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Not just another nightshot

For my work, I’m at the North Sea Jazz Festival once again (first time was in 1991 I might add, saw Miles Davis’ very last concert there, a memory I’m quite fond of). Because of what I do (editing concert recordings for our radioshow at Radio 6 Soul & Jazz, you might want to tune in later today, the next broadcast starts in about an hour :-), I can’t go actually see any concerts to make shots.

Returning to my the hotel late at night, with my Nokia Lumia 1020 I captured this nightshot which I can’t resist sharing. Now I’m getting somewhat of a reputation as “mr. Steadycam”, but of ten shots, I managed not to move for 0.83 seconds in only two of them – and this is the best one I got at ISO 100 (resized to fit this post of course, you’ll find links below)

Van der Valk Hotel 641 x 858

Now I tried to get a similar result with the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom, but it’s more complicated to work with in one specific way. When you work with the Nokia Lumia 1020, you can put it on ISO 100 and choose to leave the rest up to the device – which I did in this case.

When you put the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom on manuel, you can also put it on ISO 100, but you’ll have to choose the shutter time as well. Not being very experienced at that, I guessed 0.25 seconds would do. It didn’t, the shot came out too dark (and there suddenly were colleagues in the hall as well).

So I now know tonight I’ll have to choose between 0.7 and 1 second shutter time. Another challenge will be the that the light on the ceiling is constantly changing :-) You’ll find the original shots on Flickr in 5MP and 38MP resolution to “pixel peep” if you feel like it.

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14 Responses

  1. Patrick

    Off subject, but is there a way of getting raw files of the Nokia 808, I think Raw files will get even better photo. Anybody can help, let me know.

    • Only Nokia-Microsoft could achieve that but they will never do (for obvious reasons).

      • Patrick

        Get a petitions going. Marc, if you the got time. I know you are a busy man

        • MF

          And how is that going to help Nokia/Microsoft one bit? By going that extra mile, is that going to generate some goodwill among a tiny community to sway them from Symbian to WP? Or simply buy time for 808 owners until Android finally has a decent cameraphone?

          Having said that, I also want Nokia Refocus, Nokia Smart Camera, Nokia Storyteller on the 808, too. Let’s petition that as well, shall we.

    • bigs

      There will be no RAW support for the 808, no matter how many petitions are sent to Nokia/Microsoft. The JPG image processing engine in the 808 is quite impressive, and even without RAW support still can render better pixels than the like of the Galaxy K, and any of the Xperia series phones.

      For those wanting to squeeze a fraction more detail from the 808, use the “camera pro” app which will allow for less compressed JPG, and also the ability to crop a full resolution 6:4 aspect ratio image.

  2. MF

    Very nice, Marc. That 5MP shot looks especially sharp and clean.

  3. bigs

    nice shot Marc. Very detailed thanks to your super steady hand! Your copy of the 1020 is indeed a good one ;)

  4. Richard Thomas

    That’s a lovely shot. That’s the kind of thing that 1020 makes you do! I have one, and just about to but a 1520 (mainly due to processor speed, MicroSD, beautiful screen). But I wonder if it can pull of photos like that. I’m not selling the 1020 but I can’t carry two devices with me everywhere… can I? ;)