“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson
As a photographer, particularly one who travels quite a bit, I have several cameras at my disposal.
For the most part I am a Nikon aficionado, though I count a Canon video camera and a Fuji still camera as options when needed. Recently, as I discussed I a previous column, I added a new Nikon, the underwater and heavy duty AW 1, which so far has been exemplary.
|Mokolele Airlines, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii|
But if you follow my posts on Twitter, or Facebook -- or any social media for that matter -- those are not the pictures you're seeing.
Those photos, used to highlight my adventures as they happen, are from my lowly iPad 2 -- which in no way shape or form can boast a VISUAL advantage. But what it does offer is immediacy. The ability to shoot something and post it online, making the iPad's images among the most timely.
|Rockefeller Plaza at Christmastime|
|One of many US Airways flights|
I am aware, and often witness, other travelers and tourists using their iPhone or other smartphones for photography. I disagree that SLRs (those are the cameras with the big interchangeable lenses, as opposed to those which are point-and-shoots) will ever be replaced by cellphones, but recognize their use by the casual photographer. My version of the iPad is not quite even up to those cameras' resolutions, but it handles the requirements I ask of it nicely enough.
|A little bistro in old town Nice, France|
They're the moments in between.
And sometimes those are the moments we need to remember most, particularly when we're traveling.
Below are a handful of other examples of the iPad's adventures...
|The view from our balcony in Rome|
|Sunset in Port Douglas, Queensland|
|Mount Saint Helens|
|The back lot at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood|
|Sunrise in Oakland, California|
|In a hot air balloon over Albuquerque|
|Breakfast scone and reading material, Napa Valley|
|Live band playing, Austin, TX|