My hobbies are neither photography nor travel, those two passions compose my life. There are days when I am in full on photographer mode, lugging my Mamiya 645, tripod and dslr around, backpack full of lenses and film. Then there are days when I am a traveler, climbing ten plus miles, loaded down with water and granola. Most days, however, I am some sort of mixture of both. While gear is important, it has proven difficult to traverse to the locations I want to shoot with a 4×5 slung across my back (trust me I’ve tried). For the longest time I was on the search for a small but mighty camera, both for film and digital. Eventually, just before a trip to Ireland in May of 2015, these needs were met. I got a Nikon One Touch for under four bucks at a GoodWill for my color film point and shoot needs and a Sony DSC-RX100M IV Cyber-Shot for my digital ones. I love the way the Nikon handles light and am amazed by the image quality of the Sony. My Cyber-Shot operates in manual and is a great option for the photographer who wants a high quality camera without having to lug around a suitcase of lenses (click on the camera below for more info).
Recently, I was introduced to another incredible camera perfect for people like me: traveling photographers who refuse to give up one for the other. Light is an amazing company offering a crazy good compact camera. I recently found out about their #VantagePoint project where bloggers speak about their favorite photos from their favorite places and what equipment meant to that process and decided to join in the conversation.
I am taking you back to Ireland where I shot both my favorite film and digital image (on the One Touch and Cyber-Shot). Both were made as I was wondering aimlessly through pastures in the countryside, thinking thoughts and singing songs. It was lightweight equipment that made these images possible, because it was lightweight equipment that allowed me to walk the miles necessary to find these two moments worthy of immortalizing. Good quality, portable cameras allowing me to be an adventurer and a photographer rolled up into one. While I am not a gear junkie, I will be the first to admit that it is incredibly important to find the equipment that works best for you and your workflow.
I would love to hear about your favorite pictures from your favorite places in the comments below and while you’re online be sure to check out Light.