One thing I noticed on my trip to the UK , specifically London, was the abundance of cameras.
Not just traditional cameras, but smart phone cameras by the thousands. Lots and lots of the newest iPhones. Oddly, in Germany, Austria and throughout Eastern Europe, the use of cell phones was much more uncommon.
Apple is a smart company. They look to building the future of using their products not just adding to products we already have and love. Did you know they have 800 engineers working on just the iPhone? I wonder if my brand of Nikon camera has that many? Many of those engineers concentrate on making the iPhone’s camera a better device.
One thing I most noticed about the range of “picture-taking devices” is how cameras seem to fall into certain age groups. The young kids are the ones most tied to their smart phones. You can look at the camera someone is using and guess to which age group they belong.
I noticed older folks are more often than not, toting around the light-weight, point-and-shoot cameras. Even using iPad’s as cameras. I used mine to write this post.
Middle-aged folks are using “prosumer” DSLRs from big manufacturers like Canon and Nikon.
Those under the age of 30 seem to be predominantly using a smart phone, many with a selfie stick. I even saw a four-year old Japanese boy with a tiny selfie stick with an iPhone on the end. I wonder if he was posting them on social media.
Living in a famous place that is over-run by tourists in the summer, I regularly get the opportunity to do some people watching in Niagara Falls. My travels also are to places that are populated by hoards of tourists. I was particularly observant watching photographers while in the UK. Funny thing is, when I am taking photos, even of people, I try very hard to avoid the people taking photos. Of course in a crowd, that is difficult to do.
I also try to avoid people altogether to make the places I visit seem more inviting, rather than obscuring what I want to photograph that is teeming with tourists. The reality of images in this post had many people mulling around.
A little under exposure almost makes the people disappear at Stonehenge. The first image of the post was taken as night descended upon the Thames. I also focused on the bright and shiny Shard to make the base of that image go further into shadow. People then faded into that darkness.
I could enhance (dodge and burn) these images to make a stronger photo, but I wanted to show what the small P510 could do all by itself. I will straighten a few though when I do the bus photos. Bumpy busses make for crooked images.
In the UK, I only had the small P510 rather than the big and heavy D750. I guess that puts me in the “elderly” group this year. But I also used the phone for some images when we were at dinner. In an upcoming post, I will tell you how this little camera got photos from a fast-moving bus, and how I dealt with window glare.
I think next trip I might just take the phone, though. 😀 It makes me a little self-conscious now seeing all those point and shoots.