I took a walk last week, and saw the first blossom of springtime. I ran to it. Actually, I ran toward it, jumped a water-filled ditch, and then took pictures of it in a strangers yard. They were home when this happened.
It's embarrassing to be so excited, and it's just how I am. I do ridiculous (and sometimes muddy and semi-dangerous) things to take pictures on occasion.
I was so excited when I first saw the flower that I did what we all do, I whipped out my phone and took a picture. Then, realizing I had a heavy camera around my neck, I took a picture with that too. A picture I like better.
The first photo is fine - and looks good on my phone, the second photo is more accurate, and also something I would want to look at more than once - in fact, a client called dibs on it on sight. Both photos were snapshots - I didn't spend time dwelling on how best to present this flower, I was just so happy to see it that I took both pictures as fast as possible: the phone in auto mode, the camera in manual.
I hate carrying things, especially when I'm on walks. So this was a rare just-walking-around-with-a-camera afternoon, and I am glad I brought it. It's easy to think that the smartphone pictures we take are enough, and I certainly have enough of them, but I take better pictures with my camera, and it's worth the effort. I have cute pictures of my son on my phone, pictures I won't delete, but also can't do much with. I know that the phones can take pictures that can be blown up to billboard size, and the like, but it's not same, and I've never wished I took a photo with the phone instead.
Now I just need to remember that, and to take more pictures of the people I love. You'd think that being a photographer I would do this, but I don't tend to. I don't want to be that photographer. On the other hand, I want to have more pictures of the people and things I love.