Hyperspektiv from Phantom Force is like taking a step back in history. Back to the 1960s. The Timothy Leary, Jerry Garcia and Grace Slick ’60s. The Age of Psychedelica. Even if it’s not your thing and you aren’t interested in trippy, freaky images, the experience this app brings will at least make you smile. It did for me. It was the most entertaining $1.99 I’ve spent in a long time.
You’ll notice when you first open the app that there is a camera icon in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. Not as intuitive as some, you’ll need to click on this to save your images as photos. Otherwise you will create videos, which are just as fun (maybe even funnier) but space-consuming on your mobile device.
You’ll also notice the names of the photo effects this app can create: LAGOSI, MIRROR, TERMINATOR, MEZCAL, GHOST, FLASHBACK and FACELESS to name a few.
I started with AFTERPARTY; well … just because. I noticed that it turned anything I aimed my camera at a midnight blue with pink highlights. (Image 1) I then clicked on the effect name and it brought up a secondary palette with EFFECTS and MIRRORS as the main options. There were many sub-options under them. I immediately clicked on DAZED, one of the EFFECTS, and noticed that it added an aura-like effect to the blue and pink image. (Image 2 & 3) Very cool.
Next I moved on to LUGOSI just because I wanted to see what a Dracula effect might look like. Well, as I almost expected, everything turned into black and white and was inverted, like a negative. (Image 4) By accident my camera was aimed at my pants and the effect was pretty unusual, so I took a few pictures. I then used the effects palette to add some saturation to the image and it brought back some color. The effect was like something from a psychedelic poster, so I saved it. (Images 5 & 6)
I moved on to TERMINATOR next. Curious. It was like looking through the eyes of the T-800 cyborg. Everything was red, just like you’d expect. And there was a heightened visual effect, like what I’d imagine night vision to look like. (Image 7) Using the effects palette, I upped the TEMPERATURE, which added another layer of fine lines to the image. (Image 8) Since I hadn’t yet played around with the MIRRORS effect, I clicked on the first MIRRORS button and it gave me a sort of Rorschach test pattern (Image 9). Then I clicked on a number of them at once at got a red kaleidoscope effect. (Image 10)
Now I was ready to take on to the reason I downloaded this app to begin with. I wanted to see what a MEZCAL effect would look like through the eyes of a camera. My water bottle and keyboard suddenly became white lines on a blue/grey background with trail patterns on them when I moved the lens around. (Images 11 & 12)
Adding the effects VORTEX, LOW PASS and RGB ROTATE gave me a full-blown trippy effect. (Images 13, 14 & 15)
I brought up GHOST next. It made my photo look just like those ghost images you see in paranormal publications. The effect is made to look like it was taken at night with a flash of an unworldly image that fills the screen. I used my antique Japanese dolls shot against my keyboard as the subject, but you’d never know that. (Image 16) I immediately went to EFFECTS to see what this would look like with an EMBOSSED effect added to it. (Image 17) And then what it would look like inverted. (Image 18) Not particularly ghost-like, but fun to play with.
FACELESS was the next effect I played with. Using a photo I found on top of a pile of stuff, I shot the image. As the name suggests, it blurred facial features to the point of non-existence. (Image 19) Of course I wanted to see what it would do to an inanimate object, so I shot my jeans and boot. (Image 20) It gave them a ‘sketched with a colored pencil’ effect, which was not uninteresting. Actually, better than the ‘faceless’ effect that it was supposed to achieve.
At this point I was getting bored with the repetitiveness of the app but I still had a number of other effects to look at. AURA DETECTOR created a mirror image of the object with a bit of a glow around it. The further you moved the camera from the image the more distinct the ‘mirror image’ became (Images 21 & 22) MIRROR created the same effect, but without the colored glow. (Image 23)
SPORE was interesting. (Image 24) SPORE with the VORTEX effect was even more interesting. (Image 25) SPORE with VORTEX and MIRRORS was even better, the MIRRORS giving it a fractal feel.
Just a few more to go. INK created a ‘poster’ effect. (Image 26) LA GEAR a poster effect with vibrant color (Image 27) KOAS gave you, well, chaos. (Image 28) BAT COUNTRY. Hmmm, now BAT COUNTRY was thought-provoking. I think it was supposed to replicate the way a bat ‘sees’ using its sonar echolocation—bouncing sound off an object until it gives them a ‘visual’ picture. (Image 29)
And finally there was an effect called WILD CARD, which randomly used one of the other effects to take the picture. (Images 30 & 31)
All in all, it was a fun 2 days playing around with this app… although I think that if I would have spent any more time with it, it would have given me a headache. But it was fun to see how people might have spent their time during the Age of Flower Power. (Image 32)