12 Incredible images captured on the Samsung Galaxy S9+
2018 has been a wild rollercoaster of a year so far! I spent the first half of this year running through the streets of South Korea with the Olympic Torch, hiking through the Andes down in Argentina and dived into the turquoise waters of the Cook Islands. I went on an expedition to Everest Base Camp, road tripped my way around South East Australia and more recently, soared through the South Alps in New Zealand in a tiny ski plane. I haven't really had a whole lot of time to stop and take it all in until now. I'm back home in Vancouver enjoying the Summer weather and resting after lots of travel and a series of unfortunate events; Nasty spider bite, parasites, infections, viruses and more, but I'll save that for another entry.
The one item that has been with me more than any other item I own on my travels, is my Samsung Galaxy S9+. I picked up the S9+ earlier this year and it's traveled around the world with me in my hand and pocket since I got it. I want to share some of my favourite photos that I've taken with it so far in 2018.
1. Lobuche, Nepal
Sunrise from 16,210 feet high in the village of Lobuche, Nepal. I woke early to see if the sky would light up over one of the worlds highest mountains and fortunately it did. Mount Nuptse is connected to Mount Lhotse which is the fourth highest mountain in the world. The new Dual Aperture Lens allows you to shoot at an aperture of F1.4 which works wonders in low light and really helped when it was dark outside like this scene.
2. Muri Beach, Cook Islands
Sunrise over Muri Beach and the South Pacific Ocean. The reef that surrounds the island creates these beautiful calm waters. Pastel orange and blue skies gave way to a rapid rainstorm moments later as the sun crested the horizon, lighting up the rain.
3. Blue Mountains National Park, Australia
In May I spent the week exploring the Sydney area of Australia. I made my way out to the Blue Mountains for a day and found this dirt road, obviously curiosity got the better of me and ten minutes later I arrived to this incredible view overlooking seemingly endless forest!
4. Aoraki National Park, New Zealand
In June I took some time off to explore the south island of New Zealand. That led me to taking a scenic flight over Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park. The views were wild looking down on enormous mountains and long winding glaciers! I used the Moment Super Fisheye Lens attached to the Moment S9+ Photo Case.
5. Tasman Glacier, New Zealand
Captured just ten minutes later than the above photo, we landed in a ski plane on the Tasman Glacier in Mount Cook National Park. I capture most of my photos in Full View Pro Mode which utilizes the stunning Infinity Screen on the S9.
6. Queenstown, New Zealand
Sunset over the beautiful town of Queensland, as seen from the gondola viewpoint. There are only a handful of places in the world I could see myself living in and this is one of them. The S9's low light function came in really handy again here as nighttime drew close.
7. Everest Base Camp
Perhaps the wildest place I've ever been so far, Everest Base Camp took ten days to reach on foot and the views were well worth the aches and pains it took to get there. Mount Everest can be seen to the right of the scene here and the Khumbu Icefall just below. The S9+ really surprised me here, it handled the subzero temperatures without fault and took a beating in my backpack and pocket throughout the trip, all without a scratch.
8. Pebble Beach, NSW, Australia
Up until this moment, I had never seen a Kangaroo before, this was my first encounter with these cuddly looking creatures. The Kangaroos at Pebble Beach roam wild eating on the grass by the ocean and are very habituated to human interaction which allowed me to get close enough to get some photos.
9. Kananaskis, Alberta
The Canadian Rockies are home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the world and it's near impossible to take a bad photo here. This cold Winter sunrise was captured in Pro Mode in RAW, which allows you to process this photo just like you would if it was captured on a DSLR giving you much more control over the final image as opposed to a JPEG file.
10. Panther Falls, Banff NP, Alberta
A deep snowy remote trail brings you to these beautiful frozen falls during the Winter. This Narnia-esque landscape is only accessible during the Winter because of a frozen stream you have to cross to get there. I captured this using the Moment Wide Lens and the S9+ case.
(Please don't attempt this trail without good mountain and avalanche knowledge)
11. Tasman Lake, New Zealand
This glacier fed lake sits at the bottom of the Tasman Glacier which can be seen at the far end of the lake in this photo. Chunks of ice calve in to the lake and make their way to the outflow stream at the other end of the lake where I captured this from. A short thirty minute hike from the Tasman Road parking lot brings you here.
12. Panther Falls, Banff NP, Alberta
The narrow treacherous trail that takes you to Panther Falls in the Winter will literally take your breath away but the views will be worth it alone. I shot this in Pro Mode and adjusted the white balance of the scene to be a littler cooler. You can do this in post production but I try to do as much in-camera as possible when I take the image.
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