One morning I decided to head out bright and early for a sunrise ride through Griffith Park. Some flats, some climbs, cool air and the roads almost completely to myself. Just me and my Fuji Bikes road bike. Not a bad way to start the day. When I finished a decent down one side of the park and got on this road the sun, as it shined on the road and through the trees, was so striking that I decided to pull over and grab some shots of the view. I left my a6000 at home this time but that didn’t mean I was without a good camera. I pulled my trusty iPhone from my jersey pocket and began taking some shots. Just then I heard the whirring of bicycle wheels and gears changing behind me so I kept my composition and waited for this fellow cyclist to ride by and through the frame. Not that I wasn’t already happy to be up and riding but getting this shot added some nice icing on the cake. I processed this photo in Snapseed for some basic color corrections and then used vscocam for this nice filter and some minor tweaking.
It’s often said by photographers, “The best camera is the one you have with you”. It’s a saying that I totally agree with, and at the same time, the way technology is progressing into the future, camera technology is just so good regardless of where the camera is attached. Take this image for instance, taken with my iPhone. Now to be clear, I could care less about Android vs iPhone. They’re both fine tools, but the point I want to get to is that mobile phone cameras have advanced to the point where photos like this are possible. And furthermore, the editing apps that are available on smartphones make processing so easy, yet are such powerful tools that there really are no true limitations to what kind of photo one could take with a phone. Of course, it’s not a camera I’d use for the Milky Way (though I always try) but having a camera of this quality in a mobile device just makes photography a lot of fun on several levels. So whether you have a DSLR, a mirrorless camera, a phone or a tablet, keep shooting and have fun doing it!