Every year, smartphone cameras get a little bit better. And maybe nothing demonstrates that fact better than the 44 photos you submitted for this week's phone photography Shooting Challenge.
- Movanu Shafeeq
This was in the gardens of the Honolulu Museum of Art - Spalding House. I saw this lizard from about 5 feet away and figured I'd see how close I could get. To my surprise, it just sat there in the bush as I reached my phone to about 12" away and stayed put. I took a bunch of pics in standard mode and selected this one because the way the lizard is looking at the camera how the branches reach up are really interesting.
Shot with Nexus 4 stock camera app (don't know about ISO etc).Then I cropped it square with stock app and went into Pixl-r-omatic. This uses the "Sanna" effect, which I like for images with a lot of green, plus the "Constata" overlay.
We were eating oysters at a restaurant near Point Reyes, California after my friends wedding. A friend had taken a smoke break across the street and told me about this boat abandoned in the marsh. I wanted to check it out myself, so I walked across the street and there she was. The sun had just dipped down and the colors where just unreal. I took this with my iphone 5, and just did a little tweaking in snapseed.
I have to admit, I was intimidated by this challenge. I've seen some really incredible pictures taken & edited on camera phones. I didn't really plan on going out to take any pictures so I figured I'd make due with what I had. No willing subjects, so I decided to do a Stormtrooper shot & make it look life size. I had experimented with Stormtrooper shots before & thought I could pull if off with a phone. I happen to have access to a number of phones, a Blackberry Z10, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, iPhone 5s & a Nokia Lumina 810. After several shots with each, I found the Lumina the friendliest for my needs. I wanted to get the subject in focus, dark background & some bokeh light effects. I happened to have some Halloween lights I hadn't put away yet to I set them behind the Stormtrooper in a dark room. I almost didn't submit anything, but once I used the Nokia photo editing tools I was a little happier with it. I threw everything at it, focus object, radal +tilt shift, clarity. I have a new respect for photo editing apps... Nokia Lumina 810 Flash Close Up setting ISO 100 Auto White Balance
Was out near 5th Ave in NYC near Rockefeller Center on Nov 18th. It was a great cloudy/misty afternoon in NY and it was quite steamy and muggy especially for mid-November. I saw a few of the towers fading into the low flying clouds which is one of the great parts about being in such a tall city. Shot on my dying Nexus Galaxy in the native Jelly Bean camera app at ISO 50, f/2.8 and 1/100s. All set on auto. White balance was off. AE set to 0. ost done in the native gallery app's editing tools. The curves editing is really great in it and a little sepia-ish filter to warm everything a bit. Only regret is that I somehow had it set at 2mp instead of the max 5 so I didn't get all the resolution I wanted.
This photo is right outside the apartment complex I live at in Frisco, TX. The statues are right across the street in Central Park. (Insert “there’s no way New York has bulls running towards the street in Central Park” joke here, my best friend beat you to it.)
I used Camera+ to take the photo by messing around with the focus and exposure (also things I don’t know too much about) and Snapseed to add the Drama 2 filter at 100%. I recently discovered this app and quickly found out that it makes clouds look amazing, among other things. I really like how the light coming through the clouds seems to shine right above the man on the horse. iPhone 5