The theme of last weeks Mobiography smartphone photo challenge was ‘Shadows & Silhouette’s’ and what an amazing response. There were so many fantastic images submitted to this challenge. For the challenge you were asked to think about images that show off the shapes and patterns created by shadows and the abstract compositions that can be created using shadows or the moodiness and atmosphere between harsh sunlight and shadows. Here is a selection of some of the photos submitted to the challenge.

Featured photographers this week include: @jm_ragsdale_photo, @malmccann, @miguelcastellano_photo, @prarthana_dhanjal, @seelooksky, @susanblanda, @wanderingi_photos, @alice1280, @bluemoodz, @danielwencel, @erhangurkan01, @itisi_siru, @venkatesulu, @shabsmia, and @sombra_y_luz.

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The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Nature’. For the challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos of nature. Think landscape photography, think flowers, insects, wildlife and macro photography.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Nature’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_194 on Instagram.

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

Breakfast, actually….

‘Breakfast, actually….’ by @jm_ragsdale_photo – “Slim’s Diner, in Petworth, DC (2016-2019) was a classic style diner. On that particular day, my son and I were there for breakfast. While enjoying the great decor, atmosphere, and food, the couple in the window booth caught my attention. The way they seemed completely focused on each other, plus the natural framing the booth provided was all I needed to know. I’ve learned to not question that impulse, because those moments are fleeting.

Taken with iPhone 7s. Shot in noir mode with minor adjustments for contrast. ”

Silhouette solo

‘Silhouette solo’ by @malmccann – “I took this photograph while on a recent trip to County Donegal in Ireland, my young son was practicing his hurling skills, (an Irish field sport) continually jumping in the air to catch the sliotar (ball) it was late in the evening and the light fading fast, so I got down low and silhouetted him against the moody sky, iPhone13pro edited on Snapseed. ”

Cleaning and drawing. The beauty of ordinary things.

‘Cleaning and drawing. The beauty of ordinary things’ by @miguelcastellano_photo – “This picture was taken in the building where I work. I saw that man cleaning those glasses drawing interesting eliptical forms with the soap and the lather behind him. The image I saw made me realize that we can find beauty in ordinary things, everyday, if we look for it. ”

Lurking in the Shadows

‘Lurking in the Shadows’ by @prarthana_dhanjal – “We were at a long planned weekend getaway, my husband, our pet Max and I. Being an especially warm and humid day, I abandoned all plans of exploring the place with them. I chose instead, to be indoors with a book, while they decided to brave the heat and go for a long walk.

A few minutes later, I saw my husband’s silhouette at the door, and knew that they had both come in search of me. I quickly grabbed my phone and captured the moment.

This photo was shot with my iPhone 13 Pro. I used Snapseed to convert into black and white, along with minimal editing and a simple crop.”

Day 4: Solitude

‘Day 4: Solitude’ by @seelooksky – “The Urban Sketchers Syracuse monthly meet-up, meets in different locations all around Syracuse, New York to sketch once a month. It is a wonderful group of artists and retired architects. We sketch for about 2 hours then have a throw down to share our sketches with everyone. Most use watercolor to enhance their sketches.

On this day, everyone had already picked their places in the room and were busy sketching when I arrived. I was incredulous when I saw the silhouettes in the large windows. There were just too perfect. So I quickly walked around the room taking photos before I started sketching.

This particular photo, I only took one photo. No crop. Perfectly framed from the start. It was my first photo I took that day. My first is usually my best.

I knew I liked the composition and the back lighting but did not know what I captured until I got home. Then I had fun with the edits. I am still a work in progress when it comes to editing. Still learning. Never writing down how I edit. I created a few edits but it was the black and white silhouette I kept coming back to. The edit was very subtle. Accomplished by Snapseed but mostly DistressedFX. ”

Hold Fast

‘Hold Fast’ by @susanblanda – “This image was inspired by gratitude for the things that keep me going as an artist and the “Hold Fast” poem that I included with the shot reflects my feelings about this….

“Sometimes the creative dreams of life
pull hard at the heartstrings.
Yet, even with fervent efforts
we fall short of making them happen.

Often, it’s the little things
— like a kind word or a friendly smile —
that helps to renew the creative spirit.
These small graces serve as a gentle reminder
to hold fast to our dreams.“

This image was shot an iphone 10x and I did a monotone wash in deep blues. I used Snapseed and Lightroom mobile for the final editing.”

“Nothing is fun, Not like before, You don’t get me high anymore” – lyrics by Phantogram

‘“Nothing is fun, Not like before, You don’t get me high anymore” – lyrics by Phantogram’ by @wanderingi_photos – “Over the years I’ve had several friends tell me about the Japanese art form of rope bondage, Shibari. The photographs out there are very intriguing, intricate and beautiful.

This photo was inspired by that art form. I love playing around with light and shadow and high contrast black and white imagery. This photo is one from a series I shot last year.

For this particular shot I had noticed the light just catching the edges of the steps on my staircase and thought it might make an interesting background for the subject matter. The harsh lines of light and shadow on the steps, are juxtaposed with the softness of the shadows that fall on the curves of the legs and rope. I used one of the black and white filters that comes installed on the iPhone XS photo app, and played around with a few settings including exposure, brilliance, and contrast. ”

Walking the Goldens

‘Walking the Goldens’ by @alice1280 – “At this time of year the sun rises at the end of the beach and gives a chance to try something like this. I find them really hard to edit but a few clouds makes it a bit easier. I probably removed the green dot with the Retouch app and then converted to black and white with Snapseed.”

Life

‘Life’ by @shabsmia – “The door of life, an artistic representation of Life. Nothing is ever clear. Live for now and capture each beautiful moment in your memory. Leave behind what once was, an unclear silhouette, a faded memory.

Shot on iPhone 7. Edited on Instagram: highlights, shadows, contrast and Inkwell filter.”

Tell me…

‘Tell me…’ by @bluemoodz

Untitled

‘Untitled’ by @danielwencel

Night in Trinidad/Cuba

‘Night in Trinidad /Cuba’ by @erhangurkan01

Untitled

‘Untitled’ by @itisi_siru

Untitled

‘Untitled’ by @venkatesulu

Exit, stage left

‘Exit, stage left’ by @sombra_y_luz

Don’t forget…

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Nature’. For the challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos of nature. Think landscape photography, think flowers, insects, wildlife and macro photography.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Nature’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_194 on Instagram.
The best ones will be featured in the next photo challenge showcase, so get sharing now.

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