There are some shots that just make you say, “eh” and there are others that make you wish you could squeeze another few million pixels of resolution out of your camera. This shot is in the latter category.
In 2008 I wandered to Missouri (yes, literally wandered, just going where the intertstate took me) and found myself in St. Louis. I knew, of course, about this whole arch business. I’d seen it in a million photos but that did little to prepare me for the real thing. I’m fairly certain that the majority of people who read this will have already visited this particular locale on their own so I won’t blather on about it but suffice to say that it is a grand photographic opportunity. We’ll leave it at that. Oh, and the rest of the city is nothing to sneeze at either.
All this talk of ‘Better Camera’ brings to mind for me the ‘equipment snobbery’ that seems to be endemic in the photographic trades. It seems that a lot of people seem convinced that they just need a better camera to take better pictures. Luckily, that’s mostly marketing hype from those who want to sell you new photographic equipment. This photo was taken on an old Canon PowerShot and it still makes me perfectly happy in all it’s 6-megapixel ancientness. I think there are cellphones now that have better cameras than this. The art is within the photographer, not the camera. So take your cellphones and rumble forth to make some magic.