The eyes have it

Often, someone will come up at a sporting event or other activity and say something along the lines of “I wish I had a camera like yours so I could take photos like you.”

I try to explain that the quality of photography is not determined by the equipment that a photographer uses but by the eye that looks through the viewfinder and composes the photograph.

Yes, I use professional-level digital single-lens-reflex Canon cameras and lenses for most of my photographic work but — when riding on my motorcycle or just tooling around for everyday life — I usually depend on an aging Canon G9 “point and shoot.”

But I left the G9 at home Saturday when I ventured out on the Harley and came across this vista as the clouds from a rainy and cloudy day finally broke.

So I reached into my pocket and pulled out a Droid X wireless “smartphone” and snapped away.

The results are so pleasing that I may leave the G9 home more often.

The Droid recently replaced the Blackberry that has been part of my life for more than a decade. Besides an 8 megapixel camera, it also offers 720p high definition video and I plan to try out that capability over the next few days.

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  1. Don’t you just love that Droid X? I just got one too. I love the camera. And the video cam really came in handy when the kids celebrated my birthday by forming an impromptu kitchen instrument band and singing along to “Sweet Dreams are Made of These.” Alas, when I take a picture my eyes are wide shut.

  2. Great cover shot for the next issue of “Golden Days in Floyd,” Doug! I look forward to seeing the video. I bought a cheap original Droid when the new ones kicked down the price, and its photos aren’t bad either. I hope to find time to try — live streaming video from the phone?! Maybe we need a local “users’ group” called “Floyd Droid,” just for the poetry of it…

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