The Exploding Scooter and Your Best Camera

Scooter (post explosion)
Scooter (post explosion)

“The best camera is the one you have with you.” This is a common phrase among photographers. It is true. The camera does not make the photograph. The photographer with opportunity does.

A few weeks ago while on the way home from a hike I was reminded of this. As I was driving through a small town I saw something that was strange, out of place, and almost shocking. A scooter that had burned up appearing as though it had exploded just sitting in a gas station parking lot. This was more than an unforeseen moment as I had my camera with me1. I knew that this exact opportunity might never present itself again. So I made a u-turn and stopped to take the photograph above. This has made me consider taking my camera with me out more. Sure, I have my phone with me at all times and the camera on the iPhone is great. But the feeling I get when using a dedicated device is much different. It is simpler. More focused. Almost, like an artist. And you never when that perfect moment may happen that needs capturing.

The adage is true. Whether an iPhone, or a large-body DSLR, the best camera is the one you have with you.

  1. I have an Olympus OM-D EM-10. (Excluding my iPhone).