Made by Russ Wilcox at the Northern Mariana Islands, with Pixel 6
The Northern Mariana Islands in the Western Pacific are a photographer’s dream.
There are untouched landscapes, black sand beaches, dramatic skies, and active volcanoes like Mount Pagan, whose plumes have been seen from space.
“No tours go there,” says Russ Wilcox, who visited recently. “You have to know someone who is going up north to go fishing and get in on that.”
Wilcox joined a private boat trip to the island, leaving from his home of Saipan, 200 miles away. Once there, he relied on his
The volcano’s scale in relation to the beaches below came into sharp relief thanks to Pixel’s ultrawide lens, which also helped him snap the clouds’ reflection on the ocean. “It was especially helpful with cloud structure on calm ocean days,” he says. The lens helped him capture a wider field of view to accommodate the volcano’s large size, and corrected distortions in the clouds to get sharper contours. He stored the images on Google Photos and shared some with his followers on Instagram.
Thanks to Pixel’s
Once you take your photos, you can easily store them in the cloud with Google Photos, which frees up space on your phone and makes it easy to share with others. A
Portrait Mode and Magic Eraser2 came in handy for Gavin Scott on a recent trip to Bulgaria’s Rose Valley, where he was scouting out its famous Rosa Damascena flower. Cultivated there for centuries, it’s a symbol of Bulgarian culture.
“I’ve never seen roses so big and colorful,” he says. “The smell in the air was incredible, and seeing them was quite a humbling experience.”
He couldn’t bring the roses home with him to the Scottish Highlands, so he took out his
A full bush with vibrant colors caught his eye. He used Portrait Mode to create an artful background blur and snapped some images. He later noticed that a stray slug had crept into one of the pictures, and he edited it out with Magic Eraser. “The eraser corrected it as if it wasn’t there,” he says.2 For close-up shots like these, Macro Focus on Pixel 7 Pro’s updated ultrawide lens adds depth and texture, turning even the smallest details into magnificent shots.
Travel, whether near or far, always means memories – and it’s easier than ever to preserve the best shots when you have pro-level capabilities in your pocket.
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