Smartphone cameras used by professional photographers: a love story for New York, shot with OnePlus One

The world of photography has changed so profoundly in just the past few years. With smartphone cameras passing a certain threshold, the sheer number of captured images in the world has grown multiple times, and more and more of them gets shared on Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, and so many other venues. It’s hard to say when this transition started to snowball, but to us it seems that the growth of Instagram is a good point of measure. In this series of articles, we’d be exploring the amazing world of smartphone photography done right by professional photographers and advanced enthusiasts.

In this edition, we present you with the awesome images of Javin Lau, captured with the 13-megapixel camera of one of our favorite phones, the OnePlus One. We've entitled this a love story for New York after the main topic of the images that OnePlus One itself has asked the photographer to capture, but we've also added quite a few other awesome works, so this really is a love story for the world as there are images from Canada, Korea, and all over the place.

Javin Lau uses VSCO Cam to edit images, and the result is a series of melancholic, toned down pictures of the secret life of buildings around us. Architecture is snapped in its unique shapes that we often fail to see, and that is one of the big values of Lau's great work. You can find and follow Javin Lau on Instagram, and right below you'd see some of his best work.



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice photography.

2. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

That sterile looking PATH station (WTC) would make a great setting for a sci-fi movie or maybe just a phone advert. The Brooklyn Bridge was either shot from the Manhattan Bridge walkway or the rooftop of a building near Chinatown. The last one is a side street in Chinatown (don't know the exact cross streets exactly despite being there once a week). Imaging will only get better and this year I hope we will see some pretty big things from all OEMs

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Crap, I was just there and took better pictures than that of some of those places. Hell, I just sent a handful to PA the other day for their phone picture series. lol That hallway reminded me of 1984. We were all expecting big brother holocasts to come out of the wall somewhere. Its the underground entrance to the Freedom Tower. Here it is from a different view and here's a few others.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Note 4. FTW :)

6. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Lagfest FTW!

12. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Best phablet sized smartphone as rated by most tech reviewers FTW!

13. Dattack

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

You are quite an ignorant one, aren't you? Far from laggy.

7. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

Awesome images. I love the camera on the Note 4, among the very best out there.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I've sent quite a few to PA so far for the weekly (not so weekly) phone pix images. From st Augustine Beach , NYC, and Iceland. Maybe someone should check the mail? Lol. Hell I got 1400 images alone after deleting some, from the NYC/Iceland/Boston trip I got back from Lol I was literally up 23.5 hours a day for nearly a week, screen on pix and posts home like a madman, texting, and more.. And still only once a day charge on the note 4. Consider me impressed. BTW, if anyone is interested, if they look up "Iceland narrated" on YouTube it pulls up a video I made that details the whole Iceland part of the trip. History, jokes, group fun , ect. If you have the ability stream it to your TV. You don't be disappointed. The majority of the photos and all of the video are from the note 4. Scaled from 4k to 1080p for TV compatibility.

18. remixsmom

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

No one's interested. Get back into my snatch

9. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

You forgot to put filter on those pictures that's why yours aren't as good as the ones the photographer took XD

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lolol if only I could instagram as well as an iOS user!

11. remixsmom

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

of all the things that slid out of my snatch, you are the worst. never post a photo again because they're an embarrassment PS I still love you

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Know how I know I'm doing something right? Someone makes a troll account based on me :)

8. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

FINALLY pro photographers are not just using iphones.

10. rsiders

Posts: 1978; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

This is a lot better than the second feature laden with filters and heavily post processed pictures.

14. Tejas9

Posts: 95; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I wonder how he got the invitation? Lol..

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