The theme of last week’s Mobiography photo challenge was ‘Water’. From the superb collection of photo submitted to this challenge I have curated the following showcase of images. All images show how different photographers have approached this subject. From @alice1280’s use of reflections in the water that create a sense of space to @camhaynes22’s use of a macro lens to capture the minute detail in a water droplet or @mcmillanphoto use of long exposure techniqure to capture the movement in water.

Featured photographers this week include: @alice1280, @bigpeabella, @bluemoodz, @camhaynes22, @carmel.montgomery, @di.monheit19, @dviviano, @e_to_the_lynn, @geek1956, @iamlam628, @marmant, @mcmillanphoto, @mdphotographi, @petit_pois and @susanblanda.

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The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Silhouettes & Shadows’. For this challenge think about capturing shadowy figures, dark abstract shapes, or silhouette’s set against sunsets or brightly lit backgrounds.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Silhouettes & Shadows’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_60 on Instagram.

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

Morning

Morning‘ by @alice1280 – “This was a morning walk this week. All I did was some contrast and some sharpening in Instagram. Crisp and clear and sometimes my walk is perfect! Lots of water and if I’m lucky some clouds.”

“The morning breeze has secrets to tell you. Do not go back to sleep.” ~Rumi

“The morning breeze has secrets to tell you. Do not go back to sleep.” ~Rumi‘ by @bigpeabella – “This shot was taken at Shem Creek Park in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. It was shot with an iPhone 8 plus, Olloclip super wide angle lens and edited with Snapseed.”

Where Souls Dwell

Where Souls Dwell‘ by @bluemoodz – “I enjoy capturing reflective moments along Southern California’s beautiful coast and sharing them on my Instagram account (@bluemoodz). What I love to convey most through my photography is the quiet beauty and soulfulness that can often be found by standing at the water’s edge. In this winter photo, taken in Huntington Beach at sunset, parts of the shore lit up like a sheet of reflective glass. I was captivated by the fluffy clouds reflected in the water puddles and waited patiently for “busy strangers” to step into my iPhone camera screen. Then three silhouettes strolled by the shore, appearing at the right time and place, to bring out a sense of scale and quietude I am always looking to convey in my photographs. “What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.” – John Updike

This was shot with my iPhone X and edited in Snapseed, Priime and Instaflash mobile apps.”

Watered daily

Watered daily‘ by @camhaynes22 – “A summer garden needs daily watering which provides many droplet opportunities. In this case, a not yet bloomed purple petunia bud, with a reflection of the pergola overhead. This photo was captured quite a while back and I don’t remember if it rained or if I had just watered the flowers myself. Both options work well in my opinion.

I find photographing drops (especially without a tripod) can be meditative. Not only are you composing the image but, to get any amount of clarity, you need to control your movements, including your breathing. Even though drips happen spontaneously and are instantaneous usually another drop will soon replace it. And the process starts again. Patience is essential.

Photographed and edited on Samsung Galaxy S3 (no flash, no tripod, no macro lense used). Edited, in part, with SnapSeed and EyeEm apps.”

Placid pedaling…

Placid pedaling…‘ by @di.monheit19 – ““Placid pedaling” was inspired when I was out taking a walk and looked up to see this image! I was struck by the beauty of the scene! When I returned home, I checked the images on my iphoneX. I used Snapseed for a little color tweaking!”

[ TOGETHER ]

[ TOGETHER ]‘ by @dviviano – “In my life I work as a freelance architect, but I always walk with the smartphone in shooting mode, both outside and for free time. This photo was taken one afternoon in August a couple of years ago at the sea of ​​Capo d’Orlando in Sicily. I was trying my daughter’s new Huawei P8 Lite 2017, taking it back with her friends intent on making the verticals in the water. I took advantage of the low waves to lower the camera and simultaneously eliminate the horizon from infinity by approaching it.

The details of the shot are: 1/8000 sec f 2.2 ISO 50.”

To those of you in the polar vortex, remember grass?

To those of you in the polar vortex, remember grass?‘ by @e_to_the_lynn – “I shot this photo after a summer rainfall in my backyard. Water droplets on spiderwebs make for neat macro images, especially if the light is just right. The photo was taken with an iPhone 8 Plus using an olloclip macro lens attachment and I edited it in Adobe Lightroom Mobile. “

We all came in on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

We all came in on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now” ― Martin Luther King Jr.‘ by @geek1956 – “The photo was taken during my early morning walk along the beach at Batu Ferringhi Penang. I was attracted towards the peacefulness of the scene and this tiny fishing boat surrounded by the ocean. The photo was taken and edited in the Hipstamatic app.”

Blue is in

Blue is in‘ by @iamlam628 – “This shot was taken in Hong Kong at the Statue Park when I travelled there recently in November 2018. I used my iPhone X to take all my shots since taking up iPhone photography as a hobby and completing an iPhone Photography course earlier in the spring of 2018. It was an overcast and windy day. There was this big pool with a little fountain on the other end. I was intrigued by the ripples I saw on the water and liked how they distorted the geometrical pattern of the blue tiles at the bottom and created depth. I like a minimalist approach to images. I edited the photo in Snapseed on my phone. At the end, the photo is dominated by the color blue and I love the different shapes of blue, the waving lines and the soft light that I was able to capture, hence the title “Blue is in”. ”

Shades of blue

Shades of blue‘ by @marmant – “I took this picture in Bayahibe a year ago during a vacation in the Dominican Republic. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what app I used but I took the photo with my iphone 7, early in the morning and then I probably used the iPhone tools to change the photo.”

Untitled

Untitled‘ by @mcmillanphoto – “I started my mobile photography journey with the iPhone 4s. With so many apps available, I soon found Slow Shutter Cam to be one of my early favourites. I’ve always loved the way a long exposure can calm the rushing waters of a river or waterfall. This photo was taken at the dam above a local waterfall in my region. In my early days of mobile photography, my “best” photo was taken with my 4s using Slow Shutter Cam at this very spot. My first good day of shooting with the iPhone Xs Max last fall found me back at the dam where I just had to take the shot again with a much better camera and improved version of the app. The image is exposed for 8 seconds at ISO 16 using the 2x camera on the Xs Max to get close to the subject and is virtually as it was shot, no editing. ”

Blue spectrum

Blue spectrum‘ by @mdphotographi – “The idea for this picture came while diving in Spain (Costa Blanca) The picture was taken with an iPhone X in an underwater housing. I also used a POL filter to eliminate reflections. The picture was taken at a depth of about 3 meters. An underwaterlight was also used, for the good illumination of the chain.
I edited the picture with Lightroom and Snapseed.”

“There’s something so satisfying about sitting perfectly still after you’ve exhausted yourself in a round of carefree play! To lose yourself in the joy of living—-even for a short time—-is a precious gift!”

“There’s something so satisfying about sitting perfectly still after you’ve exhausted yourself in a round of carefree play! To lose yourself in the joy of living—-even for a short time—-is a precious gift!”‘ by @susanblanda – “I shoot with an iPhone by choice. I like the quality of the iPhone’s camera and the carefree simplicity that a mobile phone offers. And, I find editing on an iphone fun and creative — which is cool because editing is an essential part of my creative process!

As a visual artist, editing allows me to present the color, composition, light, emotion, and mood of an image with greater precision than I could achieve using a camera alone. For instance…I adore the work of the early impressionist painters, and I’m inspired by their dreamlike renderings and their use of subdued tones. So…in this image of a boy daydreaming on a beach, I softened the tones and the contrast in the image and eliminated distracting elements to give it an impressionist feel. These subtle edits, along with careful cropping, completely changed the mood of the photo!

My favorite apps are Snapseed, VSCO, Enlight, Stackables, and Mextures. But more important than any particular app I choose, is my love of experimentation and the ability to imagine what I want the final image to look like —before I start editing! Then it’s just a matter of jumping into the creative flow and having fun!”

Half Way Zone

Half Way Zone‘ by @carmel.montgomery

If only every Monday morning was like this

If only every Monday morning was like this‘ by @petit_pois

Don’t forget…

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Silhouettes & Shadows’. For this challenge think about capturing shadowy figures, dark abstract shapes, or silhouette’s set against sunsets or brightly lit backgrounds.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Silhouettes & Shadows’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_60 on Instagram.

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

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