It has been a while since I last updated this blog - over a year. In that time, I have found that photography gets more and more difficult, at least being dedicated to taking photographs daily, practicing the art - it takes effort and energy. Moreover it requires you to always be prepared, always ensure you pack a camera with you.
I have a few cameras, that I use regularly: the Canon EOS 6D full-frame I use in the studio and for any ‘serious’ shoots where quality is of the utmost concern. I consider the original Canon EOS M my ‘fun’ or ‘occasional’ camera. And I use a Canon AE-1 film camera very sparingly to attempt to preserve a bit of mystery when taking photos, to be forced to wait until the images are developed later to see what I have captured and ‘hope for the best’.
The big ‘but’ about this is that all of this takes preparation, remembering to account for the extra weight and frankly inconvenience of an item I have to lug around with me for the whole day. Don’t get me wrong; on the days I plan to go out shooting, it is not an inconvenience - I will have the camera in my hand waiting for a photographic opportunity. It is when my day consists of anything not photography centered: this is when it becomes a chore. If I see something I want to snap. I have to reach into my bag, get the camera switched on and compose my shot... alright. It may not seem a palaver but for me it is.
This is where the saying “the best camera there is, is the one you have with you”. It doesn’t quite matter if the money shot you have just managed to grab is taken with a cell phone or with a Hasselblad - if you don’t have a camera with you, you don’t get the shot.
So, like most people in the 21st century I am tied to my mobile phone, currently an iPhone 7 Plus which I in no way mean to endorse but will end up doing so anyway as anytime an iPhone is mentioned, people will complain that you are fanboying... well I guess guilty as charged, whatever. So this is the camera I always have with me. And I have pretty much ditched carrying anything else photography-wise. Gone are the days where (for me) quality is the king/queen. Much like the fidelity wars in audio where companies were selling music and home audio equipment geared towards higher and higher quality and mp3’s basically squashed that war along with a bunch of frequencies nobody but graying audiophiles cared about. The content became king or queen. Who cared if you could get a copy of a track in glorious 96khz where you could hear the vocalist actually scratch his butt between breaths? Someone somewhere could get that track within minutes of discovering it, download it to their iPod, Zune or whatever and get to enjoy the actual content.
So it is with images now; where will that final image end up? Usually Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. Rarely actually printed. The content no matter how small the files size, how poor the actual photography skills, no matter how banal or uninteresting the image is, it is content that is instantly shared with the masses.
i still care about high image quality where it can be controlled as I do with high fidelity music, but to simply continue the act of photography is the most important thing to me. I need to have an image capturing device handy at the highest quality available in the smallest most convenient housing possible.
So I guess this brings me to the images, taken with the eponymous iPhone 7 Plus and its pretty decent camera, edited either within the Photos app or with a variety of other image processing apps such as (infrequently) Adobe’s Lightroom for mobile, Photoshop Mix or Fix, or more frequently Mextures or SKRWT. Again, no endorsement implied but unavoidable, please search on the App Store, I am certain they are available for Android as well as IOS.
While inadvertently plugging Apple’s hardware, I must also give a shout out to IOS 11’s new Live Mode editing that can create short gifs - if gifs were available on this blogging platform I would share the results with you but I can’t - or at least I haven’t tried to find out yet...
Anyway, here are a few examples of the last years worth of incidental photography from around the Quebec region
* Note: this blog Will be continuously updated with new images
September 23rd 2017
Feux d’artifice, Vieux Quebec, August 2017
Birds In The Afternoon Sun, Quebec City, September 2017