A Pocket Digital, My Traveling Companion
Since I travel a lot by myself,
I've learned that I just can't get along without a toothbrush
and my little digital camera. Sure, I've got the big toys, too,
but it's not like having a little camera in your pocket for when
you need a friend.
My story begins as I was taking my sunrise walk around the top deck of the Imagination. We were visiting Key West on our first stop. I got up early enough to catch the first light of dawn. It was a golden glow that I will remember for the rest of my life. Why? Because I had my S40 in my pocket to capture these two fishing boats going to sea.
How could I possibly describe the excitement I felt when the rising sun tinted the clouds with its golden glow? And to see it on the two boats was just too much for me to expect. In a matter of seconds I had the image indelibly etched for a lifetime of enjoyment. I don't think that the people on the two boats or anyone on my ship saw the beauty of it all. But I did and because my camera was with me you can enjoy it now, too.
My camera was set to record large files, even though it will also record the images on RAW files. The RAW files allow the pictures to be processed in the computer, rather than in the camera. It gives you much more flexibility with your images, although it takes more space and battery power. To tell you the truth, I never expected to get such incredible results with this camera--the very first time I was using it--or, maybe, I would have photographed RAW. In any case, the files from this pocket camera are still as large as I was used to getting from my larger camera, before I got the D60.
A few moments later when I was having breakfast the exact same scene looked entirely different. With the camera still in my pocket I captured it again. I was hooked on the pocket digital that first time I started carrying it with me. This time I selected some colors from the image and put a little matting around the photograph.
Just the very next morning
I was up on the Sports Deck of the ship when the sun rose near Cozumel,
Mexico. Each time around the track I watched the sky change. I knew my
camera was in my pocket, but I was trying to stay "on track"
with my walking. Hey, when you see a scene like this you just gotta stop
for a picture.
Okay, I was bitten, smitten,
and sold. Wherever I go from now on, you can be certain that you'll
find my pocket digital with me. And so it was an hour or so later when
I walked off the ship on my way to "shoppers' paradise."
Well, I didn't get too far before I had to stop and take another
picture. From the pier down below, the bow of the Imagination looked awesome.
The blue and white of the ship against the blue and white of the sky was
too much to pass by without whipping out my little camera.
On my way into town my cab
driver dropped me off at a new mall. It was so early in the morning there
was no one there. The shops weren't open yet, but with my camera
in hand, I looked at the shadows and light before I looked in the windows.
I saw another picture and went for it. Now, you have to know that this
was something different for me. To look at shapes and shadows before looking
into the windows of these gorgeous shops is something brand new for me!
It was a quiet morning. The
stores were beginning to open and the salesmen were already on the street
enticing the vacationers to come inside their shops to take advantage
of the specials that they were offering, "Today only!" I felt
that there was time for that, but that time wouldn't stand still
for what was happening to my left. It was as if I were seeing the Cozumel
waterfront for the first time.
I know that some photographers
have the luxury of visiting a selected site over and over again to find
the perfect light and the perfect time of day. However, I was in town
only for an hour or so before I had to return to the ship for work. I
was determined though that I would find more pictures that morning.
Exposure? Shutter speed? I
can probably tell you by looking at the files in my computer, but to tell
you the truth I had the camera set to do everything automatically. The
camera was virtually a point-and-shoot. Of course, you still have to find
the right "something" to point it at!
Every time I walk through the
streets of Cozumel and other ports of call I see airbrush painters doing
their thing for passers-by. This time, however, knowing that my camera
was still in my pocket I was seeing things more acutely. Without anyone
ever noticing me I caught this typical scene, put the camera back in my
pocket and continued walking. It was done--signed, sealed, and delivered.