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Earlier this month, Aerial Photographer Jason Hawkes set out to capture the UK’s most stunning locations in five days using only the Nokia N8 as his main camera in a project titled HD Horizons. The project was launched to prove that the best camera you have is the one you have on you all the time. Check out a recap of Jason’s journey along with the final images after the break.

Introduction Video

South-West England

Birmingham To Bristol

London Town

Aerial Photos of England

This is what Jason had to say:

“The images which I keep being drawn to are the lighthouse, the container ship and the viaduct. All for different reasons. It’s the colour in the containers on the container ship and the colour in the sky that attract and catch my eye most but also the simplicity of the container ship against the water. There’s a strong feeling of “I’m going this way and there’s no stopping me” from this view. This elevated directly coming towards position is also a way we never see such ships. Of course, all of these images are views we never see such city and landscapes, which is why we find them so fascinating to look at, perhaps.

The lighthouse again caught my eye. Apart from how pleased I was with the high levels of naturally resolved detail, but the steadfast positioning of the lighthouse on the rocks whilst the sea crashes against it and all the surrounding rocks. You really get a sense of how exposed those structures are from this shot.

Finally, the viaduct. I’m especially pleased with how this appears to be testimony to our direction in treating the colour reproduction with the N8. Vibrant but natural. As I’ve commented before, we really wanted to step away from the overly saturated, overly processed images you see so much with camera phones. The N8 was about listening to what we were hearing as an ever-increasing opinion of how people wanted colour to be reproduced. It’s not perfect yet, but we continue to try and get as close to that as we can for as many people as we can.

When asked if he was surprised by the way the camera performed in these conditions he replied,

“This will sound really arrogant, but no, not really. I think they’ll surprise a lot of other people though. And I honestly don’t mean that to sound the way it does. The reason I say that is that I think there are still a lot of people who don’t or perhaps aren’t able to take advantage of having a good camera with them wherever they go. I think people need to see such images to help open their eyes more.

Recently I’ve been using a lot of competitor devices which has meant leaving my N8 at home. There’s been a real drop in how frequently I take photos as a result, because I just don’t find the quality to be reassuring enough. The quality a really great camera smartphone can provide inspires you to capture and share more.

That’s why I think this campaign is important. Not to say “hey – get yourselves a helicopter and shoot some aerial shots with your camera phone” but, “isn’t it time you realised that the phone you carry with you potentially can take some really incredible shots, shouldn’t you give it a go more?” When I speak to people who own N8s, what I hear more than any other comment is how many more pictures and videos they take in comparison with before. Isn’t that a good thing?”

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