The theme for the last Mobiography smartphone photo challenge was ‘Patterns’. For the challenge you were asked to share your best images that capture capture patterns in an interesting and imaginative way. Think about the patterns created by shadows, textures, geometric shapes in the urban environment or in the natural landscape. Here is a selection of some of the photos submitted to the challenge.

Featured photographers this week include: @_plantmyheart_, @jellisflambe, @enlivenus, @luiggi1905, @jsmayores, @eye_letzko, @sombra_y_luz, @allophile_, @amyaikenphotos, @tanzil.ahmd, @therealdetlef, @chef_rod12, @bertatheexplorer, @jawdoc2, @zenlake, @aniraz95, @di.monheit19, @mojersey, @iphotokunst and @robinrobertis.

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The theme of this weeks photo challenge is ‘Red’. For this challenge think about sharing your best smartphone photos that that capture the colour red. Think vibrantly coloured flowers, sunsets, sunrises, clothing or make-up. Also think about themes like passion or danger.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Red’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_159 on Instagram.

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

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Infinite Piano

Infinite Piano‘ by @jellisflambe – “I’d seen the building on an Architectural Instagram account and thought the facade looked interesting so I used Google Maps to find the location.

The photo was taken on my phone, a fairly ancient iPhone 6s with a battery life of about 2 hours. Which means taking photos and listening to music/podcasts has to be done sparingly (I’m due an upgrade!). As far as editing the image, I kept it simple. I only use the Instagram edit options and filters and played around with the perspective to get an alignment I was happy with. I then dropped the shadow and the saturation slightly. I seem to remember the day I took the photo the weather was fairly gloomy so the image was naturally quite dark.”

Well Rounded

Well Rounded‘ by @enlivenus – “In addition to being the recipient of numerous local architectural, design and engineering awards, the Humber Bay Arch Bridge in Toronto, Canada, is adorned with symbolic imagery that honours the First Nations influence in the area two hundred years ago. This beautiful piece of art is well photographed at all times of day and from every angle and perspective, allowing for spectacular images of Toronto’s skyline all year long. For this challenge, I wanted to draw attention to its complex design; the clean lines and unique patterns in its curvature. Small adjustments were made in Snapseed to perfect its symmetry and a filter from the Nception app allowed for an uncomplicated final product.”

Slow-mo Macro

Slow-mo Macro‘ by @_plantmyheart_ – “Macro photography is like looking into an alternate universe. Random objects will catch my eye, and when I clip the macro lense on to my phone, I end up discovering something even more fascinating and often unexpected.
My photography tends to focus on shooting my surroundings during my every day life (broccoli heads while cooking dinner, snaps of forgotten nails left by the roofers, and many, many (many!) plant pictures from around my house). I had been feeling a little uninspired by the monotonous colors and bare branches after months a long, cold, overcast winter, when I noticed that my Lenten Roses were coming up! I did a little internal woot woot, skip, and happy hop…spring is near! Colors are coming!
I sat down on the driveway with my macro lense and got in-the-zone snapping away. I often take abstracted, slightly off-kilter shots, so this one was a little different for me, but I liked the sense of swirling movement within the repeating pattern. I used the Google editing software on my phone to increase the contrast and boost the brightness, then used Instagram’s filters to crop and then increase the saturation of the background colors.”

The “Museo do Pobo Galego” stairs

The “Museo do Pobo Galego” stairs‘ by @luiggi1905 – “The photo is of the staircase of the Museum of the Galician People, in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain). It is a spectacular staircase before which it is impossible not to take a thousand photos, this is one of them. It does not have much editing, some cropping with Snapseed to adjust the frame and light and shadow settings with Lightroom Mobile.”

Chandelier

Chandelier‘ by @jsmayores – “This photo was taken from the Andalusia (Spanish) Court of the Ibn Battuta mall in Dubai, UAE. I used an iPhone 8 plus to take the shot and edited it with Photoshop Express. The exquisite design captured my fondness for unique patterns as photography subject. The color of the original background was brown but I edited it to black, not only to make the photo more dramatic but mainly as the black color represents the current world health crisis. Chandelier lights represents the hope to overcome the current situation.”

Treppenhaus-Schnecke

Treppenhaus-Schnecke‘ by @eye_letzko – “This picture was taken in 2016 during a doctors visit. As this doctor was situated in a very old and nice renovated house in an affluent district of Hamburg I just took a view up the stairwell. I was overwhelmed of the view. I liked this elegant style of black spiral stair railings in contrast with the white rest and stairs.

This picture was taken with my old iPhone 6s and has only been edited with instagram and iPhone tools of my iPhone 11 Pro Max now.”

The Matrix

The Matrix‘ by @sombra_y_luz – “This image was made in a local shopping complex where I noticed the window washer up on the large glass roof. I was drawn to both the patterns of the roof and the way that the whole scene looked so surreal. Whilst looking for interesting moments on the streets, sometimes it pays to look up. Shot on iPhone and converted to black and white.”

Daylight, Spiral, Seoul

Daylight, Spiral, Seoul‘ by @allophile_ – “Looking up in the stairwell rotunda of Seoul’s Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta—the austere space evokes both the modern and the ancient, fitting for a museum that houses a collection featuring artifacts from Korean Antiquity up through modern international art. The founder of the Samsung corporation (whose collection forms the basis of this museum) began his business selling noodles and dried fish, when Korea was still a third-world country. In his lifetime, his business grew and morphed into a high-tech empire as Seoul transformed itself, in spite of the ever-present existential threat posed by North Korea, into one of the world’s largest and most technologically connected cities—spiralling ever upward, for better and for worse… I took this with an iPhone 5s, using the native camera, then a bit of editing with Snapseed for a bit of exposure correction and cropping.”

Morning metro stop

Morning metro stop‘ by @amyaikenphotos – “This shot was taken on my morning commute a few months before the pandemic. I was on the platform waiting for the metro, looking down towards the entrance of the station. I was in awe of the shadows cast by the narrow glass panels and the bicycles. It was a busy time of the day, so I waited (and got lucky!) to capture people walking through the scene in a balanced and dynamic way.

I used an LG G3 to capture the photo. I converted it to black & white and made some small adjustments in Snapseed. ”

The Entrance

The Entrance‘ by @tanzil.ahmd – “This is the main entrance door of Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque (also called the Qatar State Mosque) is the national mosque of Qatar. The mosque is built in traditional Arab architecture style with modern features. The door overlooks the amazing Doha skyline. The magnificent patterns and the vintage chandeliers hanging from the ceiling showcasing Qatar’s rich heritage and its prolific history inspired me to capture this still.

I have used very minimum editing with this photograph as the patterns in the scene added enough details to it.”

The flowing façade

The flowing façade‘ by @therealdetlef – “Whilst visiting Kowloon in 2019, I was impressed by the recently opened Xiqu Centre for the performing arts. It’s façade wrapped in a metallic theatrical curtain ready to open to reveal a performance. A closer inspection highlighted the reason it’s called “Xiqu” as it means ‘flow’. Instead of a wide shot showing the impressive building in all its glory I moved right up to the wall with my iPhone XS and captured this shot looking up. Initially I was loathe to tamper with the original picture but reading other smartphone photographers stories in the Mobiography magazine inspired me to try a few edits with Mextures and Snapseed. Instead, I eventually settled on just some simple colour editing using the ‘Color Splash’ app. ”

Binghatti Stars

Binghatti Stars‘ by @chef_rod12 – “This one of my entry on the Binghatti Art Photography Competition. The interior design of the floor level of the Binghatti Stars Apartment. So, In this art makes you look at the world differently. You tend to see things which you could never see before, even if they were always present just there! Believe it or not, the moment you indulge deep into your photo arts your thoughts change, your emotions change and the universe changes around you that’s what I inspired most. This was taken on my Iphone 11 PRO phone and processed on Snapseed.”

Lift your head, baby don’t be scared..

Lift your head, baby don’t be scared..‘ by @bertatheexplorer – “This shot was taken at Fort Siloso, Sentosa and is a look up shot of the stairs going to the Skywalk. Minimal editing was done on Snapseed, the tools used were perspective and tune image. The shades and shadows were effects of the natural lighting from the afternoon sun.”

Amazed

Amazed‘ by @jawdoc2 – “I noticed this unusual pattern on a wall in Vancouver and thought it would make a cool backdrop. Being off the beaten track there was very little passing traffic. It then dawned on me to make myself the “model”. I put on my bright orange toque to form a strong contrasted focal point and composed the frame. I asked a stranger to take the shot. Created using my iPhone XS Max and edited in Snapseed.”

Ferns

Ferns‘ by @zenlake – “The photo was taken on an iPhone 12 Pro Max using pro raw and it was slightly edited in Snapseed. The photo was taken in the Otways, Victoria, Australia one of my favourite places in the world.

The photo was taken during the Christmas break and even though it was supposed to be summer it had been raining hard and it was very cold. But the best time for photos when in a rain forest. The colours are so intense and beautiful. It was the green and the pattern that caught my eye.”

Details framed in blurs

Details framed in blurs‘ by @aniraz95 – “Sunflowers are incredible subjects to photograph! There are indefinite ways to capture them! This image was captured during one of my morning photowalks near my home. I used iPhone 11 Pro and edited using Snapseed App.”

Puff magic

Puff magic‘ by @di.monheit19 – “I’m a big fan of dandelion puff balls! I found this giant and perfectly formed puffball while on a hike in the mountains and captured the image using my iPhone 11 Pro. In post processing this image using Snapseed, I decided to convert to black and white in order to bring out the magical delicate essence of its inner structure! ”

Untitled

Untitled‘ by @mojersey – “My daughter and I made a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts to view the Monet exhibit. While we were waiting our turn to enter the exhibit, there was a very unique display hanging from the ceiling like a giant chandelier. We could not figure out what it was made from and I loved how the light shone through the piece.

I had to go and inspect closer and read the paragraph about the piece. To my surprise, the artist Tara Donovon simply used styrofoam cups and hot glue to create this masterpiece.

I am an amateur iPhone photographer, all my photos are taken using my iPhone 8 Plus and I couldn’t resist a zoom in shoot. I never know if my shots will come out good and I loved this one. I love the pattern, and the lighting, it creates such a sense of movement. ”

They will bring me storms and I will drink the rain and dance with the lightning. I am no weak flower.~ Erin Van Vuren

They will bring me storms and I will drink the rain and dance with the lightning. I am no weak flower.~ Erin Van Vuren‘ by @robinrobertis

Untitled

Untitled‘ by @iphotokunst

Don’t forget…

The theme of this weeks photo challenge is ‘Red’. For this challenge think about sharing your best smartphone photos that that capture the colour red. Think vibrantly coloured flowers, sunsets, sunrises, clothing or make-up. Also think about themes like passion or danger.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Red’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_159 on Instagram.

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

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