Lumia 1020 in Key West

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Feeling trapped in the iron grip of a New York winter makes a bloke want to get as far away from snow and ice as possible, and luckily for me, my clever wife had convinced me a while ago to book a quick getaway to sunny Florida, to Key West to be precise, part of the island archipelago extending from the southeastern tip of the United States. The weather down there is nothing like the icy, windy, snowy weather of New York, so it seemed like a great idea, and it turned out to be a great idea. Warm sunshine, an abundance of hopping bars and nightlife, some interesting historical sights; it all made for the perfect opportunity to charge up my faithful Nokia Lumia 1020 and get snapping.

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On one occasion, I was really, really grateful for the 1020’s innovative ‘reframing’ feature – the stuff magic is made of, whereby you shoot a scene and then zoom n’ crop later to produce – what appears to be – the original photo you intended to take anyway. Just superb. Here’s the scene: hundreds and hundreds of people are packed into Mallory Square, a popular spot for tourists to crowd along the wall that faces the setting sun to get their cherished Key West sunset photo. Of course, turning up ten minutes before sundown wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had, as the crowd was about six people deep and there was no chance of getting near the front, so I was a little downhearted, thinking I’d have to make do with a photo full of silhouetted people holding iPhones above their heads.

The original scene at sunset
The original scene at sunset
...and my zoomed, 'reframed' crop that I want to keep :)
…and my zoomed, ‘reframed’ crop that I want to keep 🙂

But thats’ when I remembered: reframe, baby! So I snapped a shot, including all the Fandroids in front of me. Then later, while sipping some extraordinarily good Merlot outside on the deck of The Porch bar on Duval Street, a little bit of reframing and voila! A superb shot of the setting sun, and no one would need to know that I was nowhere near the front of the heaving crowd. Just like the TV ad where the parents sit comfortably at the back of the auditorium while the iFans and Fandroids fight it out to get a good photo of their beloved son or daughter on stage!

So many roosters, so many great zooming from a distance opportunities!
So many roosters, so many great zooming from a distance opportunities!

Another wonderful feature of the 1020 are the versatile settings within the camera UI. On another occasion I tried to take a photo directly into the sun – not really the best composition idea! – and when I remembered to dial down the exposure to something like minus 1.7, I managed to get a much nicer, warmer shot, rather than one that was sun-blasted into oblivion. I have to thank Stephen Quin for that bit of advice!

Love having the controls right there :)
Love having the controls right there 🙂

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Some fun with the photo-editing app, Fhotoroom

All in all it was a great trip, and the Lumia 1020’s battery lasted me all day long, from early morning when I was taking photos of my scrambled eggs in Sarabeth’s, to the late evening when I was shooting pics of funny-looking strangers in Sloppy Joe’s. I did carry around my trusty Nokia DC-16 portable charger, but I only used it once, and that was on the plane home because we’d watched all of our holiday movies over and over again on my phone while sat in the airport! Being down to just 52% battery makes me nervous! Haha 😉

Night time shots are never a worry with the 1020
Night time shots are never a worry with the 1020

Just another experience for me that proves the Lumia 1020 is not only ideal for day-to-day use, but really is the perfect tech companion for vacations if you like taking photos and don’t want to carry around extra bulk and weight with a stand alone camera.

Click each photo to see more hi-res detail, and visit my Flickr photostream to see them all. Cheers! 🙂

 

Ernest Hemmingway's house
Ernest Hemmingway’s house

 

Key Largo palm trees
Key Largo palm trees

 

Nothing beats brekkie on the beach!
Nothing beats brekkie on the beach!
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