Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice

It’s Challenger’s choice over at Sally D’s this week and I have chosen Travel as my topic. I happened to be doing some traveling last week and while on a layover in the Detroit airport I decided to try out a new combination in the Hipstamatic app.

The photo below was taken with the Adler lens/Teddy Roosevelt 26 film/Standard flash combination.


I am not a big fan of this combo. It is too blown out and flat for my taste, but I figured that with some simple editing I might be able to do turn it into something more acceptable.

My next move was to import the photo into the Toon Camera app and break it down into a basic black and white line drawing that I could then layer under the original image.

Here is how that turned out.


The last thing that I had to do was to combine the two images and for that I used the Image Blender app. Once I aligned the photos, I adjusted blending ratio of the foreground to the background and came up with this final image.



I like this layered image more than the original one, but I feel like more can be done to “punch” it up. For now I will put this in the On Deck Circle and return to it when my skills and knowledge improve.

  15 comments for “Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice

  1. July 27, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    After having to stay at LAX for 5 hours that lone man is symbolic of how I felt. The line drawing works the best. But you could do a series going going gone. Happy travels


  2. July 25, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Like what you’ve done here, Alan. Isn’t it great when you can take a photo that has some defects (blown out), and turn it around into something really good?


    • July 25, 2016 at 10:20 PM

      It is fun turning around a photo with some of the many apps available these days.


  3. July 25, 2016 at 11:56 AM

    You’ve really put your creativity to work through these apps, Allan.



    • July 25, 2016 at 1:44 PM

      Thanks, Janet. I like the mental/creative challenge that goes along with learning new techniques.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. July 25, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    Experimentation is the best teacher, and I know that you are a worthy student. The image could use more contrast. The male figure almost blends into the busier background. But maybe that’s what you wanted.


    • July 25, 2016 at 1:43 PM

      I hoped to separate the male figure with the line drawing, but it didn’t go the way that I wished for. more contrast is required, but this combo is the complete opposite of that. Oh well, live and learn—if we are lucky.

      Thanks, Sally.


      • July 25, 2016 at 1:57 PM

        Absolutely…you may find the perfect image for that combination.

        Liked by 1 person

      • July 25, 2016 at 2:43 PM

        It is actually inspiring me to make a change to my header image. I have a couple of ideas of blending some photos a la Sally and coming up with a bit of a new old look.

        Stay tuned,


      • July 26, 2016 at 5:04 AM

        Great…will be awaiting your imaginative approach.

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Sue
    July 25, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Well, you are having some fun learning, Allan!


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