The theme of last week’s showcase challenge was ‘Emotion’. Being able to capture emotion in an image helps it to make a stronger connection with the viewer. Often though, capturing emotion can be difficult to photograph as many a time it depends on capturing that decisive moment. The photos featured in this week’s showcase illustrate how different photographers have approached the subject. From the playful look and joy of a child playing and having fun to a close up of a tender moment conveyed through a pair of hands, each photo conveys emotion in a different way.

Featured photographers this week include: Arturo Lopez, Arashrimus, Carmela Serrinde, Carmel Montgomery, Christine Mignon, dzikusiak, KallyKlick, Peter V Humboldt, Rawsdeb, Rosemary Logan, Elaine Taylor, svo.maryana, Coco Pozo, Lou Ann Marks, Isabela G A Pereira, and Araceli.

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The theme of this coming week’s showcase will be ‘Water’. For this challenge think puddles, lakes, raindrops, reflections or something more abstract. So start sharing your best water inspired images.

To enter the challenge simple start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Water’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the #mobiography_challenge_25 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in next weeks showcase, so get sharing now.

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E s p o n t a n e i d a d

E s p o n t a n e i d a d‘ by Arturo Lopez – “My kids were playing in a restaurant waiting for their food. I had my phone ready to use in burst mode. I was lucky to get some funny photos of them. Not a lot of editing was needed, only white balance correction with Snapseed.”

Wearing your own skin is a fashion that never gets old nor gets outdated

Wearing your own skin is a fashion that never gets old nor gets outdated‘ by Arashrimus – “It takes loads of courage to live for 9 decades with dignity, prosperity and absolute kindness; this photograph showcases the dear hands of my grandfather on the very last days of his unfair battle with the cancer illness. What intrigues me about this photograph is the fact even during sleep his hands remained in such kind, open and innocent manner just as I wanted to always remember him that way despite being wholly consumed by the nasty cancer.”

Winter portrait

Winter portrait‘ by Carmela Serrinde

Some people never loose that mischievous twinkle in their eyes

Some people never loose that mischievous twinkle in their eyes‘ by Carmel Montgomery – “I went out this day after some intense work hours to soak up the last of Sydney’s glorious long summer . I love this weather but it isn’t great for photography. Kurnell is often ignored by Sydneysiders. We are blessed with so many stunning beaches this one doesn’t rate. It’s claim to fame is it’s Captain Cook’s landing place (actually seen in the background of the photo). We learnt in school Captain Cook discovered Australia, although the local indigenous population understandably dispute that.

I was walking along this almost deserted beach talking to my father on my mobile (yes.. it has other uses!) when I saw this old bloke was finishing his swim. We smiled and waved at each other. What an interesting face. I could just tell he would be open to a photo so I quickly told my dad I was hanging up and why. I think Dad thought I was trying to pick up someone.

I gently positioned my swimmer so the sun was crossing his face and took just 2 photos. The whole process didn’t take more than a minute including a chat about it being Friday the 13th and a quick history of how long he lived in the area. I don’t do portraits very often because of the fear factor but am usually really happy when I give it a go. Older people are naturally interesting subjects and, if they are smilers they are usually easy going too. I always ask if they mind me taking a photo and if possible send or show them a quick edit to put their mind at ease.

All editing was on Snapseed. It was pretty gentle. A little Dodge and Burn around one eye to even out the shadows, convert to Black and White and warmed it up a little in White Balance then did two edits with differing degrees of Tonal Contrast. I asked a photographer friend which of these two they preferred and we both picked the less edited one, which is the one here.

This is a great example of why I like mobile photography. I didn’t go out to take a photograph. I didn’t need to carry any gear. When a subject came along the mobile isn’t as intimidating as a DSLR allowing me to get a more relaxed shot. Plus I got to talk to a really interesting guy. It’s all about making connections. ”

Blowin’ in the wind

Blowin’ in the wind‘ by Christine Mignon – “The picture was taken at the Hipstamatic Sardinia Meeting 2016 in Bosa, Italy, where I met old and new friends from the group. Paulina and her scarf evoke beautiful memories of a perfect day! Shot with iphone 5s, edited with Hipstamatic.”

Brain Storm

Brain Storm‘ by dzikusiak

My Little Cherub

My Little Cherub‘ by KallyKlick – “This photo was taken while my son was lost in his two year old imagination. I shot this photo using Hipstamatic (Lens: Mumtaz, Film: Dreamy), which I felt accentuated his sweet innocence. ”

words are very unnecessary

words are very unnecessary‘ by Peter V Humboldt – “I took this photo of my wife on our last vacation to Lanzarote, Canary Islands. We spent the whole day at the beach and on our way back to the hotel in the evening we stopped at a very quiet small place which had a tiny seafood restaurant directly at the beach.

We had to wait a very long time until we were served and my wife got cold, so she put her pareo on her shoulders. Then I noticed she had really dreamed away and stared onto the sea so I took the chance and shot that photo.

Somehow I forgot about it but recently I started working with the wonderful ‘Darkroom’ App on my iPhone and, after a few tests with ‘all the buttons’ this was my first serious attempt to make a good photo a special one.

I like the style of Anton Corbijn and all those wonderful images he took of Depeche Mode, U2 and other famous people and I tried to get a hint of his style into that photo.

It was taken with an iPhone 6s plus and edited with Darkroom.”

Watch out!!!

Watch out!!!‘ by Rawsdeb

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Untitled‘ by Rosemary Logan

Having fun with Snapchat

Having fun with Snapchat‘ by Elaine Taylor – “Here are my two boys having a giggle at Snapchat. Turns out my face was involved in a face swap filter, and Charlie seems to be mimicking me. I love fleeting shared moments between my boys like this. I was lucky to capture it.

I shot it on my iPhone7plus through the Hipstamatic app. I played around with alternative film/lens combos in the app and eventually settled on Beard/Aristotle.”

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Untitled‘ by svo.maryana

There are joys that only madness can understand…

Untitled‘ by Coco Pozo – “The man in the picture is Pavel, he suffers from mental retardation due to the fact that as a child he fell on a rock which left him with the decreased ability to do certain things. However, he keeps himself busy, he works cleaning houses, being useful for society and for himself.

Pavel rambles sometimes in his mind, in an imagination that perhaps we do not understand but that fills him with joy, sometimes he just sits on the street and laughs at all things while talking about spongebob and imaginary clowns.

I made the image with an iPhone 5s and edited with snapseed, I cropped the image and selected the black and white tool. I then used the focus tool to focus attention on the face and generate the effect on the bricks behind.”

Cracker Snatcher!

Cracker Snatcher!‘ by Lou Ann Marks – “This was taken with my iPhone 6S, the only editing was to enhance the color using the native camera app and cropping. We were relaxing on the beach with friends and decided to have a snack. Once the Seagulls noticed the crackers they started to gather above us. My friend Shirley was holding the package closed with one hand to protect them when a seagull swooped down and snatched the cracker right out of her hand. You can see the look of surprise on her face!

The beauty of iPhone Photography is your phone is always at hand.”

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Untitled‘ by Isabela G A Pereira

Julian

Julian‘ by Araceli – “The kid in the photo is My Julian!!! It was one of those days (not much to do… a rainy day), a dark day, and in the room the only light we had was the light of the TV, so that give me the idea to stand in front of the TV and take some photos with my kiddo. When I saw the results… I thought it was pretty cool. I used my IPhone for this one!!! He’s really good making faces, so that was easy and a lot of fun too. The app I used for this photo is PicsArt – an excellent app – I have more photos using the same technique, the lighting is beautiful.”

Don’t forget…

The theme of this coming week’s showcase will be ‘Water’. For this challenge think puddles, lakes, raindrops, reflections or something more abstract. So start sharing your best water inspired images.

To enter the challenge simple start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Water’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the #mobiography_challenge_25 on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in next weeks showcase, so get sharing now.

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