Windmill Photo Shoot with the Huawei P20 Pro in Greece
In August me and my wife returned to the Greek Ionian Island of Zakynthos (Zante) for the 9th time. This time we were lucky enough to be able to stay for a night in the Potamitis Brothers stone windmill which at one time was used to make flour but has now been turned into unique holiday accommodation. which sits on the cliff top above the Blue Caves in the very north tip of the island. It's one of our favourite locations on Zakynthos island with 2 windmills, a cafe, amazing views over the Ionian sea and boat trips to the Blue Caves and Shipwreck Cove. I had only had my new Huawei P20 Pro smartphone for a couple of weeks and took the opportunity to really test the phones Leica triple cameras for outdoor, indoor and low light photography. The Huawei P20 Pro has 3 cameras on the back which have been co-engineered with Leica. These cameras are a 40MP RGB sensor, a 20MP monochrome sensor and an 8MP sensor with 3X telephoto lens.
With the Huawei P20 Pro you can shoot full resolution 40 megapixel DNG RAW files with the RGB colour camera on it’s own which come out at around 80 MB in size. And after processing in the Adobe Lightroom CC app the exported JPEG files come out at 25 MB. You can also shoot 20 megapixel black and white photos using the monochrome camera. But if you set the camera to the default 10 megapixel setting it will open up a hole load of clever camera features which combine the information from all 3 cameras to create a final image. These features include Night Mode, Aperture Mode, Portrait Mode and the camera zoom.which is 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom which combine information from the 3x optical telephoto camera with digital from the 40 megapixel camera. And you can got up to a maximum of 10x zoom. Being visually impaired the Huawei P20 Pro's large 6.1 inch OLED display makes it much easier for me to see the subject and compose my shots. And with built in accessibility features like magnification gestures i can zoom in on the display to make everything larger when i need to change camera settings.
For the interior photos of the stone windmill I used the P20 Pro's Night Mode handheld. It was quite dark inside so I was really happy with the Huawei P20 Pro's cameras results. For the night time outside photos I again used the Night Mode but this time I mounted the P20 Pro on a tripod using a Shoulderpod smartphone rig.
I am really delighted with how the photos from the Huawei Pro Pro turned out and very little editing in Lightroom CC was needed.
For more information about the windmills visit www.potamitisbros.gr
Learn more about the Huawei P20 Pro at consumer.huawei.com/uk/phones/m/p20-pro/
Shoulderpod smartphone rig www.shoulderpod.com/
Photography by Alistair Ford