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Lumia Architecture

Through work I do a monthly photographic submission to our corporate newsletter, which I follow a set theme of looking at Architecture from a ‘non-architectural’ perspective. Also it has to be one of the buildings designed by the Architectural division within the design company I work for, one of the months I chose their award-winning educational building called Stage@Leeds, part of the School of Performance and Cultural Industries situated within the University of Leeds.

But that month, rather than use the trusty camera, I turned to the Nokia Lumia 925 again, which I’d used on a previous post called Lumia Landscapes that got me featured on Nokia’s website. For this venture I decided to use the new photo app called ‘Oggl’ from the same people who developed Hipstamatic Classic, similarly like that one, you can choose from lots of various creative film stocks and lens/photographic paper styles which can create endless possibilities.

…it’s a bit like Instagram, but with a more photographic twist…

I visited to the Stage@Leeds over various days and captured countless images using lots of styles until I found one which I felt captured my ‘non-architectural’ criteria, it was an infra-red film stock called Alfred lens called Jimmy.

I only submitted the small square of nine images on the lower right hand side for the newsletter, but I thought I’d share with you all the others I’d taken, as some of them appeal to me far more now than those original nine.

..especially the mini Death Star 😉

Lumia Landscapes

Firstly let me say a few weeks ago I was total Apple product ‘Fan-Boy’, but as a Photographer, the camera element of the iPhone never really lived up to my expectations, I wanted something I could really play with the settings, and although camera phone technology is moving on so fast at the moment, so much so I thought it’s not going to be long before this kind of phone hits the market and allows us photographers to really capture ‘DSLR’ quality images. but now it seems that time has already come with the Carl Zeiss lens and PureView technology Nokia are implementing with their Lumia range of phones, it’s a true camera-phone built with Photographers in mind, the great manual controls of up to ISO 3200, +2 and -2 exposure values and white balance adjustments. So with a little playing and tweaking of these settings, do they really enable you to get DSLR quality photographs?

I managed to get hold of one with a little help from the Team at Nokia Connects, they armed with the New 925 Lumia with its 8.7 MP camera to see what my photography skills could make of it. Once it arrived I started to do the usual random shots, but then I decided to set a ‘theme’ to capture over a period of weeks, my aim was to photograph the different spaces I travelled within the beautiful Yorkshire Landscape, which is at times so vast and unending, but at other times so microscopic, so I’ve also attempted to photo-document the space it sits in as well to convey an appreciation of this vast scenery.

The results are mostly panoramic vistas (inspired by the work of Ansel Adams) using the in-built Panorama Software, and then taken into the Window Phone Creative Studio app which has tons of neat little features for the final adjustments.

I hope you like the final images, as I had a total blast taking them with this Lumia 925 phone, so much so that I can hardly put it down, and its seems I’m ‘converted’ to this micro-camera technology and have now started leaving the DSLR at home when I’d normally take it with me on ‘any’ of our travels.