This is kinda funny. I was talking to a neighbor named Al yesterday at our annual neighborhood block party, and he said that he takes a lot of pictures with his Droid phone. He said he owns a bigger camera but he seldom has it with him, whereas the Droid is always in his pocket, always handy.
I have the opposite problem. Let me 'splain.
In the parking lot of the local supermarket, also yesterday (I was buying mass quantities of potato chips, my contribution to the block party), I encountered a gorgeous Sedan Delivery, vintage 1954. (If you don't know what a Sedan Delivery is, or if you think it's a Neil Young song, here's a picture of a 1949 model.) It was beautifully restored, cream over green, with a "Chevrolet Parts" logo on the panel. I pulled up next to the passenger side and had a short conversation with the lady in the passenger seat. I asked her to pass along my compliments to her husband, who was in the store at the time. He did the restoration. He did a beautiful job.
All the while, I was wishing I had a camera with me. I even considered rushing home to get one.
Also all the while, my iPhone 4s was in the top pocket of my shirt.
This happens to me more often than not. I find myself really wishing I had a camera with me, and it never even occurs to me that...I do.
Like I say, kinda funny.
I never owned a cell phone until about 2009—I was a very late adopter. I suppose I'll get used to it eventually.
Meanwhile, I guess I'd better remember to take the camera along when I go out!
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Featured Comment by Alan: "Thanks Mike for educating an Englishman. I did think it was a Neil Young song!"
Mike replies: Well, it is. But Neil often sings about cars, as he did in his greatest car song, "Long May You Run," which was written about a 1948 Buick Roadmaster hearse.
Featured Comment by Marcin Wuu: "Uh...I find your story not surprising at all. The iPhone is so much not a camera...."
Featured Comment by Michael Farrell: "Not a hipster, nor a company pitchman, but can I just say that 'Hipstamatic' is the first of these camera apps that I actually enjoy using. Sensible interface and a lovely antique look to the pictures."
Reply from David A. Goldfarb: "I'm liking 'Hueless' lately as my iPhone camera app of choice. It shoots B&W with adjustable focus, exposure, and filtration."
Featured Comment by Bill Mitchell: "I've carried a pocket camera with me since about 1957. First, a progression of Minox models, then an Olympus XA. Switched to digital with a Minolta Xt (3 MP) in 2003, a Sony T100 (8 MP) in 2007, and, after trying a large succession of unsatisfactory camera, last week got a Sony RX100 (20 MP), which I expect to be with me for a long, long time. In looking over my images for the last several years, I've discovered that at least 90% of my keepers were made with the pocket cameras, not the DSLR."
Featured Comment by Jack Nelson: "I had a Sedan Delivery way back in my college days. It had been my father's service van and then I had it for a year. My favorite 'car' by far. Many good times with many people in that vehicle."
Featured Comment by Manuel: "Not a matter of habit. It's just that you don't think of your cell phone as a camera. And neither do I. People have called me old-fashioned, narrow-minded and bigoted for this, but who cares? There's just no substitute for a real camera."
Featured Comment by Miku: "I have abandoned all my 'real' cameras in favor of the iPhone 4S. That is my main camera now and I use it a lot. A lot more than I ever used any of my real cameras and I had them all (M9, 5D, D700, X100 etc.). Here's some of my iPhoneography work."