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The New Liverpool Museum

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 11 April 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

A snapshot that I took with my camera phone while on site at the new Liverpool Museum last week.

The museum is the largest to be built in the UK in the last 100 years or so. It is in it's fit-out stage and looks to be well on track for it's planned opening in July this year.

The iphone 4 has a surprisingly good 5mp camera with excellent quality low-compression jpegs and the 35mm equivalent of a 30mm lens.

There's very little processing on this photo apart from a conversion to B&W.

Technical info:

Exposure 1/160 second
Aperture f/2.8
Focal Length 30 mm (35mm equivalent)
ISO Speed 80

link to iphone 4 camera specs:

Apple iPhone 4 1/160 second F/2.8 ISO 80 4 mm

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Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Très beaux enlacements

11 Apr 2011 5:21am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie!

Valérie Simonnet from paris, France


11 Apr 2011 5:24am

@Valérie Simonnet: Thanks Valérie!

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

So beautiful. I love it

11 Apr 2011 5:37am

@mseguid: Thanks Mateu!

sunstone_maria from California, United States

absolutely brilliant !!!

11 Apr 2011 5:57am

@sunstone_maria: Thanks Maria!

Claus Petersen from Herfølge, Denmark

This just gos to show that you dont need a fancy camera to make fine art!

11 Apr 2011 6:17am

@Claus Petersen: Thanks Claus!....I think the quality of camera phones has finally reached the point where they are as good as dedicated (low-end) compact cameras. The big advantage is of course that we all carry a mobile phone around with us these days so we always have a camera with us.

The camera on the iphone 4 that I used to take this shot is a lot better than the one on my last smartphone which was a HTC HD2. The jpegs from the HTC had a lot of high compression blockiness whereas I think the iphone 4 shots should enlarge really well.

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

So, the iPhone is able to make good pictures, now?

11 Apr 2011 6:59am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Taken with a iPhone, incredible...fantastic image!

11 Apr 2011 8:21am

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Wow..! This with iPhone is wonderful!

11 Apr 2011 8:40am

Marzia from ., Italy


11 Apr 2011 9:10am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

as good as your phone is - I am giving full credit to the photographer!

11 Apr 2011 11:14am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

In the hands of a very good photographer, any equipment is suitable to capure stunning photos - and you have proven it here. Its a great shot of a very interesting architectural design (did you play any part in it?).
I've been wanting a good camera phone for ages, but I can't convince myself an iPhone is something I really 'need' for the amount it costs (even though I am 100% Mac since 1994) - though I am always tempted :-)

11 Apr 2011 11:41am

@Ian Smith: Hi Ian, I was simply there to quote for an element of the fit-out work on phase 2 (nothing to do with the original design).

I don't think any camera phones would be much use in low light but in good light conditions like in this photo the latest ones are easily as good as low end dedicated compact digital cameras.

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

gorgeous! a camera is just a tool for a talented photographer!

11 Apr 2011 1:14pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

It's great :)

11 Apr 2011 2:28pm

Andrew from Hartlepool, United Kingdom

Ian, I think Ian Smith got it spot. The camera doesn't make the photographer. Excellent image. You may want to check out, do a google search. They do a program called photo espresso they did a episode where the photographers were using iPhones.

11 Apr 2011 4:34pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Unless you had told us, we would never have known it was a phone. It's a corker!

11 Apr 2011 5:52pm

Frida from Sweden

This shows yet again that it is the photographer and not just the camera that makes good images. This is excellent.

11 Apr 2011 7:55pm

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

stunning sexy lines!

11 Apr 2011 7:59pm

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

To my mind nothing of surprising. This picture was taken so good because of full absence of small details at the frame. That is the fact (excuse me If I am wrong...). The qualities of this photo are: irreproachable composition, successful light, choice of B&W, good processing and certainly confident hand of photographer. Thank you!

11 Apr 2011 9:10pm

Nitin from Shanghai, China

Breathtaking to say the least - such a high quality, high clarity, perfect light and shade picture, and brilliant framing. Its just so perfect the way you've done it. The architect would be proud of this picture (you need to contact him :P)

12 Apr 2011 2:25am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Beautifully composed and an excellent exposure for a camera phone.

12 Apr 2011 2:28am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What can I say Ian... so exquisite the composition and so beautiful the interplay of light, tone and rhythm of patterns!!!
Amazing fine craft and work of art! Congrats my friend!:-)

12 Apr 2011 4:25am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

stunning composition that superbly captures this scene with its subtle balance! my eyes just want to follow the curves all the way up!

12 Apr 2011 5:29am

Silvia Ganora Photography from Domodossola, Italy

Fine work indeed! Well done!

12 Apr 2011 7:22am

guillaume from Paris, France

Superb architectural shot !

12 Apr 2011 10:08am

Fabienne from Quelque part ou ailleurs, France

Superb !

12 Apr 2011 11:01am

Daryl Johnson from New Malden, United Kingdom

Very good tones! It really did come put well.

12 Apr 2011 2:41pm

LB Vision from PARIS, France

Merci pour mes yeux ! peace !

12 Apr 2011 7:29pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

superb graphism and range of greys ! so surprised it was taken with your iphone ;-)) great !

13 Apr 2011 6:07pm

tom from Germany

I love the composition and the range of tones.

14 Apr 2011 7:38pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

des courbes délicieuses!

17 Apr 2011 10:24am

Lila from Leipzig, Germany

this is fantastic!

12 May 2011 10:04pm

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Un cliché d'une grande sobriété et douceur.

19 May 2011 4:22pm

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Apple iPhone 4
1/160 second
ISO 80
4 mm