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Uncover Antarctica’s Beauty With OPPO’s Film Series With Michaela Skovranova

Antarctica

Award-winning Australian photographer and filmmaker, Michaela Skovranova ventured out into the ice and snow of the coldest desert in the world in Antarctica to capture the natural beauty of its vast plains, its wilderness and its immense scenery. With only a Find X2 Pro smartphone, she captured the most stunning of imagery and footage that was made into a film series called ‘Uncover Antarctica’.

OPPO collaborated with Skovranova to show how powerful the Find X2 Pro is. Pushing it to the very limit, the phone withstood some of the harshest conditions, from minus degree temperatures, strong and heavy winds, and ice and snow; and still managed to produce some incredible-looking footage.

Michaela Skovranova
Award-winning Australian photographer and filmmaker, Michaela Skovranova

She did so by using the phone’s greatest features including its Ultra Vision Camera System with a zooming capacity of up to 60x, its Ultra Steady Mode 2.0 for even the roughest of environments, its 120Hz Ultra Vision Display for top-grade image reproduction, and Ultra Night Mode for when it’s dark. In fact, Antarctica is completely dark for six months of the year, so that mode, in particular, is very handy.

The result of Skovranova’s journey is a beautiful film series that takes viewers to some of the white continent’s most breathtaking sceneries both above and below the ice thanks to its splash, water and dust resistance. All of this was captured on a smartphone.

Michael Tran, OPPO Australia Managing Director says, “I was genuinely blown away by the footage and what the crew managed to achieve in such tough conditions.”

“The camera sensors allowed me to take photos that I never thought possible with a smartphone. It’s simply spellbinding when a humpback whale takes a deep breath and dives back into the water. And thanks to the always-ready smartphone, I didn’t miss a single moment,” says Skovranova.

Here are some of the features that Skovranova used throughout to capture the finest of details:

10x Hybrid Zoom

Going from this…

Antarctica, Find X2 Pro
Photo by Michaela Skovranova @mishkusk | Iceberg is floating mass of freshwater ice that has broken from a glacier or an ice shelf. Icebergs can drift for hundreds of kilometres into warmer waters where they eventually melt. Scientists estimate the lifespan of an iceberg, from first snowfall on a glacier to final melting in the ocean, to be as long as 3,000 years. Oppo Uncover Antarctica

To this – in one simple action.

Antarctica, OPPO, Find X2 Mate
Photo by Michaela Skovranova @mishkusk | Iceberg is floating mass of freshwater ice that has broken from a glacier or an ice shelf. Icebergs can drift for hundreds of kilometres into warmer waters where they eventually melt. Scientists estimate the lifespan of an iceberg, from first snowfall on a glacier to final melting in the ocean, to be as long as 3,000 years. Oppo Uncover Antarctica

“Spotting the first icebergs in the sea definitely stirred up some emotion in me. And this is why it is even more important to use the right features to capture moments like this. The 10x Hybrid Zoom can achieve a precision that I – as an experienced filmmaker and photographer – would never have thought possible. It’s simply spellbinding when you zoom in and discover details of the icy structure or birds in nosedive across the picture. Colour temperature sensing and image fusion algorithms combined with the 10x Hybrid Zoom don’t let you miss a single bit of the action,”

says Skovranova

48-MP ultra-wide-angle lens

For when you want to capture more in your shot.

Antarctica, OPPO, Find X2 Pro
Photo by Michaela Skovranova @mishkusk | A Gentoo Penguin inspects it’s surrounds prior to heading out to sea to feed. Adults can spend the entire day hunting. When searching for prey, which includes fish, squid, and krill, they can remain underwater for up to seven minutes.

“I really like the impressive large and clear field of view with a maximum wide angle of 120 degrees. It can capture an even wider range of scenery without any distortion – and all in high definition. The depth of field is already very high at a low f-stop. This means that the double 48-MP lenses capture images with continuous sharpness from foreground to background as with the group of gigantic ice rocks that rise majestically out of the water. I was using the ultra-wide angle every day during the trip and I believe it could be one of the most favourite features for every travel enthusiast”

The ‘Uncover Antarctica’ film will play on National Geographic and Disney+ from ​June 9 to August 18th 2020.

Emeric Brard

Written by Emeric Brard

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