The theme for the last Mobiography smartphone photo challenge was ‘Rainy Days’. For this challenge the Mobiography community were asked to share their best mobile photos of reflections in puddles, raindrops on windows or umbrella filled streets. Here is a small selection of photos that were tagged for this challenge.

Featured photographers this week include: @_g.vale, @camhaynes22, @chasread, @emilia_photographe, @emmafwright, @g1ngerpau1, itisi_siru, @jawdoc2, @persiflagepics, and @sombra_y_luz.

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The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Symmetry’. For this challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that use symmetry. Think about photos that use reflections or compositions that create balance.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Symmetry’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_135 on Instagram.

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

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Untitled‘ by @_g.vale – “This image is made up of two photos: the first shows a little girl looking out on a church, the second was taken in a car wash; what you see are in fact the drops of soap on a car window.

I wanted to recreate a visual tale of melancholy, loneliness and uncertainty.

I took the two photos with an iPhone7, converted them to black and white with Snapseed and merged them with Photofox.”

Drop in humidity is a relief

Drop in humidity is a relief‘ by @camhaynes22 – “I must be honest, I only captured this drop for one reason. I just love capturing drops. Especially when there are interesting shapes and/or reflections involved. There is something about the abstraction of the shapes, the colours and the textures that inspire me to capture them. Or, maybe it’s the idea and the process of being able to capture a still shot of a tiny drop that keeps jiggling. I find myself totally engrossed. It becomes a form of meditation.

I don’t always use a macro lens (sometimes I just zoom in. I know… I shouldn’t, but I do). I never use a tripod or a flash either. Although I don’t remember specifically capturing this drop, I do remember it was a gloomy rainy day.

Photographed and edited on Samsung Galaxy S7 (no flash, no tripod). Minimally edited with Snapseed. I never recall the specific edits I might have made. It just happens. However in this case, I do remember my original photo was much darker. I brightened it quite a bit (brush stacks could very well have been involved). I didn’t want it to look gloomy and I wanted the green to look more cheerful. The adjustments ended up highlighting the drop even more. ”

Wet and on the down low

wet and on the down low‘ by @chasread – “From the Rain Room, an installation at the Museum of Modern Art by Random International. Shot in 2013 with the iPhone 4s using the original Hipstamatic camera, before post-processing capability was added to the Hipstamatic app (lens and film unknown). ”

D R I F T I N G

D R I F T I N G‘ by @emilia_photographe – “I shot this from the car one rainy day in LA, nearly two years ago. I had just gotten on the road and hadn’t yet turned the wipers on. Stuck at an unusually long red light, I was entranced, not only by the monotonous tick-tock of my car’s left turn signal, but by the mesmerizing scene before me. Hundreds of little raindrops covering my windshield, superimposed over the silvery grey sky and the dark silhouette of foliage and palm trees, lined perfectly along the street ahead. I pulled over and began shooting. It wasn’t until I zoomed in on the raindrops that I discovered a whole other hidden scene: a deserted island encapsulated in a droplet, slowly drifting along the sea of raindrops. It was magical!

Shot on iPhone 8 Plus, and only sharpened and edited to black and white.”

Who Goes There?

Who Goes There?‘ by @emmafwright – “Most days I walk along the side of the River Trent in Nottingham accompanied by a dog, part of my walk takes me underneath Trent Bridge which is where this photo was taken. I love taking photos of reflections and also dogs and always try to capture something a bit different. I like to get down low so I can capture a photo from a different perspective. On this occasion a couple were walking past which created an illusion of the dog being so much larger than them.

I try not to edit my photos as I want to keep them as true to reality as possible but if I do it’s usually minimal and then I use the editing tools within the iPhone photo album, Instagram or Snapseed.”

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Untitled‘ by @g1ngerpau1 – “It was a weekend away to Norwich, to meet up with a couple of friends in late July, when the shops began opening again. It had rained earlier in the day, so there was a lot of puddles about. This was in the older end of the city that has a few cobbled streets and characterful buildings.

The focus of the shot being on the reflection itself, rather than the actual subject matter, along with the double yellow lines, helped add to the depth of the shot. If it works well enough, this lends itself to a flip, where the image then starts to play tricks on your mind. You know something is not quite right, but it still sits well.

I use a Google Pixel 3XL and this one was edited in Snapseed, just to make the image pop a little and to flip it.”

Caught in a web

Caught in a web‘ by @itisi_siru – “This photo was taken on a very cloudy, low light, and damp evening after a day of heavy rain. I nearly didn’t leave the house to take photos because it was so gloomy however in the name of consistency and persistence I dragged myself down to the rocky Lake Champlain shoreline. At first I didn’t see anything to take a picture of but following my intuition, I inspected some of the rocks lining the shore more closely. This is when I found this beautiful spider web glistening with hundreds of tiny drops of rain. I placed my Olloclip macro lens on my iPhone to capture the image and edited it using the Photoshop Express app. I removed all the color while editing as I had recently been inspired by Tomás Saraceno’s incredible black and white spider web sculptures. ”

Candy cane lane

Candy cane lane‘ by @jawdoc2 – “I was walking across a bridge on a rainy day in Vancouver, specifically looking down at people carrying umbrellas. Open umbrellas can be colourful and offer a great focal point.

Looking down, I noticed the geometry of the pedestrian crossing, and waited for someone with an umbrella to walk into the scene. Fortunately it wasn’t long before the candy cane umbrella appeared to complete the composition.

Shot on my iPhone 7 plus and edited in Snapseed”

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Untitled‘ by @persiflagepics – “I discovered this location one day walking through the city, and shot a series of images of people walking by. Then the rain started, the umbrellas came out and I loved the distorted and graphic nature of the image this created. I also really liked the subtle illuminated blue in a very monochromatic environment.

I shot maybe 3 or 4 frames of this blue umbrella on my iPhone 7 and managed to get this one in full stride. Post production I did on Snapseed. I cropped the original image a little bit and added some contrast to bring the blue out. Also lifted the exposure as it was quite a moody location.

It’s a slightly stylised image which also has a good atmosphere of a wet moody day.”

Farewell Graz…..it’s been an interesting time

Farewell Graz…..it’s been an interesting time‘ by @sombra_y_luz – “This image was made as we were waiting to taxi to the runway for take off. It was a rainy day which seemed to mimic my sadness at having to leave. It is a poignant image for me as it was my father’s final trip back to Austria. He passed away not long afterwards.”

Don’t forget…

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Rainy Days’. For this challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that use symmetry. Think about photos that use reflections or compositions that create balance.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Symmetry’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_135 on Instagram.

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