The theme for this week’s Mobiography Showcase Challenge was ‘Trees’. I love nature, the landscape and forest scenes. I find there is something, peaceful, calming and theraputic about wandering through a forest and as the featured photographers this week have shown, trees, can be a wonderful subject to focus on in your compositions. This is especially true when you can photograph them set against a backdrop of mist, snow or a wonderful sunset or sunrise.

Featured photographers this week include: Mariko Klug, Jaz Oldham, ils_photo, Carmela Serrinde, Carmel Montgomery, Sven Kutscher, Jacklyn Skenesky, Margaret Shaw, photoartbymike, Nora Kaszuba, Fi Austin, Jordi Call, Katie Wall, Tommy Wallace, Joseph Cyr, Dany Gualtieri, Elaine Taylor.

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The theme of this coming week’s showcase will be ‘Water’. For this challenge share your best photos of water inspired images. Think seascapes, streams and rivers, puddles or sealife.

To enter the challenge simple start sharing your images of ‘Water’ that were taken and edited with a smartphone by using the #mobiography_challenge_20. on Instagram.

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Untitled‘ by Mariko Klug – “Sometimes I just drive around in the Bavarian Alpine Foreland. I like to explore unknown places, always in the hope of finding some hidden gem. At some point, I drove past a tiny village called Traxl with its small church with a pointed steeple. This church immediately caught my eye, as in Bavaria onion domed churches are more common.

I decided to stop by the road and have a look. I noticed the trees on the hill and the setting sun shining through them. All the elements, that is the church, the light and the trees, harmonized perfectly so I wanted to capture them all together.
This photo was taken with an iPhone X and edited with Snapseed (basic adjustments), Stackables (filters) and HandyPhoto (clouds).”

Road to snowhere!

Road to snowhere!‘ by Jaz Oldham – “We had an unexpected snow day, a great opportunity to take some wintery pictures. This road runs alongside a river and into a small picturesque village. The tracks looked like they were leading to some mysterious place in the distance. The added bonus is that the road is tree lined. There’s a very old apple tree amongst them, I have a long wait until late summer to photograph it laden with old English apples!

Shot on my IPhone. Edited in Hipstamatic. Loftus lens. I brightened it up a bit and enhanced the shadows.”

“I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beechtree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.” – Henry David Thoreau

“I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beechtree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.” – Henry David Thoreau‘ by ils_photo – “It was taken about 2 weeks ago in Eastern Hungary during my holidays. The country had its coldest days in 60 years at the time and after years in South-East Asia that extreme cold felt particularly challenging. Suddenly there, at that beautiful frozen lake, I found this old tree with a shape resembling the posture of a crawling figure, trying to shuffle its way through this icy land… kind of the way I felt then. I took this picture as a reminder of this challenging, yet truly beautiful day.

As for the post processing, there wasn’t much done to the image really. I used Snapseed to turn the picture monochrome, and tweaked the contrast and clarity a little.”

Calm

Calm‘ by Carmela Serrinde

The Land That Time Forgot

The Land That Time Forgot‘ by Carmel Montgomery – “I’ve commuted past this space at Sydney airport  for years and it has always intrigued me. I had never seen any images of it. Finally, with some time to kill, I explored what I found out to be an old pumping station with chimney,  canals, beautiful old bricks and this wonderful old fig tree. This whole place was bizzare, stuck between a busy international airport and expressway, it truly felt like The Land Time Forgot.

All editing was done on Snapseed.  Playing with tonal contrasts, the selective tool/stucture,  brush/dodge and burn and a little bit of lens blur. ”

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Untitled‘ by Sven Kutscher – “The power of the silence inspired me to take a deeper look inside the forest. How? With my iPhone 7 Plus. Back home I did some fine tuning with Enlight and Mextures. 

It was a beautiful day on the mountain

It was a beautiful day on the mountain‘ by Jacklyn Skenesky – “I love taking pictures of nature, so while I was skiing in Vermont with family and friends in the back of my mind I was keeping an eye out for any good photo opportunities. In the morning I noticed this tree line and how it was snow covered and floppy but yet kept skiing right by it. Why? Because I will say my family and friends are supportive of my many mobile photos but a little less so when they are on the slopes!  In one of our last runs of the afternoon we went by them again and the sun was just so perfect that I stopped mid trail to take the picture. In processing I used Snapseed to edit and adjust the white balance and the LD app.”

This way please

This way please‘ by Margaret Shaw – “We were caught out in a rain shower whilst on a walking break. As soon as the rain stopped, the sun came out, the ground began to warm, and the steam began to rise. The walking route was marked by the yellow arrow on tree, taking us into the forest. It looked very mysterious, and slightly eerie. Of course, I couldn’t miss this opportunity, and I had my phone straight to hand. Shot on iPhone 7plus, it was edited in Photoshop Express using a splash filter to highlight the mist.”

Think!! cave painting

Think!! cave painting‘ by photoartbymike – “The story behind this edit was inspired by recently viewing cave art views from the Rhino Cave at the Tsodilo Hills site in Botswana. I tried to do something different using one of my photos and overlying a sticker from the Pixlr app this involved about five or six application’s to get the right look.”

Man walking with dog on a foggy afternoon

Man walking with dog on a foggy afternoon‘ by Nora Kaszuba – “My husband and I visited the University of Connecticut-Avery Point campus in Groton, Connecticut, to go for a walk and were stunned to see it was engulfed in fog as we approached the campus. We were unprepared for this as there was no fog elsewhere but this is a point that juts out into Long Island Sound and the day was warmer than usual for this time of year. This tree was magical as I found it was illuminated with the fog as its backdrop and as I was trying to photograph it, a man with his black Labrador dog started their walk and I photographed them for perspective as they walked away from me. I photographed them with my iPhone 7 cellphone with my cellphone held low to the ground and I processed this photo minimally with Snapseed and here are my settings as follows:

Black and white – Neutral
Brush – minimal dodging and burning along the path and grass
Vignette – outer brightness -50”

It’s definitely a landmark tree

It’s definitely a landmark tree‘ by Fi Austin

Wind Sculpture

Wind Sculpture‘ by Jordi Call – “The photography was taken in Port Lligat, near Cadaqués, on the Costa Brava in Catalonia, very close to where the painter Salvador Dalí lived. It is an area where the wind blows very strongly, northern wind called Tramuntana. I took the photo in the morning, in light backlight, with the Mediterranean Sea as a background. I edited the photo in Adobe Lightroom mobile app.”

Mornin

Mornin‘ by Katie Wall – “I often run with my dogs early in the mornings and this was the misty view I had that day when about to head into the forest. ‘Mornin’ (called out to other walkers on such a day is actually translated as ‘do not fear, I’m not a lurking axe murderer and if you could please give me a cheery wave back that would reassure me greatly that you aren’t either’) “

Pic was taken on iPhone 7.

The Great Escape

The Great Escape‘ by Tommy Wallace – “This is “The Great Escape.” So named for the road that stretches past this tree but also because going there to photograph it is a great escape for me.

The Lollie Bottoms (yes, a real place) has several lone trees dotting the flat farmland. These magnificent creatures reach to the sky and break the monotony of the horizons. In blue skies, fog, or rainy days, this one is always a great subject.
Captured with my Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, I edited this in Snapseed. “

Looking up at aspens… Colorado? Nope—Arizona!

Looking up at aspens… Colorado? Nope—Arizona!‘ by Joseph Cyr – “When people think of Arizona, they usually think of cactus-framed desert vistas. However, much of the state is covered with mountains, and the higher elevations are draped in forests. On the highest peaks, aspens turn golden in the autumn, and hiking among miles of white trunks with the yellow leaves raining down against a cobalt sky is an unforgettable experience. I took this with my iPhone 6s, native camera app, using snapseed for a little bit of exposure correction. “

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Untitled‘ by Dany Gualtieri – “I took this picture in a beautiful protected area here in Italy. No cars here, no streets, only white snow. It is a really magic landscape. I used my iphone X and totally edited in VSCO.”

Billy at Otley Chevin

Billy at Otley Chevin‘ by Elaine Taylor – “This was taken on Otley Chevin on a cold day just before Christmas. While Billy was waiting for us to set off on a walk, he wandered around this tree and skated across the icy car park in front of it. His red jacket and blue shoes popped in the snowy scene, so I grabbed a couple of quick shots. Despite many visits there, I’m not sure I’d ever noticed this tree before (probably because the car park is usually full).

I took the photo with my iPhone7 plus using Hipstamatic (Anne-Marie / Abbot K20)”

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The theme of this coming week’s showcase will be ‘Water’. For this challenge share your best photos of water inspired images. Think seascapes, streams and rivers, puddles or sealife.

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