Who really carries their camera all the time?
I left the house to walk the dogs tonight and immediately faced the two large trees in the neighbors' yard across from the end of the driveway, their leaves turning orange, fully lit by the setting sun—and it actually made me go back into the house to get the camera. By the time I got back outside the light had already faded and the trees were partly in shade. That's what you see here. Still pretty nice but not as spectacular as a few minutes earlier.
Do I have to carry the camera all the time again? I've seen half a dozen things just wandering the neighborhood that I would like to have photographed, including a dramatic, vivid and highly improbable zigzag cloud formation that I'd for sure never see again if I lived three lifetimes.
We've had a beautiful Fall here—to continue what has been visually the prettiest year I've ever experienced in Wisconsin. A fair number of people haven't liked the weather this year, because it never got hot. But to me it was ideal. I've always liked weather that looks good over weather that feels good.
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Pak-Ming Wan: "Who carries their camera all the time? I do! Just ask my amazingly forgiving girlfriend who puts up with that. I drop my M-E into my satchel bag everywhere I go, with my passport, my keys, and wallet. I've decided reality really is enough: the beauty of what's around us everyday is worth savouring. It also helps that my daily life presents me with so many events that are so interesting and so different every day. It also helps that it's my current photo project. So, I carry my camera."
Robert Roaldi: "Well, sometimes you just miss a shot."
Phil Maus: "I so miss living in the Midwest! We even took a trip from Texas up to New York recently, just to enjoy the cool weather and the changing leaves of Autumn there and along the way. Going through all those little towns and experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of this beautiful fall filled me with a bittersweet nostalgia for my youth in Minnesota (and simultaneously made me dislike Texas just a little more). Cameras and photos all aside, there's just nothing like Autumn in the Midwest. I'm happy to hear you're having an enjoyable one."
Thomas Paris: "Couldn't agree more regarding weather that looks good. I'm in love with Nordic winters because the light (whatever little light they do get...) is gorgeous."
Jim in Denver: "Um, hello...iPhone? The new camera is completely good enough (actually quite good) for shots like that. Anyway, as much as I love the idea of carrying around a nice camera all the time, (and did, at one point in my life) the iPhone camera has let me get a good number of the shots that would have gotten away."
Rube: "I do, everywhere, all the time. Which is why I prefer smaller cameras. One camera, one lens, but all the time. And in the streets, on my way to work or anywhere else, the camera is in my hand, with a wrist strap. I don't drive, and I don't have a cell phone, but I do always have a camera to hand."
Dave Jenkins: "I do pretty much always carry my camera with me. My family refers to it as my 'growth.' In 46 years as a photographer, I have never yet taken a good picture at a time when I did not have my camera with me."
David Saxe: "Everytime I walk out of my house without my camera, I see something that make me wish I had brought it. It has been going on for over 40 years. This is nothing new, and I have more or less gotten used to it."
susan: "Well, I don't carry my camera with me all the time, but I do have my iPhone 6 in my pocket!"
bill emory: "I have a permit to carry always."
Mike replies: Nice to catch up with your blog again, Bill.