The inspiration for this article came from a week away in Portugal. Until I studied some street shots closely, I discarded them as a waste of a tap. When I did get chance to look at them through fresh eyes though, I saw a few things that I liked. Specifically regarding this image, I used two captures as raw material for a single atmospheric composition.
Provoke was a short lived Japanese photography magazine from the late 1960s. It showcased abstracted images which were purposely grainy, blurry and out of focus. I used the app it inspired to capture some foggy Lincoln scenes in a high contrast style.
Michael Orton started using this technique in the mid 1980s. His aim was to create a watercolor styled photograph by combining various captures of the same scene. The process is also known as Orton imagery and the Orton slide sandwich. An iPhoneography workflow.
A shallow depth of field (aka depth of focus) is all about having a small amount of an image in focus with anything ahead of or behind the subject blurred. This draws attention to a specific subject and provides some beautiful out of focus effects in other areas known as bokeh.
Critique is an essential part of the iPhoneography process. Most of us probably prefer to self critique, I know I do. Ultimately, it results in a self curated collection of iPhoneography images.
This textured floral iPhoneography image started life as a test image for an app that went free, Instaflash Pro, and ended up as one of my most popular images on Instagram.