Prague city break without my DSLR, oh the shame!
Photographers love nothing more than visiting beautiful locations with camera in hand, and that includes myself! Obviously this is no surprise as capturing pictures is what fuels us. Therefore doing this in a new and fascinating city is a no brainer...
However, on a recent trip to Prague (arguably one of the most visually stimulating cities in the world) this was not to be. I was told in no uncertain terms that I was NOT taking my big bulky professional camera. It was pointed out if I had that with me, we'd be stopping every 5 minutes so I could get THE shot! and to be fair I have to admit it's a fair point, in fact having now visited the city I can say it would most likely have been every 2 minutes as there are so many amazing things to capture.
Ok, so having resigned myself to this fact it was apparent I'd have to make do with other methods, namely my ever present iphone5 camera and my several years old (but still capable) Panasonic DMC-TZ10 point & shoot. I should add I also took along with me the trusty GoPro Hero3+ Black (although I only used this for video).
First off I'll admit I was slightly gutted looking around at all the beautiful architecture and people, without being able to feel the comforting weight of my D800 hanging from my shoulder. However, this feeling passed fairly quickly as I started to explore and really feel the atmosphere of this vibrant and very lively European city. I think if you speak to any photographer no matter how much they love photography they will admit at times they regret they were not able to participate more (in personal events not paid jobs).
Anyway, fast forward a few hours and I'm now exploring the city as a hungry tourist, visually devouring detail after detail storing them in my internal hard drive (brain) as opposed to a removable device I transfer onto the mac later - I'm out of photographer mode and into explorer mode with the occasional photographic tendency!!!
Ok, maybe that last sentence is an exaggeration as I was still taking pictures with my iPhone5 + my point & shoot but it's a very different mindset (or it should be). It's more about holiday snaps and memories of the experience than highly polished images you're going to present to a client and will then represent you and your art form.
I would say in my opinion it's beneficial for your photography if you make the conscious decision to leave the pro gear at home and just enjoy the here and now and make the most of what you're doing. Photography for me is very important and I believe it to be an extension of who I am and allows me to show my creative side, something I'd never been able to express before. But something more important is experiencing life in front of the camera so you may convey this more effectively when behind it... after all if you can't feel it how will you make others?
So what exactly did I manage to capture? Here are a few more images from the trip....
Have you ever made the decision to leave your pro gear when visiting a beautiful location? If so what was your experience, was it a positive one?
Lastly, if you're interested in the video then the following is what I caught with the GoPro Hero3+ Black edition.
Filmed in March 2014 with GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition
Edited using Final Cut Pro X
Music: Birdy (comforting sounds)
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