my early morning walk along the beach at Batu Ferringhi Penang. I was attracted towards the peacefulness of the scene and this tiny fishing boat surrounded by the ocean. The photo was taken and edited in the Hipstamatic app.”

Blue is in

Blue is in‘ by @iamlam628 – “This shot was taken in Hong Kong at the Statue Park when I travelled there recently in November 2018. I used my iPhone X to take all my shots since taking up iPhone photography as a hobby and completing an iPhone Photography course earlier in the spring of 2018. It was an overcast and windy day. There was this big pool with a little fountain on the other end. I was intrigued by the ripples I saw on the water and liked how they distorted the geometrical pattern of the blue tiles at the bottom and created depth. I like a minimalist approach to images. I edited the photo in Snapseed on my phone. At the end, the photo is dominated by the color blue and I love the different shapes of blue, the waving lines and the soft light that I was able to capture, hence the title “Blue is in”. ”

Shades of blue

Shades of blue‘ by @marmant – “I took this picture in Bayahibe a year ago during a vacation in the Dominican Republic. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what app I used but I took the photo with my iphone 7, early in the morning and then I probably used the iPhone tools to change the photo.”

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Untitled‘ by @mcmillanphoto – “I started my mobile photography journey with the iPhone 4s. With so many apps available, I soon found Slow Shutter Cam to be one of my early favourites. I’ve always loved the way a long exposure can calm the rushing waters of a river or waterfall. This photo was taken at the dam above a local waterfall in my region. In my early days of mobile photography, my “best” photo was taken with my 4s using Slow Shutter Cam at this very spot. My first good day of shooting with the iPhone Xs Max last fall found me back at the dam where I just had to take the shot again with a much better camera and improved version of the app. The image is exposed for 8 seconds at ISO 16 using the 2x camera on the Xs Max to get close to the subject and is virtually as it was shot, no editing. ”

Blue spectrum

Blue spectrum‘ by @mdphotographi – “The idea for this picture came while diving in Spain (Costa Blanca) The picture was taken with an iPhone X in an underwater housing. I also used a POL filter to eliminate reflections. The picture was taken at a depth of about 3 meters. An underwaterlight was also used, for the good illumination of the chain.
I edited the picture with Lightroom and Snapseed.”

“There’s something so satisfying about sitting perfectly still after you’ve exhausted yourself in a round of carefree play! To lose yourself in the joy of living—-even for a short time—-is a precious gift!”

“There’s something so satisfying about sitting perfectly still after you’ve exhausted yourself in a round of carefree play! To lose yourself in the joy of living—-even for a short time—-is a precious gift!”‘ by @susanblanda – “I shoot with an iPhone by choice. I like the quality of the iPhone’s camera and the carefree simplicity that a mobile phone offers. And, I find editing on an iphone fun and creative — which is cool because editing is an essential part of my creative process!

As a visual artist, editing allows me to present the color, composition, light, emotion, and mood of an image with greater precision than I could achieve using a camera alone. For instance…I adore the work of the early impressionist painters, and I’m inspired by their dreamlike renderings and their use of subdued tones. So…in this image of a boy daydreaming on a beach, I softened the tones and the contrast in the image and eliminated distracting elements to give it an impressionist feel. These subtle edits, along with careful cropping, completely changed the mood of the photo!

My favorite apps are Snapseed, VSCO, Enlight, Stackables, and Mextures. But more important than any particular app I choose, is my love of experimentation and the ability to imagine what I want the final image to look like —before I start editing! Then it’s just a matter of jumping into the creative flow and having fun!”

Half Way Zone

Half Way Zone‘ by @carmel.montgomery

If only every Monday morning was like this

If only every Monday morning was like this‘ by @petit_pois

Don’t forget…

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Silhouettes & Shadows’. For this challenge think about capturing shadowy figures, dark abstract shapes, or silhouette’s set against sunsets or brightly lit backgrounds.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Silhouettes & Shadows’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_60 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: 15 Superb Smartphone Photos of Urban Life

The theme of last week’s Mobiography Photo Challenge was urban life. For this challenge the Mobiography community were asked to share their best smartphone photos that summed up the idea of urban life. Portraits, shadows, silhouettes and reflections in busy city streets were common approaches that people took for this challenge. Here is a small selection of those submitted to this challenge.

Featured photographers include: @arashrimus, @camhaynes22, Dina Alfasi, @kimboid, @loekyfiret, @pennijam, @rawsdeb, @tanvi2016, @the.r.a.b.b.i.t, @ushi.g, @vdarcal, @zoya_zen, @agkolatt, @mauricio_bustamante, and @lifebank.

Take part in the next Mobiography photo challenge

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Water’. For this challenge think puddles, lakes, raindrops, reflections or seascapes. So start sharing your best water inspired images.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Water’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_59 on Instagram.

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

And suddenly all the birds began singing to you…

And suddenly all the birds began singing to you…‘ by @arashrimus – “Upon capturing this scene I was reminded of the Disney fairytales; an unsuspecting sad looking young man suddenly encounters with a bunch of birds singing to him out of the blue just to cheer him up and to usher him into a beautiful morning! I was mesmerized to encounter such dramatic scene through a big busy urban life.”

stôl

stôl‘ by @camhaynes22 – “What can really be said about a public restroom? It is what it is. We’ve all been there.

This was the first time I used this one at our local shopping centre since they remodeled it and I stopped to appreciate the symmetry, the lighting, the lines, the textures of the surfaces.

Photographed and edited on Samsung Galaxy S7 (no flash, no tripod… just a quick clic before someone walked in). Edited, in part, with Snapseed and EyeEm apps.”

NYC, Reality

NYC, Reality‘ by Dina Alfasi

Love every colour in every emotion in every state

Love every colour in every emotion in every state‘ by @kimboid – “I have an ongoing project called ‘Mirror Mirror’ which captures commuters in a major city of Australia.

Love is an image that represents all the states you can find it. Alone, together, waiting, separated, regret and hope. The human condition is found in the reflections of train windows, not just in my city, but everywhere.

It was captured on an Android mobile and processed by the Snapseed app. Processing is basic exposure, contrast, brightness in selected areas and a burning tool.”

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Untitled‘ by @loekyfiret – “I’m a Dutch photographer living and working in Paris. My work is focused on the relationship of the human being in which puts him, wraps him, surrounds him in touch with the world.

I took this picture at the Monte Carlo’s Railway station. The architecture of the building is an fabulous playground for photographers! The shadow motifs and those particular colors are created by the reflection of the sun through the huge canopy. Only visible during a short moment in the morning. For editing I did some very small basic adjustments in Snapseed and I applied a light soft filter for the floor. ”

Commuter reflections

Commuter reflections‘ by @pennijam – “The photo was taken in Melbourne, Australia and is a reflection on an overhead glass awning which I shot looking upwards and then rotated so that the people were the right way up. It was taken on my iPhoneX and edited in Snapseed. ”

Love this city!

Love this city!‘ by @rawsdeb – “This photo was taken on iPhoneXS and edited in Snapseed then converted to black and white. It was taken during the Christmas season with carolers singing and people strolling through the city. I liked the city landscape behind the lighted Boston sign. With the people walking in front of it creating a silhouette just seemed to make it come alive. ”

Sunsets and silhouettes

Sunsets and silhouettes‘ by @tanvi2016 – “This picture was captured on my recent work trip to Mumbai, India. I love street photography and the traffic situation gives me ample of time and opportunity to click city life, it’s people and places.

We were driving along marine drive when I noticed few students on the promenade, against the sunset their silhouette made for a perfect picture. I have been trying to do silhouettes for a while and this turned out to be the right place and time. What I also loved about this click is that I also got the buildings in the background and people in the foreground.

I think the light was great and did not do much editing except cropping it from the bottom and sides for better alignment and frame.”

PANCHIKAWATTE

PANCHIKAWATTE‘ by @the.r.a.b.b.i.t – “Panchikawatte, Colombo is well known for its spare part stores. This happy young energetic chap owns one of the road side stores and sells spare motor parts for a living. He works day on and sometimes nights to earn his livelihood. He was delighted to have his photo taken on a busy hot humid day. Shot on iPhone 8 plus and edited on Snapseed”

Downtown

Downtown‘ by @ushi.g – “I wondered around the streets of Melbourne doing my last trip back there, I noticed this woman sitting in the window of a cafe. She was so totally engrossed in her mobile device (such a ubiquitous part of urban life these days) and she caught my eye immediately.

I captured her using my iPhone 8plus native camera. I straightened the corner a little in Snapseed, then used Black App to convert the image to black and white.”

Matadero Madrid toilets

Matadero Madrid toilets‘ by @vdarcal – “The old Madrid slaughterhouse is a set of neo-Mudejar style pavilions, built at the beginning of the 20th century on the banks of the Manzanares, ir has become today in a small city devoted to culture, where citicens find lots of cultural activities.
I Like going there for the acivities, but also because it is a very photogenic place.”

Waiting for their pasta

Waiting for their pasta‘ by @zoya_zen – “This shot was taken in Prague. It was hot summer day and the downtown of Prague was crowded by lots of tourists. After sightseeing we had a rest and just walked along beautiful streets. We watched the passers-by and took pictures of city scenes. I think the real spirit of each city is on its people and in such everyday scenes. I took this shot of girls that were waiting for their pasta. I like this place, girl’s pink hair and pink tablecloths. It’s so simple but magical at the same time and I hope their pasta was great!”

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Don’t forget…

This week, the theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Water’. For this challenge think puddles, lakes, raindrops, reflections or seascapes. So start sharing your best water inspired images.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Water’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_59 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: 15 Beautiful Tree Inspired Smartphone Photos

The theme for this last week’s Mobiography Photo Challenge was ‘Trees’. The challenge saw a superb range of photo submitted, all of which demonstrated how different photographers have approached this subject. Stunning landscapes, moody weather conditions and vibrant autumn colours were all common themes in the photos submitted.

Featured photographers include: @adrianmcgarry, @beatemolt, @cathrinehalsor, @db.cooper, @fotopawelolsztyn, @snapsbymarkescapes, Elaine Taylor, @tgratt10, @the.chronicles.of.sandra, @tikoi, @tim.creamer, Mariko Klug, @marta_spencer, @mauricio_bustamante, @siljekroro.

Take part in the next Mobiography photo challenge

This week, the theme for the photo challenge is ‘Urban Life’. For this challenge think about sharing your best examples of Urban Life taken and edited with a smartphone. Think buildings & architecture, street photography, street portraits, neon light streets or reflections in glass and puddles.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Urban Life’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_58 on Instagram.

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

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Untitled‘ by @adrianmcgarry – “My shot is of an iconic scene in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. The lone tree stands on the shore of Llyn Padarn, one of the largest natural lakes in Wales, on the edge of the popular village of Llanberis.

The intention of my composition was to include the dramatic landscape of mountains along with the brooding winter sky and near perfect reflections. My intention was to illustrate the raw beauty of this region’s landscape.

I am passionate about iPhone Photography and this photo was taken with an iPhone X, whilst ensuring that I got the best from the HDR options available. I processed it with the Photos editing app and Snapseed.”

Fairytales

Fairytales‘ by @beatemolt – “I took it in Austria. We drove down from a Mountain to a valley. It was a cold bright and sunny day around noon. Because it was so cold and dry the colours were very intensive but in the valley it was still foggy. So we stopped and I made some photos from above. I liked the clear trees with the sharp shadows on the snow in the front. The wood in the backround is softened by the fog so it looks a little bit dreamy. There‘s reality in front and room for fantasy in the back.

I processed it with Instagram with no filter, only a little bit of contrast and sharpening.”

The Stones are dreaming

The Stones are dreaming‘ by @cathrinehalsor – “The fog that morning was so thick and it was impossible to see anything on the fjord. I remember hearing the ferry using the foghorn to warn other boats crossing the fjord. Such a magical morning, I loved the tree, the stones and the sea swept in this mystical veil.

Shot with the native camera on my iPhone 6s+, edited in Snapseed and Stackables.”

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Untitled‘ by @db.cooper – “This photo was taken on an IPhone 8 Plus in the early evening on an overcast day. I edited it with Blackie app and LD (Lens Distortions) app to create a moody effect.”

This time something in different colors

This time something in different colors‘ by @fotopawelolsztyn – “The picture was taken in the village of Dywity in Poland, on a frosty day just before sunset. I used the SONY XPERIA XZ3 smartphone to take this picture. Edited in the Snapseed and Photoshop Express applications.”

Tree family

Tree family‘ by @snapsbymarkescapes – “I shot the image with my iPhone when I was out on a winter walk in the local countryside. I’ve often photographed the same scene but on this occasion there was a light mist which added something extra. I edited the image in Photoshop Express, most significantly by cropping to a square thereby removing a couple of walkers and some larger trees. I wanted to create a simpler image and to me it emphasises the trees as a single entity, or family as in the title. When i uploaded to Instagram I applied a preset filter which tweaked it slightly and there it is. ”

A cute little tree and a cute little bird by the pool

A cute little tree and a cute little bird by the pool‘ by Elaine Taylor – “I took this photo while we were on holiday in Rhodes, Greece. I fell in love with this cute little tree, situated on the edge of the swimming pool, and was drawn to the blue layers of the pool, sea and sky. I got into the water to get the best shot I could. By getting low I was able to eliminate a number of distracting elements between the pool and the sea. My phone was partly in the water, but I felt comfortable doing that because I was using my new Lifeproof case. As I was concentrating on getting the horizontal lines straight, I noticed the little bird had flown into shot. I managed to capture it in the frame quickly before it flew off.

Shot and edited with Hipstamatic (Beard/Irom 2000) on an iPhone X.”

Open your eyes and believe

Open your eyes and believe‘ by @tgratt10 – “I only shoot with iPhone 8 and edit with snapseed. Living on the east end of Long Island, New York. We are truly blessed with an untouched nature out here. This is one of my favorite spots and that day the clouds had that cotton candy feel to them.”

Anarchy in the UK

Anarchy in the UK‘ by @the.chronicles.of.sandra – “The title of the image ‘Anarchy in The UK’ pertains to the troubled state of affairs the country finds itself in at the moment; a world away from the serenity of the image taken in Richmond Park, London. The perfect antidote don’t you think…

The photo was shot on iPhone 8 and edited with Snapseed. ”

Beech lane

Beech lane‘ by @tikoi – “I started experimenting with double exposure photos around the year 2000 with self made pinhole cameras. I had to develop the film and then expose and process the photo paper in the darkroom before I could see if it worked out. The nice thing about making them with your phone is that I can just make one while walking the dogs. My favorite doubles are made with the nature surrounding me. You get a good contrast when the light that runs through the leafs and branches cuts out parts of the portrait. I just make a self portrait with the white of the clouds in the background which isolates the silhouette. Then I take the second shot which then overlays. The thing that I like most about it is that you can train your eye and get better doubles but it always is subject to chance whether the two photos blend well together. This particular one is a remake of one of the first I ever posted on Instagram. It is shot with iPhone 7 and I used Union, and Lightroom.”

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Untitled‘ by Mariko Klug – “This photo was taken in the garden of Quinta das Lágrimas (Estate of Tears) in Coimbra, Portugal. It’s a beautiful and magical place where the forbidden romance of Prince Dom Pedro and the maid of his wife, Dona Ines, is said to have taken place. I was admiring the garden filled with exotic plants when I came across this huge rubber tree and its tangled roots. Behind it was a gate I wanted to take a picture of. Usually I like to use trunks and branches for framing, but here I chose the impressive roots to convey a little bit of the magic of this place.

iPhone X, edited with Snapseed and Mextures.”

Lonely Oak

Lonely Oak‘ by @marta_spencer

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This week, the theme for the photo challenge is ‘Urban Life’. For this challenge think about sharing your best examples of Urban Life taken and edited with a smartphone. Think buildings, street photography, street portraits, or neon light streets and reflections.

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