This is the winning entry to a photo contest I participated in a few months back - for a chance to win the one and only $1000 U.S. prize ...
Who would have thought
While I am at it, this is how it was made with an iPhone 4s
The red-brick Gooderham Building, commonly referred to as the "Flatiron Building" is one of the most photographed Toronto landmark, the trick is to be there early in the morning to get it with the light, show up too late, specially in winter and you'll have to do some HDR magic to capture it correctly, it does look great with the sun at the back.
Essentially for this HDR iPhone capture, I used two iPhone images combined into one using the app HDR PRO, these are the two images I used below, one exposed for the shadow and one for the highlights.
Which I then combined in HDR PRO, followed by a slight tweak in Snapseed for exposure, sharpness and details, then into Square Ready to crop as a perfect square for Instagram, followed by Camera+ Clarity I attenuated using the before (clarity image) and after clarity using the app "Image Blender" Followed by Snapseed one last time for a few further tweaks.
It isn't rocket science, use the app to figure out what they do and how they work, google the stuff and search as well as take the time to read in the app store what the app does.
I used Photoforge2 to add a tad a vignetting and Filterstorm to add my logo and Phonto to add the number on it.
It is a little more work to capture and convert (Post process) an image made in challenging light condition with the iPhone, but not impossible and no need to use Photoshop, a desktop computer ... all done in iPhone except for the web resize for the blog
Below are the two original captures and the HDR PRO merged image, before further tweaking... Practice makes perfect, learn how to capture and convert these images by doing it yourself.
The First capture was exposed for the shadow
The Second Capture was exposed for the highlights
The resulting merged images using HDR PRO
Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about money, masters worry about light... I just make pictures.