National Geographic photographer and Microsoft Devices Ambassador, Stephen Alvarez, traveled to Australia to explore one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World—the Great Barrier Reef.
Stretching 1,200 miles along the northwest coast of Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef is larger than Italy—a daunting subject to photograph. Luckily, the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL were up to the challenge.
Their advanced imaging hardware and software are designed from the ground up to help you take beautiful and natural photos every time.
These innovative Windows 10 devices feature a rear-facing PureView camera with a 20-megapixel advanced BSI sensor, F1.9 Zeiss optics, triple-LED natural flash, fifth-generation optical image stabilization, ISO12800, 4K video, and a 5-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera.
Read more about the imaging capabilities of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL here.
Stephen Alvarez had his work cut out for him, though. The biggest challenge?
Most of the Great Barrier Reef lies underwater, forcing Stephen to create and build a custom waterproof housing for the Lumia 950 (pictured above). This housing (not available for sale) kept the phone dry as he snapped amazing aquatic photos underwater. Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes details in a future post.
For now, here are some highlights from Stephen’s journey to the Great Barrier Reef.
Visit National Geographic’s website to learn more about this assignment to document the Great Barrier Reef.
And follow the Lumia x Nat Geo adventure on Instagram.