Composite iPhoneography can be good fun. Getting involved with Group challenges and trying to overlay those with your own style is a great test. Theme challenges also provide inspiration for new images. My enjoyment of themes, challenges, iPhoneography as well as my composite style all came together to create both the inspiration for and realisation of ‘fruit bowl(ing).’

The challenge itself was ‘Fruit Bowl.’ I decided to create something a little bit different and something that my son and I could have a little bit of fun messing around with.


Actually this should probably have been called ‘Fruit Boules’ – the apple is intended to appear in the air not rolling along the floor. Just thought I should mention that!


iPhone photography apps used:

iphoneography - fruit bowl(ing)

{ fruit bowl(ing) }


Process and apps used

ProCamera ~ Initial capture:

Two shamelessly composed iPhoneography images created with the challenge and end result in mind. The Apple was photographed on a white plate to make the planned masking process as straight forward as possible:

ProCamera x2 - iphoneography

AfterFocus ~ No automated or manual masking required. I went straight to the final screen, pumped the blur up quite high and selected the fading background tool where I positioned the depth of field lines manually. The key focal line was positioned on the plum in the foreground:

After Focus - iphone app

Superimpose ~ The AfterFocus image was imported as the background and the Apple image imported as the foreground. The Apple was masked using multiple Ellipse selections. The mask was then inverted and edges blurred very slightly:

For more information on layering and masking in Superimpose please see my video tutorials { autumn walk } and { violin girl surreal }:

Superimpose - iphoneography

Snapseed ~ At this stage I need to adjust the lighting on the Apple slightly. In this case I decided to use multiple very small ‘selective adjustments’ to the bottom of the apple where I reduced brightness by 50pct. At the top of the apple I applied a very small area of ‘Center Focus’ with no blur or outer brightness adjustments. Inner brightness was boosted by 100pct:

Snapseed - apple adjust brightness / shadow

Snapseed ~ Retrolux filter applied randomly until a combination I liked emerged. Scratches manually boosted:

Snapseed - Retrolux filter

Snapseed ~ Black and white conversion with the predefined ‘contrast’ and ‘green’ filters selected:

Snapseed - black and white


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