The theme of last week’s Mobiography photo challenge was ‘Black and White’. For this challenge participants were asked to share their best black and white inspired mobile photos, and you guys didn’t disappoint. Black and white photography is a superb medium to use to create images that are stripped of any distractions of colour and that enforce the contrast between the deep shadows and light areas of a photograph.

Featured photographers this week include: Charles Read, Laurence Bouchard, Scott A Woodward, Dina Alfasi, @alice1280, @bigpeabella, @corvis_carrion, @db.cooper, @iam_jjaym, @marcallahan, @mjhmalibu, @susiecouch, @agkolatt, @blu_eyes_c, and @bazillus

Take part in the next Mobiography photo challenge

This week, the theme for the photo challenge is ‘Trees’. For this challenge think about sharing your best examples of smartphone photos of tree and forests inspired landscapes.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Trees’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_57 on Instagram.

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

Lots of small dogs

Lots of small dogs‘ by @alice1280 – “I took this with the sun quite high in the sky and to the right. I edited in Snapseed and decided to go with black and white. I wanted to highlight the figures so used more extreme editing than I usually would. Ended up with a ray of sunshine and nice silhouettes. Every experiment in Snapseed can be undone, which makes it easy to push an idea.”

Shapes and Shadows

Shapes and Shadows‘ by @bigpeabella – “Taken on iphone 8plus, edited on Snapseed and Blackie. ”

Stairdown

Stairdown‘ by Charles Read – “This image was taken at a social media preview event held at Glenstone Museum, outside of Washington DC, in October, just a few days before they opened their new Pavilions to the public (Thomas Phifer, architect). This staircase descends from the entrance and leads to 15 rooms, each (excepting just one) dedicated to the work of a single artist, each a unique environment for the contemplation of art and the surrounding landscape. As the event wrapped up, I asked Moyo to hold his pose for a moment as I snapped a few shots. The natural lighting flooding down from the entrance above set him in stark silhouette – things were rushed, and with a little more time I might have tried to adjust exposure to capture some detail, but later I realized that the opaque silhouette worked beautifully with his stance, his posture, and yes, that hat!

Shot on my iPhoneX using the Blackie App camera and cropped in Snapseed with minimal additional editing. ”

Haunted

Haunted‘ by @corvis_carrion – “This image began life as a colour photo that I set up and shot in my tiny studio at home in Belfast with my iPhone 8. Since reading about the Plague Doctors many years ago I became inspired by their deeds and wanted to make a series of my own original images based on how they looked – this is my first. The face is a mask and the Ravens are part of my own private Taxidermy collection. After taking the colour shot I first convert it to black and white using the editing features native to the iPhone, then next to Snapseed for further adjustments and enhancements. To finish I then begin the time consuming process of digital painting and blending with Paintfx.”

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Untitled‘ by @db.cooper – “This a photo of Artist’s Drive in Death Valley, California. There is a variety of unique topography in the park and it is a source of creative inspiration for me. Many roads like this stretch, seemingly forever, over the expansive desert. I chose a black and white edit with high contrast to express the drama of the landscape.”

I like this one the best…

I like this one the best…‘ by @iam_jjaym – “I was picking my wife up from work one day and while waiting I noticed a few people walking past me on the other side of the road, I got out of the car to get closer and I snapped a version of this shot, when reviewing the photos I had snapped a near perfect shot of the guy with a cigarette in his mouth…I edited the photo with SKRWT to straighten and fix perspective, Retouch to remove a few blemishes on the wall, Blackie for black and white conversion and an app called Lorystripes to add the idea of smoke coming from the cigarette.”

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Untitled‘ by Laurence Bouchard – “This was shot in Roppongi, Tokyo earlier this year in front of Tatsuo Miyajima’s ‘Counter Void’ installation. The installation had become a part of the ‘Relight Project’ – a way to remember the victims of the tragic earthquake and Tsunami that occurred in 2011. Unfortunately, this year was to be the last time that the installation would be lit up. Apparently the reason for this is because TV Asahi – owners of the installation – feel there are negative associations to do with the ‘Relight Project’ and want to move on. I was there for a couple of nights and this was one of the shots I got. I then made a few adjustments in Snapseed.”

Follow me….

Follow me….‘ by @marcallahan – “This photo was taken from inside a favorite lighthouse on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, it’s Nobska Lighthouse in Falmouth. This was my first time inside after driving by over many years! I finally realized they had tours and off I went! The lighting was perfect (and the final view from the top, magnificent….) I did a little editing on this photo, perhaps a tweak on Snapseed and black and white conversion – I’m loving the camera on my 8+ phone!! ”

Favorite building in Los Angeles

Favorite building in Los Angeles‘ by @mjhmalibu – “I very much enjoy shooting architecture and this Frank Gehry building with its curves, lines and planes is truly one of my favorite subjects. I have photographed it often, during all times of the day – the light and shadows always different.

This time I used the iPhone 6 with Hipstamatic app (Blackie film and Jane lens combination) and edited with Snapseed.”

A solitary leaf, blown by the winter wind finds a soft landing

A solitary leaf, blown by the winter wind finds a soft landing‘ by @susiecouch – “I took a photography walk after an early December snowfall. As I was walking up the hill behind my house, I spotted a lone leaf on the blanket of snow. I thought the negative space lent itself to an interesting, moody composition. Original edits were done in Snapseed using the noir filter and adjusting the white balance. I used iColorama for secondary edits, applying the watercolor and texture effects. Shot with iPhone 8+.”

The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea‘ by Scott A Woodward

Long way home

Long way home‘ by Dina Alfasi

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Untitled‘ by @agkolatt

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Untitled‘ by @blu_eyes_c

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Untitled‘ by @bazillus

Don’t forget…

This week, the theme for the photo challenge is ‘Trees’. For this challenge think about sharing your best examples of smartphone photos of tree and forests inspired landscapes.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Trees’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_57 on Instagram.

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

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