Grryo Summer

Welcome to our second themed Instagram 1000 words showcase! There are many talented artists on Instagram and we wanted to tap into their creativity and showcase their work here. I chose “Summer” as the theme for this showcase. Thank you for sharing your pools, popsicles, surfers and revelry with us.
Grryo believes that mobile photographers/ artists tell stories through the photographs/ images and art that represents their families, their environment, themselves. This is important because of the level of communication that is portrayed in imaging today.
We want to support the mobile arts community by having a place for artists to share, discuss, and critique (if requested by individual). These dialogues help the individuals and the community to grow.
We look forward to you and your art. We thank you for your contribution to the mobile photography/ arts community.
I chose these images because they’re fun, they scream “summertime” and they all told a story, as good photos do.- Jen

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Image by @silalexi

The Dutch love to talk about the weather. I’m no exception… I live in The Hague, a city at the coast. When the sun is shining in the center of town, it can be stormy weather at the beach. The day I shot this photo there were beautiful but also a bit threatening clouds hanging above the city buildings. Above the sea and beach the sun was shining in all its glory. I love the contrast and the mixed feelings (again) that come along with this kind of weather. The lyrics of ‘The Storm’ Jerry Ropero crossed my mind during editing the photo (Noir app).

photo (96)“Diving Into Summer” by @tephi

This was our first trip to the pool for this summer and as I’m sitting on my chair I see my 6yr old daughter do a dive for the very first time off the 1m board. I was so surprised I about fell out of my chair because we have not been practicing diving. I immediately grabbed my phone to get a photo of her second attempt, which this was. I wasn’t sure she was going to try again since she belly flopped the first one but she is a trooper and wanted to try it again and I said good I wanted to get a photo. She smacked on this dive too but she laughed and I told her how proud I was for even trying. Let our summer adventure begin!

I edited using Snapseed for detail and then Picfx and Mextures. I almost edited out the red umbrella but it looked like she was wearing a cape so I left it and she liked it.

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Image by @repinsk

 Created using Hipstamatic BlankoFreedom film with the Loftus lens then cropped. I loved the intense bright colors of the towel against my fair skinned blonde daughter. We were at the pool and it just screamed summer in its color intensity!

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

“buddies” by @bridgettesxo

At the start of summer we went for a hike up to Wallace Falls in Gold Bar, WA. We trekked through the forest and uphill for 2.2 miles each way.

Here are the boys taking a moment to themselves before heading back to the cabin – the river was so refreshing and inviting!

Taken with a Lumia 1020

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Image by @silalexi

The sea for me is a magical place, especially during the summer. When I go over there I sometimes get fascinated by children who play on their own. They always seem to be in their own magical world. This boy didn’t notice any people around him anymore, but was happily lost in his own great adventure. Watching him gave me a big smile, but at the same time I felt pain in my heart. This because of a personal matter concerning children. These mixed emotions showed in my editing. For this editing I used the Noir app to bring it back to black & white. Then I added (a bit of) color with the Mextures app. Besides the editing I always try to find matching lyrics of a song to ‘explain’ my image, to emphasize my feelings.

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Image by @mouse_sta

This image was taken with an iphone4s with the Hipstamatic app. With the Hipstamatic comes an array of lenses and film with different effects. Thus you can edit your pictures as you take them. I chose the Jimmy lens; it has a warm yellow glow to it, which just says summer to me. I used the Blanko Hongdae film, which gives texture and makes things look more like a print than a photograph. This was taken at the Memphis Botanic Gardens in Tennessee; there was an overgrowth of wild flowers near where they do some bee keeping. Yellow, flowers and summer go hand in hand so it was irresistible. If you double tap your Hipstamatic screen it will increase in size, you can then hold your finger on what you want to be your point of focus. I chose that flower that was in the foreground; I was then delighted a bee chose that same flower. So some luck and some skill gives you a hot time.

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Image by @knoxmomi

Story: I’d been looking for a car show in my city for the opportunity to take photographs and saw online that the 2014 Hot Rod Power Tour was making its 2nd stop in Knoxville, Tennessee  http://www.wbir.com/story/life/2014/03/04/hot-rob-power-tour-plans-stop-in-knoxville/6012735/ in early June so I grabbed my husband who’s a gear head and my teenage son to see what it was all about.  Thankfully, both were tolerant of my frequent stops to take multiple shots of whatever beauty of a Hot Rod caught my eye and since my husband loves vintage and fast cars, he was able to tell me make and model and even what kind of motor is under the hood. It was an eye-opener and learning experience all rolled into one Car Show! This was the start of many subsequent Summer events in the city which has kept my iPhone on the go, go, go.

Process: I took this photo of a 1957 Chevy Nomad station wagon because the fin design was just so striking. I used Pro Camera 7 app at 3:2 aspect ratio on my iPhone 5 then exported the image to Vscocam app. There I used adjustments to sharpen the image slightly and give a little contrast. No cropping was done and I chose N1 filter to bring out the beautiful red tone.