The theme for the last Mobiography smartphone photo challenge was ‘Trees’ and once again, what an amazing response there was to this challenge from the Mobiography community. You were asked to share your best mobile photos on the theme of trees. Some people submitted images that highlighted the texture of the bark, others took a step back and caught the trees in silhouette while others chose to capture the atmosphere of the forest and weather conditions. Here is a small selection of some of the best photos that were tagged for this challenge.

Featured photographers this week include: @lizanderson48, @_g.vale, @bob___holman, @alon_goldsmith, @alice1280, @chrisalees2021, @itisi_siru, @luiggi1905, @miakbh, @mariko_klug, @iphotokunst, @persiflagepics, @amanzottifoto, and @dudu_shahar.

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The theme of this weeks photo challenge is ‘Urban Life’. For this challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos 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_151 on Instagram.

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

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Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson‘ by @lizanderson48 – “I took this photo last year on the first day of our official Covid-19 shutdown here in Northern California. We were walking our dogs near the river when I spotted the branches of this tree against the gray sky. The tree was just starting to get spring buds and I loved how each branch ended in a little v-shaped bud. I edited the image in black and white to add contrast and depth to the branches using Hipstamatic. (Akira Lens/AO BW film) ”

Loners recognize each other immediately

Loners recognize each other immediately‘ by @_g.vale – “The first time I saw this tree it was winter and it had just been planted in a corner, away from the other trees in the park. A short time later, I found it blooming and luxuriant. I took this photo with Samsung Galaxy S4 and edited it with Snapseed and Instagram.”

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Untitled‘ by @bob___holman – “During a COVID evening walk in our fabulous Savernake Forest, I came across this amazing old oak tree. This is one of many old oaks in the Forest. The light was just splashing on to the side of the massive gnarled trunk. It was a no-brainer to capture it.

Some of the trees in our local Savernake Forest are over 1,000 years old. This is one of them, catching the late evening light. And at 4,500 acres, it is the largest, actually the only, privately owned ancient forest in Britain. At one point the forest was 40,000 acres – ten times the size it is now. The current owner is the Earl of Cardigan; the forest having passed down through 31 generations. It is an ancient woodland, referred to in a Saxon charter of AD934 as “Safernoc”, and a large proportion of it is leased and currently managed by the Forestry Commission.

I shot it via the Lightroom App on my iPhone, which allows me to shoot in RAW. I had a black and white preset in use, so I could confirm the contrast in the screen’s view. It was an instant “this will look great in Black and White”, so took the shot. For editing, I used a bit of tone curve to add a bit of contrast and darken the shadows a bit.”

On Target

On Target‘ by @alon_goldsmith – “This image is my January 24th contribution to my 365 project – @alon_goldsmith_365 – which I’m doing for the first time. The exercise is proving to be a most interesting experience for me. It’s incredible training for seeing things you might ordinarily pass by. In this case, I was walking Alife, my dog, in the neighborhood when I spied a cycad. Standing over it and looking down into the plant gave me this unexpected view. Shot on my iPhone 12 Pro Max. Minimal editing and black and white conversion using Snapseed.”

Rain

Rain‘ by @alice1280 – “This is a car park tree taken through the side window in the rain. If it is raining I like to spend a few minutes sitting in a rain drop cocoon and take some pictures. As usual I edited the tree in the Snapseed app and was able to get a good contrast between black and white. And I love those drops of rain!”

Grained in

Grained in‘ by @chrisalees2021 – “The shot was taken walking in our local woods, I loved the simplicity of the lines and knots. Edited with Snapseed, I love contrary black and white images with dark blacks and light whites so I adjust to suit and often add an extra tweek of contrast before adding the border in whitagram and moving over to Instagram, often adding a shade more contrast and sharpening before posting. I always try and shoot already in black and white profile within iPhone with the square crop so I can get the correct exposure and composition and just adjust in Snapseed.”

Turning red

Turning red‘ by @itisi_siru – “The fall colors weren’t that great this year, however, on this trip it just happened that the light had caught some of the more colorful leaves high up in a beautiful way. The best angle was looking straight up. I processed this image using one of the HDR filters in the Photoshop Express App to emphasize the color over everything else.”

Dreaming for #lasbicisdelosjueves (Thursday bikes)

Dreaming for #lasbicisdelosjueves (Thursday bikes)‘ by @luiggi1905 – “We have a feed of friends: @lasbicisdelosjueves in which every Thursday we upload photos with bicycles. This image is the result of playing with various applications: Snapseed, MirroCamFX and SuperimposeX, to create an image for the feed. It’s not the kind of photos I usually take but I liked the result and, most importantly, I had fun in the process.”

Throwback to a foggy morning

Throwback to a foggy morning‘ by @miakbh – “The photography was taken on a foggy winter morning at the Citadel in Copenhagen [Kastellet] I come here often – and this morning the fog was dense and turned the scenery into pure magic. A painting almost. I feel lucky when I’m able to shoot in the fog. The fog kind of visualizes the silence and adds a natural softness to the photography. When shooting in foggy whether I often find it unnecessary to edit much. This one is shot on an iPhone 6.”

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Untitled‘ by @mariko_klug

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Odenwald‘ by @iphotokunst

A tale of two hairstyles

A tale of two hairstyles‘ by @persiflagepics

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Untitled‘ by @amanzottifoto – “The photo was taken in Val D’Orcia, Tuscany couple of weeks ago. Part of Val D’Orcia is known for its stark landscape, rolling farmland and solitary cypresses. I shot this image from the car as these particular trees are located on the side of a freeway and there is no place to stop. I have always been fascinated by lone trees and their ability to thrive in solitude. It was processed with Snapseed and Mextures app.”

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Untitled‘ by @dudu_shahar – “The picture was taken at a field in a day with special breath taking clouds which reminded me farrows. A tree in the autumn. I used an app for creating mirror illusion.”

Don’t forget…

The theme of this weeks photo challenge is ‘Urban Life’. For this challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos 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_151 on Instagram.

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

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