Monthly Archives: July 2013

Get Your Creative On with Nokia: Photos, Creative Adventures, and Imaging Apps!

The Boy with the Most Cake: Jay Montano and 4 Nokia Lumia 1020s

Photo of Jay Montano and 4 Nokia Lumia 1020’s taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia 808 PureView at Nokia House, Espoo, Finland.

This is the summer of great creative contests going on in Nokia-land: from photo, to creative connecting, to developing imaging apps.
1. Let’s start with Nokia US’s #Discover Lumia Photo Contest that has a new theme every two weeks, you, as in a US resident, submit a photo that you have taken that is within the theme parameters, photos get voted on, and then the winner of each theme wins a Nokia Lumia phone! There will be / is 9 themes over the course of the summer and lots of great themes to take photos of – get your camera phones out and start taking photos!
2. Nokia Connects has just started a global creativity and connecting project called Nokia Connects MVC, wherein you submit your creative adventure idea or something you have done with your Nokia Lumia mobile or how you have connected folks to a Lumia, and each month Nokia Connects will pick a new MVC and help you build on your ideas / adventures / connections.
3. Do you have a great idea for a camera / video / imaging app for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and want to see it in the Windows Phone App Store? Then submit your idea to the Nokia Future /Capture Contest before Wed. July 31, 2013. That is two days from now. Get to submitting, even if you are not a mobile developer, if you are chosen they will pair you with a developer and fly you to Lund, Sweden for the Nokia Future/Capture hackathon.
Click on the links for each contest / event and participate in at least one, let this be the summer to let your best creative mobile self out!
The disclosure bit: I am a judge in the first two contests, #Discover Lumia and the Nokia Connects MVC; and I will be submitting one of my image app ideas* to the Nokia Future / Capture Contest.
* This phrase should make my closest friends laugh/giggle, as they know that my computer is a rabbit warren of overly breeding mobile apps in various stages of completion from ideation to testing the last bits.

Zoom ReInvented: The Nokia Lumia 1020 Launch Party

Lenny B making friends with Stephanie & Carla - Nokia 925
Jimmy Lee and Jason Black before the Zoom ReInvented party - Nokia 925 Walking over to the Nokia Lumia 1020 launch party, NYC in the golden hour - Nokia 808 PureView Erick demo'ing the Lumia 1020 with a big smile on his face - Nokia 808 PureView Lenny, Mark, and Jimmy at the Nokia Lumia 1020 launch party - Nokia 925 Nokia's Chris Weber and Jay Montano - Nokia 925 CJ and Katie - Nokia 925 Mark and CJ - Nokia 925 Varun triple fisting it with lots of screen glow at the party - Nokia 925 Goodbye New York and Thank You Nokia! - Nokia 808 PureView

All photos taken by Ms. Jen on Thurs July 11, 2013 with either her Nokia 808 PureView or a loaner Nokia 925, please click on the first photo to start the slideshow and see caption for which photo is taken with which camera phone.

Fri 07.12.13 – Last night was the Zoom Party for the launch of the Nokia Lumia 1020 at Pier 94 in New York City and here are my photos from the evening.
After meeting up with fellow and fellow-ess bloggers at the hotel, some of the gang taxi’d it over to the venue and a few of us walked. Even though it was hot and humid, it was lovely to get out in the evening light and walk.
Once at the party venue, it was good to hang out with the blogger crew and meet new people as well. The two surprises of the evening was finally meeting Serko in person after knowing him online for 5-6 years and that the blogger crew spent most of the evening hanging out with Nokia’s EVP Chris Weber, who was fun and down to earth.
Due to the migraine that had been trying to attack all day given the lights at the venue, I clipped out early to find food and get rid of the headache, so I missed much of the rest of the party as I heard about this morning before I left for the airport.
It was so very good to see Nokia launch a great camera phone and to see so many lovely folks come out to the event from all over.

Zoom ReInvented: The Nokia Lumia 1020 Revealed

Nokia's Vesa Jutilla showing off the Nokia Lumia 1020 next to the Nokia 925- Nokia 925
Katie and Rafe before the Zoom Reinvented event begins - Nokia 925 Nokia's Kristina Björknäs, Juha Alakarhu, and Stephen Elop on stage - Nokia 925 Zoom Reinvented Q&A time - Nokia 808 PureView The Nokia Lumia 1020 demo area after the presentation- Nokia 808 PureView The Nokia Lumia 1020 lens testing room - Nokia 925 Bloggers talking about the Nokia Lumia 1020 - Nokia 925 Kristina Björknäs demonstrating the wrist strap for the Lumia 1020 - Nokia 925 Photographers and Bloggers chatting - Nokia 808 PureView Shannon, Cajun Mama, and Jason, Tech Craver - Nokia 808 PureView Stephen Elop introducing the Lumia 1020 at the Partner's session- Nokia 808 PureView Before the Blogger's session starts - Nokia 808 PureView Eero Salmelin, Juha Alakarhu, and ... presenting on the technical aspects of the Nokia Lumia 1020 - Eero Salmelin, Juha Alakarhu, and ... presenting on the technical aspects of the Nokia Lumia 1020 -

All photos taken by Ms. Jen on Thurs July 11, 2013 with either her Nokia 808 PureView or a loaner Nokia 925, please click on the first photo to start the slideshow and see caption for which photo is taken with which camera phone.

Thurs 07.11.13 – And today was the BIG day, the Nokia Zoom ReInvented launch and announcement / demo of the Nokia Lumia 1020 41-megapixel Windows Phone 8 camera phone.
The Zoom ReInvented event was held at pier 94 on the Hudson River in New York City and started nice and early with the announcement and presentation of the Nokia Lumia 1020 by Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop with help from the imaging team’s Kristina Björknäs and Juha Alakarhu.
After a very spectacular announcement, the back of the stage was opened for everyone to proceed down the length of the pier to the demonstration area, lunch, as well as meeting and session rooms. At each turn through the demonstration area were Nokians with Nokia Lumia 1020s to show you and engage about the device. Also along the sides were small rooms with more detailed technical displays and demos on the sound, lens, and navigating capacities.
The afternoon of Zoom ReInvented was taken up with visiting each display, meeting and talking with folks, as well as attending sessions on applications for the Nokia 1020, technical details of the imaging capabilities by members of the Nokia Imaging team, and a blogger’s session.
Within 20 minutes of the event starting, I was very happy to find out that the new Nokia Pro Camera app would have the ability to set one’s own shutter speed (!!!!), ISO, White Balance, and manual focus from close-up to infinity in a very lovely to use interface. My biggest excitements of the day were the announcement of manual shutter speed and seeing that there is a place for a wrist strap on the device, as well as attending the developer/partner session on what applications are being developed with the new announced Nokia Imaging SDK (Oggl).
Big thanks to Nokia and Nokia US for the invitation to attend the Zoom ReInvented Nokia Lumia 1020 launch event.
An official Ms. Jen photo comparison and review of the Nokia Lumia 1020 coming to a browser near you soon…
If you would like to know more about the Nokia Lumia 1020’s imaging technology, here is the white paper for download or reading online.

Zoom ReInvented: The Day Before

Nokia 808 Pureview: Just before Dawn at LAX Nokia 808 Pureview: Somewhere over Texas Nokia 808 Pureview: Looking down at the repainted gate lines at DFW Nokia Lumia 925: Hanging out with Jimmy Lee near Times Square Nokia Lumia 925: Clinton Jeff and Mark Guim Nokia Lumia 925: Jason! Nokia Lumia 925: Jay and his screen glow Nokia Lumia 925: The Lenny! Nokia 808 PureView: Afterwards on the edge of Times' Square

Photos by Ms. Jen, click on photo for caption & camera phone.

Wed 07.10.13 – Today was the big travel day of transporting myself and my bags from LAX to DFW to LGA (La Guardia in New York City) for Nokia’s Zoom ReInvented event. While the whole of the day was taken up with travel, the evening was meeting up with friends, fellow bloggers, and Nokians at the R Lounge on the edge of Times’ Square.
It was good fun to catch up, hear what folks have been up to and what they are excited for / about in the world of mobile, as well as be enveloped in the warm almost sauna-like temperatures of NYC in the summer.
Tomorrow is the big day!

Nokia’s Zoom ReInvented NYC Event

July 11th Zoom ReInvented 41 Million Reasons
This Thursday, July 11th, Nokia will be holding a launch event in New York City in which they are teasing us with “41 Million Reasons” …. hmmm… Will they be making all the folks who had hoped that June 2012’s Nokia 808 PureView release should have been a Windows Phone OS very happy?
Tech bloggers and Twitter folk have been salivating at the mouth and other orifices for weeks now in speculation about what they are calling the “Nokia EOS 1020”.
Thursday, July 11th, in New York will be soon enough to confirm if Mr. Belfiore was sent out over the long weekend with a camera phone with fake metadata or if he was a placed leak or just shivering in Seattle area summer weather and getting a good nose sunburn under cloud cover*.
And yes, I will be in NYC at the Nokia Zoom Reinvented event** and will report back to you all. Hopefully, we will have an equal or greater than camera phone to last year’s Nokia 808 PureView.
I am looking forward to July 11th.
*Yes, cloud cover can deliver equal to or greater than sunburns than bright sun due to the clouds scattering the light.
** I joked to CJ the other day that maybe the leakers and bloggers were wrong and Nokia will announce 41 new headphones on July 11th, wherein CJ joked back, “Boom Reinvented!”

Jason, Tiffany, and Jason at Lunch

Jason Schupp at lunch Tiffany Brown and Jason Toney at lunch

Sun 06.30.13 – On this Sunday, CJ and I went up to Santa Monica’s Back on the Beach Cafe to meet up with Jason S, Chuck, Tiffany B, and Jason T for brunch and then a walk down the boardwalk to the Santa Monica Pier. It was a lovely day catching up with friends and I took my Nikon FM3a film camera with me to the party loaded with Ilford XP2 Super 400 B&W film.
I have a new true love, besides my friends, in the Ilford XP2 Super 400 film. I love the grain, the contrast, the no need for any post-production other than adding metadata in Lightroom. Next to Fuji Velvia 50, it is my new true film love.
Thanks to Jason, Tiffany and Jason for letting me take their photos.

Gutter Flowers: Nokia 808 PureView vs. Nokia Lumia 925

Photo taken by the Nokia Lumia 925 and resized in LightroomPhoto taken by the Nokia 808 PureView and resized in Lightroom

Nokia Lumia 925 photo on the left/top and the Nokia 808 PureView on the right/bottom, roll over image for camera phone name and click on it for larger version.

Wed 07.03.13 – The world famed Clinton Jeff is currently visiting between mobile tech events in the US and a slew of UPS / DHL packages have arrived this past week bearing mobile phones for review in Unleash the Phones. CJ kindly handed me a Nokia Lumia 925 to take photos with after he completed his review.
The Nokia Lumia 925 is a lovely little machine: it is light, well made, and the photos have been quite nice so far. Even though it does not have my photo / dog walking required leash/wrist strap hole, it is light and flat enough to stuff in my pocket. I have been reluctant to bring it out due to the lack of wrist strap in a few situations over the last few days.
Now, I could have done a comparison between my Nokia Lumia 920 and the trial 925, but why? I rarely take the Lumia 920 out on photo walks, as it is too big for my hands, it is heavy and there is not place to secure a wrist strap to it. Yes, I did buy a case with a strap for the Lumia 920, but it makes the mobile even bigger, bulkier, and heavier and then both get left at home.
Instead, I decided to test if the Nokia Lumia 925 is good enough to be acceptable against my primary camera phone the best mobile photo bad ass currently on the planet – the Nokia 808 PureView, aka my Precious. The Nokia 808 is small enough to comfortably fit in my hand, there is a wrist strap / leash hole on the bottom and with the strap – I am never afraid I am going to drop it when leaning over something dangerous to phones or have the dogs knock it out of my hand if they are being boisterous. Not to mention that the 808 PureView’s photos are great.
This post is the first in a series over the next couple of days. As the first, I give you two above comparison photos taken from the same spot of local fallen flowers floating in the gutter during daylight, photo on the above left/top taken with the Nokia Lumia 925 and the photo on the bottom of the two photos taken with the Nokia 808 PureView, both camera phones set to ‘close-up’.
I have imported both originals into Lightroom, added metadata, and then exported as 1200 pixel width photos, uploaded here and am using Src to resize for mobile, if necessary. Neither has been massaged in any other way.
The big difference that I can see is that the saturation on the Nokia Lumia 925 is high and the Nokia 808 PureView is truer to natural / real color.