Apps Uncovered 20 May 2018 – Conceptual Art

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Selected by Bob Weil

This week’s Apps Uncovered presents a selection of what I found to be the most intresting images for the week in our Flickr group, across a wide range of styles and subjects, but all conceptual in nature (composited / post-processed).

This week’s lead artwork, “There are times when I just have to ask…why” by David Hayes, evokes a surreal moment with some rather ordinary branches and bird’s eggs – and then the eye alighted on the doll’s head.

berfore.1st.light, lorenka campos, aka Tmam, John Fawcett, jun yamaguchi and Susan Blase complete the week’s selections on this theme.

If you’d like to see your images in the running for selection to our weekly Apps Uncovered feature, be sure to list the apps you used to create your image when you upload it to the iPhoneographyCentral Flickr group. (And as an added bonus to other members who would love to learn from your successes, consider adding the “Backstory” describing the creative process that led you to capture and process the image as you did.)

There are times when I just have to ask...why?

“There are times when I just have to ask…why” by David Hayes

Apps used and Backstory: I used Snapseed, Distressedfx and Stackablesapp to edit this image. I started with the jar filled with bits and pieces of bark…and went from there. I usually don’t have much of a preconceived notion when I start…just see where it goes.

Freedom (pinned)

Freedon (pinned) by before.1st.light

Apps used and backstory: “Freedom (pinned)” is a rework of a slow shutter assemblage image based on a critique of commonly held cultural perceptions and values about feminine identity and personal boundries. Fearlessness is transformed by loss of identity into Freedom. Apps include Slow Shutter Cam, Artrage. and Procreate.

“There's only one place I want to go and it's to all the places I've never been.”

“There’s only one place I want to go and it’s to all the places I’ve never been.” by lorenka campos

Apps used and backstory: This image is a collection of many different photographs all taken with the iPhone 6+, composed in Superimpose and further edited in Snapseed. To me, the piece portrays a sense of adventure, seeing with new eyes, embracing your surroundings, and being one with where you are.

MINDERS

MINDERS by aka Tmam

Apps used: Snapseed. Matter.
Backstory: The background is of the local subway under the railroad. I was just makiing adjustments to it with Snapseeds Curve tool which gave it a greater sense of depth and metallic feel to it which triggered the imagination and over to Matter and a general search through their 3D objects available, to see which ones would enhance the futuristic vizion I had in mind to become Minders.

Scavenger Of Souls

Scavenger of Souls by John Fawcett

Apps used: Captured with the Hyperspektiv app, post processed on an iPhone 6 with Image Size, Decim8, Photoshop Mix, LUCiD, Grungtastic, Distressed FX, Pixlromatic, and Mextures.
Backstory: I’ve long admired abstract art and through iPhoneography I’ve found a way to create my own. I always try to create an image that has emotional impact, whether that be joy, sadness, anger, or in this case, wistfulness.

I’ve found that these deconstructed portraits work best with a front or three-quarters view. As always, the vertical perspective of an image influences the mood and I chose to be looking slightly upward at the subject to enhance the introspective, looking-off-into-the-distance feeling.

My image building process begins with cropping and a quick run through Aquarella. Following that, I open the image in Decim8 and cycle through various random combinations, saving between 10 to 15 images that appeal to me. With experience I’ve learned which combinations will work best in the following steps.

Once I’ve got a decent assortment of Decim8’ed images I open them in Adobe PhotoshopMix. With each image added to the layer stack I’ll adjust the blending mode. When all the images are opened in PhotoshopMix I will then work through the layers, changing blending modes, moving layers, and even deleting layers. Sometimes it will come together in a few minutes, other times it may take multiple sessions before I’m satisfied and move on to the next stage.

Following an optional pass through LUCiD to optimize the image and ImageSize to enlarge it to around 2400 pixels wide, I’ll run through the various filter settings in Mextures, again saving out various combinations. At this point the image will have begun taking on a life of its own. That life, or mood, may or may not be what I originally intended so it is important to recognize that and adjust accordingly. It is far too easy to ruin a great image by forcing it to be something it is not.

The remaining stages essentially put a final polish on the image. Again, listen to the image, it will tell you what it needs. I will generally use any combination of Distressed FX, Pixlr, Grungetastic, iColorama, Priime, or Jazz. Some images will want a heavier dose of grunge than others. A little bit of grime seems to help bring out the personality of each image.

Finally, I’ll run the image through Pixlr or Jazz to add a minimal grungy border.

vanishing point

vanishing point by jun yamaguchi

Apps used: iPod touch’s camera / brushes+trigraphy+decim8+scratchcam fx+filterstorm+vsco+enllight+deco sketch+phototoaster

Run rabbit run

Run rabbit run by Susan Blase

Apps used: Coowl, Mextures, PicsArt and Afterlight
Backstory: This photo came to be from a 5am photoshoot when I couldn’t sleep. Not sure what spinning around in a bunny mask in woods says about me, but it’s the true story behind it. I wanted to try to mimic the analog double exposure effect, and I’ve yet to find a decent app that accomplishes it. So I did my best with movement and the little known Coowl. After that I just added some light leaks and grain with the remaining apps. I’m not a morning person at all so I’m happy it turned out useable at all!

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