Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Camera in my Back Pocket

by Kelly

Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes and easy smile is your museum. ~Ansel Adams

Ice chest, clean clothes, my new Southern Living magazine...as I packed up all of the things we would need for our weekend at the lake, the one thing I didn't remember to add to my list was my the charger for my camera battery.

By Saturday afternoon, my camera battery was dead.

At first I was upset, but then I remembered that I almost always have a camera right in my back pocket.

It might sound funny to some that my iPhone isn't my go-to camera.  But the truth is that my 'real' camera is the one I most often to go to take 'real' pictures.  And by that I mean anything that isn't a coffee mug, sunset, selfie, or cocktail. I'm so used to taking my Canon with me everywhere, it's almost as if it's an extension of mind's eye.

I wasn't going to let not having a camera keep me from taking pictures.  And even though it took a minute to get into the groove with my iPhone, I found that I could capture the same kinds of magical moments that I was used to capturing with my Canon.

As I was preparing this post, I went looking for a photography quote.  And you know what??  Not one of them mentioned anything about gear.

The truth of the matter is that the 'camera' is the least important element of photography. My eyes and my heart will always be the lens through which I see the world.

Until next time,



terriporter said...

We are so lucky to live at a time when we can have a camera with us wherever we go! I have had that happen to me where I don't have my big camera and am so glad that my phone is always nearby. However, since I found out how easy it is to transfer my big camera images onto my phone, both for sharing on social media and for sharing with friends in person, I tend to use my big camera most of the time. But boy am I happy when it's not with me that I can use my phone and that it takes great photos! You captured your weekend at the lake beautifully regardless of what camera you were using. Good lesson for all of us that it's not about the equipment!

Carol said...

Oh my gosh, Kelly! You said a mouthful! I love the way you put it -that the quotes don't mention gear. Right on!

heyjudephotography said...

Your photos are dreamy whether you use your phone or your dslr. Wondering how you got the beautiful out of focus water shot using your phone!?!

Roxi Hardegree said...


Sarah Huizenga said...

I know I go back and forth between being in love with one or the other. But that is good, they both keep pushing me forward.

Cathy H. said...

Beautiful spring photos!

Viv@Thoughts from the Desktop said...

Sometimes the camera phone is all you need, the immediacy of it, lovely images Kelly.

kelly said...

thank you all so much for the lovely comments!

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