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:

  1. 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.

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  2. 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!

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  3. 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

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  4. 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)

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

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  6. 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.

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  7. my flip phone takes lousy shots.

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

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  8. 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

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  9. 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...

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  10. Such gorgeous colour in those beaks!

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  11. 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

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

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

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  14. 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.

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

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  16. 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

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

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  18. 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!

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