Scenes from Crete (final) – Nokia 808 PureView, Lumia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy S5

This weekend appeared to be a great time to share the shots I captured during my stay in Crete - this is the last part of what has become a much longer series than I planned to post, also inspired by your enthusiasm - thanks for that! :-)

I'll start this last post with a few close-ups at the coast. First a detailed shot from a shipwreck that's been lying around at the Malia coast for years now - I know that since this is my fourth visit to the region. If you like this shot...

WP_20140426_17_08_28_Pro'll probably like the result I shared on Nokia Refocus even more... :-)

While I'm at it, let me ask a question to my readers at the Refocus Team. I'd love to have my own corner over at Nokia Refocus or whatever name you will give it soon - Microsoft Refocus? Just like I have on Flickr and Instagram for instance. So it would have to be something like

Can we have that please? The only way I can find my earlier Refocus results is checking my own posts about it (not often enough), look for them in my Twitter timeline (cumbersome) or see them on my Lumia device (and those will be gone as soon as I start using another Lumia). So please: make that possible - thank you very much :-)

Let's have a look at a few from the close-ups I got from the Nokia 808 PureView at the same beach. What you see below are close-ups taken a full resolution. First, a typical stone formation of lava that ended in sea thousands of years ago...


Next, a colorful fishing net entangled in it further on.


If you find the exact spot where the sensor focused,  100% crops from shots like these are always quite sensational :-)


Time for a drink I'd say, so let's get away from the beach.

Finally, I'll share a few results of the Samsung Galaxy S5 next - I liked to fool around with the HDR function, and what you can achieve with it.

Look at this old Zorba, posing unknowingly at a table on the beach cafe terrace in front of me. We were both blinded by the bright sun peeping through the clouds.


The amosphere is great, but you'll definitely see more with the HDR function active.


Amazing isn't it? Like someone turns on a bright spot behind you as well. And like I've written a few weeks ago, the Galaxy S5 does this in one shot.

I have another example of that, in a Greek restaurant you'll definitely need to visit whenever you plan to go to Stalida. It's called "Hellas" - make a reservation if you have to, it's worth it, the kitchen is fabulous.

Anyway, this is what the "roof" - made of canvas - looks like.


And that's okay in itself, but with HDR on, well again, you'll see much more.


I'll admit it's not as natural, but still, the effect may come in pretty handy sometimes - like when I captured this nervous stray cat eating raw fish in the shadow on the street.


I managed to compare a HDR shot from the Galaxy S5 with what I could get from the Lumia 1020 in one case - sitting under a tree when the sun was almost at its highest point.

Here's what I got from the Lumia 1020.


And this is the Galaxy S5 in HDR mode


Not bad from the 1020 at all I must say, but considering the fact the S5 even got more direct sunlight in its sensor, it's remarkable to see how much more detail it still is able to show.

Well, it's time to say farewell to Crete now, and I'll do so with three pictures from all three devices.

First, a panorama shot I got from the Samsung Galaxy S5 - let me add its panorama function is way better than the Nokia Panorama application in my opinion. Either I'm not able to handle that or it needs a lot of work still (like I wrote about half a year ago).

Now you know the thing with panoramas tend to become quite small when you resize them, even when you make them in portrait - so you'll simply have to watch this on on Flickr to see all details. The original shot - a view from the roof of our appartment building - is about 22MP (6928 x 3152, click on the image to see the 2048 x 932 size on Flickr).


One but last shot from Crete; the setting sun on the last day lighting up a cactus plant, captured by the Nokia Lumia 1020.


I'll share a 640 x 480 crop from the high-res original


Quite impressive, itsn't it? And as a final salute so Stalida - a shot with a great bokeh effect, captured from the Nokia 808 PureView.


It has been great fun writing these four posts during the weekend. I hate to leave this theme as much as I did having to go back home again.

The small, but charming town of Stalida - between Hersonissos and Malia on the Northern coast of Crete -  was finally waking up, all our favorites bars and restaurants were opening, the place came back to live the day we had to leave.

But as you will have noticed, I really loved being there, even when visiting it for the fourth time. It was fun to capture it once more. You'll find all my previous posts from Crete here, all original shots from this year are in this special album on Flickr. For my stories see part 1, part 2 and part 3.

From here, it's back to work as usual I guess. Next project will be a comparison between the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520, and I'm still eagerly waiting for the Sony Xperia Z2 and the Samsung Galaxy Z Zoom. Also, I hope to get my hands on the Nokia Lumia 930 soon. So there's no reason for me nor you to get bored anywhere soon I think :-)

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