We were in the car with Ifte on the way to begin our walk when we saw a herd of goats on the busy street. Francois and I excitedly shot pictures from the car windows when Ifte said “Long live point and shoot.”
Isn’t that the truth? 25 years ago when we first went to Nepal, we carried heavy cameras, with multiple lens and 40 rolls of film. We hoped the photos were correctly exposed and to make sure bracketed certain shots that seemed important. A big part of the trip was afterwards when we got home, processing the photos, reviewing contact sheets and, in those days, having slide shows. I loved inviting friends over for a theme dinner and pictures from the trip. These days I travel with a laptop and blog about the trip. No more slide show dinners, unless you want one!
But everything changed a few years ago when our nephew Alexandre came to visit in Tucson. He had a small Canon Powershot that took photos and movies. Our lives changed that visit. I bought the same camera. The following summer when we went to Iceland, it was the only camera that I brought with. It makes capturing the moment effortless. You can be experimental without risk. There are types of photos that I would have never done before the Powershot. The macro shots of plants or from the ground. You can shoot hand held anywhere, inside, outside, in the rain or low light.
There are times I miss my telephoto lens. There are limitations to what these cameras can do. Some of my point and shoot photos aren’t very good. But some are great. But when I observe travelers with those long lens at festivals shooting pictures I’m not jealous. I don’t feel that I hide behind a lens anymore. I love the interaction I have with people and it’s fun to talk with them. Poeple love having their photo taken and you can show them the result instantly. Their smiles say it all.