I have never done this before...but i'm posting a photo that I've taken with my smart phone, my Samsung Galaxy 3.
The overall quality isn't the best, but I personally enjoy the photo so much that I wanted to share it with you.
I'm a huge fan of the Volkswagen Beetle Car, and in Peru, especially in Lima and Cusco, there are SO MANY of them. When walking the streets is impossible to walk 5 min without seeing another one pass by.
It was too hard to pass up on this cute little guy, in front of such a majestic and large Cathedral on a Sunday morning as locals go to Church.
I also liked the man in the suit on the far right.
Certainly not my best photo by any means, but i like it :)
Hope you do too
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tyro (18202) 2013-06-28 7:26
Yes, and I like this one too! Sometimes I just wonder if we should all just ditch our fancy, bulky, heavy, cumbersome and expensive DSLR cameras when I see the amazing quality of photographs which people take with their iPhones and other mobile 'phones!
I agree that the technical quality of this picture is not up to your usual very impressive standards, but I can also tell that this picture was taken by a photographer and not just an "anybody"!
The iconic "Kafer" (as the Germans call them) or "Beetle" is perfectly placed in the frame against wonderfully strong compositional lines and with the massive entrance to the cathedral perfectly placed above it. The people (especially the man in red) and the lamppost at far right balance the picture perfectly.
Lovely light and colours, perfect composition and really quite good details and sharpness too.
P.S. I've had two "Beetles" in my time and enjoyed them both. But I've had more scary moments in Beetles than any other car I've ever had. The design of the swing-axle rear suspension was downright dangerous and on a wet or icy road you could easily suffer a severe rear wheel slide and end up pointing the way you'd just come! They were also very heavy on fuel for such a small car, they were noisy and slow but the aircooled engine meant no need for anti-freeze and they always started first time in the very coldest weather.
My epic journey in one of them was from Scotland to Venice and back - and it worked perfectly the whole way without a single problem. It was a bit slow going up over the Alps on the Grossglockner Pass and we had to stop several times on the way down the other side because of smoking from the overheated brakes!
Kugart (1778) 2013-06-28 7:44
Nothing worse than seeing something rare or unusual and having no camera with you to record the moment. Thank God for camera phones.
Nothing much wrong with this shot. Good composition, colour and POV.
dkmurphys (45753) 2013-06-28 7:53
You with the Mexican Beetle, me with the Roman Fiat today. Fine shot, I know they have beetle taxis there, right?
Enjoy the weekend.
Silvio1953 (114861) 2013-06-28 9:48
Ciao Craig, great view of fantastic old car, lovely compèosition with beautiful architecture as BG, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
rychem (18685) 2013-06-28 10:32
Old and old! Beautiful oldtimer and nice place to park it, well seen, well done
holmertz (36299) 2013-06-28 10:54
Allright, maybe not your best photo but definitely a good enough shot. Using a smart phone you have almost lowered yourself down to my level of photography. Indeed I might have taken this picture (in spite of that car :-). A nice combination of blue car, red coat, green lamppost, brown church. There are lots of interesting things to watch among all these human activities.
Best regards, have a nice weekend,
ktanska (23846) 2013-06-28 11:31
Yes, it's amazing how phone camera quality has progressed in just a few years.
This has lots of interesting elements in addition to the Beetle. Man in suit, locals selling goods, huge doors, and that tourist looking guy, who is a bit too close to the edge.
elenimavrandoni (14161) 2013-06-28 16:08
Craig, I find this a very lovely picture..
for its composition and the great detailed contrast of the VW...
you are the best!!!
thanks for your nice comment....my turn..
mcmtanyel (9947) 2013-06-28 22:08
Indeed, there is a certain charm to this photo. I think it is the fact that the little Beetle is dwarfed by the Cathedral. Remember, the best camera is the one you've got with you!
emka (72032) 2013-06-28 23:28
Hi Craig, it is really for me. Nice Garbus, as we called them in Poland (means hunchbacked), but this lovely wall of Cusco cathedral. Beautiful! also nice people although no woman in their ponchos and round hats. Like John, one can wonder why to carry the heavy camera on the neck when you can to make such fine photo with a mobile or ipad?
So nice! Thanks! Warm regrads
mjw364 (6992) 2013-06-29 2:20
For a smartphone shot the quality is good - clear and sharp. I use Flickr and there is a guy on there who does architecture shots exclusively with his iphone and his shots blow me away. It ain't necessarily the quality of the camera that makes a good shot - there are so many other factors, as well you know.
The beetle blue and the man in red provide the colour contrasts as you say - good composition which portrays the charm of the atmosphere in this daily life scene but there isn't a straight line anywhere in the shot!I guess you had been at the coca leaves?! Ha ha!
snunney (78603) 2013-06-29 3:02
An interesting and livley composition where the VW takes pride of place, though I agree the man in the suit isn't far behind. Well framed with a pleasing balance between car and lamp post.
Sergiom (53539) 2013-06-29 6:06
Une très belle photo d'atmosphère. Les vendeurs du temple sont à l'oeuvre ainsi que les mendiants toujours présents à ces endroits. La VW semble bien légère sur ses roues.
siudzi (31617) 2013-06-29 7:07
The quality of the shot is really good! I like it very much as well as the composition with a charming old architecture in the background. The blue car looks very eye catching here and it is always a superb topic for photography!:)
Noel_Byrne (19939) 2013-06-29 7:43
I see why you like this scene, and those cars. They have so much character and really do epitomize a particular time and state of mind. The fact that this is such a vivid blue in front of the rather somber and very impressive dark building makes it all the most attractive. The guy in the suit looks like he is about to moonwalk!
Regarding quality, to be honest I would not have even know this was a camera phone. I guess the quality on them now that once you have the eye for the shot, that's really all that matters. Cheers for sharing.
All the best
serp2000 (37378) 2013-06-29 9:48
Do you really think about the fans of this old car? ;)
If everyone has got money he prefers new prestige and more comfortable car or not? Anyway this is impressive quality for a small camera in a phone. Well done!
Is this our future? And we will travelling with phones only? ;)
krzychu30 (15258) 2013-06-30 0:32
again stones(which I love so much)and again someting we know from your previous shots,namely beautiful oldtimer.So the combination couldn´t be much more attractive!
Superb composition my friend!
This old "Beetle" has certainly its own charm,but the architecture of the Cathedral-WOW,it´s really impressive!I´m sure it´s not the only photo you took of it:)Am I right?
Btw.the quality of the image is superb!Samsung Galaxy S3 is a great phone.I have Samsung Galaxy S Advance and it takes also reasonable pictures.Amazing how good these little devices has become(haha,I still remember my first digital camera Minolta with 2MPX)
Have a good sunday
Miguel82 (19172) 2013-06-30 5:35
Impressive monument Craig and nice blue beetle, old model
I like this architecture, fine colors, excellent sharpness and light
Have a nice evening
abmdsudi (38684) 2013-06-30 7:57
That's a brilliant holiday shot and you are benefiting from it with this splendid image. Good composition & neat that you have captured that impression of times past so well by bringing out the typical matured colors of the architecture in the best possible way and this shot does look time has stood still. But colours of VW and the man in red are priceless indeed holding the eyes firmly there. This picture speaks volumes about the country. Very nicely taken. TFS
nikkitta (12654) 2013-07-01 15:58
I like this photo because the car made it quite different of a conventional one, besides taken with a phone... you managed to catch the Cuzco ambiance, man in black ( very traditional) at the left and the one in white at the right ( very Peruvian)
rogerl (1526) 2013-07-04 10:46
Craig, what is it with the car pictures these days? I think there must have been 10 of them on the site in the last couple of weeks. You really don't see many of these cars on the road any more in the U.S. except in California, where the weather preserves them. I have a Galaxy S3 as well, and I'm often surprised by the quality of the camera, at least when the light is even. Thanks.
pierrefonds (54510) 2013-07-14 8:32
The presence of the people is giving life to the scene. The point of view is showing the details and colours of a section of the Church and of the Volkswagen Beetle. There is a good contrast between the colours of the picture. Have a nice day.