Caramoan Paradise Captured in Lumia

Taken with Lumia 1020
Press Release

Cyberspace was recently adorned with hundreds of stunning and colorful images of a place that seemed like paradise to those who needed a break from the busy city life. That serene and enchanting place that offered this welcome rest was the islands of the Caramoan Peninsula captured in full HD with the Nokia Lumia 1520. 

TV host and columnist, Tim Yap together with the Philippine’s youngest governor, Migz Villafuerte recently hosted a five-day vacation with friends to Caramoan Island located in the lower eastern part of Camarines Sur. After recently experiencing firsthand the capabilities of Lumia phones in Lapland Finland, Tim wanted the Caramoan entourage to also be able to capture their most amazing moments with the gorgeous Carl Zeiss lens of the Lumia 1520.

A low-light photo taken with the Lumia 1520 by Mau Mauricio
Around 30 VIPs who come mostly from the fashion, music, television, and tourism industries dove into a sea of fun and adventure, to experience the secret paradise in this first-class municipality that extends into the waters of the Maqueda Channel on the north and east, and Lagonoy Gulf on the south. They were given the Lumia 1520 to help them document their respite. 

Creative Studio app (taken with Lumia 1520 by Nicolas Padilha)
Armed with flagship Lumia devices, the group which included TV personalities, Phoemela Barranda, CJ Jaravata, Bubbles Paraiso, Yassie Pressman, and Daniel Matsunaga; Miss Tourism International, Angeli Dione Gomez; designer, Charina Sarte; models, Tommy Esguerra, Javi Martinez-Pardo and Nicolas Padilha; renowned fashion photographers, Anton Aguila and Mau Mauricio; pet stylist, Tess Villareal; and singer-actor, Ryan Gallagher; had such an easy time capturing and immortalizing their Caramoan experience. They had so much fun taking snapshots of their island-hopping activities from diving in Langkipaw Cliffs, theme parties in Hunongan, survivor/relay games in Lahus and Gota, to wakeboarding in Cadlan, Pili.

Miss Tourism International, Angeli Dione Gomez at Hunungan Beach (Photo taken with Lumia 1520 by Migz Villafuerte)
With the 20MP and 41MP of Lumia’s adjustable Pro Camera in the Lumia 1520 and 1020 respectively, heavy and bulky DSL cameras were put aside but enabled the Camarines Sur guests to still take stunning, high-resolution photos of their vacation. Mau Mauricio says, “As photography is my profession, I love the freedom of being able to use the manual camera function.” He adds, “The large screen and high pixel is so much convenient.”

The Lumia devices’ Smart Cam app also provided fun images of the islands where ten sequence shots are displayed in a single photo, producing impressive action images. The “creative studio” app on the other hand, helped enhance the already jaw-dropping Caramoan views by conveniently adjusting brightness, vibrance and clarity. The app also created “color pop” photos that turned previously shot images to black and white, and highlighted specific colors to stand out in the photo. 

Nicolas Padilha in an action shot taken with Lumia’s Smart Cam app
All these can be created without having to download the photo to their computer and using complicated editing software to come up with impressive shots. “I love the camera. The quality of the images and video are amazing; that, along with the ease of editing make this phone incredible. I love it.” says Brazilian model, Nicolas Padilha.

CJ and Phoemela who took a lot of selfies in this island where several Survivor seasons were shot, and did it without any trouble because of the 1520’s 6-inch full HD screen. Daniel, who showed his athletic abilities during the action-packed games, also squeezed in some “flappy bird” time and even influenced Bubbles to try it. With the big screen, playing favorite games or watching HD videos on the road also became more enjoyable.

Daniel Matsunaga in action (photo taken with the Lumia 1020)
What made the Caramoan trip more special is that the Lumia devices were able to impress on non-Lumia users that it can capture all their special bonding moments with impressive detail and sharpness – an imaging capability which is nearly impossible with their other smartphones.

In just a few days, over 500 photos with the hashtag #LumiaInCaramoan and #comeoncaramoan were posted on Instagram and gathered over 150,000 likes. With this exposure, many people are now interested in seeing this pristine island and are now planning their next vacation to Camarines Sur. With the Lumia 1520 and 1020 devices that can ensure spectacular photos, our country’s beauty can be showcased conveniently to everyone else in the world.

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