A Hint of Tan (iPhoneographic Series)

I’ve seen a lot of new places and people in the last few months and weeks. I would like to share the following images with you, which are some of those places and people I’ve seen.

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” – Imogen Cunningham











Instagram: @blakebyers

All photographs we taken and edited with my iPhone 4.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at these images.




  1. Are these really all taken with an iPhone? Absolutely gorgeous work.

    Oh, and by the way — that quote ROCKS! 🙂

    • Mikalee, you’re too sweet. Thank you. Yes, all the images I’ve noted iPhone photography have been taken with my iPhone 4.

      I really appreciate your comment. Thank you!

  2. Carlie Chew

    Great photos! I love the quote in the beginning too.

  3. Hi Blake,
    I love the shots you’ve posted. Truly amazing. I find it very challenging to shoot in square. You’ve inspired me. Looking forward to reading and viewing your posts.
    Thank you.

  4. Rae

    I really love that first picture. The ripples and shadows are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  5. i like how you framed the pictures, esp the one with the ferris wheel

  6. Janet

    There’s something especially thoughtful about isolated forms. Reinventing the wheel and all that jazz.

  7. Enjoyed your iphoto blog. I have joined the converted as I took and posted my first iphone photo today. Used to be a non-believer in phone cameras. Times they are a changing. Cheers.

    • Mz Zoomer, I was once a firm believer in film photography, still am, but you’re right (along with Dylan) times are a changing. Thanks for stopping by and for the comment!

  8. Great images taken with the iPhone! The perspective makes all the difference!

  9. very beautiful in their simplicity

  10. amscourt

    Nice. Minimalist, clean, slightly off. I enjoy your vision.

  11. Love the quote you left about Bukowski on your about me page. He is one unique character!

  12. All very simple, all very effective. Very nice.

  13. I love to simplicity and beauty of your photography.

  14. ag

    Like your work very much. Very strong vision.

  15. These shots are really amazing and I was very surprised to read they had been taken and edited on an iPhone. Makes me want to finally switch over. Thanks for sharing. You Matter! Smiles, Nancy

    • Nancy,

      Your comment was just what I needed. Thank you! I truly appreciate the kindness you’ve bestowed upon me by use of words and text. I hope you enjoy using an iPhone to shoot with. The cool thing about something new is you still have what you had before. 🙂 So you don’t have to forget about film or digital imagery. Thank you again.


  16. Hi Blake, you have some great words here, I especially like the second image of a streetlamp, the composition and gradient of the sky are superb.

  17. Going to Barstow or Vegas?

  18. I love taking shots with the old Iphone as well. I never thought of it as replacing my camera but it certainly makes for a good stand by.

  19. Roshni

    Amazing photos. They look so distinctly…ummm…different! 🙂 Simple things you find in daily life, taken in a novel way! I loved the one of the giant wheel and the road … 🙂 Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

  20. ♥ this. iPhones are great. I use mine for taking photos all the time.

  21. It is really Beautiful I like it .

  22. I like the old touch on them. Nicely done 🙂

  23. Clean photos. That quote you have chosen is a great expression of doing something for the love of it; taking the photo is where the joy is, more than the image that appears to others after the fact.

    “Without conversations, stories would not exist.”
    That is true, and so beautifully said.

    Two lifetimes at 28? That sounds pretty intense. I hope you are at peace and in light.

    Love & Peace,

    • Tinkerbell,

      Thank you for your patience in waiting for my response.

      I have to say, I appreciate your comment quite a bit. The time you took to write out something personal is very refreshing. Photography to me is the most individualistic process I go through on a daily basis. For the respects you enjoy what I see and how I capture that means a great deal to me. Thank you.

      When I said that about my age, that was a year ago. A lot has happened since. 🙂

      Peace is just like happiness, a constant struggle to achieve.

      Thanks again for stopping by Tinkerbell.

  24. NS

    Fantastic pics.. Way to go!

  25. Nice photos! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! Since you are my “next door neighbor” for the weekend I thought I would say hello!

  26. Cool photos, and congrats on being freshly pressed.

    • Thanks Richard, I really appreciate you taking the time to comment on this series. Stay tuned, this Friday one paying an homage to the great Ansel Adams will be published. It’ll be called Granite.

    • Very cool blog, by the way. I’ll be coming to you for some tabs in the future.

      • Thanks for stopping by. As you’ve seen my blog isn’t going to be widely popular, as there are no great photos nor written text.

        But for those who want to learn a few licks/solos or songs, and who have similar taste in music, this is the right spot. Pretty narrow, I know. Ha.

  27. Sinfully Samantha

    First photograph’s my favorite. Found it difficult to choose, though! Great work.

  28. I like all of these pictures they are random and pretty in a way.

  29. I love the train and the lifesaver!

    Courtney Hosny

  30. these are amazing. i still cannot get over how cell phone photography has become such an art. technology!

  31. ever notice when you focus on something – it takes on importance it would not have had unless it is alone?

  32. These are gorgeous. It seems as if life can almost be fully captured in stills, keep it up and nothing will be lost.

  33. Love the abstracts and the Cunningham quote.

  34. This is some awesome iPhoneography; great job

  35. Great iPhone imagery! Very inspiring.

  36. Great photographs! It really impresses me what some people can do with an Iphone camera. I particularly like the ring in the water. I got the feeling of the story moving West too, maybe ending up at Big Sur. Just a really nice photo montage you have there.

    • Thank you so much Richard! I appreciate your feedback AND your time. It means a lot to me that you took the time to tell me what you thought. I wish you the best of luck living in California. I know you’ll have it.

  37. loving mobile photography…great compositions.

  38. I enjoy your photo work. Beautifully done in their simple messages. In living two lifetimes at age 28, I guess that makes at five for me at age seventy. I have never been able to put a number on it until I read your blog. Blessings in your individual journey.

  39. scribbleofhappygoluckygal

    nice picz:)

  40. Love what your “eye” sees with your phone!

  41. Love the simplicity and cleanliness of your photos. Great textures, playful light/shadow and composition. Thank you for sharing your talent Blake.

  42. I love this set of pictures! iPhones are truly great when it come to photography 🙂

  43. Nice post! Please check out my blog @ onlychad.wordpress.com! Thanks!

  44. It’s beautiful! It doesn’t seem taken with an iPhone 😀

  45. Sky photos. I’m a sucker for pics of the sky. Great work, Blake.
    (Former resident of San Diego, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach)

  46. The steps you have chosen to walk your 28 years old life… will definitively lead you not only to where you have chosen to get, but to a life worth spending for thou shall rejoice in a million more wonders! Take it from this 80 years old god of myself… who has chosen to live happily the 40 more years to come. And then… I will decide what to do.
    A HINT OF TAN… Pictures taken by an aesthetics admirer and practicant. Congratulations! Thanks for sharing them.

    • Sir Alberto,

      I duly respect your age and wisdom. Thank you for your comments.

      Your encouragement will not be taken for granted. Something’s resonant very well within my soul and the words you chose to write will be withe for some time.

      Thanks you again. And live long and prosper.

  47. scrollofabook

    I like the third photograph; I’m a big fan of pictures with lines.

  48. Wow. I, too, am an iPhotographer with a touch of editing as well—sometimes—but not always. It’s an amazing little cam. I would carry regular camera and iPhone. Then once I forgot my camera and snapped with the phone, just for the heck of it. Very pleased. Have almost given up the camera, but not yet.
    Very nice pics.

    • Alexandria,

      Congratulations for using your iPhone to capture your world. I feel it is a healthy way to keep your mind active and disciplined.

      The beauty, however, is you don’t have to give up the other forms and mediums of photography. Use all. Experience all. The results of those will delight all viewers.

      Nice site. 🙂

  49. Very nice, it was realy smart to pick a time & angle of take a picture

  50. Awesome stuff man- glad to find your blog on “Freshly Pressed”. Keep up with the photos, you have some great composition going on!

  51. These are special and beautifull pictures, nice!

  52. hackershater

    I love minimalism. Does not matter where – minimalism in clothes, interior (or exterior), make-up or photography. Such photos as these, do not represent social issues and do not help people to solve their problems, but they do have emotional value. For example, the big feel reminds me of London, England and summer walks I got there. Any picture can be a reminder of something or an image of what you should like to do/have.

  53. Alyssa

    Wonderful shots! I thought it’s a UFO or something- my first impression on the first photograph. 🙂

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  54. I love your new images and your point of view! Great blog!

  55. you have a beautiful talent..keep up the good work
    follow back

  56. Lovely. I love the different perspectives in all the photos :). Congrats for being on Freshly Pressed!

  57. Fabulous pics using the iPhone…it’s not the camera, it’s the person behind the camera. Nice

  58. Aoife

    What photo editing app did you use? These are awesome.

  59. Nice Photograph! Which Camera you use to take these photos? please tell me… 😀

  60. I strangely decide the quality of a photograph on two aspects that are partly out of my control. The first is that I can’t stop looking at an image, the second my eyes go out of focus. I do the same thing with music. If a singer’s voice gives me goosebumps then I’m in. My two favorites that caused my lack of focus and inability to turn away (and desire to jump in) were the life saver in pool and the line shadows. Great work.

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  62. artculturestyle

    love the simplicity of these shots- very powerful.

  63. They’re really cool pictures! Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

  64. Seven Second Rhapsody

    Oh this is such a pleasure to breeze through while having a cuppa! Absolutely lovely

  65. rajeevmetta

    awesome pictures man !!

  66. Loving your photos. They’re wonderful; some even jaw dropping. Feel free to check out my blog and photos as well. Much appreciation for your talent.

  67. Very inspiring photos. I especially like the ferris wheel shot. Great work!

  68. Randy

    These photos are GREAT! So as that quote! I LOVE IT! 🙂

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