Award-winning National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez has used a Nokia Lumia 1020 to capture stunning images during a unique storytelling expedition in the iconic America West.
Critics have already hailed the Lumia 1020 as the greatest smartphone camera ever made, but what would a professional photographer make of it, especially on a tough assignment?
Here is a video of his adventure, also shot on the Nokia Lumia 1020:
“The Nokia Lumia 1020 performed like a DSLR under every condition—from low light to moving airplanes,” says Stephen.
“Since the Nokia Lumia 1020 is so small and light I can actually compose shots from some pretty crazy positions. I find myself being much more creative with this little phone than I might be with my DSLR.”
“It’s amazing to me as a professional photographer that I can come to a vast landscape, like the American West, and only carry my phone.”
Capturing the Wild West
The expedition across Utah and Arizona took Stephen Alvarez to some of the most beautiful sights in the United States, including the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River and Monument Valley.
The Lumia 1020 performed heroically in changing conditions for the entire 10-day trip. Nokia Pro Camera, in particular, impressed Stephen:
“The Nokia Lumia 1020’s Pro-Camera mode gives me complete control over all the functions in an easy to use interface. I can manually set shutter speed, ISO, and white balance so I can get the picture exactly where I want it. With the 41 mega-pixel sensor I can take in wide expanses and get results that are good enough for professional use.”
The trip was undertaken to challenge the imaging capabilities of the Lumia 1020 to its full limits, the results can be seen on the National Geographic website at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/microsoft and in the special 125th Anniversary Photography Edition of the National Geographic Magazine.
Here is a selection of the photos taken by the National Geographic’s Stephen Alvarez with a Nokia Lumia 1020 during his expedition.
This is what Stephen had to say about them:
“What the Nokia Lumia 1020 does astounds me – these results, from a smartphone, are stunning. I have used a lot of camera phones so when I set out on this assignment I had my doubts, my doubts are gone – nothing else compares.”
Click through on each image to see the full hi-res version.
You can see the full selection of images at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/microsoft from today.
Updated February 29, 2016 1:30 pm