As you might have gathered from my last post I'm currently more or less camera-less, and as you might imagine it's not a great position for a photographer to be in. Whilst waiting for the insurance loss adjusters to settle for replacement kit I traveled to Azerbaijan to do some work in the Caspian sea in my other capacity as a freelance commercial oceanographer - the only camera I have with me here is my Iphone 5s which I replaced as soon as I could after the theft. After all, who can live without a mobile phone these days?
I'm constantly amazed by the tiny camera on the Iphone - in certain circumstances and light it can perform really very well. With the right apps installed you can make really interesting images very quickly, turning mundane scenes into interesting images. OK, agreed, I doubt you would be looked upon very warmly if you were to turn up to a paid gig with nothing but a smartphone in your pocket, but to be honest in many circumstances if that was all you had with you it would be possible to turn out perfectly acceptable images. If anyone out there wants to give it a try I'm perfectly willing to help out!
Each image was edited in camera in about 10 seconds in searingly bright sunlight - I'd not argue they are a bit on the HDR/garish side but nonetheless interesting enough to demonstrate a point. Having very little gear should not be seen as a handicap or a reason not to find good images - it's all about finding identifying a subject and looking at it creatively. I see so many photographs that people take with their smartphones that are just plain dull - no subject, no context, no interest, no depth and really no point!