The theme for the last Mobiography smartphone photo challenge was ‘Street Life’. For this challenge the Mobiography community was asked to think about sharing their best street photography images and think about candid moments, street portraits, shots of the urban life and people going about their daily lives.

The photos featured in this showcase show how different photographers have approached the subject of Street Life. Shadows, silhouettes, reflections as well as tender moments between people as they go about their day all feature prominently in the photos.

Featured photographers this week include: @laurence_bouchard, @ipiotrxs, @mjhmalibu, @magdalena.szurek, @chasread, @jawdoc2, @agkolatt, @mmuslim, @grace_brignolle, @anitaelle, @vdiazarcal, @kristenchandlertoth, and @monkeymuesli.

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The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Peace and Tranquility’. For the challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that convey a sense of peace, calm and tranquility, whether through a minimalist composition, negative space, using muted colors, a captivating portrait or stunning landscape.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Peace and Tranquility’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_77 on Instagram.

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

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Untitled‘ by @laurence_bouchard – “This was shot during a recent photography workshop I’ve been running in Tokyo via Eyexplore. The rainy season started in Tokyo about a week ago and was really heavy on this day which was perfect for puddlegram shots. We shot a few burst mode shots outside Ebisu station with DSLR’s and iPhones and moved on. My favorite shot from the workshop was this iPhone shot and quite often that’s the case. I then edited in Snapseed using the noir filter.

If you are visiting Japan and are interested in an Urban Geometry workshop you can find more information here

Waiting

Waiting‘ by @ipiotrxs – “Getting my son off the sofa, away from the PlayStation and off his phone is a challenge. He’s always miserable… until he hits the street. Then, he’s pulled into its life, vibrancy and people; then, he sees that life in the world is the real adventure.

The photo was shot on iPhone XS with portrait mode on. I used the in-built “Vivid warm” filter, a bit of VSCO M5 filter and played with shadows and highlights a bit. I usually try to change as little as possible.”

Stay in the light

Stay in the light‘ by @mjhmalibu – “This photo was taken outside of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, which serves as backdrop for many modelling photo shoots, both professional and amateur. This girl was being photographed by her boyfriend … while strangers were looking on.

I liked the composition of the figures in the late afternoon shaft of light and used my iPhone 6 with Hipstamatic app (Blackie film and Jane lens combination) and did some minor editing with Snapseed. ”

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Untitled‘ by @magdalena.szurek – “The photo was taken through the window of the tram. I knew straightaway that it would be black and white photography. I really liked the “sweaty” glazing and distortions of street life that could be seen. Photography has only been converted to black and white.”

The day we stopped traffic

The day we stopped traffic‘ by @chasread – “On January 21, 2017, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, over a million marchers showed up in the streets of Manhattan to register their peaceful resistance, bringing traffic to a halt. Tall building framed the drama unfolding far below. Likewise, around the globe, millions more made their voices heard in marches large and small.

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

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On track. . . . .‘ by @jawdoc2 – “I noticed a few runners training at my local athletics track late one afternoon. The afternoon sun created these long shadows on the track. I had a little fun by flipping the image 180 degrees to make the shadows the subject of the image. Shot on my iPhone 7plus and edited using the phone software (leveling, cropping and adjusting contrast).

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Untitled‘ by @mmuslim – “I had gone for a Photo-walk with my daughter in connection with a school of photography contest. The Theme for the contest was ‘Spaces’. We reside in the State of Qatar and I suggested to my daughter that the Education City Campus of the Qatar Foundation has some fantastic spaces that are worth to be photographed. We agreed to shoot and this is one of the locations in the Ceremonial court where this image was take.

The images was inspired by the Ceremonial Court which has some unique infinity space, design and architecture, which led me to capture this Photo.

To edit this photo I simply adjusted and cropped it a bit to bring the photo to a square frame and selected the Inkwell black and white filter in the Instagram from where I them posted it.”

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Untitled‘ by @grace_brignolle – “As soon as I get in the subway, I start to look for an interesting poster or people to shoot, the subway is the best way to shoot, you could disguise your phone and pretend that you are either reading something or just looking at your phone. This particular moment developed right on front of my eyes, what it was drew me to them was how much love they were giving to each other, the way the child talked to her mother, and how the mother explained what the poster was about on front of them meant.

It was a moment that I could not let it go. I used my iPhone 6 to shoot this with the Hipstamatic App, using Burke lens and Blackeys XF film. I edited the photo using Snapseed.”

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Winds in Kin

Harmattan dust storm‘ by @kristenchandlertoth – “While walking home one Sunday in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, a strong wind was gusting in from the direction of the Congo river. It was the season of the Harmattan dust storms. The storms have mostly died down by the time they reach Congo, but the air is filled with dust during that season. As we walked along the walls we were protected from the wind, but in the alleys that open to the river, the children were blasted by the incoming air. They played for a few minutes in the sandy gusts and I was able to snap this shot of my twins and their brother.

This photo was taken on my old iPhone SE and I used the Lightroom app to make it black and white with minimal editing, just a contrast boost . ”

The trousers that got away

The trousers that got away‘ by @monkeymuesli – “I just love watching people on the tube. London is full of colourful characters and this person made my day after a 5-week enforced break from shooting in London.

I captioned the image ‘the trousers that got away’ because a pal of mine took great exception to me not finding out where she might acquire a pair for herself (she’s also a colourful character).

Taken on iPhone X and edited in Snapseed, I hoped to enhance the reflected layers to emphasise the surreptitious nature of the shot and then just let that fabulous outfit shine!”

Don’t forget…

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is ‘Peace and Tranquility’. For the challenge think about sharing your best mobile photos that convey a sense of peace, calm and tranquility, whether through a minimalist composition, negative space, using muted colors, a captivating portrait or stunning landscape.

To enter the challenge simply start sharing your best images on the theme of ‘Peace and Tranquility’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the hashtag #mobiography_challenge_77 on Instagram.

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

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