The theme of last week’s Mobiography photo challenge was ‘Shadows & Silhouette’s’. This theme forces the photographer to think about light and the contrast between light and dark and the subsequent photo opportunities that are available when you open your eyes to the subject. Using Shadows and Silhouette’s is a great way to add mystery and intrigue to a photo and lends itself well to shooting in black and white.

Featured photographers this week include: @alexaziehl, @chris_tadros, @hipsta365_fernando, @iphonecameragirl, @jawdoc2, @mjhmalibu, @oldhamjaz, @scattycarrot, @susanblanda, @thephototypinglife, Charles Read, @pastortwallace, Laurence Bouchard and @cindoid.

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As this coming week sees us celebrate valentines day, it seems only right that the theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Love and Affection’. For this challenge think about capturing those tender moments of love and affection, portraits of loved ones, or moments of quiet contemplation.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Love and Affection’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_61 on Instagram.

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

A solid shape with it’s edges matching the outline of the subject

A solid shape with it’s edges matching the outline of the subject‘ by @alexaziehl – “This was taken in the so called ‘rain room’. Living in the desert were rain is rather a rarity, was an inspiration enough for a shooting in there. Not much editing done at all on this particular picture. I gave it a bit more structure and depth and that was it. The lighting conditions were almost perfect for a silhouette shooting like that. The trick was to cover the light right behind.”

September in Paris

September in Paris‘ by @chris_tadros – “This is a popular photo spot in the Musée d’Orsay and most people were snapping shots through the clock face of the Louvre (to the far right) and Sacré Coeur straight ahead in the distance across Paris. It was busy but there was a polite informal queue allowing everyone to take their photos. As I stepped back from the clock window, I noticed the queue and the silhouettes. What struck me as slightly comical was a girl posing for photo in the mid ground adjusting her stance to block out the man right at the window to make it look as if only she was there. The girl’s friend was the mobile photographer in the foreground telling her how to place her legs and feet.  Shot on iPhone 8+ with the Camera +2 app edited in Lightroom mobile.”

Confidence

Confidence‘ by @hipsta365_fernando – “It was Sunday I was resting at home, and in the middle of the afternoon I decided to go for a walk by the sea. I stopped to take some photos and suddenly a mother and daughter showed up to take pictures. When I saw the two silhouettes against sunset light … I do not resist taking this photo!

It was taken on an iPhone 7, and edited only on Hipstamatic app, Jane Lens Lens, Blanko Film, Apollo Flash. “

Looking at art…

Looking at art…‘ by @iphonecameragirl – “A friend and I were in an elevator at the MET in NYC. As the doors opened and she walked out of the elevator this geometric was right in front of her. I yelled- stop right there…snapped the pic and that was it! It was a very intuitive shot. Shot on iPhone 7plus. Cropping was the only edit. “

Hydra

Hydra‘ by @jawdoc2 – “I saw this colourful wall in the early morning light. The reflection off the motor car and windshield in the foreground created the perfect composition. The silhouette stride by, formed the perfect three headed focal point. Shot on my iPhone 7 plus and edited with the iPhone software.”

Untitled

Untitled‘ by @mjhmalibu – “I enjoy shooting architecture and Los Angeles offers many opportunities for interesting and varied subject matter. This photograph was taken at night under a portico on Main Street in Venice, California. The lamp light created beautiful abstractions of the arched ceiling. Originally shot in color, I changed it to blank and white to accentuate the abstract design and the shadows. Shot on iphone 6 with native camera and edited with same.”

The colour version

The colour version‘ by @oldhamjaz – “Shot on my iPhone using hipstamatic and a tiny bit of snapseed edit. We were on a New Year’s Day walk with family at Grange Over Sands, UK. Our hosts deliberately chose a time to see the sunset at height.  Myself and a photographer companion were the straglers at the back looking for photo opportunities and I watched as our group climbed up higher than us and then became framed by the sky. The pink disc is a frisby for the dog to chase and retrieve. This is the trig point at the summit of Humphrey Head Top at Grange Over Sands. ”

This never gets old

This never gets old‘ by @scattycarrot – “My husband has loved throwing our kids up in the air since they were tiny. They aren’t so tiny anymore but he can still manage to throw our 8 year old up high in the air. I have been taking silhouettes of him doing so for years and documenting how the kids have grown. I love how, even though this is a silhouette, you can sense how much fun they are both having and how high our daughter is being thrown. This was a candid moment and I got down low for a different perspective. Edited a little in Snapseed (my favorite mobile editing app) to darken the silhouettes and make them pop. Shot with a Note 4. “

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Wonders never cease—unless we let them. Find wonder in every moment!‘ by @susanblanda

Private party

Private party‘ by @thephototypinglife – “On vacation with my wife in Japan, we were staying in Shinjuku where, at night, things were a little calmer than the day, but the action was still seemingly there, just moved behind closed doors. While I was out exploring on my own and finding us some traveling essentials, I allowed myself a few extra minutes to wander, get lost, and stop to take a few pictures where and when I spotted compelling scenes. This was one of them – a gathering of comrades, safe from the rain and abstracted from view. I edited this in VSCO, Lightroom, and Snapseed – the latter to help with the contrasted framing in order to focus on the scene and diminish other visual distractions.”

An occupation of loss

An occupation of loss‘ by Charles Read – “Artist Taryn Simon created an immense yet intimate interior space in New York City’s Park Avenue Armory for performative, ritualized expressions of mourning and grief to be delivered by professional mourners from many cultures around the world. Her amazing installation – An Occupation of Loss – was a deeply sacred space for several weeks here, a place for quiet contemplation in a noisy city where long rays of light found their way in to illuminate the temporary structure she created here. Fortunately, photography was permitted during viewing hours when performances were not taking place. Shot with iPhone 6s and edited in Snapseed.”

Dunas de Soledad

Dunas de Soledad‘ by @pastortwallace

Untitled

Closing Time‘ by Laurence Bouchard – “‘Closing Time’ was shot at The Tate Modern in London.  It’s an incredible building that used to be a power station.  The architect, Charles Gilbert Scott, also built the iconic Battersea power station.  This was shot at closing time so there was an exodus of people leaving the building which made for a lot of great silhouettes.  I love how the building’s design has this lined window which creates these beautiful lines of light on the floor.  I edited the photo in Snapseed and increased the contrast and used a vignette tool to darken the edges of the image.”

Silhouette

Silhouette‘ by @cindoid

Don’t forget…

As this coming week sees us celebrate valentines day, it seems only right that the theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Love and Affection’. For this challenge think about capturing those tender moments of love and affection, portraits of loved ones, or moments of quiet contemplation.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Love and Affection’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_61 on Instagram.

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

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