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The McLaren 570GT supercar. The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. Two products at the absolute peak of technological performance. I combined the two to see how well I can shoot a road trip across Europe using just the phone

Over 1,500 km (about 930 miles) I traversed mountain passes, hunted down elusive waterfalls and had a terrifying train journey through the heart of the mountain. I came away with a set of images that are extremely impressive for a phone. 

What follows is a gallery of shots I took on my journey, all of which were taken on the Galaxy S9 Plus and edited on the phone using Snapseed and Adobe Lightroom.

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It was amazing cruising around the Swiss Alps on these winding roads. This shot was taken from a video clip I shot by putting the phone on a Manfrotto tripod, giving a view out of the front windscreen.

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I pulled over in a quiet lay-by to get this shot. I took it from a low angle to emphasise the aggressive stance of the car.

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Shooting from behind this time, I applied a slight vignette around the car in Snapseed to draw more attention to it.

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As I climbed higher on the mountain roads, the snow piled up.

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An adorably German town sign.

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The weather wasn't always blue skies, but I like the drama of the dark clouds here.

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I wandered down to this frozen lake to see if there was an opportunity to photograph the car here. Sadly, there were no roads I could use to get the car down, so I took this landscape shot using the panorama mode, using the rocks as foreground interest.

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I loved finding this logging spot. Here, I've used the logs as leading lines, drawing the eye toward the car.

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The 570GT with its wings up. Beautiful.

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Despite the low light, the S9 Plus's wide aperture has still been able to capture a sharp, bright image. I shot in raw and edited the image in Snapseed, boosting contrast to emphasise the curves of the carbon fibre and changing the white balance.

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Shooting low again to give a sporty feel to the car.

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Shooting from behind.

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I like the juxtaposition of the supercar, designed for roads, being seen in this decidedly off-road scenario.

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My view from the road.

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After much searching, I found this spot near the town of Meiringen where I could photograph the car with the mountains in the background.

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And just behind me, this view of the surrounding countryside.

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I wanted to capture my hotel room, too. Here, I used the panorama mode to get a much wider angle than the phone could normally achieve. I had the phone on my tripod in portrait orientation, letting me simply push the phone in an arc to capture an even shot.

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I found another lay-by just off a forest road. I crossed the road and got down low to take this shot -- once the traffic had gone past, of course.

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From the other side of the road, I wandered into the trees to find a way to frame the car with the foliage.

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A nice view down the forest track.

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As some of the mountain passes were closed due to heavy snow, I had to drive the McLaren onto this train, which would take me through the mountain. It was terrifying -- the carriage was barely wider than the car, and the tunnel was pitch black and loud

Not a fun rail journey.

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I found this small waterfall and put the phone into manual shooting mode. I chose a long exposure in order to slightly blur the water spilling down, which gives a real sense of motion.

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A selfie, of course. I like the depth of field effect the phone achieved around me.

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A covered bridge, with some big boulders in the foreground.

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Hi friend!

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I drove back through the Champagne region of France, hoping for some shots of the car in front of beautiful mansions or stunning landscapes full of vines. Instead, the nearest I could get was this Moet & Chandon outbuilding. Oh well.

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A view down a row of grape vines.

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Grapes property of Moet.

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The 570GT, with some delightful alpine context.

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Blue skies and mountains -- a beautiful combination for a supercar road trip.

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Driving through the Black Forest in Germany, there weren't many opportunities to stop and take photos of the car, but I did like this stark tree stump in the snow.

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