10 great images captured with smartphones #99

We're back with the 99th 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 Vladimir Nolic's photo, taken with the Nokia 808 PureView. 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 99th set of favorite photos...

Which photo do you like most?




1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

9 and 2 are best. Voted for 2 because it looks like a miniature world it's a great pic :)

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I had to vote for spider car. Because wtf.

3. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

9 is agreat one

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

dat rally car shot

10. Hulas

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

its suspicious

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012


13. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

at first i thought it was from a dslr , but if you set the phone to burst mode , you might be able to get a decent shot after going through about 30 or so photos

15. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Of course you can get a shot like that with a phone. That's s**t compared to DSLR. Look how blurred that car is. Ok I get that it's moving like very fast but still. It's a nice Subaru though :)

18. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

I can take shots like that on my Z3 compact with Camera FV-5 on high speed shutter, it wont be nearly as good as a Nikon Dslr tho.

19. Nabil111

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Thats exactly what I did. I took 10-15 shots of each car as they ran past, and ended up with a lot of terrible shots....then this one. I panned the phone with the cars, so the cars wouldn't be blurry but the background would.

21. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I voted for it. Truly impressive shot man. I noticed that you were panning with the car because of how sharp the car was; would have been absolutely blurry if you pre-focused and tried to take a picture of it while it raced by. Photo is made better by the fact that the entire background is basically monotone too, so the car pops even more.

5. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

This batch = just ok compared to the previous ones. voted for 9

6. rowdysheeter

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

those who vote for 9 and 10 are voting for the beauty of the landscape in the picture. imo, we have to vote for the photographic skills and the camera performance.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

part of photographic skills is capturing the beauty. #9 is a good shot. Its a little too saturated but it makes it more vibrant.

7. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

All of them are great, specially the N 8 (Xperia Z1) but I voted for N7 (LG G2) cuz the Dynamic Range and Details are Super!!!

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

One day they might finally post up some of the samples I've done with the Note 4. The peeps that know me can look on my G+ to see them.

20. Nabil111

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

I submitted mine like 2 months ago, didn't receive any confirmation they were selected, and only happened to recognize the thumbnail on the front page.

12. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I chose #4 because it's a really unique and neat-looking shot, but I have to give props to the Samsung Galaxy S2 for taking such great photos, considering it's almost 4 years old...

14. afzalzainal

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

I prefer number 8 with a tiltshift effect it will be a very cool miniture look.

16. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

As a rally racer I'd go with #6. Always love those actions shots... Unless it's me rolling over.

17. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

The "Spider Car" is just a painting on the side of a building. I've seen it in other images on other websites.

22. AlikMalix unregistered

Are we voting on content/fun/beautiful/etc of the photo, or the quality/sharpness/technical stuff? Or do I just base my decision on "this could be in national geographic photo" plausibility?

23. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I think it's just whatever works for you. I don't do it consciously, but I basically end up thinking about it like this usually: - Photography Technique (balance, composition, focus, exposure, colors) - Camera Technical Details (colors, sharpness, noise) - Artistic Effect (does it evoke any specific emotions?) - Uniqueness/Difficulty What draws me in initially will be the Artistic Effect, and then I can bother to think about other details if I need to choose between a few photos. But really, the answer is just whatever you find to be the most important aspect. What makes you like one photograph more than another?

24. AlikMalix unregistered

Wow, they should include your points above as guidelines...

25. AlikMalix unregistered

Awesome photos. It's interesting to see how others discover their own inspiration. I'm gonna have a little fun and play a critic role: 1. It's pretty cool item to take a photo of, and I can bet my dollar that no one passes this car without taking a photo - so I find it to be interesting, but it would have had a bigger splash as a contender if the photographer used the awkward angle of the car and coupled it with another dramatic angle to add more action to the photo... 2. You can really enjoy the liquid color and the setting sun. There are new details that can be discovered again, and again, and again as you keep looking around... The world in the picture seems slow and relaxed - very often ocean waves are intimidating when photographed - here, they're not. 3. My guess this is a tiny flower and an attempt at a micro-shot - but without another object to compare - just a very nice photo of a flower. 4. The repetition of object as they escape into single point perspective is very unique - even the botanical life within the architectural design is following quite closely to that same pattern. The absence of human and transportation traffic creates an eerie effect. The central position from which the photo was shot was also considered (and probably risked getting hit by a car) which adds to the dynamic feel of the area. 5. That crawfish has seen better days. The pity you begin to feel for the creature escalates as soon as you notice the frozen ice that it's desperately trying to thaw on. The broken claws narrates a hard life. At least the poor guy gets his 15 minutes of fame this time... 6. This shot is easy to choose as favorite due to excitement created by immediate action that is represented. Without any effort you notice the car due to monotone (like Penny said) background that voids of any foreign object which would otherwise distract a viewer - not an easy task when you have to follow a speeding car. 7. I like this one, because it brings back memories of a vacation south of the border. The colors are sharp but not over saturated. The main thing that draws me to this photo is that I can FEEL the humidity just by looking at it - which is quite impressive for a typical shot of a sunset... 8. This is a shot just like #1 in this sequence. It's inspires anyone to take a photo regardless if you planned to or not. One problem I have with cameras (any) is they do not capture the depth of sheer size of these massive objects versus actually being there. Maybe if the photographer angled the camera more downward representing the height of his view and in effect by comparison you can feel the size of the dam and mountain ridges that grow beyond the structure - you would have capture the feeling of how small we humans really are. 9. This photo feels lite and unburdened. Fallen leaves while undisturbed confirm the just ended rain. Yellow vivid tint as the sun reveals thru the cleansed crisp air allows reminiscence of Petrichor.

26. AlikMalix unregistered

(ran out of limited space) 10. Here the photographer diligently avoided any human made objects or disturbed nature. This photo might as well been taken by the olden days pioneers as they discovered depth of a new land (if they had a smartphone). To allow the sun to fill the distant air with light gives a sense of distance and depth of what lies ahead (of course choosing a tree as the object to block that sun was clever - otherwise we wouldn't enjoy the gorgeous image presented here). As a huge fan of hiking or just taking a road trip with no destination this is by far the most inspiring photo here because these are the kind of scenes you hope to discover when you keep driving down that lonely road hoping to leave civilization behind. So it gets my vote...

27. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Hey AlikMalix, great review! I appreciate you taking the time out to evaluate each picture. I, like you, am a hiker and wanderer and appreciate Photo #10. All the aspects of the photo are just right; composition, exposure, lighting, dynamic range, it's all there. I also love the way the sunlight fills both the haze in the distance and the reflection in the water nearby. It was a very opportune time to take the photo (clear skies, perfect positioning of the sun) and the photographer found a great angle to take it from. However, I had to go with #6 simply because it was a difficult shot to nail, and it was nailed. There may have been more luck involved in that shot, but that makes it more special to me. Not trying to convince you, just saying I like your choice and explaining why I didn't make the same choice.

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