Back in September, we sent National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez to the heart of Africa to capture Victoria Falls, one of the Natural Wonders of the World, with our 10-megapixel Lumia 830 shooter.
Those of you who have been following Stephen’s journey through the Natural Wonders of the World know he’s also been to the Grand Canyon, Rio De Janeiro and Mount Everest, and have come back with some pretty stunning shots – all taken with Lumia.
Each of the assignments have been challenging in their own ways from freezing temperatures to challenging light conditions. What made the Victoria Falls shoot exceptionally challenging was the fact that is a place that has been photographed by so many, and it takes a lot of planning, patience and a little bit of luck to make the perfect, unique shot.
The Lumia 830 Victoria Falls gallery
Stephen started his journey to the Falls from Chobe National Park in Botswana. In Chobe he encountered more large wild animals than ever before in his 20-year National Geographic career.
From Botswana, Stephen then followed the Zambezi River, gradually making his way to the breathtaking Victoria Falls that lie on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Trying to describe the moment he first saw the Falls, Stephen said:
“The locals call it the Smoke That Thunders but there really aren’t words to describe Victoria Falls. The sheer power and volume of the water, the rainbows, the mist that rises above the Falls, and the light just leaves me speechless.”
To see all the images from Victoria Falls and read Stephen’s assignment journal, head to the National Geographic Hub.
Which one is your favorite picture and why? Let us and Stephen know in the comments below.