The BEST CAMERA is the one with you

THE BEST CAMERA IS THE ONE THAT IS WITH YOU – AGAIN

Back on 21 May 2007, I had mentioned that the best camera is the one that is with you…and now I’m saying it again. 

Here’s the link to the Article where I mentioned "The Best Camera is the one with you!"  This post recalls the time I hopped out of my car and got the photo of the very tall, interesting bike, and I took the shot with my carry around camera (a Canon Powershot).

I may have mentioned this back in 2007, but I was reminded about carrying around a camera all the time, from a Brooks Jensen podcast.  And, I’m sure this bit of advice has gone around, many, many times prior, by Photographers through the ages. 

Before that, I’m pretty sure that cave people were saying:

“Ugh!  The best wall carving tool is the one I have with me!  So where the hell did I put it?  I just saw an awesome takedown by a Saber Tooth, and I need to record it before I forget the details!”

Chase Jarvis recently came out with a book about THE BEST CAMERA philosophy, and he does a lot of work with the iPhone.

My carry around all the time camera is my SAMSUNG Phone.  It may only be 2MP, but it is sure better to take inspiring scenes with my Camera Phone than just making the “CLICK” SOUND with my mouth and have nothing to show for it:  Am I right or what!

I just wanted to finally put some of the photos I’ve taken with my SAMSUNG Phone Camera:

“ABSTRACT” PHOTOGRAPHY:

ABSTRACT #11-2009nnp ABSTRACT #1-2009nnp ABSTRACT #2-2009nnp ABSTRACT #3-2009nnp ABSTRACT #4-2009nnp ABSTRACT #6-2009nnp ABSTRACT #7-2009nnp ABSTRACT #8-2009nnp ABSTRACT #9-2009nnp ABSTRACT #10-2009nnp

 

“GREEN” PHOTOGRAPHY

GREEN #3-2009BWnnp GREEN #1-2009nnp

 

“METAL” PHOTOGRAPHY

NO ENTRY - TREE, 2009nnp METAL #1-2009, B&WNNP Metal Railing #1-2009NNP

 

“SHIPS, SEA & SKY” PHOTOGRAPHY

Ship Chain, No2 , NNP AT THE DOCK, #1, NNP CLOUDS, #1, NNP P, UNDAN, #2, NNP P, UNDAN, #3, NNP P, UNDAN, NNP

 

“RAIN” PHOTOGRAPHY

RAIN #1-2009nnp

 

That’s all for now.  I see “photographs” (in my mind’s eye) all around me: It is a blessing when I have a camera with me, but it is a curse when I don’t.  However, now, I always have a camera with me, and it doesn’t matter that it is just my 2.1MP Phone Camera. 

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Double Decker Bike Rider in Penang

 

Double Decker Bike Rider in Penang, by Nawfal Nur

Today proved that the “best camera” you have is the one that you remembered to bring with you!

I had just picked up my kids from school and was on my way back to Tg. Tokong, looking for Nasi Kandar – not the best thing to do around 3pm (the food is not as hot or fresh at that time – IMHO), but we looked around anyway. Then, out of nowhere came two people riding these double decker bikes with all sorts of odds-and-ends strapped in the front, the rear and the sides.

They passed me by once and I thought, “Man, I got my camera…I need to get a shot of one of them,” but traffic was bad and they were headed in the opposite direction.

We didn’t find any nasi kandar open near Hillside at that time of day, but we did see a Malay food stall in operation near the reclamation project. So, we turned the car around and headed back.

Low and behold, there were the two bikers and they were headed in the same direction I was going. I sped up a little observing all traffic safety rules and regulations, of course, and overtook the two bikers, and pulled off to the side of the road about 50 meters ahead of them.

As I was getting my camera out of my Crumpler, one of the bikers blew right by me, but the girl biker was a little behind, so I had one chance, at least, to get a photo.

I quickly set my camera on Aperture Priority (I wanted good depth-of-field) and checked the shutter speed. It was a nice bright, yet overcast afternoon; nevertheless, I was able to manage a 1/250 second shutter speed – enough for this situation.

BLAMO!” Well, my camera doesn’t actually speak, but I pushed the shutter button and got one shot.

I think she was totally oblivious to me taking her picture as she rode by: She was listening to music as she peddled head & shoulders above everyone on that very high bike.

What this pair appeared to have done was to weld another bike frame to one with wheels. They peddle using the peddle from the top bike so the chain goes vertical down to the bottom frame. The steering mechanism is attached from the top frame to the bottom frame.

I’m just wondering how they started out their ride. I would suspect, they have to use a chair or ladder to get on and then never stop until they get to where they want to go and make sure they time the traffic lights; or that is, blaze on right through the red lights like so many of the Penang motorbike riders do, ignoring most traffic laws…but that’s another issue.

Yes, indeed, the best camera in your stable of cameras is the one that you have with you!