iPhone Photo of the Week

For a couple months now I’ve been posting an iPhone image to my Twitter and Facebook everyday. No photoshop, just in-iPhone-app editing and a mobile post. The exercise originally started for two reasons: 1)to keep the creative/vision mojo flowing; and 2)emphasize the image, not the tools needed to create it. Its been really key in my own creative development lately, and I’ve been jazzed to get a ton of community feedback around how this little endeavor has taken hold in others’day to day as well.

That said, I wanted to bring a piece of this action here to the blog on a semi-regular basis for those of you who are not tweeters or facebookers. Idea is that I’ll post a handful of my iphone images from the previous week or so here and ask for your vote in the comments about your favorite. Any above the belt feedback is always welcome, as would be links to iphone images that you’re creating.

So which is your favorite of the following four images? [first one here, other three after the jump…]

Some hotel lobby lamps…

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Light at Frankfurt airport.

Flag on the beach in Dubai.

Fire hydrant by my local coffee shop.

Discarded shopping cart.

Vote for your fav, post a link, or post some feedback in the comments.

142 Responses to iPhone Photo of the Week

  1. Nikki April 16, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    My favorite is both the fire hydrant (love the colors) and the shopping cart (so lonely and abandoned. Very cool!

  2. Jay Goodrich April 16, 2009 at 11:13 am #

    I still like the lobby lights the best. I think it is the composition of repeating circles and how the light from the fixtures works within the frame. The fire hydrant is great as well.

  3. James Bong April 16, 2009 at 11:14 am #

    I love the gritty, saturated look of the flag on the beach, but the colors and vignetting of the fire hydrant really stand out!

  4. Matt Beaty April 16, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    Shopping cart or the flag, it’s a close call.

  5. samurai*champloo April 16, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    Shopping cart – I have a strange fascination with photographing the abandoned carts I find.

    Otherwise, I’d have to go with the lobby lights; I’m digging the composition and feel of that one.

  6. Adrian Young April 16, 2009 at 11:49 am #

    My favourite would have to be the lobby lights, I love the tones and shapes combining for a beautiful image. The longer you look at it the more confusing the perspective is.

    The abandoned shopping cart comes in a close second though.

  7. DJJ April 16, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    Fire hydrant.

  8. Brittney April 16, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    My favorite is the photo of the hotel lobby lights; I like how it feels kind of ethereal and outer-spacey.

  9. Cutthroat Stalker (scott) April 16, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    Trippy candles masquerading as lobby lights.

    2nd is the bokeh in the Frankfurt airport.

  10. Matt Lange April 16, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    #1. Reminds me of how I saw things in college. Whether I was imagining it or something else caused it, if you know what I mean.

  11. Gregory April 16, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    Hey Chase,

    My favorite of your iPhone photos in the hotel lights. I like the color and perspective, and the shadows are great.

    You've inspired me to use my iPhone in the same way and upload my images to my facebook. I feel like, even though it's digital photography, the simplicity of it makes you think about the basics of photography a little more than you would shooting with your DSLR.

    Here's to stretching your limitations…cheers!

    My iPhone uploads here:


  12. Jemima April 16, 2009 at 12:12 pm #

    Love them – the first is my fave – by far.

    I use Camera Bag too – such a fun ap. I run my blog mostly off iphone photos, and best way to see them is probably to look at the iphone category on my site:



  13. Ken April 16, 2009 at 12:12 pm #

    Lobby Lights.

    They look like drums to me. The coloration is nice. I also lose track of up and down with this one, and it allows me to keep exploring the image.

  14. Ben Whitesell April 16, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    Gotta say that I am really liking hotel lights. The composition of the lights and the black negative space play well together.

    I am wondering if you are pulling these and doing some post work or is there an iphone app that allows you to make adjustments in camera…I mean phone?

  15. Jeff Zavitski April 16, 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    Lobby lights if you could crop the three in the bottom right corner out of the shot, shopping cart because you can’t.

  16. Gregory April 16, 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    hotel lobby lamps… the colors and the pattern along with the bulbs with soft focus make it.

  17. Johnnie Gjedved April 16, 2009 at 12:48 pm #

    I had the opportunity to spend time with Chase and his crew in Dubai. Had an Amazing time.

    For a behind the scene shot of the flag picture, go here:


  18. Juha Ylitalo April 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    First one (lobby lamps) is my favorite.Something in those lamps reminds me about space operas with big rocket engines.
    Fire hydrant is good runner up, if I would have to pick two.

  19. Ollie April 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    I love the fire hydrant for the colours and composition, but the lamps and the shopping cart come in a close second.

  20. Mike Sebastian April 16, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    Lobby links. Amazing what you can see, when you’re looking with the right kind of eye. twitter @mikeseb

  21. Steve April 16, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

    I like the shopping cart.

  22. Håkan Dahlström April 16, 2009 at 1:48 pm #

    I would say pic no 1. Great.

  23. Tom Scott April 16, 2009 at 2:12 pm #

    I like the trolley the best, look like a dinosaur remains, love it.

    Here’s mine – http://www.scottvision.ie/section258754.html


  24. lackeyman.com April 16, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

    photo #1, hands down!

  25. Anonymous April 16, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    fire hydrant, just love it

  26. Dennis April 16, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    I like the airport photo

  27. TomboCheck April 16, 2009 at 2:29 pm #

    The first photo has the most visual interest, but I like the texture on the shopping cart the most.

  28. Jeremy Wilburn April 16, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    I like the hotel lobby lights best, but the shopping cart is very emotive.

  29. John Kochmanski April 16, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    Discarded shopping cart.

  30. Diana April 16, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    Hotel Lamps. They’re all great choices though.

  31. Richard Southall April 16, 2009 at 2:35 pm #

    difficult …….. lighting shot at Frankfurt. Really like the abstraction.

  32. Anonymous April 16, 2009 at 2:35 pm #

    fire hydrant!

  33. ugleecrissie April 16, 2009 at 2:36 pm #

    hotel lobby lights!

  34. Mathias April 16, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    My favourite is the light @ Frankfurt Airport. The abstract looks makes me think of a spacecraft.

  35. greg April 16, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    Tough choices. But I will go with the flag. Good stuff.

  36. Zach Gray April 16, 2009 at 2:38 pm #

    Some hotel lobby lamps…

  37. Tom April 16, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    It’s a difficult one, each have an element which could make it a favourite. I think though, that the Frankfurt airport just pips the others. I do like the saturated colours in the fire hydrant but for me, the abstract nature of the black and white image is more powerful than the others. t

  38. Yorkshire Strobist April 16, 2009 at 2:42 pm #

    Hotel Lobby Lamps for me!

  39. Nick Jungels April 16, 2009 at 2:42 pm #

    Discarded shopping cart. Conveys more to me. I like hotel lights too.

  40. Nathan April 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm #

    Shopping Cart ftw

  41. Roberto Seba April 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm #

    “Discarded shopping cart.”
    Definitely this one. Nice angle and I love the lines converging to the bottom with the horizontal ones adding even more tension.
    Pretty cool still life.

  42. raminka April 16, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    Fire Hydrant….Great Comp….beautiful colors…!!!

  43. Bo Boswell April 16, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    I’m all over the hotel lobby lamps with the light at Frankfurt airport a close second.

  44. Sunshine April 16, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    Certainly the light at the airport, its something new and exciting to look at…not your every day pic ;)

  45. Chris Delaney April 16, 2009 at 2:50 pm #

    Fire Hydrant

  46. Charles Conner April 16, 2009 at 3:01 pm #

    I love the perspective and color of the lobby lights, but the shopping cart wins out for me with great contrast, texture, and symbolism.

  47. the Dacus April 16, 2009 at 3:01 pm #

    The fire hydrant stands out to me and I’m intrigued by the lamps.

  48. PJ April 16, 2009 at 3:04 pm #

    My vote is for the fire Hydrant

  49. tommyjz April 16, 2009 at 3:08 pm #

    hotel lobby for sho

  50. Pedro April 16, 2009 at 3:09 pm #

    I vote for Frankfurt airport, but must admit the shopping cart is tempting

    Someone said Photoraphy is about 3 things:
    EYE: to be able to “see” the photo before you actually take it.
    TECHNIQUE: to make sure the camera behaves the way you’d expect it to.
    CRITERIA: to be able to choose the right one from a multitude of images taken.

    I’d humbly add POST-PRO TECHNIQUE, to be able to deliver finished work.

    Frankfurt is 100% about EYE, and that’s what makes the difference between a talented photographer and any other one.

    The shopping cart is loaded with significance, but unless you arranged the scene, the next photographer could have also taken it.

    Hope this is not mis-understood. I deeply respect everyone’s EYE, TECHNIQUE AND CRITERIA (and post-pro) (specially Chases’s)


  51. nathan golden April 16, 2009 at 3:11 pm #

    shopping cart, yo.

  52. Dustin Stone April 16, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    I say the lobby lights. There is a cool motion illusion. When I look at it, it feels like I am falling into it. Weird and cool.

  53. J/C April 16, 2009 at 3:16 pm #

    I have to go with the Frankfurt photo as my favorite. When I first saw it, it really had a dramatic impact.

  54. Jen Johnson April 16, 2009 at 3:28 pm #

    I like the 1st 1, lobby lights

  55. peyv April 16, 2009 at 3:38 pm #


    You make it look soo easy!!
    Thanks for sharing all your great work.

  56. Brian April 16, 2009 at 3:39 pm #

    Frankfurt airport lights

  57. Rob "Swift" Aguilar April 16, 2009 at 3:42 pm #

    The fire hydrant! I love it. For some reason it reminds me of a little robot or something.

  58. Neil Corman April 16, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    Something with the flag on the beach really stands out to me, and I think one reason is knowing you did it with the iPhone and minimal adjustments. The grain in the image carries the feel of the beach as well.

  59. Tilman April 16, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    Shopping card and Frankfurt airport lights are my favorites.

  60. Erin Wilson April 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    Hotel lobby lamps. A little swooning going on here.

  61. Hank Graham April 16, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    Another vote here for the lobby lights

  62. Geoff Harrison April 16, 2009 at 4:32 pm #

    Has to be the Shopping Cart. Love the perspective and looks great in black and white.

  63. Marcviln April 16, 2009 at 4:33 pm #

    Love the flag. Stark & minimalistic.

  64. FOOSE April 16, 2009 at 4:37 pm #

    hotel lobby lamps. love the angle

  65. Lucas Gosende April 16, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    My favorite is
    Discarded shopping cart.

  66. www.markdunlapphotography.blogspot.com April 16, 2009 at 4:50 pm #

    It’s a toss up between the hotel lights and fire hydrant, both with cool colors and composition. The flag’s a close second or third. Not that excited about the shopping cart.

    • Jayna August 7, 2011 at 10:26 am #

      Always the best content from these priogdiuos writers.

  67. Ryan Smith April 16, 2009 at 5:37 pm #

    Flag on the Beach is my top pick.

  68. Anonymous April 16, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    Lobby lamps.

  69. John P. Dunnigan April 16, 2009 at 6:30 pm #

    Okay, this isn't as easy as it seems (love so many of them), but I'm going with hotel lobby lamps — love the angle, mood, lighting (LOL). I'm actually one of those who you've inspired to try it myself. Check it out if you ever get a free minute: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2005303&id;=1027980434

  70. Nick Carver April 16, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    Hotel lobby lights for sure. Love it.

  71. CZed April 16, 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    1) Flag on the beach in Dubai.
    2) Shopping Cart

  72. LotusBlu April 16, 2009 at 7:38 pm #

    Love the movement and contrast in the hotel lobby lights. Excellent.

  73. lisat2 April 16, 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    By far- and i mean orders of magnitude- the hotel lobby lights. Reminiscent of muted sea anemones.

  74. Anonymous April 16, 2009 at 8:56 pm #

    I say that the hydrant is best.

    Also, Chase thanks so much for starting this. It has really been an inspiration. I made a gallery for iPhone shots on my website:


  75. D00MED R0MANCE April 16, 2009 at 8:57 pm #

    I like the light at the Frankfurt Airport. Second, the shopping cart. Third, fire hydrant.

  76. Anonymous April 16, 2009 at 9:13 pm #

    1, 5, 3, 2, 4 in that order. 1 always amazes me when I see it.

  77. Alex April 16, 2009 at 9:45 pm #

    Number 5 – Discarded shopping cart. No doubt.

  78. OnTheRoad22 April 16, 2009 at 9:55 pm #

    Fire hydrant! Great contrast and composition. Hotel Lobby 2nd place.

  79. Stephanie Vermillion April 16, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    The discarded shopping cart. It’s so lifelike. :)

  80. Sherri Innis April 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm #

    shopping cart – especially given the global situation.
    this was taken in Dubai right? Even more irony then, since it was the booming shopping centre of the ME, and that well has dried up significantly leaving suffering, stranded carts scattered around the city.

  81. Picture life on an island... April 16, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

    Love the lobby lights. The whimsical shapes, the wonderful colors…and the not-unpleasant dose of vertigo…make it a wild and enjoyable view.

  82. Snorri Gunnarsson April 17, 2009 at 12:26 am #

    Some hotel lobby lamps…

    by far, very interesting and also a beautiful photo.


  83. Anonymous April 17, 2009 at 1:18 am #

    Love the shopping trolley. Great iconography, has a certain man-ray, police photography aspect. Noah

  84. n1x0n April 17, 2009 at 1:41 am #

    If i’ll had to put it on my wall and watch it every day – i’ll pick the flag.

  85. Rolsted April 17, 2009 at 2:10 am #

    The hotel lobby lights.
    // Thomas, Denmark

  86. Athena April 17, 2009 at 6:50 am #

    I think you have a bit of variety, so there is one for any type of viewer. I’m drawn to the shopping cart and the lobby lights because of the emotion and mood they have. If you are making me pick one ( I imagine you having a tally sheet at the office) I pick the cart for it’s extreme mood.

  87. Lindsey Brittain April 17, 2009 at 6:56 am #

    Lobby Lamps….cool perspective!

  88. Anonymous April 17, 2009 at 8:01 am #

    My favorite is the Frankfurt airport one, then the fire hydrant.

    You are very inspiring.

  89. Greg April 17, 2009 at 8:02 am #

    lobby lights is my favorite and i'm glad you went color on it over the b&w; (although both were nice the color just gives it a little something extra). the fire hydrant is a really close second for me. love the colors and shapes.

    you actually inspired me to take up the iphone photo of the day concept a couple months ago. here are a couple of mine that turned out alright:



  90. Tim Knight April 17, 2009 at 8:08 am #

    I’m sorry Chase. I understand and support the project.


    iPhone photos just don’t do it for me.

    Then, again, I don’t twitter, don’t have a facebook page, never been on flickr, and don’t have an iPhone. I guess you could consider me Joe McNally without the talent. Yet, even HE has a blog.

  91. Matt Smith April 17, 2009 at 8:09 am #

    I vote the fire hydrant for sure.

  92. Mathieu April 17, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    The lobby light for the framing and perspective, just before the hydrant for the geometry and colours. What Iphone app are you using for post?

  93. jaclyn April 17, 2009 at 9:49 am #

    i’m a big fan of iphone photos…but that one of the hotel lobby is maybe my favorite. ever.

  94. Levi J Webb April 17, 2009 at 10:02 am #

    The Fire hydrant by my local coffee shop shot does it for me, am liking the blue and the colour contrast.

  95. becky ruppel April 17, 2009 at 10:28 am #

    love the lamps! I’m suing my iPhone camera more too.

  96. Anonymous April 17, 2009 at 10:41 am #

    For me it is “Fire hydrant by my local coffee shop” !

  97. Aru April 17, 2009 at 11:08 am #

    as usual awesome work ..

    a continues inspiration of your videos, blog & pictures brought me a little higher than a amateur

    please try have a look on these pictures… I love your comments on these & these words will help use to move in wright direction


    also i invite all chase jarvis fans to have a look of these pictures & leave your comments

  98. Indian Car Blog April 17, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    The first picture is the best me thinks. Iphone quality not that bad for a 2.0 megapixel.

  99. Anonymous April 17, 2009 at 11:46 am #

    Flag rocks.

  100. Chris Bohnhoff April 17, 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    The flag and hydrant are overcooked for my taste. I like the Frankfurt one and hotel lobby.

  101. Andrew Gant April 17, 2009 at 2:26 pm #

    Fire Hydrant for its color and contrast. Love it.

  102. reg gordon April 17, 2009 at 3:22 pm #

    lobby one, and you think the same, thats why its the one on your opening page!!
    Seriously its one of those shots that is just a show stopper

  103. Adam April 17, 2009 at 3:54 pm #

    I like the hotel lobby lights. I like the concept behind what you are doing here. Keep up the good work.

  104. Aaron April 18, 2009 at 9:01 am #

    Looks like I”m a little late to this. Better late than never I suppose. I think I like number 1 the best followed by the second image.

    Here’s a few of mine from a post a while back.



  105. doug menuez April 18, 2009 at 10:31 am #

    Dude, these are so cool. I’m inspired and starting to download all my iphone pix and figure out something fun with them… thanks for the kick in the ass!

  106. Ģirts Raģelis April 18, 2009 at 10:18 pm #

    ou my favorite is Discarded shopping cart.

  107. Cheray Bressler April 19, 2009 at 12:42 am #

    # 1 is sick! The others are great, but #1 is the most interesting by far in my opinion. I have never seen lamps this way, it is very fresh!

  108. superman April 19, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    i am so glad that you wrote favorite and not “like”. The abandoned shopping cart and the Hotel Lobby lights have a good feel to them for opposite reasons. The lobby image looks and feels like something cool is about to happen, while the shopping cart picture has a sense of finality to it.

  109. Bryan Mitchell April 19, 2009 at 5:53 pm #

    I like the shopping cart. It has a documentary feel to it. BTW, what iphone photo app do you use. I just got an iphone for my birthday and hope to do something similar on facebook. Not everyday but mostly to get the creativity flowing again.

  110. Bryan April 19, 2009 at 6:32 pm #

    I’ve been enjoying the iPhone pics on Facebook. I used to use a similar technique for practice in the pre-digital days. I would shoot with disposable cameras for practice. It really makes you think about composition and available lighting. Nice work.

  111. Timothy Lusk April 20, 2009 at 4:19 pm #

    I love this shot, Chase. I’ve captured a few similar shots (hotel lights) when I was down in PDX.

  112. Henry A. April 20, 2009 at 9:18 pm #

    I like the contrast between the fire hydrant and the blue background.

  113. Henry A. April 20, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    I like the contrast between the fire hydrant and the blue background.

  114. wendy wood April 21, 2009 at 4:05 pm #

    the first one, by far, is my favorite. It makes me feel like I am scuba diving in a modern ocean of basket corals…

  115. Willkommen too Konrad Land April 21, 2009 at 8:42 pm #

    Its the lobby lights for me. Just love the angle. Its interesting and unique.

  116. dominique April 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm #

    Lobby lights all the way. Love the repetition of form and the contast.

  117. Jeff April 25, 2009 at 11:55 pm #

    Fire Hydrant I am a color whore and a Birdsill Holly fan.


  118. Julie May 3, 2009 at 11:22 am #

    hotel lights fo sho.

  119. Eric May 6, 2009 at 12:56 pm #

    Lamps or hydrant, lamps or hydrant, I can’t pick between the two, all are great. Love the selective focus on the 2nd shot.

  120. Anonymous May 7, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    the lobby lamps probably. even though the image confuses my brain a little.

  121. Anonymous May 15, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    Lobby lamps for me, closely followed by fire hydrant. :-)

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