Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The camera you have...

I cant claim to be indifferent to conversations about camera gear - but in the end I do find the endless fixation with focal lengths, shutter speeds and ISOs to miss the point.  The first thing you need is a vision of the picture you want, and then you use the gear you have to produce it.  Or produce a picture as close to it as you can.

I was out for a walk recently - actually looking for fishing spots - when I saw these Australasian Swamphens on a fence.  The only camera I had with me was on my phone.  These are the images I managed to make.




I really like the middle one of these pictures.  More pictures from around the world at Our World Tuesday.  SM

18 comments:

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I keep hitting burst by accident when using my phone...I end up with a thousand pictures....and if they were even half as good as yours here I wouldn’t mind that so much.

Lea said...

You are so right - do the best you can with what you have, and you did very well!
Your Swamphens look like a slimmer version of our American Coots
Have a wonderful week!

Richard Pegler said...

Great phone images, Stewart. You probably wouldn't have done any better with full 'pro' equipment. My phone's quite old now, but I find an app called 'Camera FV-5' gives me SLR-like control of the camera functions including exposure compensation, ISO, white balance, etc. A great tool.

There ya go - I'm talking cameras - sorry !!!!

Best wishes - - Richard

carol l mckenna said...

I agree ~ it is like anything if you don't have a creative eye ~ camera doesn't matter ~ unless you are out to 'dazzle' with editing ~ Great shots of nature's gems ~

Happy Week to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Missy George said...

phone cameras have made everyone a photographer..Nice shots Stewart!!

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

I sort of do the opposite because I can't afford lenses and things - so I learn what my camera can do and follow its lead.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

my flip phone takes lousy shots.

(I often get better shots with my old Canon than I do my pricy Nikon)

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
this is so true, Stewart. Having been down the advanced photo level, as well as the point and shoot level of equipment, I now have something in between, with the fixed-lens DSLR 'bridge' camera. It is cumbersome though, and not as sharp as I would like it to be. Am thinking of purchasing another wee pocket camera just for local walkabouts. The digital age has ensured that, with a good eye and a thorough understanding of photographic principles, the equipment itself is not the barrier! YAM xx

BumbleVee said...

I got some pretty great pics with my little point and shoot camera...I now have something a bit more high falutin' ... don't know much about it and too lazy to learn I guess.... never use much except the Autofocus ...mostly with birds because they are too darn quick...if I waste time trying to set it manually .... they're gone! .. just click and click and keep clicking I say. Sometimes I make some great finds when I download them all.
Come on over to see my bobcat babies I got through my neighbour's basement window...

Marie Smith said...

Such gorgeous colour in those beaks!

Nora said...

Wonderful shots from the phone! I just wish my phone had a long zoom on it and it would be perfect! I used to chat about all the camera settings but now I just point and shoot and hope it turns out! cheers, Nora

K V V S MURTHY said...

We do not have such kind of birds in our place.Have a nice day.

Lady Fi said...

Agreed - it's your eye that matters! Great shots.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Stewart!:) I agree! I love these shots taken with your phone. Such colourful birds! I looked for Swamphens in our wetlands in the Algarve, but wasn't as lucky as you, but I would have used my point and shoot method, which has served me well over the years, and I'm absolutely fine with it. I'm no expert, but I am a nature lover, and do the best I can with my hand held camera.

Klara said...

very nice shots. interesting looking birds, I haven't seen anything like that.

Rhodesia said...

Great phone shots. My phone has no idea what the internet or a camera is, but my husband has just 'splashed' out on a new phone and the couple of times I have used it, the photos are reasonable quality. Think they have improved a lot. Cheers Diane

Linda W. said...

Yup - the best camera is the one you have with you!

David Gascoigne said...

The quality of the images on a phone are getting to be so good that pretty soon we will all be getting rid of our cameras!