A Picture’s Worth… With Janine Graf


Welcome to another new section to theappwhisperer.com, this new section is entitled ‘A Picture’s Worth…’ and it is a subsection of our Photo App Lounge column.

A Picture’s Worth… is where we ask iPhone photographers that have taken or made, as the case may be, powerful iPhone art to explain the processes they took. This includes their initial thoughts as to what they wanted to create, why they wanted to create it, how they created it, including all apps used and what they wanted to convey. We also ask these incredible artists to explain their emotions and how the image projects those feelings.

This is another totally unique section to theappwhisperer.com and one that offers the unique facility for the reader/viewer to find out more about an image and also for the artist to explain the complete process and message.

This is our fourth post to this new section, if you have missed the others you can read them here. We previously interviewed Janine in our A Day In Your Life series, if you miss that, you can read it here. We also published her Extension of the I interview here and her top 5 apps for our Photo App Lounge section here.

In this A Picture’s Worth … today, Janine talks us through her incredible image ‘Cows Play Peekaboo’, shown below.

(If you would like to contribute to this section or if you have seen an image that you would like to learn more about, just email Joanne@theappwhisperer.com and we will get it all set up).


The Birth Of A Concept


Copyright Image – Janine Graf – ‘Cows Play Peekaboo’


‘This image is the combination of two separate images shot on two different locations.  First I’ll tell you about the cow and how she was the inspiration for this whimsical composition.  This cow lives on a very small farm a couple of miles from my house.  As I was driving by this farm one early evening, I had time to spare so decided to pull over and sneak in some photos (I’ve wanted to do this for years but never took the time before this night).  This young cow was all the way across the field when I walked up to the fence; she noticed me and walked over, real close.  She kept looking me right in the eyes, didn’t take hers off of me for a second.  I was in heaven taking pictures; smiling and talking to her and laughing.  When I lowered my iPhone she was startled, which made me laugh loudly, which startled her all the more!  She was just so adorable and curious.  The following week my family and I went to the annual tulip festival in La Conner, WA.  Rows and rows of glorious color stretching off into the horizon.  There are signs posted everywhere telling people to not walk into the rows of tulips (people don’t read signs btw).  As I stood there taking pictures I had a flashback of that curious cow and laughed inside my head at the thought of cows being let loose in the tulip fields . . . and then it occurred to me . . . I CAN release a cow into the tulip field!’



‘In Juxtaposer I decided to make my vision come to life; curious cow let loose amongst the tulips (obviously didn’t read the many signs posted, just like the humans).  While erasing the farm scene from around the cow (erasing around fur is tricky btw), I thought up a little rhyme, “While you are sleeping without any care, cows play peekaboo in morning spring air.”  Although it was late in the day at the tulip field, I wanted the image to look like it was taken in the early morning so I used one of the color settings in ScratchCam to give it what I hope looked like an early morning feel’.


The Process


‘This image makes me happy and I hope it makes others who look at it happy too.  Cows in tulips . . . silliness!’

6 thoughts on “A Picture’s Worth… With Janine Graf”

  1. I love this Janine!! The back story is hilarious and I can just picture being there… this photo is one of my absolute FAVES!! I <3 Cows.

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