Each week I will be asking a mobile photographer to choose the one image of theirs that they are most proud of. It does not have to be their best, or the one that has received the most recognition, just the one image that they are more emotionally connected with than any other.

This week’s artist is Fábio Morbec

I love a photographer who knows how to use Hipstamatic and this week’s artist certainly does.

I first got into Fábio’s work when noticing how well he used leading lines and vanishing points in his images (two areas I was very into at that time), along with heavy contrasts and dark shadows. Great examples of his mastering of this include “Rising From The Darkness“, “Ghost“, “Lines and Shadows” and my favourite, an untitled image from Davis, California.

His images are full of mood and atmosphere and are unashamedly in love with both light and darkness in equal measure. There are very few mobile photographers who pull this off as well as him and long may he stay in love with Hipstamatic, if he is going to produce images on a constant basis as well as he does.

The Photo I Am Most Proud Of: Fábio Morbec

Following The Leader by Fabio Morbec

Following The Leader by Fábio Morbec

I used my iPhone (mostly Hipstamatic) as main camera for more than two years but since I bought a Nikon 1 V1 my phone became a secondary camera, I mean, Hipstamatic is my second camera. I love Hipstamatic because its simplicity. I really like the Hipstamatic workflow which you need to choose the film and lens before shooting and the impossibility of editing it, so you need to choose carefully what you use before, which forces you to learn how to use film and lens. As a result, I learned more about composition and observing the light.

I took the photo above in Sacramento’s Zoo last August, on a sunny day, with some clouds in the sky hidden by the sun once in a while. When we arrived in this part of the Zoo I noticed the water spray was creating an interesting atmosphere when the sunlight was passing through it.

I waited about 20 minutes in that spot for the right moment to shoot. I mean, for good light and people. I used the Hipstamatic combination of BlacKeys Extra Fine and JohnS. Finally, I saw a group (or family) coming in my direction and a guy refreshing yourself, so I just pointed the iPhone (that was unlocked with the Hipstamatic open) and took the picture. I just saw the little girl some minutes later when I was looking at the photo on the iPhone. I took just three photos that day, all in this spot.

I think this photo is special for me because I had to move around and wait until I have the perfect scene to make the photo including elements that I love to catch such as strong contrast, shadows and  good light with a “street photography feeling” (in black and white of course :)).

I very rarely edit my Hipsta prints so this is pure Hipstamatic!

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