Great light, a point and shoot and Baxter

Baxter, Friend's House - Austin, Texas

Baxter, Friend’s House – Austin, Texas

I don’t usually post cat pictures. In fact, this is the first time I ever have. But I like the way this one turned out. I goes to show what an inexpensive, modern camera can do, especially in good light. I’ve talked a lot about my recent expensive camera purchase, but this photograph shows that you don’t need a fancy camera to take great pictures or to enjoy photography.

So why buy an expensive camera, instead of an inexpensive point and shoot? It all depends on the conditions you plan to shoot. With great lighting and modest conditions, most any camera will do, even smartphones. However, as the light becomes tougher or the action becomes faster, cameras with special features become desirable. I like capturing action in marginal, low-light conditions. Conditions that would render most point and shoot photos into a noisy, pointalistic impressionist painting. Perhaps good for abstract art but not quite the effect I’m going for.

So I still carry small cameras. It’s right tool for specific purposes. Sure a full frame camera might produce spectacular quality but is it too big and cumbersome to carry around? I had my small Olympus XZ-1 point and shoot with me when I shot Baxter, our friend’s cat. The camera is small enough that I can carry it anywhere and enjoy photography as the opportunity arises. I’m sure people immediately think of that now overused phrase “The best camera is the one that’s with you”. I actually prefer the quote, “The best camera is the one you left at home”. Either way, I’m glad I had something, and under good light, it can really shine.

6 thoughts on “Great light, a point and shoot and Baxter

  1. All writers should carry a notepad, electronic or paper. Every photographer should carry a camera and I don’t mean a cell phone.

    If you do both, you carry both. I’m never without both. Ever. Not even at the grocery store or in the car. And I can’t even count the number of pictures i’ve grabbed that I never saw coming or the story ideas that popped into my head at McDonald’s.

    But, when you have time to plan and can handle the weight, bring out the big guns and shoot to kill 🙂

    1. Wise advice. Thank you.

      You know, I never considered myself a writer but I’ve been writing more then ever. Perhaps I need to start carrying a notepad around.

  2. Lovely shot of the kitty! This is where the point and shoot might actually be a better tool than the full-framer…. at that close distance, the depth of field that they FF gives is just too dang narrow of a slice in space to get the cat’s whiskers, nose, eyes, and front ear in focus.

    1. Perhaps. I wasn’t too close though, I was zoomed out at 114mm (equivalent). That’s the only way I could get an decent shallow DOF with a point and shoot, that and a f2.5 aperture.

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