10 Reasons your next travel partner should be a smartphone

Inspired by nature, three photographers capture North America with the OnePlus 7 Pro.
Photograph by Carlton Ward Jr., Shot on a OnePlus 7 Pro

Suspended Light

Dawn along the Northern California Coast offers budding photographers an ideal scene for practicing landscape shots. Morning ocean fogs roll in to blanket coastal hills and beautiful shapes and textures are revealed by the sunlight.

From December to May, thousands of Grey whales can be seen from shore migrating southward for the summer.

It’s worth spending extra time and effort to capture a unique angle and unearth details that would otherwise go unnoticed. Seen from an aerial perspective, the interesting shapes of the landscape and river emerge to capture the imagination.


Photograph by Andy Bardon, Shot on a OnePlus 7 Pro
Sierra Nevada

Dramatic Skies

Part of the America Cordillera, the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains are some of the most beautiful peaks in the world, especially when seen at first light.

Home to three national parks, two national monuments, and 26 wilderness areas, the mountains stretch across more than 395 miles north to suth. The gargantuan western slopes of the Sierra Nevada also feed the two largest rivers in California, forming the Central Valley and San Francisco Bay.

Seeking out cloudy weather and stormy skies can often make for more interesting photographs. Remember to bring a tripod and use a timer to make this type of landscape with your phone.

Photograph by Andy Bardon, Shot on a OnePlus 7 Pro
Hunter canyon

Unaltered State

Utah’s breathtaking landscapes are some of the most geologically unique in the world. The Colorado Plateau area—which also covers parts of Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico—has remained relatively undisturbed for around 600 million years.

The high desert, dotted with monoliths, arroyos, and cliffs, is enjoyed by thousands of hikers every year although the summer months can become uncomfortably hot. Ravines, such as Hunter Canyon situated just outside the town of Moab, make for some spectacular landscape photography.

Photograph by Krystle Wright, Shot on a OnePlus 7 Pro

Water in Motion

Oregon’s waterways boast at least 283 waterfalls across the Beaver State’s diverse landscape. Among them, Toketee Falls on the North Umpqua river is arguably one of the more well known. Oregon’s vast hydroelectric power infrastructure effects the flow of water over the falls; hydroelectric power is one of the main drivers of the state’s economy.

There are many ways to capture a landscape. Shoot your safe shots first then play around and experiment. Today’s mobile era gives every photographer flexibility to work with motion.

Photograh by Krystle Wright, Shot on a OnePlus 7 Pro

Island Maze

The 10,000 Islands of the National Wildlife Refuge and Everglades National Park near Naples, Florida, are the largest protected mangrove coastline in the Western hemisphere. A vital habitat for marine and estuary species, the area is also an essential buffer against rising sea levels.

The wildlife refuge serves as a nursery for multiple species of animals, fish and plants including the endangered Florida manatee. Over 200 bird and 200 fish species also call the area home, using the largely uninhabited mangrove islands to breed, as well as protection from the elements.

The image was shot from above in a Cessna 172 aircraft where the Everglades transitions into the Gulf of Mexico, where light weight mobile equipment maneuvers best.


Photograph by Carlton Ward Jr., Shot on a OnePlus 7 Pro

Standing Proud

A Great Blue Heron poses for the camera next to a mangrove coastline in the historic working waterfront and commercial fishing community of Cortez, Florida.

These majestic birds call a vast swathe of northern and central America home and their range extends as far as the Caribbean and even on to Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands. The largest of the North American herons, they range in height from 36-54 inches with a wingspan of anywhere between 66-79 inches.

Photograph by Carlton Ward Jr., Shot on a OnePlus 7 Pro

Sunshine Harvest

It’s perhaps no surprise that the Sunshine State is renowned for its citrus harvest. From October to as late as June, producers across the Florida peninsula harvest what equates to more than 70 per cent of the United States’ supply of citrus from approximately 74 million citrus trees on 569,000 acres of land.

In this image, a migrant worker from Mexico checks on the Hamlin oranges harvest on a citrus grove on Cypress Creek Ranch, LaBelle. The grove was recently protected by a conservation easement funded by The Nature Conservancy.

Photograph by Carlton Ward Jr., Shot on a OnePlus 7 Pro

On the Trail

Florida’s Big Cypress Reservation is the largest of six reservations owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The 82-square-mile area boasts the 12th largest cattle operation in the country and offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the Seminole people’s culture and history.

Millions of acres in Florida are given over to working cattle ranches, timber farms, orange groves and other types of agriculture that have compatible land use for wildlife.

This image was taken on horseback bringing cattle back to the cow pens on the reservation. A fast shutter speed preserves maximum quality while still allowing you to capture the action.

Photograph by Carlton Ward Jr., Shot on a OnePlus 7 Pro

Big Sky

Seen from a nearby highway, Salt Lake City in Utah seems dwarfed by the snow-capped splendour of the Wasatch Range to the city’s east.

Nestled in the folds of the Salt Lake Valley and bordered by the Oquirrh Mountains to the west, Utah’s capital city sits 4,226 ft above sea level on land that was once part of the ancient bed of Lake Bonneville, an ice age lake of which Salt Lake City’s namesake—The Great Salk Lake–is a remnant.

Often the success of landscape photography is determined by the light. Invest time to witness a landscape change as the light moves throughout the day.

Photograph by Krystle Wright, Shot on a OnePlus 7 Pro

Captivating Heritage

At over 100 years old, Pasco County’s historical stilt houses are one of the last vestiges of Florida’s maritime heritage. The first stilt houses were built between 1916 and 1918, when local fishermen used the houses for shelter and storage as they cast their nets for mullet.

Although small in number, the wooden houses are an icon of the Gulf Coast and harken to simpler times. The stilt house pictured is located near Captiva, in Pasco County.

Photograph by Carlton Ward Jr., Shot on a OnePlus 7 Pro