The theme for last week’s Mobiography Showcase Challenge on Instagram was ‘Minimalist Views & Negative Space’. By surrounding a subject with wide open space is such a powerful way of framing your subject and composition. All featured photographers this week have beautifully illustrated how using minimal compositions and negative space can be used to create some stunning photographs.

Featured photographers this week include: Ann Hecht, Joseph Cyr, Arashrimus, Steve G, Evelyne Sieber, Wendy Hahm Pierce, Isabel Pereira, kallyklick, Nikhil Kulkarni, Jaz Oldham, Liz Anderson, Elaine Taylor, Steven Littrell, Maria Moscoso, Victor Diaz Arcal and Steven Littrell.

Take part in next week’s showcase challenge

The theme of this coming week’s showcase will be ‘Trees’. For this challenge share your best photos of tree and forests inspired landscapes.

To enter the challenge simple start sharing your images of ‘Trees’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the #mobiography_challenge_19. on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in next weeks showcase, so get sharing now.

Misty jogging

Misty jogging‘ by Ann Hecht – “This was one of the happy days when the mist is thick and these 3 people were on an early morning jog. I find that mist makes it much easier to isolate your subjects. A trip through Snapseed and they look as if they are floating. I probably could have eliminated the beach but chose to keep it. I had the rule of thirds drummed into me at art school!”

Looking back and thinking ahead to summer blooms in the desert canyon

Looking back and thinking ahead to summer blooms in the desert canyon‘ by Joseph Cyr – “When I go for runs in the desert around Tucson, I almost always have my iPhone with me, on a wrist-strap. In the canyons near where I live, there are seasonal streams where wildflowers bloom every spring and summer. This bloom, just about to unfurl, caught my eye on an evening run after a monsoon-storm. Datura flowers open around sunset, and then last for only a night and a day before withering away.

I paused to take this shot with the native camera app, and then later I edited it with snapseed, using the select tool to gradually darken the areas around the bloom so that it would stand out; the natural vegetation around the flower was already dark, but working gradually I was able to isolate the petals so that it would look like what you often see in studio floral photography: blooms against a black backdrop. Wildflowers in the Arizona desert are meant to be savored.”

Windows of the world

Windows of the world‘ by Evelyne Sieber – “On my recent trip to Taipei I visited the “puppet museum” where, on the top floor,  this green octagonal window set against a warm yellow wall instantltly caught my eye. The simplicity and color contrast are striking and calming at the same time. In the snapseed app I adjusted the perspective, cropped to balance the sides of the window and tuned the ambience to brighten the image.”

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Untitled‘ by Wendy Hahm Pierce – “My son participated in tap dance lessons through Danceworks. At the end of the year, June 2017, they did a showcase performance entitled: My Milwaukee: The Magic of My City, which included all dance styles. The dancer in this photo was very talented and in many dances, but I was excited when she had a solo performance.  I loved how they lit the stage for her dance, with the rainbow lighting. The combination of this, the dancer’s red tutu and her body position inspired me to snap a photo. I was surprised it turned out as well as it did, because I was using the 2X zoom of my iphone 7+ and was not sitting that close to the stage.

My only edits for this photo were cropping some of the bottom to not show as much of the black stage and increasing sharpness by 40%. The colors were already so vibrant that no other edits were needed.”

Boys

Boys‘ by Isabel Pereira – “The story behind this photo is quite simple. It was taken with my iPhone and with one of the VSCO filters applied. The boys were playing soccer on urca beach, rio de janeiro.”

Best Friends

Best Friends‘ by kallyklick – “This photo is particularly special to me because it is of my dear son and dog. They are always an inspiration. It was a beautiful calm day and both my son, Aris, and my dog, Jock, were playing and decided to have a quiet moment in the grass. These calm moments are rare, so I was extremely fortunate to catch this. I took this shot from a low point of view to capture the layers of the grass, sea and sky. I edited this photo using Hipstamatic App: Lens: Ray Mark II,  Film: Love81.”

Pier

Pier‘ by Nikhil Kulkarni – “This was shot from my OnePlus 5 from moving car. This was in Sri Lanka near a place called Nuwara Eliya. It was a foggy day and I saw this scene which looked right out of a mystery movie. I processed it using Snapseed and gave it my favourite treatment…monochrome. “

Bird on a cold tin roof!

Bird on a cold tin roof!‘ by Jaz Oldham – “I was keen to join in with this weeks challenge. I would say that I am a ‘less is more’ kind of person generally anyway so it really appealed to me. The photograph was shot in the Marks & Spencer car park in Ilkley, UK, which has some lovely Victorian architecture. I just happened to look up and saw the bird sitting atop a globe light on the top of a Victorian glass and steel awning. The Ariel running across the shot was from my car!

Shot on my iPhone SE using the Jack London lens, BlacKeys XF, Triple Crown. Not much editing was done – I cropped it a bit and made it a little brighter but that’s it.”

Chrysanthemum in January

Chrysanthemum in January‘ by Liz Anderson – “Northern California can often be cold and rainy in January and I like to bring flowers into my home to brighten the gloom. On a particularly wet and miserable day, I looked around for a subject for my Project365 and chose this single stem of a yellow chrysanthemum. I used the very professional setup of holding the flower with one hand against a wall and shooting with my iPhone in the other hand. There was wonderful soft light coming from a window on the left. I took the photo with my iPhone 7+ and the Hipstamatic app using the Jimmy Lens, Maximus LXIX film and the Cherry Shine flash. No other edits.”

Charlie, Billy and Stephen on Bob the Rock, Ilkley Moor

Charlie, Billy and Stephen on Bob the Rock, Ilkley Moor‘ by Elaine Taylor – “This is my husband and sons on Ilkley Moor, Yorkshire. When we want fresh air and open space we often head here. My boys named the rock Bob the first time we found it.  My boys and Bob have featured in my Instagram feed numerous times over the years – it’s a special little part of the world to us. I like the sense of scale provided the huge expanse of sky and the touch of Yorkshire landscape in the distance.

I shot this with my iPhone7 plus using Hipstamatic (Ruddy / Ina’s 1935).”

Low Tide

Low Tide‘ by Maria Moscoso – “This spot in Crandon park is a favorite place to shoot specially in low tide and overcast skies like this day.  You can see many birds here and very few people around.  Since moving to Miami I have fallen in love with birds and have been using them as another element in my compositions. The day I took this photo I was alone at beach when the woman and her child appeared. I got very excited because I saw the possibilities of a great image. I love minimalist pictures and the sharpness you can obtain with the smartphone of the birds and the tiny figures. I took many pictures this one being one of my favorites. I didn’t do much in post processing as I didn’t want to change the mood or the beautiful muted light of that day. I almost always start with Snapseed and end with it too.  Then with Superimpose I added the pelicans, which is also my photo, to give the magic touch to the image.  I finished it with a very light texture from Stackables app. “

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Untitled‘ by Victor Diaz Arcal – “Many of the modern metro stations in Madrid are very open, allowing you to shoot from different angles over or under the horizontal line. In this case, I could take the picture descending the escalators. I saw a composition that attracted me (people, lines, colors, background), but I had to be very fast in framing and shooting. A final crop adjusted the image as I liked.

This photography was taken as part of my project about Madrid underground. I feel attracted by people attitudes and moods, but it also attracts me geometry, composition and colors.”

You told me a bunch of White Lies but they went up into the thin Air

You told me a bunch of White Lies but they went up into the thin Air‘ by Arashrimus

Awkward but Likeable!

Awkward but Likeable!‘ by Steve G

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Don’t forget…

The theme of this coming week’s showcase will be ‘Trees’. For this challenge share your best photos of tree and forests inspired landscapes.

To enter the challenge simple start sharing your images of ‘Trees’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the #mobiography_challenge_19. on Instagram.

The best ones will be featured in next weeks showcase, so get sharing now.

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