The theme for last week’s Mobiography smartphone photo challenge was ‘Reflections’. Think about capturing the reflections found in water, in windows, on shiny floor or puddles. Or maybe using reflections to capture the beauty of a stunning landscape scene or the abstractness of layered reflections in glass.

Featured photographers this week include: @bertatheexplorer, @monajumaan, @pennijam, @allophile_, @tenderfoot_photo, @maarten_lisboa, @royiphoneography, @adurnwirth, @jawdoc2, @emmafwright, @hishamkhonji, @r_hugs_, @persiflagepics, and @agnieszkakubera.

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The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘City Life’. Think about capturing street scenes, shots of the urban environment, people going about their daily lives or street portraits. Think black and white, dark and gritty or vibrant and colorful moments.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘City Life’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_172 on Instagram.

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

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A lost soul often looks for another lost soul

‘A lost soul often looks for another lost soul’ by @bertatheexplorer – “This shot was taken at Redhill MRT Station here in Singapore, on an off peak hour.
I think people who are into photography would agree that we tend to see photo opportunities in the most ordinary settings, and this is one example.

I just got out of the train and saw this glass barrier with the reflection, took out my phone and positioned my phone with the camera side next to the reflective surface and took the shot.

Not much enhancement, just a little alignment to emphasise the balance of the leading lines and a bit of boost to the color and contrast.”

A beautiful moment

‘A beautiful moment’ by @monajumaan“This was my first trip to Switzerland and definitely hoping it won’t be the last. Every inch of this country is breathtakingly beautiful. This photo was taken just after a sunrise shoot in Celerina, Graubunden. While we were on our way back to our car I came across this young girl who was standing at Lej da Staz in what seemed such a beautiful connection with the gorgeous landscape. The color of her windbreaker just fell in place with the colors of the leaves.

I usually use Snapseed to do my mobile edits and sometime Lightroom for Mobiles, but not much was needed as the colors were stunning in reality.”

Another visit to Birubi Beach

‘Another visit to Birubi Beach’ by @pennijam – “Birubi Beach in NSW, Australia is our favourite beach. It is quite a flat beach and at low tide and after a lot of rainfall the reflections are always amazing. I spotted this couple and their dog walking ahead of me so ran to catch up with them. It was a beautiful summer morning and with a fabulous blue sky. I edited the photo in ColorStory.”

Some cinematic skies

‘Some cinematic skies’ by @allophile_ – “This past summer in southern Arizona, we had a record amount of rain, (on the heels of a record dry year), which resurrected many of our seasonal creeks that hadn’t flowed for a very long time. I often pass by this particular spot when I go for evening runs in the desert near where we live. The end of our monsoon season is always bittersweet — nothing is more precious here than water—but as the water levels begin to subside, there are more still spots where you can find clear reflections. Seeing this saguaro silhouette under a sky on fire at the end of a hot day—felt like a distillation of this season in this place.

I took the photo with the phone12pro’s native camera app, used the Enlight app (now “Photoleap”) for a slight bit of straightening, then snapseed for some contrast & exposure balancing and vignetting.”

To be surrounded by nothing yet everything

‘To be surrounded by nothing yet everything’ by @tenderfoot_photo – “I awoke early in the morning to find dense fog surrounding my area. Those foggy days are few and far between, so I quickly grabbed my things and headed to my local pond, one of my favorite spots to walk, think, and photograph. Fog creates this space where nothing is as it seems.

It was quiet that morning, and I came across this bird sitting on a fallen tree branch in the shallow depths of the pond. We were both observing one another. The stillness of the morning and the solitude of the atmosphere inspired me to capture that feeling. I knew the image was special because of the contrast of the whiteness of the fog and the dark outline of the bird and reflection. So simple and yet mysterious and magical for me.

I shot this on my iPhone 13 Pro. I edited in Snapseed to boost up the contrast to intensify the fog, then straightened the horizon line and converted to black and white. I also used Retouch to remove a few random branches to simplify the scene. ”

We are just a spectator

‘We are just a spectator’ by @maarten_lisboa – “The wild and impressive coastline of Sintra in Portugal is always inspiring. It can be so wild and overwhelming that I just feels small and humble. I’m glad to be a spectator of the pure power and beauty of nature.

I used a tripod and remote shutter to make this shot. The images was edited into black and white but it also works well in color since the golden hour light was perfect that day.”

Deep Thinker

‘Deep Thinker’ by @royiphoneography “My brother is sitting near the main glass door of our office. He was deep in thought and I saw the reflection of other offices and shops on my door. My eye captured both moments at the same time so I took this reflection shot through my iPhone.

Resource:
iPhone X
*Apps for Editing:
VSCO. ”

Pause and reflect

‘Pause and reflect’ by @adurnwirth – “I took this image at a low angle in a puddle outside the entrance of the Seattle Central Library. It’s a great place to take pictures inside and outside, but that day it was raining and cold, so we wanted to get out of the rain, but the library was closed. When I checked the door to see when it would open, I noticed a large puddle left by the rain. Looking down, I saw a beautiful reflection. Then my son walked toward me just as I put my iPhone almost on top of the puddle as I knelt down to get a better look. The shot gained a human element as well as a sense of scale. I was very pleased with the end result.

My iPhone image was enhanced with Snapseed by adjusting the perspective, exposure, and contrast. ”

On line

‘on line’ by @jawdoc2 – “Walking into the hotel at the Vancouver Convention Centre, I noticed the fabulous floor to ceiling windows displaying the ‘sails’ outside. There was a black glass table in the foyer which provided the perfect reflection of the window and the silhouettes in the foreground. I placed my iPhone XS Max on the glass table and took a few shots. I loved the symmetry and the leading lines of the ‘sails’ to the person on line.”

Through The Arches

‘Through The Arches’ by @emmafwright

Follow your Dreams

‘Follow your Dreams’ by @hishamkhonji

Gloomy Day

‘Gloomy Day’ by @r_hugs_

Untitled

‘Untitled’ by @persiflagepics

Untitled

‘Untitled’ by @agnieszkakubera

Don’t forget…

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘City Life’. Think about capturing street scenes, shots of the urban environment, people going about their daily lives or street portraits. Think black and white, dark and gritty or vibrant and colorful moments.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘City Life’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_172 on Instagram.

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

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