I’ll admit, I’ve always discounted the “one camera, one lens” photography philosophy as a blogging project similar to the 365 projects you see across the photographic blogosphere rather then a true learning opportunity. You know, something photographer bloggers do to write about but with debatable tangible deliverables from the activity.
However, I’m reconsidering my hasty opinions, at least in some cases. For several weeks now I’ve been walking almost every day with our dog Maggie over both hiking and mountain bike trails at a nearby large county park. Because of the unpredictable weather, distances travelled and the uneven terrain we follow, the camera of choice and convenience has become my iPhone4 — a 5mp camera with definite limitations but meeting the one camera, one lens concept.
Weeks into it I’m finding these limitations are making me more conscious and premeditated in my composition and the use of the tiny camera. Clipping of highlights and shadows, almost infinite depth of field and limited details, small pixel count and limited post-cropping — limitations of the camera/lens, but also opportunities to explore…challenges to overcome.
Modern digital cameras, especially the D-SLR’s, are so damn good these days you seldom experience many of these limitation on this scale in “normal” non-extreme photography. It’s taken me back to the days of my first digital camera with it’s 1.5-3mp sensor — except the iPhone is considerably better in most regards. A reset to basics so to speak.
Now, I’m not implying I’m creating any great works of art with the iPhone. But it has become a welcomed and fun learning experience for me – an unexpected one at that.
The above photo is a foggy early morning in the forest shooting into the sun which to some degree overwhelmed the tiny iPhone sensor but in my opinion gives it a interesting disappearing in the distance effect.