As part of our photographic tour of the United Kingdom following the Huawei Mate 20 Pro launch earlier this week, we’ve been testing out the new smartphone in different environments. We’ve already taken it for a bash up the Thames, and yesterday, we took it out to one of the UK’s oldest places – Stonehenge.
Let’s be honest; this was both an opportunity to tick something off my personal bucket list, as well as to take some amazing photographs with nothing more than a smartphone. No tripods, no DSLRs, no point-and-shoot prosumer cameras. A smartphone, my shaky hands, and a 4,500 year old stone structure.
I think you’ll agree – the results are beyond amazing.
First, we had to get there somehow, in a sky-blue Ford Focus (thanks, Avis) and with a traditional road-trip warmed chicken sandwich.
After a bit of a drive out of London (which, let me tell you, was fairly harrowing), we hit the open road and sped out west towards Salisbury, stopping at a local hamburger joint for lunch. It wasn’t long before we made it to Stonehenge, paid the admission, and made our way in.
I’d been warned, I guess, that Stonehenge was a bit of a non-event. Plonked beside a highway, that you couldn’t get up close to, I had been told to be disappointed. Fortunately, I ignored that advice, and we had a great time walking around this ancient site, capturing some great photos and learning some about how Stonehenge was built some 4,500 years ago.
It wasn’t until we’d almost walked around the entire site that I captured the photo of the series; perhaps unintentionally, I lined the sun up behind another stone, capturing Stonehenge with a beautiful backlighting and solar lens flare.
Artistic? Me? Not really, but this one I am especially proud of:
What do you think? Does the Mate 20 Pro take a decent photo?
Chris travelled to London with Huawei for the Mate 20 Pro launch, and took a few extra days (at his own cost) to explore some of the UK.