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TechRepublic's camera phone challenge: Travel

The North Sea

Here's another photo that tied for second place. It was taken by andyf888 with an iPhone 3G 8GB of a sunset over the Chestnut Field in the North Sea.

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Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

25 comments
Tink!
Tink!

Now I can live in peace again now that everyone can see that I do indeed go outside of my car! :D [i](A large portion of my phone pics are actually taken from within the car. Can't help myself when I'm driving to/from work and see a beautiful horizon. When I can, I do roll down the window though.)[/i]

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

I certainly hope you find somebody. Anybody stupid enough to post a lonely hearts message on a tech site definitely needs a keeper.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler moderator

was reminiscent of some emails that floated around here in (relatively) recent past. Several members got them.

2rs
2rs

especially since they were taken with phones!! I'm not much of a photographer at all. I also have Samsung Gravity 2, so am anxious to take some photos & see how they turn out. Thanks for the around the world trip!

boxfiddler
boxfiddler moderator

The North Sea has port holes? :0 Some great shots, here. I may have to incorporate a few as wallpaper. Thanks, everyone. :)

deICERAY
deICERAY

Stick to computers; that's a BAD snapshot, not even close to a photograph. Next time get an actual photographer involved; at least there'd be some filtering of entries going on; and next time call it "I'm Having a Bad Photo Day" Contest.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

There are 70 images there. And these were personal images submitted as favorites. I don't recall seeing 'competition' anywhere in the original post. If these are so bad, where are yours? Surely such harsh criticism is backed by personal experience?

cybelmar
cybelmar

Amazing place! Besides, I like old ships. Is it really a camera phone? Good quality!

wdewey@cityofsalem.net
wdewey@cityofsalem.net

A friend of mine has an HD2 and it takes very good pictures. Really makes me want to upgrade my phone so I can take decent pictures with it. Bill

ugek
ugek

these pics are good...considering they are using a camera phone!

gwd3
gwd3

Here's a shot of Montana de Oro in Los Osos, CA, taken with my BB Storm: http://i37.tinypic.com/119cu8i.jpg

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

This was too nice of a shot NOT to include. Thanks! :)

gwd3
gwd3

Montana de Oro is one of my favorite spots in California. I happen to catch it on a non-foggy day with good lighting and a steady hand, in spite of the wind!

JamesRL
JamesRL

I hate to put down photographers, we are all learning, even the professionals. But some of these photographers were not well served by their cameraphones. Many of these cameras do fine in good sunshine weather. They do less well in lower light conditions. This isn't that different than compact digital cameras of say 7-8 years ago. Learning when you can get a decent shot, and when to pass is part of the art of photography.

jdgretz
jdgretz

For the most part my reaction was Meh. As shown by maybe half a dozen of the posted photos, nice, well composed, in focus, balanced shots can be taken by cellphone cameras. The majority however were the run of the mill hobby snapshots, while some I looked at and thought "Why is this here?" Perhaps this is one reason I always carry a decent point and shoot camera with me. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen moderator

I've seen Lake Erie, and there was nothing eerie about it.

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

some nice pics however.

george.graham
george.graham

While some photos do have thought regrading composure and are appealing, a dirty windshield photo is hardly worth sharing beyond your family.

Tink!
Tink!

That's the only one I had accessible at the time. Unfortunately most of the pics from that trip were dark due to the overcast weather and even the beautiful views of the cliffs along the way were ruined by bright orange construction barrels.

john3347
john3347

Yes most of these will become desktop wallpapers for those of us who have the time to edit each of them. One can never have too many screensaver photographs.

glenstorm_98
glenstorm_98

Of first five, I must say that as a long-time amateur photographer, the shot at position #5 (the last of the second-place tie-ers), has by far the best technical quality. The exposure is superb, capturing well the full range of zones without loss of detail. I'm impressed by that phone's camera! The composition is ichi-ban as well. ...and may I also add that as much as I like my iPhone 4 as a *phone*, its results in this gallery are not impressive at all. On the other hand, the LG Env Touch seems to do amazingly well with both color saturation and dynamic range. -Dw

rwbyshe
rwbyshe

Thank you so much for your very nice review. Regarding the ENV Touch, I must say it did give me some headaches until I learned it's inherent drawback. You do have to use the "press the shutter button half way" to focus the camera before you shoot your picture. If you don't use this method, the pics are typically blurry because of camera movement when you just depress the button fully when taking a pic. Otherwise, for a 3MP phone camera, it takes really good pictures. Cape Cod can be a shutter bug's dream for subject matter and composition.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

And am really impressed with almost all of the features of the phone - not just the camera.