Scenes from Crete (1) - captured with the Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020

I've been making a selection from dozens and dozens of shots I captured during my week on Crete. I used the Nokia 808 PureView more than a long time (thanks to all of you encouraging me to do so again) - mostly in full resolution and with ND filter on. I used the Nokia Lumia 1020 a whole lot, too (34MP/5MP). And I did some occasional shooting with the Samsung Galaxy S5 as well.

Of course, I made some comparisons, and I've been cropping some of the results, but it just didn't feel right to do only that - it didn't do justice at all to the fun I had capturing these scenes. So this post isn't just about comparing, it's about the joy of using your mobile camera and sharing the results after having a great trip.

It's what most people do on Facebook, I know, but I'll share some more with you than just the shots - like some crops, and all the original files on Flickr. For new visitors it might be good to mention I didn't use a DSLR at all: everything you see was captured using the phones I mentioned. In fact, I haven't even owned a DSLR for years now, nor do I plan to by one ever again.

Here we go, it's a more or less random selection of shots. The first one is from the Nokia 808 PureView - white balance on sunny, ND filter on, and for some reason I still had the flash turned on. Maybe that's the reason the colors came out so well.


As you may notice the parasols haven't even been set up although the sun was out that day - and although the air temperature may be fresh, the sun is already seriously burning by the end of April.

We came to Crete one week too early in fact, most villages and beaches were more or less deserted and the local Greek hotels and restaurants were slowly preparing for mass tourism that will start in the month of May.

Here's what the coast at the town of Stalida looks like on an early season day like that, captured with the Nokia Lumia 1020


Detail in this shot is lovely by the way - check the crop of the stones in the foreground in the 5MP result


and what you get from the 34MP result.


Next you'll see two destered beach scenes. First from Potamos beach near Malia  (Nokia Lumia 1020)


And one from the beach at Elounda (Nokia 808 PureView)


You might be tempted to say the sand in the Lumia 1020 has a way more yellow tint, but remember it's a different beach on a different day. To satisfy your possible curiosity, here's the same beach shot again, now from the Lumia 1020.


There is a difference in color still, of course, there often is, even after I changed the settings of the Nokia 808 PureView adding +1 saturation and +3 sharpness, as I've been advised to do here quite a while ago to more or less get closer to the standard settings of the Lumia 1020.

Here are two crops from both shots - you'll see the 808 PureView appears to be quite a big lighter and cleaner (less noise) in the darker areas.

3 Nokia 808 PureView - Crete - Beach

3 Nokia Lumia 1020 - Crete - Beach Pro__highresSo what do you do on quiet days like that? You enjoy the quiet atmosphere and the fact there will be hardly anyone to wait for if you want a clean shot. And you go visit places - harbours, towns, churches. Let me share one shot I took in the old church of Hersonnisos next.


This looks pretty bright, but in fact this church in Hersonissos (normally an extremely busy tourist place) was very dark. In my second post I will share a few more church shots (from the bigger church in Elounda) - so let's go outside again.

First with a few shots from the old harbour of Hersonnisos, where most of the restaurants and bars on the coast  were still almost or completely empty and waiters trying to seduce the few customers to spend their money. This is the backside of those restaurants at sea (shot with the Lumia 1020 from a cafe terrace built in  sea).


It was a bit of a grey day as you can see, so the shots aren't too colorful - although you can never complain about colors on the typical Greek fisher boats. This is taken with the Nokia Lumia 1020:


And here's more from the quiet atmosphere from the Nokia 808 PureView (in 8MP PureView by the way)


Now let's pretend this we reach the end of a first day with two nightshots, both taken with the Lumia 1020. First from a place where they rent motorbikes during the season - still completely shut down the first day of our stay.


And next, very close to our appartment in the pitchdark night, an old-fashioned way to distribute current and phonelines along the road...


To me, that looks like a great shot to finish this first post about "Scenes from Crete". I'll be working on more soon, hopefully this evening or tomorrow. It may be all a bit different than you're used to read here, but this how I chose to share my passion  for mobile photograpy with you this time.

Of course, all the original shots are in a dedicated album on Flickr (where I just noticed some absolutely amazing shots by Detko Dave that almost make me feel embarrassed for what I'm sharing here :-) Here's  part 2 by the way.