The Best Camera

February 16, 2019

When wanting to take a photograph, any for instance, but in my case, a landscape photograph, they say that you often need to have the best camera available if you want to take a great photograph. I would argue with that statement many times over. In fact, recently I was in Melbourne CBD, on a Friday evening. We were out celebrating a birthday and had enjoyed a lovely dinner down at a well known restaurant along Southbank, when walking back to the car park the sunset absolutely went off! Everywhere you looked there was amazing colours and the landscape looked beautiful. There are also times when we should just stop and enjoy what nature has to show us, without worrying about taking that amazing landscape photograph. We can become so focused on capturing the memory we don’t actually have a chance to enjoy it. 

It is amazing how only a matter of 30 minutes prior, the sun had been still well above the horizon and we were enjoying a beautiful blue sky, and that rapidly changed into a spectacular show of bright pinks and oranges and all shades in between.

Yarra River Melbourne at Sunset

Naturally I wished deep down that I had been prepared for the sunset, that I had been waiting along Queens Bridge or somewhere nearby ready to capture the sunset, but I did have an amazing night out with family instead. Next time I’ll be sure to have all of my camera gear so I can take that perfect Melbourne Landscape Photograph!

So as we were walking back I stopped at a few places along the way and took photos with my iPhone XS. Now this is far from the quality of my full frame Canon 5D Mark IV but it actually was the best camera that I had on me. It was the ONLY camera that I had on me, and I guess that is where this post is going. That the best camera is usually the one that you have with you.

Federation Square Melbourne – Sunset

The iPhone and other smartphones have come a huge way in terms of the way they process colours and the computer learning of a scene is amazing. You will most likely be able to take a great photograph most of the time. Would I use it as my main landscape photography camera? Of course not, it will never be able to produce prints that are the same quality I expect when producing high quality landscape prints, but to record a memory, post it on Facebook or Instagram or share with friends and family, it is perfect.

This is the photograph I was really happy to take, just as I was quickly crossing the road! I think it showcases Melbourne really well also, with the tram in the front, Federation Square to the left and down Flinders Street there is our landmark station. There are so many beautiful places in Melbourne to take Landscape Photographs of!

Flinders Street Melbourne at Sunset

So remember, you may be missing that heavy digital SLR camera when you see the perfect scene, but at least make sure you remember you have that smart phone in your pocket which if used correctly will still allow you to create an excellent result and keep the memory of that special moment. Happy Shooting.

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