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Do u guys ever feel like u arent enjoying life’s moments because you’re too busy looking through the viewfinder?

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gone are the days with large zooms or heavy primes for me but I don't leave for a vacation without my M9 or A7s with m mount lens that all fits into a small domke bag. Usually I carry that around or just simply one lens on camera slinged across body and off we go to anywhere.

some moments are best to capture with camera imo.

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EPL-5 with 12mm f2 or 8mm fisheye for family selfie portraits :)

No viewfinder too!

What you could do maybe is set aside time for yourself, like super early mornings or late nights to go solo. 30 min a time should be enough.
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i do 90% landscape/architecture so I usual remember to take it in with the naked eye
in rare events like an eclipse or even a niece's first birthday cake, i realize it's difficult to do both because so many things are happening and happening fast....at least for a non-pro and I'm an awful multitasker...I feel in those moments I either didn't take photos that could be better or I didn't live in the moment as much because I was occupied with both...for the future I'll just do a bit of shoot quickly at first, then put the camera away to enjoy the moment.

so for me it's not a matter of gear, because I would've spent the same amount of time trying to think about composition regardless of a phone or a mirrorless on a gimbal...but more about balance and committing to either getting the shot or just being present.
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hartzfizzo wrote:
Sep 29th, 2017 12:47 am
i feel like i should be living in the moment rather than trying to capture it.
good life lesson
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You could just take a few pictures and then go back to enjoying the vacation? Why does everything need to be "only this or only that"?
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Have you been to Hawaii before? What island(s) are you going to?

I've been on my honeymoon and pictures with a phone do not do it justice. It was a shame leaving our camera at home. You will regret it. Please bring it and leave it at home on the next one.
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On the flipside, having the camera makes me more observant on the streets so I personally take in a lot more of the everyday life than if I did not have a camera. It also gives you a tool to interact and step into the lives of others you may not have otherwise.
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Oct 19th, 2017 5:50 am
Have you been to Hawaii before? What island(s) are you going to?

I've been on my honeymoon and pictures with a phone do not do it justice. It was a shame leaving our camera at home. You will regret it. Please bring it and leave it at home on the next one.
I see both sides...

Phones are getting better and better. iPhone 8 Wedding photography:

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https://www.slrlounge.com/ipohne-8-wedd ... nj-haisch/

However, to do it properly and make wall worthy beautiful landscapes... camera on tripod, CPL/grads if necessary, remote, focus stack images, shoot around sunrise/sunset. Start at 6:15





Pro landscape composition

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Frank2029 wrote:
Oct 19th, 2017 5:50 am
Have you been to Hawaii before? What island(s) are you going to?

I've been on my honeymoon and pictures with a phone do not do it justice. It was a shame leaving our camera at home. You will regret it. Please bring it and leave it at home on the next one.
Been to Hawaii a few times before and took the camera and the lenses and the flash and the....

Got some great shots but felt I was being too much "the photographer" instead of "guy on vacation"
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Just came back and though there were a couple of moments where I wished I had my gear, I am glad I left it all at home.

I felt I couldnt bring the camera and just take it out here and there. If I was going to commit to packing the 5d, I was gonna use it as my main camera and use it for every shot.

I think for a family vacation with my young kids this was an easy decision. It would be a lot more difficult one for say a trip to Europe with just my wife.

This has just become a topic of discussion with a couple of my buddies who also love to shoot. One of them just came back from a hike in Utah and he brought his gear. Said he'll never do that again. Just too heavy and cumbersome.
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go hiking with a crop mirrorless or premium P&S...esp. for the canyons in Southern Utah
I couldn't take my landscape shots from the Pixel seriously as 'amazing' as that camera is supposed to be...if you don't have dynamic range or decent megapixel count it won't even come close
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Parked, took out my Panasonic ZS100 1" and shot this using its' panorama mode and then sat there for a few minutes listening to the river and smelling the snow in the air before moving down past the truck for a zoomed in shot of the range in the distance on the left. Great day!

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I always feel like this way. That is my I'm not photographer and I think I'll never be able to become a photographer (with that in mind). I'm very bad at capturing photos. But the truth is, I admire photography. And I'm really good at appreciating a good capture.
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hartzfizzo, thanks for the update on how your decision worked out in practice.

I don’t have kids, so I have fewer demands on my space-time, and an understanding wife. But even still I wouldn’t carry my big SLR anymore, and have done my last several trips with my X100. I also remember that I’m not there for gallery or portfolio photos, so I don’t go overboard. As much. Any more.

I also try to remember to stop and enjoy even when I’m out specifically to take photos. Taking time to sit and observe and enjoy the moment means that I’m shooting less but usually come away with better photos for it.
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torontosphere wrote:
Oct 23rd, 2017 7:38 am
hartzfizzo, thanks for the update on how your decision worked out in practice.

I don’t have kids, so I have fewer demands on my space-time, and an understanding wife. But even still I wouldn’t carry my big SLR anymore, and have done my last several trips with my X100. I also remember that I’m not there for gallery or portfolio photos, so I don’t go overboard. As much. Any more.

I also try to remember to stop and enjoy even when I’m out specifically to take photos. Taking time to sit and observe and enjoy the moment means that I’m shooting less but usually come away with better photos for it.
Thanks very much. I wasnt sure what the response from the community would be when I started this thread. I thought I'd get flamed for ditching the Canon glass for an iphone for the trip.

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