This textured painterly floral iPhoneography image of some Oxeye Daisies picked from our front garden is a real favorite of mine. I got to play with lots of apps and doodle around with masking and blending.

My last textured floral iPhoneography image was a Spring flowering Allium. As we approach the school Summer holidays and come towards the end of a heat wave here in UK it feels like the Summer is really motoring along. There are few more traditional English wild meadow plants than the Oxeye Daisy. It feels like the height of Summer when it is out although it seems to flower in wave after wave for ages and self seeds itself all over the place. One ‘weed’ I’m very happy to have all over my garden. I have seed heads placed strategically in the hope that they will self seed in some choice areas.

iPhone photography apps used:

iphoneography - daisies

{ daisies }


Process and apps used

ProCamera ~ initial capture:

Filterstorm ~ as always crop and resize at the earliest opportunity. This crop was just to switch to a 1:1 ratio and I resize to 2,000px x 2,000px to give a good resolution size for printng:

Snapseed ~ boost brightness, contrast and saturation and apply the ‘Drama’ filter:

{ image one }:

Snapseed ~ apply the Grunge filter randomly until something emerges and then adjust individual setting manually to match the desired effect:

Snapseed ~ apply the Vintage filter with standard presets:

{ image two }:

Superimpose ~ Processing has removed the whiteness from the petals. This is rectified by layering image one over image two. The white petals are selected using the ‘magic wand’ tool and some manual brushing and then the mask is inverted to mask image one entirely with the exception of the petals:

Distressed FX ~ Toyed with the effects under standard settings and selected a suitable effect:

Laminar Pro ~ Sometimes the palette can feel a little busy and it felt like that to me at this point. One effective method to clean the palette a little is the 2 strip technicolor effect in Laminar Pro:

{ image three }:

Superimpose ~ images one layered over image three to re-saturate some of the flower color and add back additional detail to the flower stalks:

{ image four }:

Laminar Pro ~ Grunge2 texture added:

{ image five }:

Superimpose ~ images four and five blended – version one:

{ image six }:

Superimpose ~ images four and five blended – version two:

{ image seven }:

Superimpose ~ image seven layered over the top of image six with a linear gradient mask applied so that the bottom left corner of image six was visible there with the remainder of the image being image seven. This is quite subtle but enabled me to have the best of both blends in a single image:

{ image eight }:

Superimpose ~ image one layered over image eight with a gradient mask again running from bottom left to top right. This process reintroduced the green to the stems of the daisies:

{ image nine }:

Superimpose ~ image one layered over image nine with the daisy yellow center selected as masks and then inverted so that only the yellow daisy centers from image one were visible. Mask edges were blurred and the layers blended. This process reintroduced the yellow saturation:


In reality much of the Snapseed work would have been done without the need to export the image each time. The exception being the cleanest version of the image (image one). It is always helpful to keep this available as it can be used to reintroduced detail washed away during texturing and other processing as illustrated in this example. Without keeping a copy of image one this iPhoneography would not have been possible.

The same is true of the Superimpose processes. Layers would have simply been stamped down and then a new foreground layer added. However, for the purposes of the iPhoneography workflow I exported the image at each stage to demonstrate how the image evolved and share my thought processes at each stage.


Update: ‘Daisies’ featured by The App Whisperer

I was honoured that my iPhoneography image ‘Daisies’ was selected to be featured by The App Whisperer in their curated weekly Flickr showcase.

We have put together another very special Flickr group showcase , our twenty fifth of 2013 with some of our favorite images and some great new talent that have been uploaded to our Flickr group – Mobile Photography & Imagery, this week. The quality of submissions continues to rise, so we have decided to make our showcases that much bigger to incorporate as much of this stunning mobile art and photography as we can and to get it out to a wider audience.

Joanne Carter

See the full showcase of amazing images at The App Whisperer.


Update: ‘Daisies’ featured by iART CHRONiCLES

I was honoured that my iPhoneography image ‘Daisies’ was selected to be featured by iART CHRONiCLES in their curated Painterly Mobile Art Monday showcase.

As part of an ongoing series, I will be featuring painterly edits created entirely with mobile devices from members of the Flickr Group Painterly Mobile Art. If you love creating painterly images, please be sure to join today. After several years as a Sci-Fi sketch card artist, I was bitten by the iPhoneography bug. I’ve discarded my Copic markers to pursue this evolving art form. Sharing through social sites like EyeEm fueled this new passion. With just one device I can shoot, edit and post in just minutes. I’m passionate about sharing what I learn. My blog, iART CHRONiCLES features artist interviews, FREE app links, tutorials and the latest news in the mobile art community.


See the full showcase of amazing images at iART CHRONiCLES.


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  1. Geri says:

    This lovely image is featured today in the Painterly Mobile Art Monday video

  2. Dave says:

    Lovely. Serious amount of blending, it pays off though. Thanks

    • Skip says:

      Thank you Dave really kind. I agree, I think blending multiple versions with multiple textures gives that unique quality. It’s not actually much extra effort I don’t think.

  3. Anne Highfield says:

    Such an informative tutorial and a brilliant editing process. Your work is so purposeful and I appreciate how generously you share it! Well done!

  4. Chris Smith says:

    A beautiful and very skillfully produced image.

    Every time I read one of your tutorials it inspires me to go out shooting (and play with my many photo apps).


  5. Skip Junior says:

    Cool photo dad!!!

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