My Vacation of Wonders with Lumia 1020 by Rexel Meñez Sarabia

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Before the summer end, me and my friends decided to take a three-day vacation. I have so many reasons to be excited. Many things in my mind I want to do when we get there. And one is photography. Also makes me thrilled because finally I have my Lumia 1020 and decided to take a lot of photos. Not just moments with my friends, but also capturing the beauty of the place has to offer.

I am really amazed by Lumia 1020 when I first saw it in the internet. I dreamed of it and I remember sleepless night before I finally having it. You can say I am a Lumia lover, a big fan, because the phone is simply unique but amazing. So if it something unique, it really stands-out among the rest. And really, I never have been disappointed. The camera is powerful and great. In addition, I got the white camera grip for my black Lumia 1020. It is really a must if you are a shutter bug like me.


We went to Buruanga which is one of the municipalities here in our province.  The name of the place is not really famous here in the Philippines yet, but it is not means it is not a great place. It is a bit far from our town that we need to travel more than two hours to get there. It is my second time actually to go to Buruanga again after two years. Still the place is still full of wonders when we got there. I remember the my first time I went to one of their resort and I take this shot of this Mangroves and stones below, using my Lumia 520 which I owned before.  Not bad for a 5MP shooter. And below is the capture of the same place using my Lumia 1020.
Taken with Lumia 520


Taken with Lumia 1020


Buruanga is just less populated by people. And the municipality is not yet has those things like tall buildings in the cities or progressed towns. That’s why I love the place because the nature here is well preserved. You can see a lot of trees like Mangrove growing in the surface of the clear blue water of the wide open sea. And looking beneath it, the seaweeds are visible also some little fishes and other small marine animals.
Natural landscapes are still the best and this is the time for my Lumia 1020 to capture the wonders of Buruanga. By the way I always used the phone’s RAW shooting capability and processed it in Lightroom. So first stop is the beach, which for me the view here is rather different than usual beach. The part of the beach here, especially near the shore have different kinds of Mangroves growing big and small. Don’t be scared if you see thorns appearing in the surface of the sea like in the photo below. They are just called ‘pneumotophone’ which helps a Mangrove tree extra oxygen they need. It is totally harmless and still safe to go swimming.


In other parts of the beach, you can see many rock formations which is yellowish in color. Makes the scenery of the beach more interesting to shoot. The sun is at its high, so hot, but nothing stopped me.  Details of the shot from Lumia 1020 are really stunning. It really captures the beauty of the place detail by detail. I used Lumia Camera app in shooting all my photos and sometimes I just shoot them in auto mode if the result is good enough already. If not, I will use manual mode to tweak some settings for my desired output.


As we walked beside the beach we saw this dead branch dipping to the waters. I make a composition out of it and you can see the what is under the clarity of the slow waving sea. Lumia 1020 captured all necessary   details and colors that I want to see when I processed the RAW file using the Lightroom. For this one I adjust the focus manually.




Then next day, we go relax to one of the cottages of the resort. The sea is so calm in the morning with only ripples on the sea makes the enormous cloud’s reflections makes it more impressive. And then I saw some three people riding in their small boat from far away, they are fishermen. This can make a good composition. So I take a shot of it, many times so that I can choose the perfect position of the fishermen in the photo. Finally, below is the photo I selected which for me is best. 



Another excitement to me is shooting sunsets. I really cannot do sunset photography in my hometown because structures there are blocking the beauty of it. In simple terms I cannot able to see the sunset where I live. So finally I have the opportunity to shoot fantastic sunset photography with my Lumia 1020.
This one is a sunset photo that I take from one of the beach in Buruanga. The person there is my close friend and it is a stolen shot so it will just look natural. When I saw the capture, I was really stunned. I got my first sunset photography! And it is extraordinary experience for me shooting it with Lumia 1020.



This photo I taken the other day. I reminded myself to check the sun if it is nearly setting down. I wait and I do not want to missed a chance, because sunset is only happened once a day. And I really want to shoot more picture of sunset as possible. The sun looks like aflame when I saw it. The colors of the sky are so wonderful. In addition, silhouettes of people in the composition make it livelier . I shot many of this and this one is the result that I love. It is so marvelous!



In shooting sunset, you need to be quick and able to do many compositions as possible before the sun finally make a touchdown and completely not be seen in the horizon. Here is another photo taken from my Lumia 1020. How pretty the details even it is big or small.


Even the sun is already gone, I still captured great photographs. As we know Lumia 1020 have a big sensor which makes your composition still great in low-light. And this photo below is one that proved it. The reflection of the clouds on the sea is so artistic. Yeah, I take a risk of walking in the water with my Lumia 1020 to get this shot. So I am very careful in my every steps. For me, we need to take risk sometimes to get an astounding result. And it is really worth it.


Here is the last one I can show you guys. Another silhouette photography I created with my Lumia 1020. There are big rocks which are placed on the shore to protect the cottages of the resort, where me and my friends are staying, against violent waves of the sea. I really love the colors and for me Lumia 1020 really make it possible for me to capture such an art. 


Hope you guys enjoyed my article also the photos I showed. It is really a good experience making some amazing photographs using my Lumia 1020. Really thankful that it brings me to the wonderful world of photography. For my fellow mobile photographers, don’t stop capturing the beauty of the world and show for all eyes may see.


Article originally written by Rexsel Meñez Sarabia. All photos are captured by Rexsel Meñez Sarabia using his Lumia 1020 and 520 . You can follow him on Instagram here We appreciate his work for the whole Windows Phone photographers community!

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