Archives – Day 7

Well, here we are at Day 7, the final day, of my quick trip through the old point & shoot archives. It’s been a lot of fun and an interesting experience to go back and select a few shots from previous years to share on the blog. It has also reminded me, again, how valuable the simple P&S camera can be as a tool for making great images. It feels like there is a strong pull these days for people to gravitate towards bigger and more expensive cameras with the sense that it will yield superior results. There is some truth in that, but it only goes so far.

In my view, the more control you have, the more things there are to think about, and the more things there are that can go wrong. To paraphrase Thomas Edison, I haven’t failed, I’ve just found several thousand ways not to make an image. Some days I don’t want the mess of hauling around my gear – I just want to, well , point and shoot. And I think that often works well for me.

In the end, I tend to agree with Guy Tal, the camera is a tool, like a paint brush or an instrument, and the quality of the tool matters little compared to the quality of what you make with it.

This one is from the same location as yesterday, Sauble Beach. I hope you like it.


©Michael D. Pereira


8 responses to “Archives – Day 7

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more… I rarely pick up my point and shoot these days, but I tell ya, I feel like I was more creative when that was my primary camera. Having a nicer camera allows for so much more that it’s easy to get absorbed in the technical aspect rather that the creative side. Sometimes the limitations of a PS gives birth to interesting resourcefulness… plus you can put it in your pocket 🙂

    The clouds in this shot are even better than in the last, and the birds add alot of interest to the composition. Really pretty Mike!

    • Thanks Amber! I agree, the P&S provides a lot of opportunities to be so creative. I do love the opportunities afforded by an SLR as well. But like I said, I have come to think of them as just different tools – each with their own advatages and drawbacks.

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