Union is a composite iPhoneography image. There’s no way those gulls would be so kind as to circle the sun in the manner I created. Equally, this is England, the sun is unlikely to be out! So after the initial capture there was much work to do with apps to create the atmosphere I wanted.

I walk past the Barge on Lincoln Brayford every day. It is permanently moored and has been a restaurant for many years, well known for its seafood. It is bedecked with the flags of many nations. Our own Union Flag flies near the entrance. It is also strung with lights which also fascinate me. Often it seems that there’s barely any wind or it’s in the wrong direction. On this day it was just the perfect strength and direction to get a decent iPhoneography shot.

I am a member of a local group of mobile photographers known as the InstaChimps and the motivation for this iPhoneography was the weekly challenge which at the time was ‘Union’.

iPhone photography apps used:

iPhoneography - union

{ union }


Process and apps used

ProCamera ~ Initial capture:

iPhoneography - ProCamera

Snapseed ~ Crop to my preferred ratio 1:1 (this is also a requirement of the weekly challenge this image was created for). Additionally I applied Drama, Vintage and Grunge filters:

Snapseed - crop / drama / vintage / grunge

ScratchCam ~ 2 scratch effects applied, one stamped after the other:

ScratchCam - scratches x2 stamped

LensFlare ~ It is a shame but here in the UK we often have to create a sunny atmosphere. The ‘Sol Invictus’ filter comes to the rescue:

LensFlare - Sol Invictus iPhoneography effect

iPhoneography Image Two ~ An old iPhoneography image is sourced from my library and cropped to grab three gulls:

Gulls - iPhoneography element cropped

Superimpose ~ The two images are blended with the gulls applied over the top, masked and merged using Luminosity at 15pct:

Superimpose - mask / blend / luminosity (15pct)

PhotoToaster ~ X-Tek filter applied but vignette and border both removed from the predefined effect:

PhotoToaster - x-tek (no frame or vignette)

PhotoForge2 ~ A favourite trick of mine and is to add a little bulge to an image. PS Express will do this but my preferred app is PhotoForge2. You do have to keep a close eye on pixelation and general image quality although sometimes the preview looks quite poor whilst the rendered effect is very acceptable:

I appreciate that this may be a step too far for some people but for me digital images can appear flat and lifeless. The simple application of bulge or some other lens type distortion adds a dynamic element to the image. I often use grain in the same way:

PhotoForge2 - bulge (25pct)


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  1. I love those birds added as a finishing touch!

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    A beautiful image, thank you so much for sharing your workflow.

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