When you are an international teacher, you notice many people around you have technical, unwieldy multiple lensed cameras–possibly underwater cameras. You think, “That’s hard-core. I’ll stick with my iPhone camera. It’s easy.” Then it hits you, “I’m recording once-in-a-lifetime travels and I’m ending up with blurry, uninspired photos.”
You think, “Hmmm, maybe a Nikon CoolPix” and you realize you have to board the bus of comparison shopping again. Besides, Instagram effects are my friend. Right? Yet, like Stacy and Clinton on “What Not to Wear” I really need to step into the 360 mirror and take a closer look at my “wardrobe” or gallery of pictures. Stop with the equivalent of “It’s comfortable” excuse.
For the next adventure, I need to research prices, book a taxi, hit the dreaded mall, and spend some cash on an essential tool. A good camera is an investment. Once again joining the ranks of the international teachers everywhere: world traveler, photographer and obnoxious social media album poster.
It’s not only the quality, it’s the timing. I’ve missed a majority of photo opportunities by 1 or 2 seconds. There’s a monitor lizard living in my neighborhood. I saw it strolling down the road on a Sunday morning walk. Just as I slid my iPhone open and clicked on the camera app, the lizard found its way across the bridge and back down into the water.
Whenever I’m riding in a taxi, I pass several unusual people or signs that lose their impact on retelling. Only the photo would carry their unforgettable quality. But my window is up and it’s a crank lever or my iPhone is in its canoe safe water-tight baggie tucked away in my backpack due to the rainy season.
I guess I can take comfort in the thought that these images are all in my memory, where they are clear and well-lit and frozen in time at the optimum timing and angle.
Here’s a gallery of image failures: