Is that a Camera in Your Pocket or are You Just Happy to be in Nature?
This blog is for my badass friend Amy, who tracked a coyote through the snow the other day, eventually finding it and spending some quality adventure time together. She didn't bring her camera that day, but fortunately saved some great images in her mental hard drive. Nevertheless, she kicks herself for not grabbing a camera on the way out the door - I'm sure we can all relate to that. So what to do when we forget the camera or just don't feel like lugging it around?
Until recently I didn't give much thought to the camera I usually have with me. As a "serious" photographer, I couldn't embrace the iPhone camera as anything more than a toy to take embarrassing blackmail shots of friends with. But after seeing another photographer's blog with an array of photos from everything from his iPhone to his Leica, and realizing (at least at web resolution) you couldn't tell the cameras apart unless the pics were labeled, it got me to reexamine the camera in my pocket. What if I actually tried to shoot some good photos with my phone - ones I would be happy to share with the world on my blog? One way to find out. So I took our friend's pup Kaibers for a hike at the park down the road and spent a half hour snapping these shots.
File this under stock keywords winter, somber, death, dreary, darkness, health insurance.
Cropped 1x1 to give that Hasselblad look - which gives me a thought. Now that Hassy is slapping wood grips on Sony point and shoots and charging $7000 for them, how about a Hasselblad Smart Phone? Call it the ipHone. My girlfriend calls me a subgenius - I guess she's right.
Plenty o' detail.
Channeling my Inner Callaghan.
If I were a grub, I'd live here.
Here the iPhone shows some weakness in the dynamic range department as there's a chip of wood at right center that has some clipped highlights. Maybe I should go back and shoot this in the iPhone's HDR mode.
So the answer is, "of course I'm happy to be out in Nature." The camera is already in my hands.