This photo was taken with what I consider to be the greatest camera in the world. Hands down.
And why would I say this was taken with the greatest camera in the world?
It’s not the sharpest photo. It’s not the clearest photo. The dynamic range of the picture sucks, and I don’t have a RAW file to make edits with. The colors are muddy, and in hindsight, I would have spent some time with speedlites making that silhouette sharper.
This is why -
I was outside playing with Dylan, my 2 and a bit year old son, when he went on a wander up the hill to our front lawn. It was about 6pm on a gorgeous August evening and the sun was setting behind him. We both heard an engine noise, and looking up we saw a small prop plane circling around, getting ready to come down and land at our local small airport.
As we watched, the picture formed in my mind .. I knew he’d only be interested for a few moments, not enough time to run into the house to grab either my DSLR or my high end point and shoot. If I went looking for my speedlites and light stands, he would have got bored and wandered off, or the plane would have landed. The memory card for my DSLR was in my computer, so I’d have had to go find that. Would I have shot this with a wide angle lens, or moved back and zoomed in with a telephoto?
If I spent any time at all thinking about those things, or hunting for that equipment, I’d have lost the shot. It’s not a shot I can recreate again either. Dylan won’t stare at the sky for me for long, and that sunset will, eventually, set.
So, this photo was taken on an iPhone 3Gs. It was in my pocket. I used the Camera+ app, and even just waiting for that to open almost lost the shot for me. Sure, I’ll never be blowing this up to a large canvas print (I’d love to), but at least I have it – that moment in time – my two year old boy looking to the sky.
Never forget, it’s not the gear, it’s not the camera, it’s not the equipment – use whatever you have to hand, and don’t miss the moment.