Why the iPhone was Perfect for Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park
Every year for the past eight years we’ve traveled to Colorado for Thanksgiving. Our families are small so that makes it simple to pack our things and meet up in one of the most beautiful sections of the U.S. I’ve ever seen.
Call it the photographer’s dilemma, but one thing I used to have a really tough time doing is selecting which camera I was going to bring. That was then, though. Lately, I’ve had no problems with this decision.
One of the reasons for this is that I’ve dedicated myself and my photography to whichever camera I bring, and I’ve told myself that I’ll use whatever I have to the best of my abilities.
Going on as many trips as we have, I’ve become a lot more streamlined in my photographic equipment choices. So when it came time to choose a picture-making tool this year, I went with the simplest and most convenient camera I could think of—my iPhone.
At this point, the iPhone has any photographic feature I could ever want in a camera: it’s quick; the lens is sharp; and it can focus incredibly fast.
These characteristics become paramount in my photographic outings.
On one morning we left before sunrise to see how the early-morning rays would treat the surroundings. It was tough to leave the comfort of bed, but I simply grabbed my phone and headed out the door.
As we walked into the Rocky Mountain National Park, we noticed a variety of cabins and structures that were situated perfectly along a mountain river. Since I enjoy architectural photography, it was fun walking around some of the cabins since they were so simply built, but so effective for their intended purposes.
I enjoyed the speed of the iPhone as I was able to quickly adjust my compositions and framing. The iPhone truly has taken almost all of the hassle out of photography.
The light was gorgeous in the early-morning hours and we had a fantastic time photographing anything we saw and found interesting.
Later on, we decided to go on a group hike toward Cub Lake. As soon as we exited the car we walked toward a roof-covered section of benches from which I laced my hiking boots. As soon as I sat down, two magpies quickly flew over to me and landed.
My iPhone allowed me to respond almost instantaneously and make some pictures of them. The pictures were good, but when I’m photographing, I’m always trying to think, “What can make this photo better.”
There was a trail nearby that I began walking toward, and once I stepped toward a section of the trail one of the magpie landed perfectly on the post, as it was surrounded by some fresh-falling snow. I was able to quickly grab my iPhone and photograph the bird.
It’s not that I couldn’t have made some fine images on this trip out West, but the speed and abilities of the iPhone made the photographic process extremely easy.
Finally, one fantastic and underutilized aspect of the iPhone is it’s ability to capture files that can be printed at a decent size.
Few people make actual prints these days, which is too bad, because having a quality print on the wall is like the ultimate final step for an image.
Most cell-phone cameras, especially the newer ones, can capture files that can be printed easily at 11″x14″, and oftentimes larger.
So, the next time you’re heading out on an adventure, near or far, grab your cell-phone camera and have fun.