The theme for the last Mobiography smartphone photo challenge was ‘Lockdown’ – something that has been a big part of everyone’s lives in 2020. For this challenge the Mobiography community was asked to share snapshots of their best photos in lockdown. Empty streets and isolated mask wearing people were common themes in the photos submitted. Here is a small selection of some of the best photos that were tagged for this challenge.

Featured photographers this week include: @bertatheexplorer, @echo_hanne, @jawdoc2, @laurence_bouchard, @luiggi1905, @pollymorphik, @sjbpro, @sunflowerof21_365, @syl_visions, @christinemignon, @detailsofberlin, @jessica_fiore_photographie and @alante30mp.

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The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Detail’. For this challenge start sharing some of your best mobile photos that capture the idea of ‘Detail’ – Think about closely cropped compositions that focus attention on a specific subject. Think macro photography or capturing intricate patterns in architecture or in nature.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Detail’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_144 on Instagram.

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

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Please mind the platform gap

Please mind the platform gap‘ by @bertatheexplorer – “This shot was taken at Expo MRT Station in Singapore, my office is around that area. So it has been my regular route for the past 9 years, however due to Covid we stopped going to office and just worked from home.

On the 7th month of working from home, the B key on my keyboard stopped working so I needed to go to office to have it fixed.

Upon alighting at the Expo MRT Station, I felt sad because realization hit me that indeed it is the new normal. The once busy station is now totally empty.

I took a picture to document the feeling I had that moment…and also, the structural design is so unique which is also something interesting. (the symmetry, lines and shapes)

It was enhance through Snapseed. Using the Black and White tool, I used neutral, some adjustments done for the brightness and contrast as well.”

Day 9 Scapes

Day 9 Scapes‘ by @echo_hanne – “This picture was taken at an area that is called “The old land” close to my hometown. It is the biggest fruit producing area in Europe for apples, plums and cherries at the river Elbe that leads into the North Sea. It is quite an attraction for tourists and you always see people sitting on benches on the levee to look at the container ships passing by. During lock down this was forbidden for non-residents. The area looked deserted and I wanted to capture the solitude we see during the pandemic.

This photograph was shot on iPhone 7 Plus and edited with Instagram, enhancing the contrast, taking away some brightness and adding a little bit of shadow to get a moody atmosphere.”

Bring to light

Bring to light‘ by @jawdoc2 – “During the Covid Lockdown, I wanted to experience the empty streets in downtown Vancouver, Canada. I came across this triangle of light and shot it from a few different vantage points. Suddenly this worker from the adjacent coffee shop emerged from the darkness and into the light. The face mask tells the story. Hopefully there will be light at the end of all this darkness.

Take care out there and stay safe y’all.

Shot on my iPhone XS Max and edited in Snapseed.”

Covid19: Vacant Vacation

Covid19: Vacant Vacation‘ by @laurence_bouchard – “‘Vacant vacation’ was shot during the lockdown in Tokyo. Tokyo is a great place to shoot although sometimes the endless flow of people can make it difficult to find an isolated subject. One of the few upsides to the lockdown was less people at this crossing. ”

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Untitled‘ by @luiggi1905 – “The photo was captured in the Madrid underground, at the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic. At that time it was not mandatory to wear masks and few people used them.
Today, unfortunately, everything is different.

Captured with iPhone 11 Pro and edited with Snapseed and Lightroom.”

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Untitled‘ by @pollymorphik – “I don’t drive so pre-pandemic I rode public transit (buses and the subway) every day all over San Francisco and the East Bay. I also take cellphone pictures daily and when waiting for or riding a bus or the subway I would take photos of the passengers, trains, stations, bus stops etc. Since the shelter-in-place order, my bus-riding has been limited to once a week or less for errands and I hadn’t ridden the subway at all.

This was my first, and so far only, trip on our subway system (called BART) since the pandemic. It was mid-week and I was headed to a neighborhood called the Mission which is normally a very busy line anytime of day. On the whole platform, there were only 4 of us waiting. When the train pulled up there were very few people per subway car and the one I got on had no one. It was one of the new cars so it was spotless and it was very strange to be the only occupant for 4 stops.
On the one hand I was relieved not to have to navigate crowds (SF buses have gotten much more crowded lately) on the other I was saddened to see BART so empty and wondered how it could possibly survive the pandemic.”

Morning Incantation

Morning Incantation‘ by @sjbpro – “Like many people me and my family have been sheltering in place since March. Every summer we try and spend some vacation time at the beach – Well not this summer. So in late October my partner told me to pack the dog and our kids in the car and we were going to do online school and work at a little seaside hotel about an hour south of us. This photo was taken right after sunrise on our last day there. I had been walking the length of the beach when I spotted this long figure staring off in the distance. I imagine he was dreading leaving the bliss of the ocean and returning to the horrors of the pandemic and Trump as much as I was. But in that very moment it was going to be okay. I turned around and packed up the car and we headed home while our kids to online school in the car.

I use an iPhone XR and shot via the Hipstamatic app for any users I used the combo jacklondon lens love 81 film with a standard flash.”

In the queue at Wagamama

In the queue at Wagamama‘ by @sunflowerof21_365 – “This is a photo of my two boys on the only trip we’d made to the city centre in months. We were in what would normally be a very busy shopping centre, waiting in a restaurant queue. There are three years between the boys, but I was struck by how similar, and how tall, they both are. I moved away to take a photo without them noticing (easily done because they were in their iWorlds).

This was taken with the Hipstamatic app for my 366 photo project using an iPhone 11 Pro Max. I’m in my 4th year of the project, which I’m using as a visual diary of our everyday lives. This is not one of my best photos aesthetically, but it’s a good representation of that moment in time.”

Each moment is unique to our hearts, souls and minds

Each moment is unique to our hearts, souls and minds‘ by @syl_visions – “Back in March, I was furloughed because of New York State’s lockdown orders. After a month’s adjustment to this uncertainty, I remember having to venture out to “exercise my car” and headed to Wampus Pond, one of my favorite spots where I’ve always found peace and comfort. After hearing about a possible second wave, I took another trip this month, masked once again. Within lockdown, I’ve found the freedom to express myself and still remain as safe as possible.

I decided to photograph myself as the sun was setting, half in subdued light, half in shadow and then edited it in iPhone 11 Pro Max photos to black and white. I then edited it in Snapseed and fine-tuned it back in iPhone photos, enhancing the lighting for mood and the variety of textures.”

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Untitled‘ by @christinemignon – “This picture was taken after the first Lockdown in Vienna in May 2020. We were all still a bit shocked and not used to wearing masks in public, not feeling comfortable… we were and are still a bit speechless.

Shot on iphone Xs, edited with Hipstamatic (lens: Frosty, film: Type10pack, flash: Apollo) ”

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Untitled‘ by @detailsofberlin

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Untitled‘ by @alante30mp

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Don’t forget…

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Detail’. For this challenge start sharing some of your best mobile photos that capture the idea of ‘Detail’ – Think about closely cropped compositions that focus attention on a specific subject. Think macro photography or capturing intricate patterns in architecture or in nature.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Detail’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_144 on Instagram.

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

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