Ten days. Vast landscapes. Ever changing conditions. Endless details. A National Geographic photographer captures the iconic American West—armed only with a smartphone.
Follow Stephen Alvarez, National Geographic photographer, on a journey through the American West, and experience the majestic landscapes in full detail through photos captured on the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone.
Alvarez works on "the raw edges of the frontier," having covered high-altitude archaeology in Peru, conservation in the roadless jungles of Suriname, rain forest research in Costa Rica, and multiple cave explorations. On this unique expedition, he used the Nokia Lumia 1020 to create a visual record of his trip and take some stunning images in the process.
“What the Nokia Lumia 1020 does astounds me. Getting these results from a smartphone, at magazine resolution, is stunning,” said Alvarez. “I’ve used a lot of smartphones, so when I set out on this assignment I had my doubts. My doubts are gone. There’s never been anything even remotely like it.”
On his visit to the iconic horseshoe bend of the Colorado River in Arizona, Alvarez said: “Boaters were camped all the way down on the slickrock, and in my pictures you can count their sleeping bags even though they were 800 feet below me.” He continued: “Nokia Lumia 1020’s zoom and low light capability just blows me away,” describing his visit to the Slickrock Trail in Utah where he took pictures of mountain bikers before dawn, “the details it records are staggering for a smartphone.”