The theme of last week’s Mobiography photo challenge was ‘Simple Compositions’. The photos featured in this showcase all illustrate how effective it can be to take a minimalist approach to the way you frame and compose your photos. It is often the case that less is more and the photos featured here all illustrate why this is so true.

Featured photographers this week include: @alex130869, @basakaytek, @bazillus, @bibimyhuong, @chasread, @dimpy.bhalotia, @geek1956, @jawdoc2, @jilllian2, @jlm_cork, @mikemantx, @mjhmalibu, @iamlam628, @reneetakespics, and @free3hands.

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The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Blue’. For this challenge Think about blue skies, inviting blue sea or blue flowers or moody melancholy images. So start sharing your best blue inspired images.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Blue’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_64 on Instagram.

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

Minimalismos

Minimalismos‘ by @alex130869 – “I took this photo during my vacation in Cancun. It was a great time there. The sky was awesome.. so blue.. no clouds.. I was in my chair under this umbrela. I looked up and the contrasts in colors, the fabric line dividing them and the shape caught my attention so I decide to capture the moment. Different colors and textures mixed up in one frame… The magic of taking photos.”

I found hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe – Dalai Lama

I found hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe – Dalai Lama‘ by @basakaytek – “Captured and edited on an iPhone 5. My editing process was very limited. I used Snapseed to crop the image and adjust the brightness and contrast.

This place is a memorial in Berlin for the victims of war and dictatorship with a sculpture (Mother with Her Dead Son) in the middle. The circular skylight on the top is the only light source of this place. Together with the silence inside and the kids playing around, it is a perfect place to highlight the contrasts of life; life and death, darkness and hope, joy and sadness.”

Untitled

Untitled‘ by @bazillus – “My series ‘architecture – eye on detail’ is an ongoing project which I started in 2011. The title ‘architecture – eye on detail’ is my guideline. My focus is on the details of buildings, interior and excerpts from the urban space. The choice of the place, and the language of shapes and the light transfer the images to an independent abstract photo. As well as they are references to architectural styles and eras.

The photos are shot with my iPhone and just have been edited with instagram. Black and White Only!. The selected photo I took in Bilbao. ”

Fly to the Sky

Fly to the Sky‘ by @bibimyhuong – “An old friend led me to roam through the city and captured interesting things around us. This was one of the wonderful places he took me to. He was the one who helped me to have a different perspective on life. Though now we don’t talk anymore, but I still remember those beautiful days.”

Deep Conic

Deep Conic‘ by @chasread – “Here, at the Fulton Square transit center in Lower Manhattan, photographers mostly aim their cameras and smartphones upwards – towards the iconic circular skylight that’s become a favorite view for instagrammers from around the world when they visit New York City. On a visit here in October 2017, I spent some time trying to get things lined up as I looked down from above through the cutout in the floor of the main level to the subway level below. Thousands of people flow through here every hour, but if you’re patient, you might be rewarded with a simple composition (bonus points for a non-MAGA red cap).

Shot on iPhone 6s and edited and cropped in Snapseed (image slightly “extended” at the top of the frame to create additional empty space in this 4:5 ratio crop).”

Peaceful

Peaceful‘ by @dimpy.bhalotia – “This was shot at Marine Drive in Mumbai. What I like the most about this photograph is its simplicity. This was shot on an iPhone. ”

A man swallowed a bird every day but still couldn’t fly.” – Marty Rubin

A man swallowed a bird every day but still couldn’t fly. – Marty Rubin‘ by @geek1956 – “This photo was taken on my daily walk using the IPhone X and the new “Montmartre” combo in the Hipstamatic app. There was not a lot of inspiration this particular morning until I noticed these birds lined up on a roof. ”

Out of shape

Out of shape‘ by @jawdoc2 – “I was at the opening of the new Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver.

I saw this huge black rectangular monitor displayed on the wall. This would provide a simple backdrop for my composition. I few moments later a person walked into the frame to create a point of interest. Simple lines and shapes was what I was looking for. Less is more!

Shot in colour on on my iPhone 7 plus and edited using the iPhone software, cropped and changed to black and white.”

Oil in my pocket

Oil in my pocket‘ by @jilllian2 – “This photo is the result of playing with different liquids and watching how they respond to each other. I am mesmerized when the vibrant colors come up through the liquids and form bubbles.

This was shot with an iPhone 7plus. I used Snapseed to rotate the photo and fine-tune the colors. ”

You want to spend time

You want to spend time‘ by @jlm_cork

Softly

Softly‘ by @mikemantx

Detail

Detail‘ by @mjhmalibu – “This abstract image of Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles was taken late afternoon with iPhone 6, Hipstamatic App using Jane+BlacKeys XF lens and film and edited in Snapseed.

I have photographed this building many times and depending on the time of day and the light, I always find new abstract images in its beautiful design.”

Sign of the time. The intensity of a working lady

Sign of the time. The intensity of a working lady‘ by @iamlam628 – “I took this photo in a restaurant last June while my friend was taking care of some urgent business matters on her phone. I used the portrait mode (stage light mono) with my iPhone X. She did not pose for me. The intensity on her face was nature and real. I wanted to accentuate her seriousness and facial expression to tell the story. So I decided to mask the photo with a black background leaving just her face and hands. I used the Superimpose app to accomplish this. The result turned out great. This is good example for using simple composition to add drama and grab attention.”

Mind the Minimal

Mind the Minimal‘ by @reneetakespics – “I was on a business trip in Sacramento looking for a place to eat. This clean wall behind a shopping mall drew me in. I got lots of odd looks from shop owners taking out their trash as I worked to capture the clean lines and cool color palette. Cropping just right to capture the sparse feeling was the biggest challenge.”

Untitled

Untitled‘ by @free3hands – “This is not my favourite type of photography. I love to observe what’s happening on the street. We were this weekend together with @MobilePhotoTrip on a photo walk in Opole. The whole meeting ran by my good buddy Luk @buudu and he was my inspiration to create such a frame. Just look at his profile then you will find that he likes minimalistic staff.

I create this picture with using two apps, Snapseed, which I use on a daily basis, and an unusual reflection effect I obtained using Mirror Lab.”

Don’t forget…

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Blue’. For this challenge Think about blue skies, inviting blue sea or blue flowers or moody melancholy images. So start sharing your best blue inspired images.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Blue’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_64 on Instagram.

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

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