Yesterday was a great day in The Netherlands - one day of "summer", finally. So early in the morning, and late in the afternoon, I went out to take dozens of pictures. It was also a perfect day not to get robbed, since I had lots of smartphones hidden in my jacket: the Nokia 808 PureView, the Nokia N8, HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S III and Sony Xperia S (and not the iPhone 4S - if Apple really wants to me to compare it with the competition they know what to do ;-)
Sharing all results proved to be a challenge though. I have dozens of pictures to compare, I can hardly put them all in one post or just share them on Flickr for you to sort them out. So I thought of something else.
First, I chose the very best pictures of each smartphone in all of the seven different scenes. Than I zoomed in on all of those best pictures once, and then once more, though on different details. So you'll get the "big picture", the "detail" and even the "tiny detail".
Well here it is, Nokia's Tip no. 3, this time concentrating on how to capture pictures in lowlight. I should give it some special attention since I don't find it very easy to do. Although i had to find Nemo in the dark as well :-)
Richard Dorman ( @Sheridan01 on Twitter) didn't meet the best of weather conditions in Brussels, but he managed to make some fine pictures and create some gorgeous collages again as well. You can find them on his blog Onlyfoolsandmobiles. And I took the liberty to borrow one of his spectacular collages, shot from the famous Atomium...
I 've been thinking about a location in which lighting conditions are not optimal (to say the least) and there should be quite some movement as well. Very difficult circumstances for any camera to make decent pictures. And I suddenly realized I had it right around the corner: a place where they have several aquariums full of colorful moving objects in the dark.
I have never tried to make decent pictures of fish before. The owner of the " Rifwachter" had no objections if I would try it on his collection, but he was stunned to see I only brought a phone - most people bring professional camera's with huge lenses, he said, and they take all day. I had a bit more than an hour after work. Soon I would understand why others take more time.
It wasn't easy, I took almost 200 pictures, and of course not all of them were sharp enough. But I still had to "kill my darlings" I must admit, since you wouldn't like me to publish too many pictures of fish on this blog I guess (I'm afraid with these 23 (!) I'm already pushing my luck).
I have to admit one thing though. The circumstances - fish behind reflecting glass and all - are far from perfect, so I filtered the results a bit. But: I only added a bit of shade, using this simple function in the free Picasa software. It just takes the glare away from the glass, and from the highlighted food floating around in the water. I did not change anything else in the original pictures.
You'll find them all after the break below the first picture of Nemo. So long and thanks for all the fish.