Camera: Why?

Why buy a camera when smartphone cameras are so good?

The strongest answer is that many cameras are much better than any current or future phone. If you’ve got, say, $1,000 to spend on camera, lenses, and accessories, then you should probably buy a camera.

What if your budget is $300, with a preference for spending less? The answer might be to put that money towards a new cellphone. That wasn’t my answer.

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Favorite Photo: Path in the Snow

Of the photos I’ve taken, this is my favorite. Well, I might like some kid photos even more, but such photos don’t go on this public site.

The path winds through the Arnold Arboretum in Boston. I used to live near there. That winter was particularly photogenic, as this online album shows.

I see that I took it with a Canon digital camera, which has a far lower resolution than the phone with which I currently take photos. You can click on the image to see the full 1600×1200 photo! I’ll get another camera sometime, when the technology/price combination is right.

Lilac Saturday (and Sunday)

LilacsEnjoy Peaceful SaturdayToday is Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum. Lilac Sunday is not usually the best day to enjoy the Lilacs: it’s crowded, it often rains, and chances are the lilacs are not at their absolute peak on that particular day.

Yesterday, we celebrated Lilac Saturday. As you can see, the place was not overrun by our fellow celebrants. You can see more pictures in the set at Flickr.

That said, today looks like a lovely Lilac Sunday. Your tolerance for crowds is probably greater than mine, the sun is shining, and the Lilacs are indeed in bloom.