The smartphone has changed the world, forever. For everyone. Even cyclists.
I ride long distances to remote areas without support. Yes, I have tools to change a flat tire but that’s it. If I were to hit a pothole and damage a rim or, worse yet, fall and injure myself, I would be stranded if it weren’t for my iPhone.
In years past, I was weary of travelling too far off the beaten path for this very reason. I would stick to busier roads where, if need be, a vehicle of some sort would eventually pass. Not so today. I travel where I like knowing that, if I do get into trouble, I can call for help.
But what I like most about my iPhone is the camera. Unlike my other cameras (and I have several), it is always with me. Every ride provides an opportunity to take a picture and, I am always ready.
In recent months, I have begun to take the iPhone camera more seriously. It is more capable than I first realized. Did you know there is an annual international iPhone Photography Awards competition? If you want to see some remarkable images, take a look. But I digress.
At first, I was satisfied with the camera’s automatic settings. Then, once I learned that I can select where to focus the lens within the frame and, to actually adjust the exposure, I realized I can take as good of a picture with it as I can with my SLR. All of a sudden, difficult lighting situations became more manageable. Silhouettes and shadows were no longer a problem. I can concentrate on composition with confidence. Chasing Mailboxes illustrates her rides with striking iPhone pictures.
And, did you know there is a WordPress app? I’m sure you did. Frank Burns travels the world, illustrating his daily blog posts with only his iPhone. Right now he is cycling the length of Japan and posting every day. The keyboard may be small but everywhere he cycles he can blog, provided he has wifi access.
I recall the days I backpacked in South America with a camera bag and a hand-written journal. The journals and negatives from that trip are stored away, somewhere (I think). You see the difference.
This is old hat to many of you, I’m sure. I am slow out of the gate. I carried a Blackberry for years and, although it had a camera, I used the device for telephone calls and emails mostly. Now that I am an Apple aficionado, I understand what everyone has been raving about for years.
The Apple products are empowering and, some of what they have enabled, is good.