Smoking barrel


Over the last couple of weeks I have blogged about the fact that I have started to use a Nikon V1 in addition to my iPhone. The standard camera will never replace my iPhone entirely (at least I don’t think).

Here is one of the first images I have captured with my Nikon. Still learning how to get the most from it but we must start somewhere to get anywhere.

Smoking barrel

1. Barbecue smoker at The Rusty Nail
2. Nikon V1
3. Snapseed – Cropping, B&W Contrast, & tiltshift

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2 thoughts on “Smoking barrel

  1. Iphoneography has the advantage of randomness, very unique angles. spontaneity and ease of delivery.

    “ios”ography combines the “post production” piece and “ease of distribution” of iphoneography with the choice of different camera. When shooting some subjects, the eye level viewfinder and optical zoom lens are a better tool for the job. The point of all photography is to walk away with the image you want. The artist should dictate how that is accomplished, not the device.

    Early in my career, 4×5″ sheet film was the norm. You know, big studio cameras with bellows. They are still in fairly wide use today in commercial imaging, but are fading. This is the camera that Ansel Adams used, but many of his negatives were 8×10″, which explains the detail he captured. (Your iphone has a 1/7″ diagonal sensor by comparison) I have found over the years, that for certain subjects… the discipline required in using a “slower” process will actually produce better images. To put it in context, with the hassle of a big camera, and the expense of an 8×10 sheet of film… on a really busy day Ansel might have made 10 exposures. With my digital platforms, 500 exposures in a day is barely even noticed.

    There is even a genre of photo workshop now whereby the photographer shoots for 3 or 4 days, and there is a presentation of work at the end of the workshop. Each photographer is limited to presenting only ONE picture.

    I think whether iphone or some other camera, enjoyment of the art form, and satisfaction of the artist is primary. The devices should obey us, not the other way around.

    1. I agree with you. The ultimate goal in my mind is the image. The tools will often change but the great images still remain. We still look at Ansel Adam’s work in awe but very few photographers are looking to lug his gear around. Hopefully we stay as to true to capturing great images as he did.

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