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My Week in iPhoneography, 11 May

Officially 1/3rd of my way through the project and keeping up with my weekly roundup. I’m apparently on a VSCOcam kick this week and used it just about every day! They did release a new set of filters, so there are definitely occasions when you get the new toy that you have to take it for a spin, right?

Anyhoo, here’s what I’ve been up to this week!

Day 124 – Beach


We’ve had some overcast days over the past week, this dramatic scene was edited via vscocam

Day 125 – Sun and Sand


And the day after… the sun joined us, warming the sand. changing my perspective i grabbed this shot. Also edited with vscocam.

Day 126 – Tugboat


In the distance in this shot you can make out a boat, it seems so small out there… a beautiful sunset. Snapped in Hipstamatic.

Day 127 – Bicyclist


I could have crossed at this intersection, but opted to wait to capture this bicyclist in wait. I like that this shows off the bill, also that he’s right on the edge of the frame, as if on the edge of his set waiting. If i’d been a little more mindful I would have allowed just a bit more room on the right side. Edited with vscocam.

Day 128 – Tulip


Spring continues to bloom about Seattle. This tulip was partially opening up. I captured this with Hipstamatic and did some additional edits with Mextures.

Day 129 – UW Med Center


We have some pretty cool architecture around Seattle. This building is maybe two years old, in the South Lake Union neighbourhood. Snapped with the iPhone5s native camera and edited with vscocam.

Day 130 – Beach again, in Black and white


The week ended with a beach bonfire birthday gathering with a friend. We’d heard rumours of rain, but willed it not to happen. The clouds threatened regardless. One more edited with vscocam.

Lots of VSCO cam this week!

I’ve added the entire project to my Smugmug site, if you find something you like and would be interested in purchasing a print, you can!

Check out the entire year here: iPhone 365 2014.

If you’re active on any of the social channels below, you can follow the project there too!
Instagram | Flickr | Tumblr.

my week in iPhoneography – 4 May

Here’s my weekly roundup, catching up on the past week’s images created on my iPhone as a part of my 365 project.

Day 117: Stairs into the Deep


All along Alki Beach in West Seattle you’ll see random staircases. When the tide is out far enough you can use the stairs to get to the beach area and walk about. This particular area is closer to the point where there’s not a lot of beach area, but a lot of rocks.

iPhone5s | Hipstamatic

Day 118: Seagull


Now if you’ve been to the beach you know these fellas love a snack and are also shy. Most often when you try to get close enough to them to take a photo, they’ve move away. I took a few here, with him looking at me, looking away and a full profile. This is my fave.

iPhone5s | vscocam | mextures

Day 119: Tree: a Black Hole


This was a fun edit. I took this image of some trees in the neighbourhood and used the Tiny Planet app to twist things about. From there on to vscocam and snapseed for some final edits.

iPhone5s | Tiny Planet | vscocam | snapseed

Day 120: Dandelion, V3


I recently did a blog post, on how I use the Mextures app in my workflow. This edit was completely done with Mextures. Check out that post for how I did it!

iPhone5s | mextures

Day 121: Bridge


At Jack Block Park you can see some great Seattle skyline views. Walk across this bridge for a lower view, go up top for a slightly different angle. I love the simplicity of this angle and the lines, leading you away.

iPhone5s | vscocam

Day 122: Lamppost


I’m always suggesting to folks that they change their perspective when creating images. This is the Tashiro-Kaplan building in the ID, near downtown, on Thursday of last week. I was checking out the Michael Kenna exhibition at G. Gibson Gallery and had gone outside to wait for some friends. Looking up I saw this. Love the whispy clouds and the framing of those clouds by the building and lamp post.

iPhone5s | vscocam

Day 123: lady liberty


This past weekend was filled with some record breaking days of rain. Yes, we get a fair amount of rain, but this was more than usual. This was taken on one of the rare breaks of droplets hitting the ground, with Hipstamatic. I used vscocam and mextures to add just a bit more colour and mood.

iPhone5s | Hipstamatic | vscocam | mextures

I’ve added the entire project to my Smugmug site, so
if you find something you like and would be interested in purchasing a print, you can!
Check out the entire year here: iPhone 365 2014.

If you’re active on any of the social channels below, you can follow the project there too!
Instagram | Flickr | Tumblr.

my mobile workflow feature: mextures

If you’ve followed my work lately, via the 365 project, especially, you’ll see I’ve been using the Mextures ($1.99 in the app store) app quite a bit. Okay, let’s be honest, a lot!

With Mextures I discovered a tool that allowed me to add some texture to images, where it seemed appropriate, with great ease and control. Their recent update, 2.0, they’ve elevated the toolkit to be a true, robust editor.

I get quite a few questions on how I use some of the apps I use, so I’d been wanting to do a peek under the hood of Mextures and talk about how I use it in my workflow. I’ll give some screen shots of the interface and talk about a few of the key components.

Here’s the main screen when you open the app. You can shoot with the app or import images you’ve already snapped from your library. I tend do the latter. Most often I shoot with the native camera or Hipstamatic.


Now I’ve been using the app a while, months, so I have a pretty good sense of what filters/effects I might apply. However with the new update, I find I’m poking around this app more and more.

From the main menu you have a lot of options, from Favorites, this are filters you’ve faved, to Radiance, Grit & Grain, three sets of Light Leaks, Emulsion, Grunge, Landscape enhancements and Vintage Gradients. My go-to’s within the app are most often Grunge, Landscape Enhance and Emulsion. Occasionally I pop into Radiance and play with some of the light leaks.

Here’s what I did with this photo.


Starting with the Radiance set, I selected the Daybreak filter, then used the magic wand to select the Blending Option for the layer, for this one I chose Softlight. Then adjusted the filter effect with the slider to 58%.

From there I went to Light Leaks and added bokeh, then to Landscape Enhance and added May, but decided I wasn’t too keen on that combo so I deleted those layers. To add a layer click the plus sign, it will take you back to the main screen with all the filter options. If you go into a filter pack and realise you want to try something else, click on the half circle with the up arrow along the bottom of the app, it will display that menu again.

How do you delete a layer? Click on the “eyeball” and it will show you what layers you have. Want to remove one, click the “x” and confirm you want to remove it.



After removing those I went to Grunge and selected Window Wash, going with the Multiply Blending Mode and adjusting the effect to 72%.

How do you adjust a blending mode? Click on the Magic Wand above the filters and poof, new menu. Play around in there and go with options you like. Go to the extreme or be subtle. I tend to be at least a little restrained, but not always.


Then back to the Light Leaks set, the first one and I selected the Bokeh Baby effect, using the blending mode of Softlight at only 17%. There’s just a hint, which is more revealed with the last bits of editing.

For my final bits on this edit I clicked on the two sliders button, which reveals a bunch of “film” effect filters, plus many of the controls you see in other editing apps. Contrast, Exposure, Temperature, and more. Once you’re in there just slide the tool bar left to reveal more and more options. I do normally do these functions in Snapseed or vscocam, but now that it’s an option in version 2.0, I’ve been playing with it a lot more.



The final recipe for this image?

- Cross Process film filter
- Temperature +15
- Contrast +15
- Exposure +11
- Sharpen +4

Boom! Here’s the final!



Create a series of effects you think you’ll want to use again? Click the Up arrow in the top right corner to reveal the option to save your own formula. Those are accessed by the little flask looking icon. This is also the same menu from which you’d save all your work to your camera roll.



This is just one way that I would use Mextures. I love adding texture and playing around with colour and pushing things a bit, Mextures is a great tool for doing just that.

Be subtle. Be bold. Be creative.

Whew! Have fun kids, more posts like this are on the way.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy!

- kate