A touching time-lapse video from Belgium

This is just a very short post to share an amazing time-lapse video from Olivier Noirhomme from Belgium. In fact, it's a compilation of a few time-lapse videos he shot with his Nokia 808 PureView, and he added some very powerful music to it as well.

It will take less than six minutes of your time, and I think they're all worth it. I suggest you put your headset on if you have one, choose fullscreen and FullHD of course - and experience a short time travel in a city and a forrest. Enjoy! :-)

An empty pedestrian bridge, captured with three Nokia camera phones

You need a bit of patience to capture a scene like this, but it was quite early so now too crowded yet. In this post you'll find shots from a pedestrian bridge near where I work. It's pretty long, crosses two railroad tracks and a busy road. With me, I had the Nokia 808 PureView, the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. I made shots in different formats and resolutions, and for comparison I chose the most similar ones.

Light conditions were quite terrible because of a dark sky about to rain. From the shots I chose the results with flash - but I didn't get the chance to make the same shot with flash on the Lumia 1520 after a few dozens of people left their train to go to work, so you'll have to forgive me for that. With the Lumia 1520 I did make a raw .DNG version as well, and asked Pixel Peter if he would have the time to work with them.

In this post you will see the resized shots, and the result Peter got from the .DNG files. First the high res and 5MP shots. Hover with your mouse over the shot to see which smartphone you're looking at, click on it to see the original on Flickr.

Nokia 808 PureView 5MP flash

Nokia 808 PureView: twenty-four amazing results

When you are a regular visitor of the PureViewClub, no doubt you will know Pixel Peter. He has been contributing a lot at the club, in his own blogposts and in the comments to what I've been posting here.

Recently, I asked him to compile a special set on Flickr with the results he likes the most from his Nokia 808 PureView - and I certainly wasn't disappointed!

Before I send you over to that set beautiful shots, I will show some of them here - to wet you appetite. It's twenty-four shots in total, so I can't share them all: you'll find twelve of them in this post. Click on each shot to see the original on Flickr in a seperate window.

It all started with this shot - a pun, actually, you'll immediately see why :-)

Peter Meijs - Natural Charm

Next is a great black and white shot taken at the Central Station in the Dutch city Leiden

Peter Meijs - Leiden Centraal Station

Back to a fantastic and very colourful shot!

Peter Meijs - Fiets 6725

More colours, but now of a different kind: HDR.

Nokia Lumia 1520: .JPG and .DNG shots analyzed and compared

On one of the first days I had the Nokia Lumia 1520 with me, of course I wanted to make some shots with it and with some other smartphone cameras. It was another typical dull autumn morning in The Netherlands - somewhere between light and dark grey, like the clouds were not sure if they were going to rain or not.

I went to work on my bike and brought the Lumia 1520, Lumia 1020, 808 PureView and even the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. With those devices, I made quite a few shots from exactly the same scene - a tiny "beach bar" near a small lake. I captured it in the several resolutions available on these smartphones, but with everything else on "auto".

So suddenly, I had 45 (>500MB of) shots and no time to compare them - not a clue either still, how to work with the raw .DNG shots in a clever way, since this is all new to me (and I'm sure I'm not the only "fanatic mobile photographer" to learn about this :-).

So I asked our PureViewClub member Peter Meijs, aka Pixel Peter, to see what he could get out of all these shots. Everything you will read below was written by Pixel Peter (thank you, Peter! :-)

About the files
Marc sent me a bunch of pictures taken with his 808 PV, Lumia 1020 and the phablets Lumia 1520 and even the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Of course with the Lunia 1520 he also captured full resolution 20 MP raw-dng pictures.

Strictly speaking I should call these 20 MP pictures dng files because they contain digital data from the sensor and no pixels. As far as things stand now you can only work with dng files on your PC or Mac. You have to copy your dng files to your computer and (on a PC) in Windows Explorer this is what you see. 

All pictures below can be seen full screen by clicking on them, they will open in a seperate window.

No Codec The dng files are only visible as icons and not as picture thumbnails. Normally this is no problem because right after the icon the thumbnail of the 5MP picture is displayed.

But when you copy all you dng files to a separate map you only see icons and you are lost. But there is a solution, you can download a free codec from Adobe's site.