Nokia 808 PureView and Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 - in full colour and black & white

I recently expressed my interest in "mobile black and white" photography. I know it has been possible on the 808 PureView, I learned it was even possible before (N9/Lumia 800), but for some reason in the almost three years I'm working with the device I never considered actually using the b/w option. That changed. This week I went to the beautiful old city of Utrecht and captured a few hundred shots with both the 808 PureView and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 - in full colour and black and white.

Selecting the best shots was more difficult this time than I can remember. I will share my selection in this post - resized of course, originals on Flickr. All results are "straight from the camera", so black and white was actually captured in black and white. I have to admit though, I (only) added a bit more darkness to some of the results (using Picasa). I didn't use both cameras in all scenes, nor can I share all shots here either - again, everything is on Flickr.

I'll share the full colour versions first. Not saying I always like those better, but I have to admit I often do. Still, there's something "classic" about the b/w results I really find appealing as well. First capture is from a shoe repair store between Utrecht's train station and the heart of the city. Just a nice mess with lots of details, captured with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1.

Second: near Dom Tower. In both scenes (4 shots) you'll see a statue. On the wall behind it is a decoration in church style. Interesting and quite confusing, too. Again: Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1.


Nokia 808 PureView is next. Again, I captured quite a few scenes with both devices, but it's impossible to share all in one post.


Next up - a ancient tree on the "Oudegracht" (Old Canal). Most of the scenes after this are captured at the Oudegracht by the way. Next scenes all come from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1:


Again: Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1


In the next scene you'll see the famous Dom tower with a classic Venetian gondola in the foreground. It's a historic gondola and is in use in Utrecht for almost ten years now. 

I just loved to capture the houses on the canal looking through the bridge... Here's the Nokia 808 PureView for a change


Back side of the Utrecht Dom church (see here for more of its very old and turbulent history). These come from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1:

One more view on the old canal, as captured with the Nokia 808 PureView this time 

In the next shot, I'm looking up the central bar of an immense restaurant called the "Winkel van Sinkel" ("Sinkel's store"). It used to be a warehouse store - the kind of place where you could buy just about anything. The store was opened in 1839 and has been a restaurant for quite a few years now. I was completely surprised by some of the scenes inside, and you'll see why in the next four scenes. First shots come from the Nokia 808 PureView


The next two scenes were captured under extreme dark circumstances in the basement (where the bathrooms are). Next scenes are all captured with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1


And this is the last scene from the Winkel van Sinkel - a staircase above one of the bars.

Last two scenes - on my way home, back to the station that is. First a street musician, again with the Dom Tower in the background.

And the brand new architecture of the recently opened Music Theater "Tivoli/Vredenburg". As you can see there still is tons of work to be done - this is all very close to Utrecht Central Station which has been under construction for years now. These two shots were captured with the Nokia 808 PureView


Just one more time, if only to show you the obvious difference in focal length on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1.

So that's it. In all, 33 resized shots of 59 in total. You'll find them all on Flickr. I realize this is somewhat of an unusual post. It's just about my photography in fact, and I know I'm not among the best. No crops this time, no "in-depth" comparison at pixel level. 

But this wasn't all just for the fun of sharing, but also to more or less "feed" the discussion about when you prefer full colour photography or black & white - even from your smartphone. I read many contributors actually work with their full-colour shots (just take out all colours), but for some odd reason I actually need to see the b/w result in the screen of my device before I can decide if it's interesting enough or not.

I do understand there are quite a few more advantages of working with the f/c result, but I'm not too fond of post-processing my shots anyway - I still like them "pure", as in "straight from the camera". I do have to admit I added some darkness in quite a few of the b/w results, but that was done in such a simple way I can hardly call it post-processing.

All the 59 shots are in a dedicated set on Flickr - enjoy! :-) Do make sure to check out the shots you like - and again, please realize these shots were all captured using smartphones...

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