Street iPhoneography is my favourite genre. I live in a city of 100,000 people or so with a small city center and the only day to day variable is the people in it. People make the same scene different every time, not always in a particularly interesting way but sometimes something catches your eye.

I’m not a natural street photographer and certainly don’t have an in your face ballsy style. I admire those photographers and their works so much. My images tend to be based around a scene possibly with an interesting character in it. I am shy and even with an iphone, the ultimate urban camouflage camera, I can’t get too comfortable getting close enough to take street portraiture.

For ‘Mrs Whistler?’ I wanted to get as close as I could without interrupting her reading. I am widely read in the history of art and having a detailed knowledge of ‘Whistler’s Mother’ via Bean The Movie it struck me that this lady was vaguely reminiscent of her.

iPhone photography apps used:

iPhoneography - Mrs Whistler?

{ Mrs Whistler? }


Process and apps used

Oggl ~ initial capture:

This combo is Libatique lens with Blanko Freedom 13 film. Oggl is part of the Hipstamatic family and you can import all of your film and lens purchases in to it. The beauty of Oggl is that you select the combination of lens and film after capturing the image and it is really interesting seeing just how different the various combinations are:

Snapseed ~ My intention with this image is to create a tilted focal plane as I have been doing in my freelensing workflows. One of the things that really helps to generate ‘bokeh’ detail in the out of focus areas is to initially enhance the image via the ‘Drama’ filter:

Filterstorm ~ The beauty of the Freedom 13 Hipstamatic iPhoneography film is that is really adds no effects or borders. It simply adds a small logo at the bottom right of the image. There are many apps that will deal with cloning but I have yet to find one better than Filterstorm. You can zoom in with limitless detail and cloning out the logo is very straight forward:

Tilt the focal plane:

Filterstorm ~ Rotate the image:

In order to add the tilted focal plane I need to manoeuvre the image into an alignment where I can add a horizontal focal line. In previous examples I have rotated the image to an angle but in this case I decide that a vertical focal plane will suit the image and so rotate it through 90 degrees:

Afterfocus ~ Focal plane applied and positioned using the ‘fading BG’ effect with the focal point running through the figure:

This is version one and is applied at full blur with the bokeh setting selected:

This is the same process as my Freelensing 2 iPhoneography tutorial:

Afterfocus ~ Focal plane applied and positioned using the ‘fading BG’ effect with the focal point untouched from the previous save and running through the figure:

This is version two and is applied at full blur with the bokeh setting not selected. I did this because I was unhappy with the bokeh circles from the previous version on the floor near the figure:

Combine the best parts of two images using masking and layering:

Superimpose ~ versions one and versions two blended with a manually painted mask applied so that the bokeh circles from version one are visible in the distance and in the water whilst the bokeh circles in the foreground around the figure are hidden. This felt more authentic to me:

Filterstorm ~ rotate the iPhoneography back through 90 degrees and the tilted focal plane iPhoneography street image is finished:


Update: ‘Mrs Whistler?’ republished in issue 4 of Mobiography

I’ve known Andy Butler for quite some time now and so when he approached me to request permission to republish my image and workflow I didn’t hesitate to allow Andy to bring Mrs Whistler and its creation process back from the Archives.

Mobiography magazine is a digital magazine available on the ipad and iphone which focuses on the subject of mobile photography. Available on the Apple newsstand this bi-monthly publication includes a broad selection of articles and features covering interviews with leading iphoneographers, tips, tutorials, mobile photography accessory and app reviews which cater for all levels and interests.

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Thank you Andy.


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