International Mobile Photography Day

October 20, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

It's International Mobile Photography Day!! Who knew? Or, better yet, who decides such days of recognition?  

Well I can't answer those questions, but I received an email with a link to an article that declared today as IMP day, so I suppose it must be True.  And then it occurred to me that I had just taken a few pictures with my iPhone after walking back to my car after a leisurely breakfast with friends. As I was about to get in the car I noticed the small parking lot where we parked.  I noticed the ground, in particular.  So I closed the car door, instead of getting in, and wandered off to a part of the parking lot that was unoccupied, studying the pattern beneath my feet as I walked.  

The pattern was created not only by the concrete grid work but also by the green mossy growth that occupied the spaces. It seemed a wonderful contrast to the usual materials used in most parking lots, though I have no idea what the origin of this was or why this material was chosen.  But I digress here. Let me switch the focus back to it being International Mobile Photography Day! 

While I had been intrigued by the pattern in the parking lot I had composed quite a few variations of framing out the shot and used my iPhone to capture them.  I thought such a pattern might be interesting as a background layer in a composite piece.  In light of having just read the article about IMP day I decided to go back to those parking lot patterned shots and work on one.  I had no idea what I would do with one, but thought I would just let some apps offer that sense of direction.  I'm a photo editing iPhone app addict, I must admit.  So I decided to go with a few I haven't used recently along with others I use all the time.  

Here's the order of apps as I used them... (Be sure to check the "settings" area in each app to chose what you want as "default" photo saving options. I always choose largest file size and to save as a new image, leaving my original in the iPhone's camera roll.)

  • the default camera
  • PerfectPhoto - alignment option to straighten the picture and also used the crop option for a 1:1 ration
  • Pic Tap Go- using 3 (or was it 4?) filter effects
  • Over - for "artwork" - I chose the text graphic elements instead of the regular text options, available as well
  • Camera+ - for the border 
  • Impression - for signature/watermark on the image
  • Big Photo to resize it smaller for use on the web
  • Dropbox to upload the image so as to quickly access it via my computer.

I had no preconceived idea of what I wanted to do with the original image. I most often enjoy the process of simply being creative and letting the photo take on a life of its own as I go.  As I began to choose the graphic text elements, out of the selection available, I tried to create a simple phrase.  Once I decided on "Free the Truth", then once I brought it into Camera+ for border options, I discovered what seemed to be the front of an old TV style border.  I think I was influenced by the recent contentious political scene in the U.S. and how it was played out on TV. Perhaps it all seemed to come together as my own little political statement!

This is a simplistic result of creating something different out of an original image. I spent less than 30 minutes on the project, trying to demonstrate how varied the results can be. Yet the potential for using photos taken with mobile devices, along with any combination of apps to create dramatically different and artistic results, is endless! Oh, and this won't be the last project I use that original in either.

If you have a mobile device that takes pictures, I encourage you to make EVERY DAY a Mobile Photography Day of your own.  Below is the Original, as well as the one that I created using the apps mentioned above so that you can view the differences.  Happy IMP Day, Everyone!

Parking Lot Pattern_Original    Free the TruthFree the Truth


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