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Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge Week 8 – Mirroring


App: Camera360 

Mirrored photos can be gimmicky. But that is not to say there is no place for them in mobile phoneography. The mirror, after all, is a well-used metaphor in so many occasions and samples of literature.


snappy happy photo challenge logo black and whiteWelcome back to Week 8 of the Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge hosted by weliveinaflat and firebonnet ;)

This challenge asks you to (1) share a good photo that you took or edited last week, (2) run it through a photo app on your smartphone or mobile device and share with us the result. We’re back to the theme of Collage. I’m stretching that to include the feature – Mirroring.

Mirroring

The mirroring feature in photo apps reflects your photo vertically or horizontally so that you have the original photo and its reflection in the final image.

camera360 - dog head one
App: Camera360 

PhotoMirror app - butt in
App: PhotoMirror

While it is a novelty to play around with Donna’s body parts ;) haha, I find the theme of Nature particularly interesting using this feature.

Camera360 - mirror feature - blades of leaves
App: Camera360

What is originally organic now becomes artificially symmetrical. Intricate patterns are formed that are not found in real life. And suddenly you realise that, everywhere you look, there are all sorts of interesting patterns to be found both in nature…

Camera360 app - sniffing the leaves - mirror feature
App: Camera360 

… as well as in the man-made world.

PhotoMirror app mirror effect hand vase
App: Paper Camera
PhotoMirror app mirror effect hand vase
App: PhotoMirror. One hand versus two in solidarity, the same subject but two images with two different stories.  

You can find patterns in something as nebulous as the shadow, telling the story of the interplay of light and dark.

camera360 app mirror effect dog and shadow
App: Camera360 

And there is no need to be constrained by the idea that it needs to be symmetrical. A mirrored image can still be cropped to give a more interesting frame.

camera360 app mirror effect dog sniffing leaves
App: Camera360 

An all-in-one app like Camera360 for iPhone (the version I Have on Android does not have this feature) will give you mirroring functions at a tap (in the Funny section of the app). However, it may not give you that many options in terms of tweaking the mirrored image.

MirrorPhoto

The MirrorPhoto app is interesting because it gives you some leeway in controlling your mirrored image.


The app MirrorPhoto allows you to select from 6 types of mirror effects, the format of the photo (with regards to dimensions), the distance between the subject of your original photo and it’s reflection and it has a cropping function.

PicsArt

The app PicsArt does not give you as many mirroring styles as MirrorPhoto, but it has some pretty powerful features that I like. I like the slider that controls the displacement of the image (#5 on screenshot below). I also like the Masking brush (#6 on screenshot below) which allows you to paint over and reveal the original image. I don’t imagine I would use it very often, but just having the option means you have more possibilities with the app ;)


PicsArt screenshot. Distortion > Mirror effects

As an example, I have the mirrored photo of a low angled shot of a flowering tree here:


Mirrored with PicsArt app.

And a version of it with the lower right cornered erased to show a branch of the plant to break the symmetry of the mirrored image.


A portion of the original image revealed in the lower right corner. Can you see?

This feature is very useful for creating reflections in water, as demonstrated by this video:


Get Inspired

9 mirrored photos/edits on Instagram using the iPhone app MirrorGram

– 01 Dog
– 02 Skateboard
– 03 At the pool
– 04 Yokohama Chinatown
– 05 Head
– 06 Playing with Buildings
– 07 Decimated landscape
– 08 Ride
– 09 Bring on the SF Adventures


Go get it!
Photo apps for your mobile devices

iPhone 

Android 


Host Challenge Post

Photo of the week

Donna leaping up to touch nose. Photo cropped with Snapseed and filtered with EyeEm.

Photo mirrored with PicsArt

Bokeh and Light streaks added using Cameran app because I wanted to draw attention to her motion.


Now it’s your turn to share!

Create your challenge post from now until Sunday, 6 Apr end of your day. Post your Photo of the Week and your App-ed version of that photo on your blog. (You can follow my format above if you like).

Pic 1 – Your Photo of the Week can be taken with any equipment – a regular camera, a DSLR, a smartphone, hack even a pin-hole camera if you so choose!

Pic 2 – Pic 2 is optional. The theme this week is Mirroring, but if that is not your cup of tea, you are free to choose other app effects for your app-ed photo. In all cases, it would be helpful if you can name the app effect used so we can understand what you are doing ; )

Add the challenge badge and link your post to the host and co-host sites. Be nice and visit with some of the other challengers for this week! :) And do remember to leave me your blog post link in the comments below, in case I do not receive the pingback/trackback from your link.

For more information, you can read in detail more about the challenge and the instructions at the About page here. You can also grab the badges here.

Questions? Feel free to pose any questions in the comments below or email me at weliveinaflat@gmail.com. Next up, what happens after you have linked up? Why you start getting your challenger photo grid filled up!


Challenger Photo Grids

Every week, challenger grids get updated with the new photos! At the end, you get to grab your grid off this blog for your own pleasure. :D Meanwhile, you can view one another’s photos on the blogs by clicking on the linked numbered weeks above each challenger’s photo grid. I will try to keep it up to date as quick as I can ;)

Host| weliveinaflat.com
[ photos tagged “snappy happy” ]
weliveinaflat's Snappy H'appy Photo Grid

Host| firebonnet.com
[week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
firebonnet snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| ForestWoodFolkArt.wordpress.com
[week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
Roxy the Traveling Dog snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| Little Dogs Laughed
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Little Dogs Laughed snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| Roxy The Traveling Dog
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Roxy the Traveling Dog snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| 1stworlddog.com
[week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
1st world dog snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| completelydisappear.com
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completelydisappear snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| Zeke’s Adventures
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Zeke's Adventures snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| Blogagaini
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Blogagaini snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| LivingWithMyAncestors.wordpress.com
[week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
Roxy the Traveling Dog snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| sassmuffins.com
[week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12]
sassmuffin snappy happy photo challenge photo grid

Challenger| Claim your photo grid, join the challenge today!

Next week, we’ll get Snappy H’appy with Multiple Exposures! Thanks for checking out this Photo Challenge and making it all the way to the end of the post! ;) 

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20 Comments

  1. Nice! I really like the idea of varying the symmetry. I’m going to have to try this in PicsArt. I love the negative space you created with your pic of doule Donna touching your fingers. Very cool. My post will go up tomorrow to correspond with the Letter B (for batik, butterflies and blouses).

    • There is no way of removing the fingers. To tell the truth I’d rather my fingers were not that :P Haha. The A-Z is too much of a challenge for me, good luck with that!! ;)

  2. dorysbackyard

    So beutiful, thanks so much for the inspiration, going to check out some of these mirroring apps to play with!

  3. You really did have fun. What would you do with two Donnas? Have twice as much unconditional love.

    • Unfortunately, I think one is enough for us to handle for now. We can do Donna clones in the photos but a second dog would be hard to manage ;)

  4. Donna looks so cute as a twin! Great shots and edits Mrs. P! :D

  5. These are great! I do believe the majority of photo apps that I have and use came from your suggestions over the past year! I hope to be back in the game pretty soon. :)

    • Take your time, do what you like. Time passes and never come back again, I’m gad you found the app suggestions helpful during that time ;)

  6. That grass photo is really cool. I have a contribution to the mirror effects this week here:
    http://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/snappy-happy-photo-challenge-week-week-8-mirroring-effect/

  7. I have done a few mirrored photos. Yours are very nice.

    • Thanks :) Their generally fun when snapping the mirrored image in real time… less so when trying to find an image to mirror :P

  8. Alrighty then. I used the MirrorPhoto app and came up with these. http://roxythetravelingdog.com/snappy-happy-photo-challenge-8/

  9. I love your result-It looks like the hands are coming forth and peeling the multiple Donnas away- Doug was impressed with your idea!
    sorry this is in last minute:
    http://gretchensite.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/week-8-of-the-snappy-happy-photo-challenge/

  10. I’m behind this week, or is that last week. Mirroring for week 8
    http://blogagaini.com/2014/04/10/snappy-happy-photo-challenge-wk-8/

  11. I have always loved your mirror edits of Donna, and especially love the PicsArt results. The PicsArt video of getting the mirror effect in water is fabulous! One I will definitely have to remember and try. Here is my catch-up link to the Week 8 challenge: http://sassmuffins.com/blogs/posts/14240821-snappy-happy-photo-challenge-week-8-mirroring. From the right Shopify site this time! Two more posts to fill up my grid.

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