Foggy Lincoln West Common is a low edit iPhone photography image. Not my normal style at first glance but there is something in this image that I constantly try to capture or create – atmosphere. In this case all I needed to do was capture it and then edit it in a sympathetic manner.
Actually, there was a little more to it. There were some very basic issues with the initial capture which just needed a little bit of work. Things that could be easily left alone but for me and my taste needed resolving. So landscape iPhone photography in a low edit style – the rarest of rare things from me!
Process and apps used
Snapseed ~ at this stage I was very keen on the image but wasn’t absolutely certain how I wanted to process it. I had a little doodle in Snapseed messing around with Drama, Grunge and various other filters. At this early stage it became clear that this image really needed a low edit approach. Whilst in Snapseed I simply adjusted the landscape ratio by cropping to 5:4:
Filterstorm ~ having cropped the image it was clear that the lamp post at the left edge was a distraction. It was badly positioned and the vertical alignment was distorted by the 35mm equivalent focal length. For such a small object it hindered the serene atmosphere. Using Filterstorm’s excellent cloning tool I cloned it away in short order. (Note, Filterstorm has an excellent cropping tool and with the benefit of hindsight, Snapseed wasn’t really required at all for this iPhoneography project):
Filterstorm ~ a stereotypical view of iPhone photography is that all images are square. This is a landscape so surely landscape proportions are appropriate? After all I already cropped to a 5:4 ratio! What can I say, I had a change of mind. I didn’t want to lose any existing canvas but equally I wanted more fog which I felt would enhance the serene atmosphere. I therefore increased the canvas size to a 1:1 ratio and cloned the new canvas (This was done before I became aware of the Handy Photo magic crop feature which may have been a quicker option):
VSCOcam ~ I love this app. I don’t use it enough. I plan to look through my archives to see if I have some unpublished forgotten iPhoneography that I can use with VSCOcam and its brilliant range of understated analog effect filters. There’s a great selection as standard but I’ve gone ahead and bought the whole in app purchase range. I’ve also set myself up with a beautifully minimal VSCO grid and at the same time snagged a personal domain for it – skip.vsco.co (new window):
I am delighted that ‘foggy lincoln west common’ has been featured by these great mobile photography blogs and organisations:
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Welcome to this week’s Apps Uncovered, our weekly feature, showcasing iPhone art and photography from around the world. Artists also share the apps they use and often the backstories too giving us a fascinating insight into the creativity and techniques used in the journey the image makes from the artist’s eye to the completed digital image we see on Flickr.
Nicki Fitz-Gerald ~ iPhoneography Central
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