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Dan Rubin  📷 Photographer + 📐Designer 🌎 London + ✈️ Exploring 📧 hello@danrubin.is ⠀ Find out how the P20 Pro's AI rates your photos ⬇️ (details in latest posts)

Competition time! 🎉 As promised, Huawei's #SparkARenaissance Photo Challenge starts today — the first theme is “A New Renaissance” and one of this week's creative entries will win a P20 Pro.

Your task this week is to reinterpret or recreate a piece of Renaissance art — this can be based around portraits, landscapes, or even mythology. Your creativity is the only other constraint.

I'm currently on holiday visiting family in Florida, a place distinctly lacking in anything directly related to the Renaissance, so for my example image (shot on the P20 Pro), it was time to get creative and focus on what I could make without any of my usual resources or locations. I drew inspiration from late-Renaissance paintings and ballet, and found a relatively plain background so I could focus on the dancer's classical form, and muted colours. I under-exposed so the highlights would fall closer to the middle of the histogram, and used a location in complete shadow so the image would have lower contrast, and softer tones throughout.

The P20 Pro’s AI rated my image 76/100 — I'm fascinated by how the AI interprets aesthetics, so I'm also including one of my alternate images (rated 58/100) so you can see my images are being judged just the same as yours will be!

Now it's time for you to enter your own Renaissance-inspired image! Use the link in my profile to enter — I'm excited to see what you create! 😃


Exploring Palma’s ancient city walls shortly after sunrise ✨

#leicam6 #kodak #portra800 #35mm (dev & scan: @bayeux_ltd <3)

Need to get back to Palma, can’t get enough of these colours and textures…

#leicam6 #kodak #portra800 #35mm (dev & scan: @bayeux_ltd <3)

Palma’s blue skies and dusty colour palette can have me any day 💛🧡💙

#leicam6 #kodak #portra800 #35mm (dev & scan: @bayeux_ltd <3)

Textures and colours and shadow and light for days… ✨

#leicam6 #kodak #portra800 #35mm (dev & scan: @bayeux_ltd <3)

Most of you know about my recent test of the low-light performance of Huawei's P20 Pro — if you're in London, you probably saw my images on the cover of various magazines around the city, too.

It's the most impressive smartphone camera I've used to date, and now I get to give away 5 of them over the next 5 weeks as part of a competition in partnership with Huawei, with a unique twist that got my attention: Competition entries, as well as my own example images for each theme, will be evaluated and rated by the same AI that powers the P20 Pro camera.

I've continued to test the P20 Pro in various conditions on my travels over the last few months (like this 18:9 shot from Palma), including the artificial intelligence built into the camera software. As someone who's advocated for more in-camera AI for years, it's exciting to see what Huawei has built on top of the research conducted by UC Irvine, Adobe Research, and others, and I'm very curious to see how it evaluates my own images over the course of the coming weeks.


To enter the Huawei #SparkaRenaissance Photo Challenge (I'll announce the first theme this Thursday, July 12th), you will need to submit your own photo based on the theme for each week. The P20 Pro's AI will review and rate every entry, and I'll select a winning image each week from the top AI-rated submissions. Each week's winner will receive a P20 Pro (!), plus a chance to win a trip to Florence, Italy, this September!

Check out the link on my profile for more about the competition, and stay tuned for Thursday's announcement of the first theme — good luck! 🙌🏼

#HuaweiNextImage #HuaweiP20Pro

Chasing light in Palma last month. Not sure I could ever get tired of these streets ✨

#leicam6 #kodak #portra800 #35mm (dev & scan: @bayeux_ltd <3)

Akash, 2018 #makeportraits

For @contact_agency

Tish, 2018 #makeportraits

For @contact_agency ✌🏼

Dexter, 2018 #makeportraits

Alice, London

Last of my night shots with the Huawei P20 Pro — super impressed with how it performed, and all these images are JPGs shot on auto, in the default camera app. Excited to see what it can do when shooting on fully manual and RAW next...

London by night (another image from my test shoot with the Huawei P20 Pro).

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