The theme for last week’s Mobiography smartphone photo challenge was ‘City Life’. The Mobiography community was asked to go out and capture street scenes, shots of the urban environment, people going about their daily lives or street portraits. As usual there were many superb images submitted to this weeks showcase and here are just a few.

Featured photographers this week include: @jsmayores, @ianconningham, @detailsofberlin, @pennijam, @jawdoc2, @camera_n_i, @safaviography, @emmafwright, @what_i_saw_today, @cfg.bw, @danielwencel, @nimabank and @valeadire

Take part in the next festive Mobiography photo challenge

Once again, Christmas is almost upon us. So, the theme of this next week’s photo challenge will be ‘Festive Times & Celebrations’.

For this challenge start sharing some of your best mobile photos that capture the idea of ‘Festive Times & Celebrations’ – Think Christmas, Christmas decorations, winter landscape scenes or other religious festivals or maybe even birthday celebrations. Generally, as many parts of the world continue to battle with covid infections, let’s try to spread a little cheer.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Festive Times & Celebrations’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_173 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured throughout the coming week on the Mobiography Instagram account but not on the website as usual as I’m going to be taking some time off over the Christmas holidays.

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A tribute to one of the Expo 2020’s unsung heroes

A tribute to one of the Expo 2020’s unsung heroes‘ by @jsmayores – “This photo was a tribute to the tireless workers of the Expo 2020 in Dubai, UAE. Everyone who visits the Expo wants to take the most glamorous photograph, now it’s time to let the untiring heroes take the spotlight. I’m almost done for the day exploring the Expo 2020 when I passed by the UK pavilion with a very unique architectural design. I positioned myself in such a way that I would be able to take a silhouette of an expo worker about to pass by. I took a couple of shots using an iPhone 8 Plus and got the desired shot.

The normal iPhone editing app was used just to darken the silhouette of the subject and to make the building color stand out as well. Silhouettes has now become my top choice of Mobiography.”

Shoreditch

Shoreditch‘ by @ianconningham – “I’d just jumped off the Overground in Shoreditch and was rushing to meet a friend. As I walked through the underpass I immediately became aware of the light ahead. This, coupled with the various figures and repetition of the Helch graffiti tag (which can be spotted all over London) and the horizontal lines and rivets made me reach for my phone. I didn’t have a lot of time, so I quickly snapped around three shots.

I’d only recently started shooting in portrait following advice from a Mobiography article about using all of the allotted space on an Instagram post and had been really enjoying taking shots like this.

I usually edit with the standard iPhone settings and Snapspeed. But for some reason, later on that day I browsed through Hipstamatic for the first time in ages and found a film that caught my eye (AO DLX Film) which I then went on to fine tune in Snapspeed.

There are so many great street photography opportunities in Shoreditch, I took quite a few on the journey back to the station. But this one, was the best of the day – a quick, instinctive shot – which is something I’m still enjoying learning to do.”

White Beauty

White Beauty‘ by @detailsofberlin – “This photo was taken in summer 2020 in one of the numerous subway stations of Berlin, the city was still empty due to Covid-19, not many Berliner’s outside and almost no tourists. I had just received this new mobile phone and I remember I was amazed by the wide angle lens which is perfect for architecture shots. It’s also usually not that easy to get a photo where the station appears empty and sometimes it’s just a second between one person walking out of the photo and the other one walking in. It takes patience and you need luck, as you can see I had both.”

Snowed under

Snowed under‘ by @jawdoc2 – “It rarely snows here in the city of Vancouver, so when it does, I try to get out to capture how the city tries to cope under the conditions.

I love how the snow declutters the urban landscape and creates a minimalistic palette.

In this scene I noticed how the red stop sign and red fire hydrant popped against the plain backdrop.

I waited patiently for a person to walk into the frame to create another point of interest within this minimalistic urban landscape.

The colourful umbrella in the snow added the final touch to my life in the city scene.

Shot on my iPhone X S Max, cropped and edited using the iPhone software. Upped the saturation a little to give the colours a bit more punch.”

Scenes from an empty city

Scenes from an empty city‘ by @pennijam – “This photo was taken in Sydney’s Barangaroo district in the CBD. Normally this precinct is very busy and it is difficult to take good photos there however this was taken a few weeks after Sydney had come out of a four month lockdown and most people were still working from home. My eye was drawn to the lines of the escalator and I was very happy when two people came into view perfectly spaced (I only realised afterwards that they were both looking at their phones!). In my mind I always saw this as a black and white photo and I converted it to black and white in Snapseed.”

Pluviophile is pleased

Pluviophile is pleased‘ by @camera_n_i – “It had rained on a hot summer day bringing respite from the heat. I find immense joy in the moody rainy days. It is one of my favourite times to go out and take pictures.

I took this capture from a glass covered foot bridge overlooking a usually crowded crossroad. I spent quite some time looking out and taking pictures. The street had a deserted look, other than some people braving the weather.

Did they all wanted to be out in the rain, like me?”

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Untitled‘ by @safaviography

Double Vision

Double Vision‘ by @emmafwright

Love is in the air

Love is in the air‘ by @what_i_saw_today

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Untitled‘ by @cfg.bw

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Untitled‘ by @danielwencel

Tehran, Iran

Tehran, Iran‘ by @nimabank

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Untitled‘ by @valeadire

Don’t forget…

The theme of this week’s photo challenge will be ‘Festive Times & Celebrations’ – Think Christmas, Christmas decorations, winter landscape scenes or other religious festivals or maybe even birthday celebrations. Let’s try to spread a little cheer.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Festive Times & Celebrations’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_173 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured throughout the coming week on the Mobiography Instagram account but not on the website as usual as I’m going to be taking some time off over the Christmas holidays.

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