Thursday, February 27, 2020

The camera you have with you

I had to cover a city meeting tonight for the paper. After supper, I put on my jacket and headed out. Arriving early, I sat in the truck listening to a book by Walter Mosley.  

I didn't sleep well last night so I've been dragging today. I rolled the window down to let some cool air stir. It felt refreshing on my face.

When I glanced at the sky, I could see the moon with Venus on its coat tail. It was a quarter moon, and if I'd had my big camera with me I could have placed it on a tripod and gotten a much better picture. But I'd left it at home.

Pulling the phone from my pocket, I noticed that light from the city hall provided foreground light in the trees near the street.

The picture made the moon look full, but the light in the trees in the foreground looks surrealistic.

I'm not sure I would have noticed that if I'd had the professional camera. I read once that the best camera in the world is the one you have with you. I tend to agree.


  1. Some cameras are better than others but as you say, the camera you have with you is the best one.

  2. Intriguing photo.
    And yes, the camera you don't have with you is worse than useless.

  3. Interesting. Moon looks full yet tiny. I've never been able to pick out a planet in the sky, of course in Jersey we have so much artificial light we miss out on good sky gazing.

    1. Hey Joe, I have an ap on my phone and I just point the phone camera at the sky and it tells me what I’m seeing.
      I use it all the time.

  4. HA! That is a better pic than I would have taken with my fancy Nikon (which I never learned to use). :-O.

  5. I love the fact that I always have a camera with me. We'd miss a lot of good pictures if we didn't . You did a goo job of getting tht shot.

  6. Such a cool pic! I've been wrestling with the idea of getting a new, more expensive phone just for the camera! I love my big camera but the phone sure is easier to tote!


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