Cameras, Cameras, Everywhere

Tower Bridge, London

Tower Bridge, London

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.


The Shard, London

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.


English Countryside

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.


Snowdonia National Park

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.


Turkish Restaurant

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.

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens


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21 Responses to Cameras, Cameras, Everywhere

  1. David says:

    I like how you handled that first photo, very effective. Don’t know if Nikon’s FX DSLR team has the same number of engineers as those for the iPhone but if the do I’m pretty sure Nikon has fewer assigned to the QC team.

  2. aussiebirder says:

    Lovely to see your pics Donna, it brings back memories of being there last year, we loved it. Looks like we both visited the same places, though the Scottish Highlands were our greatest delight. Yes, Kew Gardens was beautiful and so was Queen Mary’s Gardens in Regents Park with the roses all out.

  3. Bill Thompson says:

    Hi Donna, I have a p510 that I used in Italy along with a Canon 70 D. I’m thinking about acquiring a Nikon d810 and wonder what len(es) you use with your 750, especially the insect photos from the last post. As always, beautiful images!

    • The D810 should be a great camera, but I did not think I needed so many pixels and such huge files. I have a couple of macro lenses, a couple of telephoto lenses, and a wide angle. For insects, I use the 105 macro most or the 28-300. All are FX lenses by Nikon.

  4. Great photos, Donna, as always. No matter what camera you use, the results are magical. Sounds like you had a great trip!

  5. I’m considering using just my phone at the GWA convention and leaving the DSLR at home.

    • I found traveling with the big Nikon has more to do with damage. On two trips, the camera was damaged, so now it stays home. Both times It was the lenses that took the impact. Both lenses OK though.

  6. Denise says:

    I do envy the people with the Smartphones and the light-weight, point-and-shoot cameras when I am on vacation lugging around my heavy camera.

  7. Your photos are beautiful as usual and thanks for the tip on underexposing them. Also, a few years ago after reading one of your posts on your Nikon P510, I purchased the Nikon P520 and absolutely love it. I recently purchased a DSLR, but after a shoulder injury it was too heavy for me so I went back to my P520. The P520 also a much better camera for photographing birds, etc. because of the great zoom.

    • Thank you, Sue. When I underexpose, I usually use exposure compensation. Of course I can just change shutter speed, but find changing EV often does the trick. See why next post. I don’t often use my P510 for bird photography, but you can’t beat the focal length on the lens. The real problem is hand holding the camera at full zoom. It is nearly impossible to get a crisp image. Always soft.

  8. swo8 says:

    Very nice Donna. You captured some lovely photos. I’m not surprised that so many people use their phones for photography now. They do a pretty good job.

  9. Great selection of photos. When I lived in Austria over 15 years ago cell phones weren’t that popular. Everywhere else was jumping on the cellphone bandwagon, just not so much there. So I am not surprised that they still aren’t that popular.

  10. The photos from your trip are beautiful. England in the summer is nice, but I guess August is when most of Europe vacations.

    • Thank you, Carolyn. I think they have national holiday in August. Big events bring in crowds too. The Tattoo and The Fringe (art festival) doubled Edinburgh’s population from 500,000 to twice that. The crowds were not very enjoyable.

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