As the summertime starts to come to a close in the northern hemisphere this week’s showcase of mobile photography takes a look at 10 beautiful flower photography photos. From Firery Broome’s colourful macro photo to Claude Panneton’s field of sunflowers and Em Kachouro’s vintage look sunflower. All photographs featured in this weeks showcase illustrate that there is a photograph to be taken no matter where we are as nature is always surrounding us. Focus in on it to capture its beauty or think about going macro to create some really interesting and abstract images.
Featured photographers include Firery Broome, Nick Kenrick, Luis, Richard Lane, Dani Salvadori, Paul Yan, Riel Noir, Claude Panneton, Andrew Lucchesi and Em Kachouro.
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Pink and Yellow Mum
‘Pink and Yellow Mum‘ by Firery Broome – “Autumn colors are showing up everywhere these days. A local mum with a bunch of flowers on the office Welcome Counter. This was captured during a recent event with my iPhone and using the Olloclip macro lens. Lightly edited on the iPad in Snapseed.”
Into my garden come!
‘Into my garden come!‘ by Nick Kenrick – “Over the years I have found that one must get ‘closer ‘ in photography and this image is an example of that. I was concentrating on the contrasts and extremes of dark and light tones and also the geometric patterns within a flower. It is rare to see a mono photo of a flower, but I find black and white makes the viewer concentrate on the shapes within the macro.”
249 / 365
‘249 / 365‘ by Luis – “This is a flower I have seen in so many places alone or in bouquets but I wanted to stand out its beauty and color. I held my iPhone very close to the flower and locked the fpcus (AE/AF) to get a sharper image. Then I edited it with Sanpseed. With the select tool I darkened the background and enhance it with vignette. I left a little green of the stem to ground the flower, did a little sharpen and cropped it.”
A Faded Daffodil
‘A Faded Daffodil‘ by MomentsForZen (Richard Lane) – “A few days after I was given a lovely bunch of daffodils, I noticed that they were showing ‘gentle signs of age’. To me, they were now even more interesting and beautiful than they were when fresh. I photographed this flower against a plain background. This allowed me to easily replace this background with the sepia-toned textured pattern from the ‘Vintage Photo’ iOS app during post-processing.
Full processing sequence …
iPhone 6 – Photograph taken with the back-facing camera on an iPhone 6.
645 PRO – I used the 645 PRO Mk III camera replacement app to capture the image.
Photoshop Express – Rotated the image and cropped it to square format.
Handy Photo – Retouched some distracting features from the edges of the image.
Snapseed – Applied the Structure filter and made Overall lighting adjustments. Photoshop Express – Applied the Sharpen filter.
Snapseed – Made Selective lighting adjustments to the background.
Pixlr – Added some dark vignette to the corners.
Big Photo – Resized the image to 2448 x 2448 pixels.
Vintage Photo – Added custom amounts of the Paper, Crackle, Border and Sepia to the image.
Superimpose – Created a mask for the flower. Combined the Pixlr and Vintage Photo images to produce an output image where the texture was applied solely to the background, not to the flower.
ExifEditor – Transferred the EXIF data from the original photograph to the final image.”
‘Sunflowers‘ by Dani Salvadori – “The backstory for this image is really simple. I loved these flowers in the supermarket so I bought them. I took a photo with the native camera in my iPhone, cropped it and adjusted the exposure and tuned it a little in Snapseed. I then applied a texture and filter using Stackables, which is an app I like a lot. I made the image for some birthday cards for friends and I was pleased with how it turned out. Sometimes simple is best!”
Love keeps us alive and blossoming!
‘Love keeps us alive and blossoming!‘ by Paul Yan – “The picture was taken at the edge of a little lotus pool by the swimming pool of the hotel I was staying while on vacation in Bangkok, Thailand. The bee was carrying out its honey-collecting chore then. As I was taking the photo with only the iPhone lens, I had to get as close as optically possible for good focus. The photo was then cropped and had its colour saturation boosted a little bit with the Snapseed app.
The symbiosis of bees and flowers is a natural reminder to us humankind of how all sentient beings are dependent on each other, and mother nature as well. We gotta love all beings regardless of gender, race, species, animate or not. Have love, will travel!”
‘Still Summer‘ by Riel Noir – “Flowers, since employing my iPhone as my number 1 creative camera, interest me a great deal on many levels i.e. the changing architecture that expresses the different phases of their lifespan.
‘Still Summer’, however, is simply a celebration of the summer like days we are experiencing, in September, here in Glasgow. Following such a wet, dismal summer I felt sure it would be next year before enjoying this level of warmth and sunshine.
Although I was almost tempted to leave the photograph unedited (other than having chosen Lowy + Blanko as my hipstamatic lens/film combination), I decided to emphasise the lightness of the air and warmth that I was feeling.
The choice of colours, for me, reflect this sense of lightness I was experiencing, and the joy I felt when seeing these glorious flowers, whilst, creating an almost 2D effect.
Snapseed, ArtStudio, possibly Snapseed and Brushstroke, as well as Stackables and maybe Distressed FX. It is one of my images that I worked intuitively until I felt it was finished.”
‘Summer’s end‘ by Claude Panneton – “I took this photo recently while driving through Arnprior, Ontario, Canada. A dear friend of mine had recently taken photos there and had told me where the field was. I was fortunate to have a nice dramatic sky to work with, and because the flowers were looking downward, and I was returning from a wonderful summer reunion with someone I care for, it inspired the “summer’s end” title.
The image was taken with my iPhone six and processed using Icolorama, Snapseed and Mextures. ”
‘Rose‘ by Andrew Lucchesi – “I shoot a lot of flowers with my iPhone, but one thing that is lacking in the photos is depth of field. I got Olloclip macro lenses with 7x, 14x, and 21x magnification. These provide a very shallow depth of field. I couldn’t wait to try out the lenses on flowers. I bought a flower arrangement so I could experiment with a variety of flowers. I shot indoors so I could control the lighting and wouldn’t have to worry about wind. After some trial and error, I discovered that I liked shots of roses at high magnification. This gives them a dreamy, painterly feeling and an almost abstract composition.”
Here comes the sun
‘Here comes the sun‘ by Em Kachouro – “The friendly sunflower’s head on Grandma Rosa’s 100-year-old wooden kitchen table. I like the way the grains build a geometric pattern and the green aureoles against the wood. The traces of use on the table giving the vague idea of leaves and a stalk. Yes, we are here. I overlaid it with a warm texture in Stackables app, no further edits.”