10 great images captured with smartphones #123

We're back with the 123rd post in our special photographic-centric series where we present you with a number of awesome images taken by... well, you (and your cell phones).

So, which picture did you like most last time? The answer is Aaron's photo, taken with the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. And a pretty well-deserved first place it is, we should say!

Of course, there are many other incredible images left to be seen. Let's continue with another set of 10 pics, each of which can easily convince even the most professionally-inclined photographer that cell phones are more than a toy in the camera department.

Please note that if your own awesome image is not included here, this doesn't mean that it won't end up on the site. We simply might not have gotten to it yet! So, we urge you to continue following us, as we'll be publishing more of these truly great photos in the following days and weeks.

We'd also like to remind you that you can continue submitting your cool cell phone pics to the following email address:

In order to not miss on all the glory, you also have to mention your name/nickname, as well as the phone you used to take the shots. A nice additional piece of info would be a name or a short description for the image.

With that, we now leave you with our 123rd set of favorite photos...

Which photo do you like most?




1. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

Wait, wait, wait, wait.... JUST WAIT!!! How is #9 been done? What program have been used? Not the regular camera, they don't do it like this.

7. donrox

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

long exposure

13. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

LONG EXPOSURE??? WHAT IS THAT??? I asked how, I know what it is... -.-

18. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Get a tripod!! Leave the shutter for as long as it can open, but also check the exposure and ISO. Else, you'll blow the entire scene!

27. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

first things you need to have are a phone/camera that let you manually change the shutter speed, an ND filter and a tripod. Note: The ND filter allows you to take long exposure shot in daylight without blowing the whole scene into a burning white mess, but make sure you're using the right kind of ND filter (google for more exact info) attach the ND filter onto the camera, then attach the camera onto the tripod, place the whole thing on a sturdy ground, change the shutter speed to a few seconds long, lower the ISO to about 50 -100, lower the EV value and then take the shot . This works best under dim light condition, like right after the sun set or in shadows. it's really simple once you get to know what to do p.s anyone please just correct me if I'm wrong, I actually have never played with this technique, I just learned how to do it

31. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

To piggyback off what he just said for daylight long exposure you will most likely need a combination of a super dense ND filter along with an additional one otherwise the image will be extremely blown out or mostly just white. An nd8 filter which is perfectly fine for night photography would not be dark enough to block out the sun. But at night with a tripod you can get wonderful long exposures without blowing out the highlights for up to 30 seconds as I did here. https://flic.kr/p/CXBqHf Also this cool guy on YouTube explains exactly how to do long exposure photography for daytime shots which I have not gotten around to yet. Very cool stuff we can do with our smartphones these days.https://youtu.be/jxuktbK-30g

9. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Just put the exposure to over 5 seconds and you'll get this. These and the light trails on streets are standard long exposure. He probably used a gorillapod for it though. Impossible to do it via hands,

14. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

You can do 1 second exposures and then if you get lucky, But I just found out that LG G4 has I think every manual modes separately in stock camera.

16. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Yeah, HTC, LG and Samsung cameras have manual mode which can do that.

23. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

Very nice, I have Xperia Z3, so I have nothing, just ISO and WB.

25. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Get "Manual camera" Of "Camera fv-5"

26. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

That won't work on phones who have these features disabled in firmware. To check you need to download manual camera tester first and see if these are allowed.

32. rsiders

Posts: 1976; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

It takes more than just setting the exposure to a certain time. See my explanation above with the reference video on how to do this during the day.

38. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

I don't think an ND filter would be necessary if the ISO is low enough. This is a phone camera with super small pixels. They don't capture that much light, and the scene seems overcast anyway.

39. Hydrocaliz

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

Step 1: Get Huawei P8/P9 Step 2: Place your phone onto the tripod Step 3: Open the camera app and slide to the left to open the light painting mode Step 4: Choose "Silky Water" from the option Step 5: Press the shutter button on the screen Step 6: Wait for 7-10 seconds If you are using other phones such as S7 or G5, you need a ND filter as well as the tripod to restrict the amount of light coming in to the sensor.

2. Optimusryga

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 19, 2015

Awesome shots the night s**ts nailed it

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

skyline, macro, sunset... cat ok, I'll pick cat.. just because its a cat

29. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I almost fell for it too

36. andynaija

Posts: 1262; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Haha same here


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Picture 9 are you serious PA? That picture has been modified/filtered so it doesn't look natural......ti should not compete!

6. amski89

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 19, 2013

It's called long exposure shoot, which you can achieve by manually controlling the shutter speed that is already available in LG G4.

34. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

while the water trail is cool, the actual picture is meh imo that is.

40. Hydrocaliz

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

I think you should keep your mouth shut if you don't know anything about it...

5. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

I use PA on my phone and I do not know why I am unable to vote in any polls. How could u allow even 9th pic in competetion? Heavily modified.. Does not shows capability of phone or photographer but editor. As per me, top 3 would be 2>6>1 So consider 1 on 2nd :p

10. shady_maniac

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

1) You have to view desktop version (see the footer area) 2) Pic #9 is not modified. It's achieved by using a slow shutter speed via manual mode

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Had to go for #2, because at least it's something different, and not just another sunset, flower, bug, or cat.

11. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

The only reason I didn't go for #9 is because the photographer failed to land the focus and sharpness. The pic is blurry and lacks focus. Also I'm not much of a fan of portrait shots for scenaries. So, I went for #2. Seems amazing and the composition of natural and artificial light is just great.

30. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

yes, it's almost perfect technique, but there's nothing to focus on and it's just bad

12. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

#9 is Awesome.. wallpaper worthy! #2 has nothing really spectacular, it's just Note 5 so of course fanboys will click it almost immediately

17. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

You're a twit. It's interesting because it's something we haven't seen before. I googled the description, and couldn't find another pic of whatever the eff this thing is. I'm still baffled at what this is. As for it being a Note 5, I didn't even look at what phone took the pic. Didn't even know until I read your silly comment.

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