The theme for last week’s Mobiography smartphone photo challenge was ‘Shadow Play’. Shadows are a great way to add interest, atmosphere, intrigue and mood to an image and the photos featured in this weeks showcase all illustrate how different photographers have used shadows to great effect. From the patterns created in @chasread’s image to the simplicity and contrast in colours in @jawdoc2’s.

Featured photographers this week include: @agkolatt, @arpixa, @camhaynes22, @chasread, @dunga_brook, @dviviano, @jawdoc2, @kaganbastimar, @lasina, @poetry_fish, @robinrobertis, and @sombra_y_luz.

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The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Yellow’. For this challenge think about images that are vibrant in the colour yellow – yellow backgrounds, clothing, flowers or objects. So start sharing your best yellow inspired images now.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Yellow’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_73 on Instagram.

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

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S(c)entinel

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S(c)entinel‘ by @camhaynes22 – “Mid-mornings, during spring, a small amount of direct sunlight moves across a little corner of my kitchen. It only lasts a few minutes and, at this particular moment, I found it on the top of my microwave. I quickly tried different props until this tiny bottle of perfume won my attention. I loved how the light was refracted. I kept moving the bottle to follow the shadows until I captured this photo and a few more before the sun spot was gone.

I edited this photo as part of a weekly black and white photo challenge on Eyeem (hosted by various users who participate). The theme that week was either scent or fragrance. I knew capturing scent itself could be difficult but I felt the refraction was a glimpse of its essence. The perfume bottle is actually red and created a beautiful red glow on the white surface of my microwave but I needed a black and white submission thus the grayscale edit.

Photographed and edited on Samsung Galaxy S3 in 2015 (no flash, no tripod). Edited, in part, with SnapSeed and EyeEm apps.”

high light reverie

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high light reverie‘ by @chasread – “During a visit to Phoenix a couple of years ago, Zee thought I’d like this spot and brought me here straightaway, first stop. Mid-day May sun was high and hot. Then this guy walked through the frame.

Shot on an iPhone 6s in the Blackie app and cropped in Snapseed.rob”

Why six months of winter feels too long…Because the next six months are so indescribably delicious

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Why six months of winter feels too long…Because the next six months are so indescribably delicious‘ by @dunga_brook – “It’s finally spring in central NY and the morning light on this day was incredible. Pure gold light. I ran outside to take this photo and wiped out, cracking my shin. In severe throbbing pain, I limped into my front yard to stand in the shadow cast by the sun rising behind my great maple tree with its new leaves. I snapped a few photos with the sun behind the trunk, making sure to get the right exposure of light and dark. I edit with distressedfx plus, pick from their “heavens” preset and “artist beginnings” textures. I’m random there. Just play til something pleases my eye. Then I edit in Snapseed. Again, playing with editing tools til satisfied. Final pass is IG filters and tools to give it a look that pleases my eye. I use “Hudson” quite often.”

[ RED ]

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[ RED ]‘ by @dviviano

On the dark side

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On the dark side‘ by @jawdoc2 – “It was a bright sunny day and as the yellow wall was well lit, the adjacent was in full shadow. I really liked the contrast of the dark shadows adjacent to the well lit yellow wall. The basic simple geometry really worked here too. I didn’t wait too long for the person with the matching yellow jacket to walk into the scene to create this decisive moment.

Shot on my iPhone 7plus and I increased the contrast using the iPhone software and snapseed to clone out a few spots.”

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Untitled‘ by @kaganbastimar – “Edinburgh is an amazing place to wander and to get lost and the shadows of old buildings were as amazing as the city itself. Making use of the light, shadows and the placing tourists who were taking photos as a memory in right place was the only thing that I needed to do at that scene.

When I talk about the editing process, as time goes by and as I take more photographs I realized that editing should be as simple as possible in order not to make editing a distraction. Having said that I feel bad about the fact that people generally associate mobile photography with over editing. I’m challenging this perception on my instagram profile to show people that mobile photography can be as beautiful and neat, as DSLR photography without over editing or without using extra apps to edit photos. I therefore, just lowered the exposure and brightness a little bit with the iPhone default photos editing options.”

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Untitled‘ by @lasina – “Doesn’t everyone have a mannequin in their foyer?! One night I noticed the street light shining through the blinds and casting beautiful shadows onto my mannequin. I especially loved the strong shadow and light contrast on the left side vs. the softer contrast on the right side. The horizontal lines played well with her curves. I shot this image with the Cortex Camera app and then used Snapseed to crop and convert it to black and white. ”

Shadow casting

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Shadow casting‘ by @poetry_fish – “My little boy is obsessed with clouds and shadows and often asks me to take photos of what he sees. One recent evening he called me to take this shot. He really only wanted the shadow but I liked the effect of seeing his hands throwing the shape too. I liked the image in colour but much preferred the strength of the shadow and contrasting light in black and white. I edited and took the image on my iphone8+. ”

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Untitled‘ by @robinrobertis – “The hotel our flight crews stay at in Shanghai, China has the most wonderful pool on the 33rd floor. My friend and I had made a date to meet at it and play with our underwater cameras. After some shooting, he got out of the pool, I asked him to strike a pose, and he did jumping up on the window sill which made for some wonderful “shadow play”.

This was taken with the iPhone 5, edited in NOVA. I still use the iPhone 5 for water shots because of the Optrix case which I love and won’t give up. Unfortunately the company no longer makes it.”

Legs and telephone

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Legs and telephone‘ by @sombra_y_luz

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Untitled‘ by @agkolatt

Lines and shadows

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lines and shadows‘ by @arpixa

Don’t forget…

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Yellow’. For this challenge think about images that are vibrant in the colour yellow – yellow backgrounds, clothing, flowers or objects. So start sharing your best yellow inspired images now.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Yellow’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_73 on Instagram.

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

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