The theme of last week’s Mobiography Photo Challenge was ‘Symmetry’. Using symmetry in the composition of a photo is a great way to balance a photo’s layout as well as offering many creative opportunities especially when making excellent use of such things as reflections, leading lines or patterns. The photos featured in this weeks showcase are a perfect illustration of how symmetry can be used to great effect.

Featured photographers this week include: Nicolas Xanthos, @crazy_poule, @g3rzegorz, @jawdoc2, Jill Lian, @kaganbastimar, @mitza.szasz, @marcallahan, @myby_one, @paule_novemb, Renee Clark, and Roland Smith.

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This week the theme for the next photo challenge will be ‘Adventure and Travel’. For this challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that convey a sense of freedom or travel to far off lands, share stunning landscape photos, or adrenaline fuelled action shots.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Adventure and Travel’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_47 on Instagram.

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

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Sometimes you have to look up to see the most beautiful windows

Sometimes you have to look up to see the most beautiful windows‘ by @crazy_poule – “I spent a day exploring Brussels. It was way too hot for me that day so I spent quite a lot of time inside of old buildings as they tend to be rather cool. I have always been fascinated by old doors and windows as they come in so many different forms and shapes. This window intrigued me a lot as it is in the ceiling casting quite a nice light on the sculptures in the room. I loved the geometric form of the window. I hardly did any post processing, made it a bit more sharp and enhanced the structure. ”

The best seat in the house

The best seat in the house‘ by @jawdoc2 – “The fog was thick that day which created an uncluttered backdrop for the winter trees and bench. I composed the shot and asked a passerby to take the image of me sitting on the bench. The street lines in the foreground lead us in to the scene. I converted to black and white using the iPhone software.”

Noticing the small things

Noticing the small things‘ by Jill Lian – “Almost every morning, I head outside to see what lovely little things I can find. This particular morning I found this seed floating in front of me. I believe it is the seed of an Ornamental Grass plant. I was struck by the tiny hairlike filaments within the seed.

This was shot with an iPhone 7 Plus. I used an olloclip macro lens attachment. Using Snapseed, I cropped the image and added a little blur to the bottom part of the photo to bring your focus to the center of the seed.”

Enclosed

Enclosed‘ by @kaganbastimar – “I took this photo where I lived for 1.5 years as a single man. On this day, my pregnant wife had a craving for waffles which is why we were sat outside this waffle cafe. As soon as I see their shiny tables I decided to take a picture, then this man with the umbrella completed the puzzle for me. What makes me happy when I see this photo is that this is the last photo that I took before my beloved son Mert was born.”

Looking up….or down….or turned around?

Looking up….or down….or turned around?‘ by @marcallahan – “I had just visited a museum in the Seaport District of Boston and was walking along the Fort Point Channel. Many colorful boats and the Boston Tea Party Museum to capture. As the sky darkened, I looked up to find myself standing under Seaport Blvd. I took only one photo and after later viewing the results, I flipped it several times settling on this perspective. I loved the starkness and natural symmetry of the overpass! ”

Half and half leaves, of course!

Half and half leaves, of course!‘ by @paule_novemb – “I love taking pictures of colorful autumn leaves and always try to find special ways to shoot them. On this occasion I was searching for unusual leaves, especially the bi-colored ones. They are quite hard to find, buried in the millions autumn leaves out there, so my special radar is always on! When I finally grabbed a nicely split one, I switched my radar to bi-colored backgrounds. It’s often street markings, easier, but I still take several pictures with my iPhone 6, on different backgrounds. I then choose the best one and edit to enhance definition and colour contrast.”

The Coffee Guy

The Coffee Guy‘ by Roland Smith – “This is Pudding Lane, London 2016, and it was our first trip to England from Australia as a family. My 5 year old son and I were about to climb the 311 steps of The Monument and I was drawn to this reflection. Peeled off 15 single images trying to find the sweet spot. Shot on an iPhone SE and processed with Snapseed and final touches in Instagram.

I love the ease of the mobile phone, and it ends up in positions almost impossible for a regular camera.
This years project has been an attempt at one photo for 365 days of the year at one of our local dog beaches, South Beach 365. I got 2/3s of the way through the year but another trip to England this year and ill health has meant I’m not getting there every day.

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Untitled‘ by Nicolas Xanthos – “This photo was taken during a misty hike. Nobody was on the trail, and the fog muffled the sounds: it created a strange atmosphere. When I arrived at the lakeside, I was immediately struck by the mysterious beauty of the landscape: the dark and calm water; the woods on the other side in the mist; this little island with its straight and dignified firs. It was like a peaceful and indifferent world, and it was hard to tell whether it was coming out of the fog, or about to disappear solemnly.

The composition of this photo emphasizes symmetry; but I also wanted to keep the fog in the background: it suggests a possible story, changes, risks. The edit has especially highlighted the tones of the photos, so that they are both clean and discreet. I used with Lightroom, VSCO and Snapseed. I also used Handy Photo to remove some pieces of wood on the lake.”

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Untitled‘ by Renee Clark

T2 / Dublin Airport

T2 / Dublin Airport‘ by @myby_one

Long walk

Long walk‘ by @mitza.szasz

Red alert

Red alert‘ by @g3rzegorz

Don’t forget…

This week the theme for the next photo challenge will be ‘Adventure and Travel’. For this challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that convey a sense of freedom or travel to far off lands, share stunning landscape photos, or adrenaline fuelled action shots.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Adventure and Travel’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_47 on Instagram.

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

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