Friday, 4 November 2016

An [Im]perfect Photograph: Travel Link Up

I'm a blogger (duh), occasionally I'm a travel blogger, lifestyle blogger, food blogger, or hometown tourist blogger. But I don't have a camera. Never really have since starting my blog 4 and a half years ago. I've always relied on my phone for taking pictures (remember when they used to be called camera phones?). Despite that I'd like to think I've gotten better at photography over time. Looking back at early posts with embarrassing quality images, I at least hope I have. Although this blog is a passion project and brings me satisfaction and joy, it's still just a hobby and other things have taken priority over buying a new (actual) camera.

On my last trip, I thought I'd figured things out this time by bringing both my regular iPhone, my dad's old Android, and borrowed my parents point and shoot camera. For the most part this system 'worked', but was a bit of a pain. But will I be buying a camera in the near future? Probably not. Mama needs a phone upgrade. That'll do.

My lack of a 'proper' camera and this month's travel theme, ''A Perfect...'' lead me to think about taking the perfect photo.

Has this happened to you? The setting is magical, the atmosphere sublime, the subject excellent and perfectly poised, you point and shoot and for those few brief seconds before the digital image flashes on the screen, in your mind you have taken the most brilliant photograph ever to exist. Sometimes it's close, sometimes it's better in your mind's eye.

Example from 2013 of a not so great photo, that was perfect in my head. (And I still used it on the blog!)

When we visited the salt flats in Bolivia those famed perspective shots alluded us. At first I was disappointed that we didn't get the perfect shot, then I mentally kicked myself and shook my head. I was in freakin' Bolivia, thousands of miles above sea level and with my bestie, Eimear. Forget about striving for the perfect photograph when I was about to let the perfect moment pass me by.

Eimear calls this our practice shot

But man when I'm able to get that perfect photo at the perfect time on my little 'outdated' smartphone, it's, well...perfection.

At the beginning of each month, I like to take part in the monthly travel link up hosted on the incredible blogs by AngieJessiEmma,  and this month's special co-host Jamie. You can join in too by leaving a comment below, checking out other posts on the link up, or adding your own post to the widget now until November 7th.

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  1. This has happened to me - plenty of times and it is always really disappointing because much as I would like to share what happened, I worry about the quality of photography on my blog. I would love to have consistently great photos on there. I also use my iPhone a lot - I get an upgrade to a new iPhone in February, hopefully that will make a difference to my photos.

  2. With a phone upgrade I always find I get better pictures for a time and then a new phone comes out and my pictures become not so great again :P

  3. So many times I've thought I've got the perfect snap and it turns out to be blurry! Thank god for the memories 😆

  4. Yes, right?! So annoying!


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