The theme of this last week’s Mobiography Photo Challenge was ‘Rain’, something we are starting to get a lot of here in the UK. Rain provides us with so many photo opportunities from the reflections we see in puddles to rain splattered windows, from shadowy figures huddled under umbrellas in the street to macro photos of raindrops on flowers or window panes. The photos featured in this weeks showcase illustrate how different photographers have approached this subject.

Featured photographers this week include: Aung Ko Latt, Ainy Kamrani, Arturo Lopez, @armineh29, Carol Haynes, Cheryl Philly, Jessica Kaplan, Jonathon Leahy Maharaj, Laurence Bouchard, @misseswray, Charles Read, Nicki Fitz-Gerald, Tian Hsien, @venkatesulu and @zoya_zen.

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The theme for the next challenge will be ‘On The Streets’. For the challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos taken on the streets. Think about street photography, candid moments, street portraits or shots of architecture and the urban environment. Think black and white, dark and gritty or vibrant and colorful moments.

To enter the challenge simple start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘On The Streets’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_40 on Instagram.

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

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Untitled‘ by Ainy Kamrani – “I’m a karachiites and for us rain is something special because we have had hardly any rain for quite sometime. It took as long as 2.3 years to enjoy the rain. So, this photo is special because it had started drizzling for the first time this season. After enjoying our traditional pakoras and tea, we went out to enjoy it and I took this photo.. I post processed the photo in Snapseed.”

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D í a s d e l l u v i a‘ by Arturo Lopez – “The story behind the photo: a rainy day at home… after the storm I saw all the windows splashed with a beautiful drop pattern. Without extra lens I shot them trying to get as close as I could and get those nice crystal views of what was outside. No much edited was needed in Snapseed: just desaturation.”

Raindrops and tree branches

Raindrops and tree branches‘ by @armineh29 – “One morning on a rainy day (which is not as often as I like it to be!) I was about to leave for work. I opened the sunroof cover of my car, looked up and noticed the reflection of the palm tree in the raindrops. A moment I had to capture. This shot was made with my iPhone 6s using Hipstamatic (Lowy Lens and Blanko BL4 Film).”

Raindrops magnifying tiniest details

Raindrops magnifying tiniest details‘ by Carol Haynes – “It’s funny but when I thought of the leaves changing from rich greens to bright fall colours I had never really thought of their transition. I think this camouflaged leaf made me realize that’s exactly what it was… a transition. The leaves didn’t just turn from green to vibrant yellow, orange, or red. It happens gradually but we don’t pay close attention until the transformation is complete or even over.

I loved the faded pattern of the colours I saw in this leaf and the raindrops magnified the leaf’s delicate structure otherwise difficult to see.

One of the perks of mobile photography is its immediate access and easy use. Without my smartphone I might very well have walked past this leaf in my garden and never looked back or thought of it again. Now, 2 years later, I can still admire it and share it with others. Yes, the quality of the photograph could be better… you can always do better! Some might say “it looks nice from far but far from nice” & thats ok but I still love the composition, the colours & textures I see here. Hope you do too.

Photographed and edited on Samsung Galaxy S7 (no flash, no tripod). Edited, in part, with SnapSeed and EyeEm apps”

Spread your wings

Spread your wings‘ by Jonathon Leahy Maharaj – “It’s Ireland, it rains a lot. I lucked out with a set of cheap as anything (ie free with three cans of cider. No, seriously) clip on plastic lenses, one of which was a macro. A gap in the rain, and some fallen leaves, lens clipped on, shoot on iPhone 7, edited in Snapseed, all done.”

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Untitled‘ by Laurence Bouchard – “This was shot at Yoyogi station in Tokyo. Part of the station has these ground level train lines which I love. One afternoon I went there when it was raining and this was my favourite shot from that time. I then used the ‘noir’ filter in Snapseed to tweak it a bit.”

The mix of old and new architecture in London

The mix of old and new architecture in London‘ by @misseswray – “London is a perfect spot for rain reflections and umbrellas to accentuate the tension between the central figure and architecture. One of my favorite things about London is how old and new architecture co-exist. So this location contained many of my favorite photo elements, as well as the additional glow and reflections from the windows. I just stood here for a while until a pedestrian walked into the middle of the frame.

Shot with the native camera on my iPhone 7+, cropped and cleaned up in Snapseed and edited in VSCO. ”

Wet and on the down low

Wet and on the down low‘ by Charles Read – “In 2013, Random International’s Interactive Rain Room installation was mounted at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. I waited outdoors (in the rain!) for over an hour one day before being admitted to this space, where digital sensors triggered the downpour to stop only where (and when) a human observer-participant would stand in (or walk through the space). The streams of water, backlit by an immense single spotlight, created amazing conditions for photographers as people interacted with the technology. Here, I held my iPhone 4s upside down at arm’s length on the floor and basically shot blind – just as someone walked through the frame to create this silhouette.”

Reload

Reload‘ by Nicki Fitz-Gerald – “This photo was taken at an 80s music revival concert called Reload in a field somewhere in Norwich, England. I was accompanying my partner Bob who was photographing the event and I saw this shot and just couldn’t resist it. I just loved the determination of these two to have a good time. I had a great time watching some of my old favourites from the 80s including The Boomtown Rats and they were well prepared for the British weather! I got down low so that the details on the umbrella would be seen clearly against the lighter and plain background of the sky. I did a few tweaks in Snapseed, mainly adding a vignette, then uploaded to Instagram – Voila!”

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Untitled‘ by Tian Hsien – “I was expecting a sunset that day, but unexpectedly there came a rain, and I saw this person walking slowly! It was taken at Guarujá, São Paulo coast and edited in Snapseed.”

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Llueve sobre mojado‘ by @venkatesulu – “This photo belongs to a underwater series taken over 3 years in a swiminpool with family and friends. Taken with my mobile, a Sony Xperia Z3, and processed just with Snapseed. Every summer I like to think differently and expressively by taking underwater photos with my mobile, it is my own personal proyect, you can see it at #sumergidaenmimundov (sumerged in my own world) on my Instagram account @venkatesulu. ”

After last night’s rain

After last night’s rain‘ by @zoya_zen

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Untitled‘ by Aung Ko Latt

Déjà Vu

Déjà Vu‘ by Cheryl Philly

Finding beauty in today’s dreariness

Finding beauty in today’s dreariness‘ by Jessica Kaplan

Don’t forget…

The theme for the next challenge will be ‘On The Streets’. For the challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos taken on the streets. Think about street photography, candid moments, street portraits or shots of architecture and the urban environment. Think black and white, dark and gritty or vibrant and colorful moments.

To enter the challenge simple start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘On The Streets’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_40 on Instagram.

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

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