You’d think that a modern photojournalist covering the world’s biggest sporting event for one of the UK’s biggest papers would use a serious camera for the job. Not The Guardian’s Dan Chung, who is using an iPhone 4S.
Perhaps we should clarify - Chung is using the iPhone 4S to live-blog the event from a photographer’s perspective. This means lots of small, incidental snaps taken and uploaded immediately. We can think of no better device to do that (well, apart from maybe a Nokia PureView 808).
Even then, he’s needed a little help to get his shots. That help comes in the shape of a clip-on Schneider lens (all the better to get a close-up of Michael Phelps making like a salmon) and the popular Snapseed app for tweaking and editing the images.
Some of the results are highly impressive, given the hardware restrictions.
Besides the aforementioned Phelps snap, highlights include a detailed picture of an archer releasing an arrow - with the arrow perfectly captured mid-air. We’re also impressed with the kayaking close-ups, which capture the turbulent swell of the water brilliantly.
Check out all of the results here. It’s amazing what you can do with a modern smartphone (and huge amounts of skill and experience).