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Mobile Photography Challenge April Theme

Hey there,

So I thought “Foolish” would be an appropriate theme for April. This can be a fun theme so play with the idea and let’s see some foolish mobile images. :-) As always you can post your images to the Flickr group here.

Been very busy recently and I haven’t had much time for the blog but I will get some content this month although only towards the end of the month. Stay tuned and keep shooting.

BTW I noticed that Instagram has opened to Android users and that is great news. The community will grow a lot faster now. If you’re an Android user go download the app here.

Thanks for reading, Patrick


Instagram and the Montreal Highlights Festival

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“MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is one of the largest winter festivals in the world, an annual celebration drawing 900,000 fans to experience the joy of Montréal wintertime through a unique program combining performing arts, gastronomy, free outdoor family activities, and a full night of exquisitely original discoveries!” as described on the Montreal Highlights Festival official website. The festival also has a special night called “La Nuit Blanche” translated as… well literally the White Night but it doesn’t really work in English. Anyway it’s a night of activities that run from 6pm until 6am the following morning. I had never been before but the Montreal Instagram group asked me if I would take shots during the festival. I had planned to go anyway and so of course I accepted the offer. I received a media pass that gave me access to go anywhere. I thought I would write a post on how the event went and my Instagram experience.

The festival asked that we cover 20 different events between the 5 photographers that were issued a media pass. We separated the events between the 5 of us and then it was up to each of us to plan our itinerary. We had a unique hashtag that we used to identify the shots taken from our gang and some were picked up by The Gazette on their website. Have a look at the stream of images that used that tag here. The festival has events in a few different areas that are not within walking distance of each other. This made it more difficult to cover for my events. Thanks to the free shuttles I was able to get to where I needed to be easily. It was a cold evening so I had to dress accordingly. The Instagram group met at 7:30pm to pick up our media passes and meet some of the group. Then we were off to start working on our shot lists

I wanted to shoot the Bran Van 3000 show even if it wasn’t on my list of events. I had a hard time getting to the stage because the show was about to start and there were people everywhere. I finally made it to the front of the stage, thanks in part to my media pass :-), and was ready and two minutes later the show started. Awesome!!

So I also brought my Nikon D300 dslr with me knowing that there would be many great opportunities for some great shots. For the BV3 show I switched between the iPhone and the D300. I posted some of the D300 shots on my Flickr account if you are interested check them out here.

One of the events I had to cover was “Fabric Sculptures” at the “W Montreal” hotel – Spontaneous creations of “Haute Couture” dresses on a live model. Each performance will be created live in front of your eyes at each hour. When I got there the designer was almost finished her creation and there wasn’t a spot that I liked to get a good shot. The media pass around my neck gave me the courage to go sit right in front of the model and designer to get some shots. I wasn’t in anyones way so it was all good. I wouldn’t have done it otherwise. The W is really amazing inside. Here are two shots I made there.

There was a light painting activity where people were given handheld lights and were asked to move them around to create light shapes. Their was a camera on a tripod setup and linked to two TV’s that showed everyone the results. The guests could get their creations sent to their Facebook pages. I wasn’t sure what to shoot for this event because it was so dark. I took a shot of one of the TV screens and was happy with it. In retrospect I could’ve used the Slowshutter app but didn’t think of it then, dumb dumb!

There were all kinds of art showcases. I stopped by the The Galerie Michel-Ange with its dynamic and electrifying PoP Explosif exhibition, featuring works by internationally acclaimed pop artists Boudro, Roger Katch and guest artist Norma Bessière.

I also went to Espace Verre and saw glass blowing in action.  There was also an exposition of varied works by the very talented students. Espace Verre is a non-profit organization that offers education, promotion and other services to people interested in the glass arts.

There were activities everywhere, people everywhere, food and beverages everywhere, music, lights action and you guessed it cameras everywhere! I spent 7 hours on the site (from 7pm till 2am) and didn’t come close to seeing everything I wanted to see.

I’m looking forward to next year’s Highlights Festival and La Nuit Blanche 2013 !

Thanks for reading, Patrick


Mobile Photography Challenge March Theme

Hey there,

So February is over and we’re into March. Sixteen images were submitted for last month’s theme “Letting go” to the Flickr group pool. We’ve had some new people join the challenge and I thought I would welcome them here. Paul Johnrou BechaydaPison Jaujip, Harper Bloom and Nakeva Corothers have all joined in February. So thanks to you all. If you haven’t peeked into their photo streams yet please do and show a little love :-)

So the theme for March is “contrast“. Simple and nothing flashy but I expect the images you all submit to be, well real contrasty. The contrast doesn’t necessarily have to be in the tones but can be in the subject matter as well, so think about that also.

I had a little scare this week when the camera on my iPhone wouldn’t focus anymore. I tried the native phone camera app and other apps as well but none of them could focus, so I was convinced it was a hardware problem. I made a service call to Apple and in the end went to the Apple store where they replaced the camera. It was covered under warranty so it didn’t cost me a penny. Woohoo :-). I thought they might replace the phone and give me an iPhone 4s but no luck! Oh well it’s all good. I also appear to have a battery issue. It is draining very quickly. The genius at the Apple store told me to wipe my iPhone clean and then configure it up again like it was a new iPhone. I backed up the camera roll and made sure iCloud was up to date and will try to wipe it this weekend.

We’ve just received a nice amount of fresh awesome fluffy white snow, yahoo. Here’s a shot from last weekend taken in Montreal after another bit of snow. Winter has come late this year.

Thanks for reading and good luck with this month’s challenge.



January Mobile Photography Challenge Ending Soon…

Hey there,

So the Flickr group has been created and there are images posted. We have 9 more days to go before the end of the month and a new theme will be announced. Still time if any of you want to join in :-)

Remember you can post up to 3 images if you like.

Thanks for reading, Patrick


Mobile Photography Challenge – January 2012

Hey there,

Ok so I hope everyone has recovered from all the celebrating over the holidays! I had a great time but welcome the return to my regular routines.

Back in December I announced the Mobile Photography Challenge 2012, and so here now are the details for the January Challenge;

  • The theme this month is “Self Portrait”, I know this may be difficult for some but this IS a challenge right? Also it will be a good way to get to know you all a little better. Here’s a link that can help you with some ideas :-)
  • The image should be square format, ratio of 1:1
  • You can use any apps you like (or none at all) as long as all editing is done on the mobile phone. You cannot edit your image on your desktop or laptop computer. I can accept a tablet like the iPad.
  • Other than that it can be interpreted any way you like.

Remember this is a “Mobile” challenge so that means you need to capture AND edit your image on your mobile (cell) phone’s camera. It doesn’t have to be an Apple iPhone, it can be any cell phone you have.

I will create a Flickr group where you can add your image to. It will be a public but by invitation only group. This way it will be easier to manage for me and also keep it focused between the people who are participating in the challenges and not random people on Flickr who are just looking to dump images and not really interested in the challenge or group itself. Everyone who has contacted me with an interest in the challenge will receive and invitation to the group.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks for reading, Patrick


Image of the Week #12 – Sheldon Serkin

photo of man standing next to piano

"Stan" by Shel Serkin

Hey there,

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?
There is a story in this image and that is what makes it work for me.

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


Image of the Week #10 – Dixon Hamby

Hey there,

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;

Dixon has exhibited his work at Pixels at an Exhibition in Berkeley California, Eye’Em Exhibition in Berlin in 2010 and iPhoneography and the Automobile Exhibition 2010 in Milan, Italy.

Thanks to Dixon for allowing the use of his image :-)

Thanks to you so much for reading, Patrick


Image of the Week #9 – Clint Cline

Walking with Lomora | Spekled

Walking with Lomora | Spekled by Clint Cline

Hey there,

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,, 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


Image of the Week #8 – AikBeng Chia

Mr Chua by AikBeng Chia

Hey there,

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;

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


Image of the Week #7 – JoGo

High Land by JoGo

High Land by JoGo

Hey there,

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