I wish you all a very happy holidays ;-) Enjoy this special time with family and friends. I will not be posting the Image of the Week series until the new year. It’s a very busy time for me with work and also with all the holiday activity.
I will spend some time in the next weeks thinking about the Mobile Photography Challenge 2012 and will be posting about it soon. I have the theme for January figured out ;-)
Thanks for reading, Patrick
As I was looking through Max’s images this one jumped out at me. There is real focus in the boys eyes. Is he cold or just getting ready for his race? I like the treatment Max uses here, the blur all around except for the face and hair and also the clean white background works well to keep the focus on the eyes.
Max has a photo blog on Tumblr titled MAXS iPhotos that you can check out here. He posts images and also some iPhone product info that are of interest to iPhoneographers.
Connect with Max here:
- Instagram @maxisphotos
- Flickr photostream – Lots of portraits in his Flickr stream. This one really is great.
- EyeEm profile
- Pixels at an Exhibition
- iPhoneArt page
I hope you enjoyed this week’s image. Do you have a suggestion for an image of the week? Drop me a line and let me know.
Thanks for reading, Patrick
Please note that I made a spelling error in the last post regarding Shel Serkin. Sheldon’s last name was mis-spelled, I have since corrected the post. His Twitter and Instagram handles were also corrected to the correct @shelserkin. My apologies to Sheldon :-(
Also note that Shel will be sending me some answers I raised regarding his “Stan” image and I will post them on the blog.
Meet Stan! Isn’t this a great image? I really love this shot. The simplicity of the composition, the use of black & white processing, the cleanliness of the room, the well dressed Stan all alone with the piano. Even the distance between Stan and the piano is a bit odd (which I like), he is not too close but looking on from a respectful distance with his hands behind his back, and it looks like he’s leaning towards the piano a bit. This image could’ve been taken 30 or 40 years ago. Did you notice the wall to the right that comes out from the back wall? It creates a perfect balance for Stan who stands between the piano and this wall section. This image has a story and it raises many questions like;
- Who is Stan? Is he the pianist, security guard, admirer of the piano??
- Where is this image taken? It doesn’t look like a concert hall but more like a museum.
- What is that box on the wall behind the piano?
Connect with Sheldon on Twitter and Instagram @shelserkin on Flickr here.
Sheldon also has a Tumblr Hipstamatic blog right here.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s selection.
Thanks for reading, Patrick
Yosemite Falls by Pat Shourds is a great shot. It has amazing detail in the stone, and the dramatic sky adds a lot. This was shot with an iPhone 3gs and is impressive for that camera, or phone eh or smart phone, he he he.
I asked Pat to explain the Yosemite Falls shot and so here it is: “A one shot serendipity. If you’re out exploring long enough, it will eventually happen to all of us. In Landscape photography it’s been said, “No Light, No Clouds, No Shot”. When I processed the image, I tried to play the power of the water and sky against a tranquil landscape. I roiled up the clouds, and turned them Black and White. Dodging and burning, saturation, and selective sharpening rounded out the processing.”
Pat was kind enough to give us a little background as to his beginnings with photography:
“My photo beginnings go back to my kid days. A Brownie Box Camera for Christmas. In High School my dad built me a small darkroom in the garage. I shot Black and White and made lots of bad prints, but had a blast. I always had a camera along to record my mountain adventures and purchased my first digital camera in 2005. I’ve shot all kinds of events, done portraits etc., but my true love has always remained in landscape photography. I’ve participated in several gallery shows in Santa Barbara. I process, and print all my own images, with few exceptions.
Bought my first iphone in 2009 thinking I would use the camera for snapshots to send to family and friends. When I started using Twitter I quickly found a lively group of creative people producing the most amazing images from that “Little Thing”. I was hooked! Kudos to all the “Early Birds” who shinned a bright light into the world of iphoneography.
Lately I have gravitated back to my passion of landscape photography.
On my recent 3 week trip to the Eastern Sierra, I took an equal number of iphone and DSLR shots, often coming up with better iphone compositions. The iphone, with its “Live View” makes it easy to explore different POVs and take and review lots of images quickly. So I use my DSLR to compliment my iphone and vise versa. Best of both worlds.
My goto apps are Filterstorm, Tiffen PhotoFx, Touch Retouch, Photoforge2, Snapseed,and BlurFx. With my new iphone 4s I mostly use the native camera, but also Camera Genius, and Pro HDR .”
Thank you all for reading and a special happy Thanksgiving Sunday to all the American readers, enjoy your day with family, friends food and lots of football :-) Patrick
This is an image from Dixon Hamby’s pole art street series. You can see them all on his Flickr page. This series is based on combining posters from street poles and including the surroundings to add to the impact and often create a play on many elements. It is ever-growing with new work being added all the time.
I first saw Dixon’s work in “The Art of iPhoneography” book where he is one of the featured photographers. He says “Photography keeps me in the present. It’s essentially a part of my life. No matter what problems I’ve had, I’ve always been able to take pictures. Photography makes me see the world and helps me shift my focus off my own problems.” Dixon is a Twitter consultant and teaches classes at a Seattle college. He is a very active Twitter tweeter, uh or whatever you call someone who tweets a lot, other than actual birds that is :-) he he he.
You can connect with Dixon here;
Thanks to Dixon for allowing the use of his image :-)
Thanks to you so much for reading, Patrick
Happy Sunday everyone! Clint Cline’s image “Walking with Lomora | Speckled” caught my eye immediately. There’s a quality of light, composition and colour that just hit me. It is also different from what I’ve seen from Clint. If you look through his Flickr photo stream you’ll see lots of artistic composite work with textures and graphics. I found out from Clint that he likes to take a break from his normal style of heavily apped images and focus on “photography using light and form instead of effects.” Clint has many Flickr sets based on different topics and concepts. This is a good way to view his many works.
The below text was sent to me from Clint for this blog post.
What an honor to be featured at Going Mobile!
I’m a Florida-based writer/designer/shooter. I began photography as a photojournalist where I saw the world principally through the grains of TriX400. From there I moved on to experiment with odd and rare film types. I made the digital leap reluctantly 10 years ago, making quite a show of kicking and screaming at the time. In fact, just last month I gave in and donated a freezer full of film (you know, the long dark stuff with sprockets…) to a school with a real photo lab! And while I still own several DSLRs, they’ve since taken a backseat to my iPhone.
What an amazing time to be alive! Digital has spawned a tremendous democratization of visual expression and – despite the claptrap that inevitably arises – we are all better for it. In the Proverbs it says ‘as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another’ …. likewise the explosive evolution in digital photography (and now iPhonography) is challenging and pushing and elevating a larger discussion on the power and use of visual communication. Now with the advent of spatial cameras that allow the viewer to actually control what they see in an image – shifting intent from the photographer to the viewer – we’re about to see another seismic shift in visual expression. I only hope it comes with the sense of community that has arisen with iPhonography. I am sharpened everyday to see the abundance of talent, some directed, some still making its way, that finds expression through the iPhone.
If I had to sum up a philosophy of the way I shoot, I’d turn to C.S. Lewis (Narnia) and echo his comment that, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
Clint’s works have been exhibited in Venarey le Laumes, France at the Exposition d’iPhonographie, at Pennsylvania’s Photo Media Center’s inaugural iPhoneArt show, on P1xels, iPhoneArt.com, LifeInLoFi, and by several app developers such as ProCamera and Scratchcam.
I hope you enjoy Clint’s work and spend some time browsing his images. Thank you Clint for being so helpful.
Thanks for reading, Patrick
I’m very happy to be featuring AikBeng Chia this week. He’s known in the iPhoneography community simply as ABC and has an impressive following. This image, “Mr. Chua”, is part of a series of shots where AikBeng meets Mr. Chua, who is a homeless 81-year-old man, on the streets of Singapore. AikBeng finds Mr. Chua again and brings him for a meal when this image was taken. You can see the whole series here on ABC’s Flickr stream. I think this is a good representation of AikBeng’s style, lots of b & w street photography. You can feel Mr. Chua’s difficult life in this portrait.
ABC is a recent member of “The Mobile Photo Group“. Established in 2011, The Mobile Photo Group is an international collective of mobile photographers dedicated to promoting their work and presenting mobile photography as an important and evolving form of photography.
See here for a spotlight on the Eyeem site.
Connect with AikBeng here;
- Google +
- Eyeem stream
- Twitter: @AikBengChia
- Instagram: @aikbengchia
- ABC’s personal website Pixelmunky
- 500PX website profile
I’ll close here with a quote from Henri Cartier-Bresson that AikBeng feels sums up street portraiture ; “In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody.”
Thanks for reading, Patrick
I started following Jo’s Flickr photo stream last year when I was doing my 365 project. She is very active on Flickr and has lots of people paying attention to her work. She has a special “look” that is her own. Her processing is always fantastic and artistic.
Jo sent me the following comment; “Basically, I got into iphoneography when I realised what an amazingly versatile tool I had readily available, in my pocket, at all times. I love to take pictures, and I love to edit. Taking a picture is one thing, and the iphone can produce a really fine image SOOC, but what I really love to do is enhance an image, give it a unique look, a texture, some grunge, a twist, and with the iPhone you can do this so easily all from within the phone via the awesome and the numerous Apps available. And that is what I find so brilliant and love the most, it does it all and it does it so well! And it is so much fun. And it can keep me entertained for hours. Literally!”
As Jo mentioned iPhonography is fun and that is a major attraction for all iPhoneographers I think. Sometimes shooting with a DSLR can be too much for some people. Just carrying the gear around needs planning. Having a mobile phone with a good camera makes things easy and enables us to capture images we wouldn’t normally be able to. Many people use their mobile phones to take snapshots of everyday things, do a little processing and share it online. Others take it a bit further and create amazing images that continue to impress people, especially when you tell them you shot it with your iPhone! I think Jo does just that.
See here for an interview with Jo after she finished her 2010 365 project.
And go check out her new blog here I just discovered doing a Google search on Jo :-)
Thanks for reading and thanks to Jo for allowing me to use her image, Patrick
Souichi Furusho is a relative newcomer to photography but has made a big splash with his amazing iPhoneography. Souichi is a graphic designer in Japan and only started with iPhotography earlier this year. I really love this image with its symmetry, silhouetted figure, square format and black & white treatment. Isn’t that a winning recipe??? Many of Souichi’s images have silhouettes with very clean and simple compositions. Although most of his work is in black & white, he also treats colour in a unique way with often only one prominent colour. Looking through his Flickr stream you’ll see that he has sets based on selected colours, which is an interesting way to view those images. They all have very high impact. I particularly love this one. The next photo in his Flickr stream also goes with this one and creates a larger image.
There is a short interview between Soichi and iPhoneogenic here when he was selected as iPhoneographer of the week a couple of months ago.
Links to where to connect with Souichi
- Twitter: @sfurusho
- Instagram: @sfurusho
- eyeem: http://www.eyeem.com/s/user:3725
- iphoneart: http://www.iphoneartcom/users/1616/galleries