Some great stuff to read and see (by the Nokia Lumia 1020 and 808 PureView)

I'll start the day with several links to different blogs I recently read - of totally different nature, but I think you'll like them both. One is from Singapore, a raving review of the Nokia Lumia 1020, the other one from Belgium, with a very interesting timelapse video about fire and ice, based on macro shots from the Nokia 808 PureView.

In Singapore, freelance photographer Danny Santos does what I never do - he's "shooting strangers". He's so serious about it he even called his blog that way. On the Nokia Fan Club on Facebook I found the story how he was contacted by Nokia's PR office in Singapore to do some shooting with the Nokia Lumia 1020 - which of course he was interested in. You'll find his story here.

From his blog, I borrowed a few from his shots (only one with "strangers" and one with a celebrity - Rihanna) and resized them to fit this post. Visit his blog if you want to see them in context and in the format he's sharing them (in these four cases you can click on the image).

Again, you'll find more on Shooting Strangers, including avery enthusiastic review of the Nokia Lumia 1020.

Now a lot closer to where I live, lives Olivier Noirhomme, aka  @OlivierPureview or  @MusicAddict1 on Twitter. Like me, he has a blog "dedicated to Nokia’s amazing Pureview technology": Oliver's PureView.

Olivier wrote a long story about a timelapse he created using the Nokia 808 PureView, based on its full resolution macro (!) shots. I think it's simply sensational! Also, he explains why he used the CameraPro app to realize it (I'm not sure if the reason is completely valid though).

The story is quite detailed, so please go to his blog to read is all, especially if you know how he made the video I'll share below. He too, did something I never do: he added music to his video ( "Teardrop", Massive Attack from the album "Mezzanine").

That's always nice for a great atmosphere, but has as side effect your video may be blocked in some countries (if that's the case with you, he added a version on Flickr - I didn't even know you could share videos over there as well). Don't forget to choose 1080p and fullscreen!

Again, the full story on this quite brilliant timelapse is over at Olivier's PureView blog. Check it out, it's worth it! Meanwhile, I'm waiting for my cameragrip for the Lumia 1020 and I'm dreaming of realizing my own timelapse video one day :-)

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