The theme for the last weeks Mobiography smartphone photo challenge was ‘Nature’ and with over a thousand images submitted choosing such a small collection was hard work. For this challenge the Mobiography community was asked to think about sharing their best nature inspired photos. Images of beautiful landscapes, flowers, insects, wildlife and macro photography were common subjects submitted.

Featured photographers this week include: @bertatheexplorer, @wanderingi_photos, @allophile_, @bawiecpawel, @ceci.fogel_.glusman, @gerimikelson, @gitti.tagwerk, @hishanmansoor, @mikemantx, @nadia_balda, @pennijam, @scottforgot, @soniabridekirk, @therockingchair_, and @mariko_klug.

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The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Joy & Happiness’. For this challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that capture the the feelings of Joy & Happiness – Think laughter, special occasions, portraits of smiling people, or people celebrating.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Joy & Happiness’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_195 on Instagram.

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

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Take it slooooooowwwwwwww

‘Take it slooooooowwwwwwww’ by @bertatheexplorer – “It’s been constantly raining in Singapore the tim I chanced upon this snail which I took home for photography purposes.

Utilised my photography black box, I shot away with my iPhone 12 using the “Rule of Thirds” as a composition technique. I edited with the iPhone’s very own photo editing tools.

Mr. Snail was Indeed a very cooperative model!

On a side note, you might be wonderimg what happened to him after the photoshoot – I fed him with some veggies and placed him back to the mini garden down my block.”

Icy entrapments

‘Icy entrapments’ by @wanderingi_photos – “I took this shot back in February. I was visiting friends of mine for my birthday. They had just been teasing me about how I take pictures of everything. Marc went out on his deck to get something, and came back inside with this chunk of ice that had 3 seed pods from a Sweetgum Tree. He’s like here, have fun photographing this. After taking a few shots indoors, I wasn’t happy with the results, so I took it back outside. I noticed they had a super cool door mat made from real rocks. The blue of the rocks behind the ice ended up making a much better background!
Plus the chunk of ice was back in its natural element.

This shot was taken with my iPhone XS. Enhanced sharpness and saturation within the Photo edit tool that comes installed on iPhone. No cropping. ”

Planet Saguaro

‘Planet Saguaro’ by @allophile_“Winter skies in southern Arizona often take on surreal hues at sunset—I was in Saguaro National Park one evening, taking a few sunset photos — when I turned to look north, this grouping of saguaros and the purple sky caught my eye.

I took this with the iPhone 13 pro, then used the “tiny planets” app for this effect – surreal color, saguaros, surreal scene…”

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‘Untitled’ by @bawiecpawel – “My job makes me drive a lot. Despite my focus on safe driving, I always look for a scene that I can capture in a photo. A March morning, gentle fog, rising sun, road meandering between forests, silence, peace… out of the corner of my eye I saw the sun’s rays pressing through the fog into a beautiful forest. I had to turn the car around and capture this scene in the photo. So much for the story of one of my favorite photos.

Usually edits photos in Lightroom Mobile and Snapseed. ”

After the Harvest

‘After the Harvest’ by @ceci.fogel_.glusman – “I took this photo at sunset shortly after the wheat harvest. I edited it with Snapseed.”

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

‘Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada’ by @gerimikelson – “We had been wandering around The Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, all day and saw so many beautiful rock formations. As we arrived at the spot where we wanted to watch the sunset I noticed this view. It struck me because of the beautiful color variation of the different layers of rock in the soft light and the background haze topped it off. I edited the shot in Lightroom Mobile on my iPad. I couldn’t bring myself to crop out any of the rocks, so decided on a 16×9 crop. ”

square №22

‘square №22’ by @gitti.tagwerk – “This is one of my favorite places and every time I discover new facets of this beautiful lake. I took the photo back in 2020 and the image and my memory of this place are all that’s left of it as the boathouses burned down completely at the beginning of the year. This place will never be the same.”

Go Green

‘Go Green’ by @hishanmansoor – “An isolated wooden bridge found on one of my walking trails at Peak District, Derby. The bridge with the greenery on its sides was the perfect balance between natural and man made; which was the inspiration behind this photograph. The image was captured using my iPhone 8 Plus and edited via the Lightroom mobile app.”

Sea Foam

‘Sea Foam’ by @mikemantx – “We arrived at our favorite beach during a typical spring storm. Monster waves. Wind and rain. Mesmerizing really, watching one wave after another. That day I noticed a grey brown foam as the waves created. After a couple days, the sea calmed down and the sun came out. What I thought was mud run into the sea was actually life, food and oxygen being created.

Sea foam is dissolved organic matter that has been churned up by the sea creating suds much, like washing detergent suds up when agitated. More agitation means more bubbles. But where did all these organics come from?

The dissolved organic matter that creates sea foam is mostly natural occurring. Ocean water is made of a lot of materials- salts, fats, proteins, and all sorts of particulates. All of these things have the potential to create bubbles when you shake them up. However, one of the most common causes of thick piles of sea foam is dead algae.

When algae growth is high in the ocean, a lot more of it dies and ends up washed up on the beaches in sea foam. ”

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‘Untitled’ by @nadia_balda – “Civita di Bagnoreggia is also called “the dying city” so the fact that it was partially hidden by the fog gave in the photography the idea of ​​the fading of the town itself

It is nick-named “the town that is dying”, due to the constant erosion of the tuff rocks where it is placed, this citadel.”

Eucalyptus beauty

‘Eucalyptus beauty’ by @pennijam – “I love taking photos of our Australian gum (eucalyptus) trees. This was taken on a foggy morning just as the sun started shining through the fog. I was really happy with the ethereal effect. It was taken on my iPhone 13 Pro Max and edited in A Color Story. ”

Undone

‘Undone’ by @scottforgot – “The photo was taken on an iPhone 12 Pro Max with a Moment macro lens using the ProCam 8 app. It was edited with Snapseed and tweaked in Instagram when uploaded.

The wild onion/garlic is just starting to burst open here and the tension between the delicate skin and ferocious tendrils is something I cannot resist. The murky light has been an added bonus. ”

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‘Untitled’ by @soniabridekirk – “This photo was taken in my front garden. I love my flower carpet roses and I love their colour. I’m very surprised they are still flowering considering it is winter here now in Australia. As I was admiring their amazing resilience, I saw the bees happily buzzing about. I love macro/closeup photography and enjoy the thrill of chasing a sharp image. The afternoon light was softened by an overcast day but still sharp enough to provide the lighting needed to capture the detail. It also helped that this bee thankfully stayed still for a little bit longer so that I could get this shot.

Taken with iPhone 13 Pro and edited in Lightroom. ”

Colorful Textures

‘Colorful Textures’ by @therockingchair_ – “We had a bouquet of flowers in one of our bathrooms and I always take macro shots of them. These flowers specifically were a small gift for my mother’s birthday. I use little attachments for my cell phone, which at the time was a Samsung Galaxy S10. Isn’t much else to tell. I love photography have have learned most of what I know from my parents.

The photo was edited in a few different apps. Primarily Snapseed, PicsArt, Photodirector and maybe a little in Lightroom. I can’t remember the name of the little lenses but they just clip on your phone.”

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‘Untitled’ by @mariko_klug

Don’t forget…

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Joy & Happiness’. For this challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that capture the the feelings of Joy & Happiness – Think laughter, special occasions, portraits of smiling people, or people celebrating.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Joy & Happiness’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_195 on Instagram.
The best ones will be featured in the next photo challenge showcase, so get sharing now.

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