A friendly little fella!

Over the last month or so a few photographers I really admire have posted blog entries on the virtue of the point and shoot camera. For those of you not quite sure what I mean by point and shoot, these cameras would be the super functional little devices that most of us have, or have had at some point. No interchangeable lenses and, often, fewer manual settings, these cameras pretty much fit in your pocket (of if you’re me they may not quite fit in your pocket) and are ready to go at a moment’s notice. They can shoot macro to reasonably wide, and often have a pretty sweet zoom all packed into one little punch.

Truth be told these photographers are preaching to the converted with me. Some of my best and favourite photos were taken with my Kodak P&S. For example, the recent photo of my friend James and his Dad on the ice.

So, why go with an SLR at all? Well, they are bigger and require a lot more work, however they do provide a lot more control. But after reading the following articles I have been trying to learn to just take my point and shoot with me places and practice composition more often. Here’s what better photographers have said:

Darwin Wiggett: http://darwinwiggett.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/the-point-n-shoot-advantage/

Samantha Chrysanthou: http://samsrant.wordpress.com/2009/11/29/the-power-of-point-n-shoots/

Amber Richards: http://aswirly.wordpress.com/extra/love-your-point-shoot/

So, this past weekend I was in Toronto for a fun day with a few friends. I took along my wife’s point and shoot (much more compact than mine) and just had fun playing around. Not trying to create art or anything, just tyring to extend my creativity a little, and here is what I came up with. Enjoy!

© Michael D. Pereira

The doorway arch at an entrance to Commerce Collegiate in Little Italy.

© Michael D. Pereira

I owe this one to Darwin Wiggett. He snapped a similar shot with his Canon G9 of a beer reflecting light off the table. I couldn’t help but try it too. Thanks Darwin!

© Michael D. Pereira

I just happened to look straight up and saw these branches hanging stark against the grey sky. I love this photo; it has a familiar, yet abstract quality to it.

© Michael D. Pereira

Broken glass on a storm door just off College Street.

© Michael D. Pereira

I like the different elements here. The solid building contrasting with the frail wires, and the crane just hanging above them.

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4 responses to “A friendly little fella!

  1. How right you are about the little fella, lol. I wish I could get into the habit of carrying a point and shoot. I seem to always carry to much gear and there are several P & S cameras I could easily use. I was in Vancouver recently and my 14 year old daughter brought along her little Olympus point and shoot. She got some really great shots. She didn’t even have to carry a 60 lbs backpack of gear to do it.

    I like the lines in the arch, I wonder why they didn’t have that last row of detail lining up with the rest. My OCD has a problem with that, lol.

    • Those little guys are great for just playing around on the fly. But, I admit, there is something really fun about all that gear too – I could be just a bit envious though!

      I hadn’t even noticed the bricks not lining up. It makes me wonder too. I guess the attention to detail isn’t there when building a high school.

      As always, thanks for the kind words Lee.

  2. I LOVE that title, a friendly little fella… That is soo true. Lovely post and I particularly like the shot of the dark branches against the white sky 🙂

    • Thanks so much Amber! I really admire your work, so your comments mean a great deal. I am really finding that carrying a point and shoot with me greatly expands the opportunities to capture some great images and have a lot of fun!

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