There is so much that I enjoy about photography. What drives me is to continue to improve my skills, and create better images; but that is just the cherry on the cake. I enjoy reading about it, looking at other people's images, hanging images on my walls, and exploring the world with a camera in hand, regardless of whether I even take a photo or not...
But I particular like the gear and the gadgets. It feels odd to say, since a love of photography should be more about the images than the gear right? But the gear is part of the joy for me. The look of it, the weight of it, the complexity and the magic. When considering what cameras to buy, the ergonomics and the feel of pressing the shutter come into play just as much as the quality and features!
So, it is helpful to remind myself every so often that decent images can still be taken with the iPhone in my pocket. Even if it's not what I would choose to take with me on a hike, the best camera is the one that you have on you as the adage goes.
Despite this, I've taken very few images on my iPhone that I would consider a favourite. I'm not entirely sure why. I do, however, have one. Christmas 2019, before the world went crazy, the company I work for organised a department party on the South side of the Thames, overlooking the river.
The weather was frightful, but as I was in the area early I decided to walk from Liverpool Street station. Crossing London Bridge the rain started to ease, and by the time I was approaching my destination the sun was out. First to arrive, I headed out onto the balcony to this view ...
I've not seen a rainbow over the City before, and if I hadn't had my phone on me, I would have missed this image.
No doubt, with the pace of construction, the skyline is already out of date. But having worked in the City of London for my whole career so far, this is an image that will serve as a nice reminder of my time there.
It also happens to be the first image that sold when I submitted a number of images to a microstock site last year. The only iPhone image of the bunch.
Just a reminder to always be on the look out, and to have a camera with you at all times - even if just a phone!