Much has been written about the advantages of always having a camera with you: freedom to exercise your craft at all times, the opportunity to capture “the decisive moment”, and so on. But the greatest benefit is the one that’s least discussed: giving a husband something to do while his wife shops for shoes.
This benefit is often attributed to Ansel Adams himself, whose wife had a nose for sales and a penchant for Birkenstocks.
I’m sure it was much more strenuous for Ansel, if he carried one of his typical outfits: a Hasselblad camera, six lenses, filters, flash and bulbs. I find myself burdened with merely an iPhone on my belt, but of course there’s no comparison in the results.
This photo was taken with the Camera+ app on an iPhone 4, at f/2.8, 1/17sec, ISO 125. Filters applied are Clarity and Lo-Fi with an Instant border.
Of course, with all that gear, old Ansel couldn’t offer much assistance to Mrs. Adams, who probably had to carry all of her own shopping out to the car. Lucky Ansel.
Hmmm. I wonder what a Hasselblad, six lenses, filters, flash and bulbs cost these days?
– Posted by Ed