I hate smartphones.
I really do. I don’t think they’re very smart. They’re like Boy Scouts that have a lifetimes supply of espresso beans. Always going off for some dumb reason, vibrate here, chirp there, bong there. It’s annoying.
Very few of them have any re-deeming value. Fortunately, I got one that, in my opinion, does.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a Windows phone smartphone with a (supposed) 41 megapixel digital camera on the back. The camera and sensor are so large, in fact, that the phone cannot lie flat on a table. It always looks like it’s resting its head on a pillow.
My first experience with a Lumia 1020 was in Chicago with a flight instructor. I brought a Nikon Coolpix S3300, he brought his Nokia.
While very nearly any camera can take amazing pictures, some make it easier than others. The Lumia 1020, when set in auto mode, simply looks at a moment in time and gives it to you as you, and it, saw it. The Nikon I brought with struggled with this. It needed a little more time to adapt to Chicago’s changing light, and I needed to be more patient with it. As a result, all the images I got were rubbish. Had I slowed down and played with the settings a little, I’d have gotten better images.
The Lumia 1020, however, in auto mode, can think faster on its feet than the Nikon can. It’s almost as if the Nokia is designed for a fast paced world of “I want the image now!” where as the Nikon needs someone who really knows what they’re doing.
As a result, I got a Lumia 1020 of my own. And used it for… Nothing, really. Until recently.
Shooting film cameras like I do can be expensive. So sometimes, if you think you can get a shot but you’re not 100% sure, you pull out your digital camera, or cell phone, and take a picture of what you’re thinking of taking a picture of with your film camera. You play with cropping and all that, and if you can make a decent image on your phone, you take it with film.
That’s what’s going to be placed here. These are the images that I have taken with my 1020 to see if there was a good shot at the moment. In fact, many of these are the only shots, because I didn’t have either of my Nikons on me.
All the shots I’m going to post HAVE been edited. I discovered a program called Alien Skin Exposure 7, and it emulates the look of various films that are still in production and historical. These are much better than the original images for color. All images were taken with a Nokia Lumia 1020.