Though I don’t have a favorite type of photography, I prefer to do “lens in my pocket” photography. I use a Samsung Ultra phone or a Panasonic Lumix camera that easily fit into a pocket.
Sometimes I like taking panoramas of scenes from afar with my phone, such as this photo of bison in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park.
At other times, I like a closer view of wild creatures. This Barred Owl in my backyard was photographed with my phone attached to a spotting scope. This is called “digiscoping.” The owl visited regularly last spring, feasting on the numerous Pacific tree frogs in our pond.
I bought an inexpensive phone case and glued on a universal mount for digiscoping. You can quickly pop in a phone, attach it to a scope or binoculars, and it’s ready to go.
As I’ve mentioned before, I like taking pictures of layers. I went for this slightly closer view of layered landscapes with my Panasonic camera at Arches National Park.
At other times, I like a much closer view of geological wonders. Here’s a closer view of crystals, from different angles, taken with my Panasonic.
I use a tabletop studio for close up work, such as the previous photos. It folds up flat when you’re not using it. Getting the proper lighting can be the biggest challenge for these types of shots.
I like photographing panoramic views, intimate portraits, memorable landscapes, and detailed close ups with my phone and pocket camera. The versatility of the small lens in my pocket allows me to be spontaneous or more deliberate, depending on my mood. Even though there are so many options for taking different kinds of pictures, sometimes I choose to take in a scene with just my eyes, and remember it in my heart.