Fog is my favourite weather for creating atmospheric mobile photography. Mother nature does all the work for me. All I need to do is find an interesting composition and frame it.

Here in Lincoln, England so far this Winter Mother Nature has been quite cruel aesthetically for my style. Please give me fog! For the time being I’m making do with reprocessing old images and and also revisiting some previously ignored iPhone captures.

This iPhone image is completely new and has never been processed in any other way.

I’ve already published one article attempting recreate a foggy atmosphere { foggy scooting } which was kindly republished by The App Whisperer.

Amongst my New Years resolutions (also published by The App Whisperer) I decided to ‘minimise the apps I use in each workflow whilst still maintaining my own style’. I therefore revisited my foggy workflow to simplify the process.

This is what I came up with.

iPhone photography apps used:

After the match - fog - iPhone photography

{ after the match }

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Process and apps used

ProCamera7 ~ initial capture:

No time to set individual focus or exposure points this is just a ‘grab your iPhone, point and shoot shot’:

procamera iphone photography


Snapseed ~ straighten:

I was very conscious of the perspectives in this shot and when I captured it the one thing I was determined to do was to ensure I faced completely front on to ensure my horizontal lines ran parallel:

The speed I took the shot meant I needed to rotate to straighten slightly but at least I managed to achieve my main aim once that was corrected:

snapseed - straigten


Snapseed ~ drama filter:

Standard drama filter applied but the in-built de-saturation was adjusted to zero:

snapseed - drama (neutral saturation)


Superimpose ~ adjust levels, mask and blend:

The previous image was imported twice, once as foreground and once as background. A linear gradient mask was applied (image one) and the foreground adjusted in filters to boost exposure and brightness and reduce contrast (image two):

The mask was saved and then the two layers were combined under ‘normal’ to form a single layer in ‘transform’ (image three):

The saved mask was then opened again as the new foreground, the same filters applied (image four) and the two layers were blended under ‘screen’ with a 45pct transparency approx to brighten the fog (image five):

superimpose - same image (x2)

 


 

Narrated video tutorial

View the entire end to end Superimpose process on video. Also includes some additional ideas. If you find it helpful please remember to share it and subscribe to my YouTube channel for further updates:


 

Filterstorm ~ Increase canvas size and clone:

I wanted to get to a square image but could not crop the image. The figures are located to the left but if I crop away the right I remove all the leading lines which draw you into the center of the image. Most specifically the seats. The seats in the center of the image running directly down onto the pitch and those to the left and right arrow to the same focal point:

I therefore elected to add canvas to the top of the image and clone the fog to fill the additional sky:

filterstorm - increase canvas / clone fog


VSCOcam ~ convert to black and white:

My final edit was to import in to VSCOcam and convert to black and white using the free X1 Filter. In addition I made the following adjustments:

  • Contrast: +4

  • Shadows: +3

vscocam - x1 preset


These apps were included in my article highlighting the 10 iPhone photography apps I believe cover the widest range of functionality with the minimum cross over.

Those apps facilitate a wide range of processing styles. To emphasize the point, the following image was also processed exclusively with those apps – ProCamera7 | VSCOcam | Glaze | Handy Photo | Superimpose.

Skip

 

walking the dog

{ walking the dog }


 

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9 Comments

  1. [...] Fog is my favourite weather for creating atmospheric mobile photography. Mother nature does all the work for me. When she doesn't I try to mimic her work.  [...]

  2. Geri says:

    What an excellent tutorial Skip! I rarely get to see fog where I am, so now I’ll have to start creating my own! Cheers!

    • Skip says:

      Thank you Geri! I think this process is still evolving for me so there’s no doubt it can be improved but I’m pleased to have planted a seed at least.

  3. [...] Following my recent foggy iPhone photography manipulations I have received a few requests for a little more detail especially around the process in Superimpose. I therefore decided to create a video.  [...]

  4. dieuwke says:

    Great video tutorial Skip! Thanks so much for sharing! I had a go and posted the result in my 365 thread on Mobitog. I really like the effect and will definitely use it again.

  5. Jesse says:

    Awesome as usual Skip keep up the great work!

    Jesse

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