The theme for the last Mobiography smartphone photo challenge was ‘Movement and Motion’. For the challenge the Mobiography community was asked to share your best mobile photos that convey a sense of motion and energy, something that maybe captures motion blur or a passing subject in a static frame.. Here is a selection of some of the photos submitted to the challenge.

Featured photographers this week include: @ceci.fogel.glusman, @jawdoc2, @jsmayores, @luiggi1905bn, @m.cristina_myview, @rashid_bin__, @rorycobbe, @sandra_mila, @sombra_y_luz, @_g.vale, @alante30mp, @alice1280, @shabsmia, @lucdigital, @high_click_photos, and @iphotokunst.

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The theme of this weeks photo challenge is ‘Shadow Play’. For this challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that show off the shapes and patterns created by shadows and the abstract compositions that can be created using shadows. Think black and white and the moodiness between harsh sunlight and harsh shadows.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Shadow Play’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_164 on Instagram.

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

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Soaring Flight

‘Soaring Flight’ by @ceci.fogel.glusman – “This photo is part of my 365 project that I started on January 1, 2021. It’s a self portrait. I wanted to convey the feeling of movement, freedom and openness and the disparity with the situation experienced in 2020 due to Covid-19.

The photo was taken with iPhone 11 Pro and edited with Snapseed.”

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On track‘ by @jawdoc2 – “I was out taking a stroll in my neighbourhood late one afternoon, when I came across the athletic track at our local high school. I loved how the angle of the sun cast the shadows of the runners on the track. By standing on the bleachers, I obtained a higher vantage point to capture the shadows more clearly. I flipped the image 180 degrees to make the shadows the main subjects. Shot on my iPhone 7 plus and edited in Snapseed.”

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‘Untitled’ by @jsmayores – “I spotted the five rock pigeons resting on the pole just outside our workplace one afternoon. Since my camera was an iPhone 8 plus and there is no way zooming in would produce a sharp photo, decided just to slowly approach the pigeons and making sure that the focus point of the mobile phone was on them. Lo and behold as soon as they flew away I was able to take a couple of shots. The original photo was not that great but decided to edit it through Photoshop Express. Selected the preset B&W specifically the HiContrastBW for the desired black and white shade. The output seems that only one pigeon was captured showing it’s five phase take off points. One can never go wrong with silhouettes for a dramatic shot.”

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‘Untitled’ by @luiggi1905bn – “This photo was shooted in the Madrid´s Underground, it was one of my first attempts to achieve with the iPhone the equivalent of the long exposure effect with an SLR camera, which is not always easy or that it seems to me. More so if, as in my case, you don’t carry a tripod and shoot freehand. I liked the result. ”

Milano Centrale

‘Milano Centrale’ by @m.cristina_myview – “I took this picture at Milan’s Central Station in Italy a couple of years ago. My first thought was “squaring the circle “ in a very literal way. The dark black framing this motion scene was what caught my eye. My App to go is always Snapseed, just enhance the colors and make sure has nice proportions and symmetry. Definitely this is one of my favorites.”

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‘Untitled’ by @rashid_bin__ – “I took this photo in a road trip at Qatar. Shot and edited on google pixel 4 XL.”

Boxercise

‘Boxercise’ by @rorycobbe – “I was shooting a series of shots called Boxercise. The world is full of boxes and squares real and imagined.

I saw some kids on skate boards on the Grand Parade in Cork. They hang out and use the street furniture for tricks. I asked one of them if I could shoot him doing a trick in front of the entrance to a carpark. It was all boxes and people put skateboard kids in a box too…

We had just shot the image, which is in my timeline right next to this guy, when I noticed some movement out of the corner of my eye. I swivelled and shot him on the move in a burst of three shots I think. He was pulling the wheelie all the way along the street. And then he was gone. So it was a mix of luck and ingenuity really.

I always process on my iPhone xs in Snapseed. I added structure and sharpness, then a touch of the drama tool to lift the lines and add grit, some grain to give it a filmy look. I love tri-x 400 film, then B+W with a touch of burning tool to add to his shadow on the ground.”

Bonds of Friendship

‘Bonds of Friendship’ by @sandra_mila – “The muses you see in this photo are my kids and our neighbors who have turned our condo’s garage into a makeshift playground. The innocence of their wild imagination bonds them together now more than ever, as we have all been confined to our buildings in the lockdown.

I took this photo with a bunch of others on my iPhone 7 and then shared them with my friend, Samin (@saminnnimas). This one had caught his eye and with a few simple tweaks to the “Clarity” and “Texture”, he created a preliminary idea of the final picture you see here.

We used the free version of Lightroom mobile to increase the intensity of the lighting and darkness of the shadows using the “Tone Curve”. In conjunction, we used Snapseed’s “Selective” and “Dodge & Burn” tools to refine the silhouettes, and thus creating a dreamy effect.”

To dream. To Dance

‘To dream. To Dance’ by @sombra_y_luz – “I was at an art show, but my eye was drawn to this young girl dancing away in the rays of sun shining in through the high windows, creating an almost spotlight effect on her. I edited the image to black and white. It is still one of my personal favourite images. Shot and edited on iPhone.”

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‘Untitled’ by @_g.vale

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‘Untitled’ by @alante30mp

Joyful jump

‘Joyful jump’ by @alice1280 – “I don’t usually plan walks with Sophie because she is so busy. I brought the ball along to try and get a picture something like this. My daughter threw the ball towards me and this is the result. I decided to convert it to black and white in Snapseed. Sophie completely destroyed the ball.”

Moving on

‘Moving on’ by @shabsmia

Whoosh

‘Whoosh’ by @lucdigital – “This photo was taken with an iPhone 6s Plus on a very steamy summer night in Manhattan. We were hurrying back to our hotel to escape the heat for an hour or so before heading downtown when the purple, green, red and blue of the lights atop the buildings in the distance caught my eye. Impatient for some air-conditioned comfort, I took two quick shots, and the second was ‘ruined’ by the pickup truck. Looking at it later, I converted it to mono in Snapseed, and think it works better than the color version. ”

Blur of magic

‘Blur of magic’ by @high_click_photos

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Don’t forget…

The theme of this weeks photo challenge is ‘Shadow Play’. For this challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that show off the shapes and patterns created by shadows and the abstract compositions that can be created using shadows. Think black and white and the moodiness between harsh sunlight and harsh shadows.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Shadow Play’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_164 on Instagram.

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

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